Help me pick a midi controller

Anything about hardware musical instruments.
luckymethod
KVRer
3 posts since 12 Jul, 2018

Post Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:42 am

I'm trying to decide on a midi controller and the market is both very homogeneous and kinda confusing. Keep in mind I use Logic as DAW and I'm mostly a guitarist.

I tried a bunch out there and the cheap ones all feel like toys. I was able to put my hands on the following that I didn't immediately disliked:

M-Audio Code 49 > Great keys, heard has bugs that never get fixed and sliders are crappy. I can buy one for $150

Kontrol S61 Mk2 > Great keys, most advanced of the bunch, lacks pads and faders but seems to be the most future proofed and I would probably stick to mostly NI instruments anyways. I can buy one for $500

Akai Advance > Great feeling keyboard, nobody seems to have anything bad to say about it except that the software sucks. I can buy one for $200.

What's your advice? If I haven't put enough detail, feel free to ask me questions, there's definitely things I might not have considered.

User avatar
vurt
addled muppet weed
37861 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Re: Help me pick a midi controller

Post Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:22 am

don't know if you've tried and rejected novations stuff already, also my experience is with the original remote25, which i still have and works fine aside from one busted key, which was totally my fault, in a house move.
at 15 years old shows build quality is good.

Zexila
KVRAF
3127 posts since 18 Mar, 2008

Re: Help me pick a midi controller

Post Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:23 am

Try Nektar, there' new T series released.
http://www.nektartech.com

I got myself Impact LX61+ recently and I'm really happy with it, payed 150 buck for it, Logic integration is great.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_Cc5MvVVBU
This entire forum is wading through predictions, opinions, barely formed thoughts, drama, and whining. If you don't enjoy that, why are you here? :D ShawnG

lfm
KVRAF
4625 posts since 22 Jan, 2005 from Sweden

Re: Help me pick a midi controller

Post Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:30 am

Things that tell better from worse - is sometimes if you have input jacks for both foot pedal and expression pedal. Cheaper ones usually have only foot pedal, like for sustain. And nice if expression pedal input has settings for various kinds.

And what kind of modulation wheel or pitch wheel you prefer?
Some have joystick for that - some have wheels that return in position other let you decide etc.
Others double up with both wheel and fader for modulation.

Those are the basic things I look for - apart from keybed feel.

I also only heard good stuff about Akai keys.

chk071
KVRAF
17290 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Re: Help me pick a midi controller

Post Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:52 am

luckymethod wrote: M-Audio Code 49 > Great keys, heard has bugs that never get fixed and sliders are crappy. I can buy one for $150
If you can get it for that price, then go for it. Should be a solid controller. Dunno about the bugs though.

I wonder where you can get all those controllers for such low prices. Cost a fortune here in Europe. :cry:

User avatar
thecontrolcentre
KVRAF
23095 posts since 27 Jul, 2005 from the wilds of wanny

Re: Help me pick a midi controller

Post Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:28 pm

vurt wrote:don't know if you've tried and rejected novations stuff already, also my experience is with the original remote25, which i still have and works fine aside from one busted key, which was totally my fault, in a house move.
at 15 years old shows build quality is good.
Remote SL mk1 here too. Still the best imho so far as build quality & connectivity is concerned. Mine's going strong after 12 years use.

luckymethod
KVRer
3 posts since 12 Jul, 2018

Re: Help me pick a midi controller

Post Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:57 pm

thecontrolcentre wrote: Remote SL mk1 here too. Still the best imho so far as build quality & connectivity is concerned. Mine's going strong after 12 years use.
I tried the novation keyboards and it felt very toy-like and plasticky, not solid at all, lots of lateral jiggle. Didn't inspire confidence.

luckymethod
KVRer
3 posts since 12 Jul, 2018

Re: Help me pick a midi controller

Post Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:59 pm

chk071 wrote: I wonder where you can get all those controllers for such low prices. Cost a fortune here in Europe. :cry:
Used on Craigslist, in California there's a healthy market for used instruments although everyone wants to sell for essentially the same price they paid new. Some people at some point give up and drop the price. You gotta pay attention for when that happens.

deastman
KVRAF
6791 posts since 7 Aug, 2003 from San Francisco Bay Area

Re: Help me pick a midi controller

Post Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:18 pm

Personally I have my eye on Arturia Keylab mkII.
Incomplete list of my gear: 110V AC to 12V DC 1.5A power supply (+ tip)

chk071
KVRAF
17290 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Re: Help me pick a midi controller

Post Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:13 pm

luckymethod wrote:
chk071 wrote: I wonder where you can get all those controllers for such low prices. Cost a fortune here in Europe. :cry:
Used on Craigslist, in California there's a healthy market for used instruments although everyone wants to sell for essentially the same price they paid new. Some people at some point give up and drop the price. You gotta pay attention for when that happens.
Ah... that makes sense then. Thought you guys had so low new prices, and got jealous. :P

User avatar
engineer
KVRer
24 posts since 24 Jan, 2005 from Germany

Re: Help me pick a midi controller

Post Mon Jul 23, 2018 3:58 pm

luckymethod wrote:
thecontrolcentre wrote: Remote SL mk1 here too. Still the best imho so far as build quality & connectivity is concerned. Mine's going strong after 12 years use.
I tried the novation keyboards and it felt very toy-like and plasticky, not solid at all, lots of lateral jiggle. Didn't inspire confidence.
What else can one buy not to get plasric these days?

chk071
KVRAF
17290 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Re: Help me pick a midi controller

Post Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:11 pm

In that price region? Not much i'm afraid.

Return to “Hardware (Instruments and Effects)”