Midi Controllers are a must for all musicians. Most don’t have any on board sound however once hooked up to a DAW with an Audio interface, they trigger sounds from the software and work just like a normal keyboard. So there it is, a fraction of the weight, a fraction of the price but all the same sounds.
Here the list of the Best Midi Controllers
1. Akai Professional MPK MINI MKII 25-Key Ultra-Portable USB MIDI Keyboard and Pad Controller with Joystick
A very attractively designed Midi Controller especially for the travelling musician. Not only does it have velocity sensitive pads but also a joystick for pitch and modulation control.
- 25 Synth-action velocity sensitive.
- A 4-way joystick for pitch and modulation movement and control.
- 8 MPC style velocity sensitive pad that have a back light.
- 8 Q-Link knobs that are assignable for mixing and manipulating plugins and effects.
- Music production software package included: Akai Pro MPC Essentials, SONiVOX Wobble, and Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech
2. Akai Professional MPK49 49-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with MPC Pads
Second in line but more powerfull in the MPK 49 Key Model again from AKAI. This time we have semi-weight keys with are much better to work with for keyboard players than non weight keys. With semi weighted keys, you can actually play performances rather then simply inputting notes for music production. Also this time we have a more of a genuine MPC system good for hip hop and R&B. The MPC part also has certain functions like a dedicated MPC device such as swing and arpeggiator. It comes with some good software too.
- 49- Semi weighted keys with after touch., 12-pads, 8-faders and 8-knobs.
- 12 genuine MPC pads for hip hop track building and the like.
- 8 full-sized sliders with 3 controller banks for each giving you 24 sliders in total.
- Full MMC/MIDI transport giving you full control over your DAW.
- Plug-and-play USB connection for The Mac or PC. Perfect for software such as Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Studio One, Reaper, Digital Performer, Ableton, etc
- Includes Avid Pro Tools Express for industry standard production.
3. ARTURIA MiniLab 230401 25-Key MIDI Controller
This is a very modest bipolar MIDI Controller. Rather than a having a pitch and mod wheel, this model model actually has sliders instead. Some people dislike the sliders but, it makes a nice change, especially in appearance. The pads and knobs are pretty basic however what makes this stand out from the crowd is the Analog Lab software which come with it. It comes with a collection of over 5,000 sounds from synths such as the Modular V, CS-80V, Mini V, Arp 2600V, Jupiter 8V, Prophet V, Oberheim SEM V, and Wurlitzer V.
It has 25 velocity sensitive keys with a foot switch input. A very modest keyboard for a very modest price.
4. Alesis Q49 49-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller
This has everything you need in a MIDI controller keyboard. 49 Velocity sensitive keys with the pitch modulation wheel, programable data sliders and MIDI interfaces with can connect to amost all music software or DAWs. It also has switch controlls that can change the octave position.
Start making music straight away with the Abelton Live Lite software which is bundled free. Ableton live lets you record, perform and sequence with various effects for all your production needs.
It also comes with Ignite, the music production system.
5. M-Audio Keystation 49 (2014) USB Keyboard MIDI Controller
This is rather a basic but very useful keyboard, physically similar to the Alesis Q49 with the same number of keys and a sustain pedal which is sold separately. It also support the iOS connectivity with the Apple iOS camera kit which is sold separately. This allows you to use the keyboard to compose Audio Apps on iOS devices such as iPhone, iPod or iPad.
What makes this model stand out is the software bundle SONiVOX which contains and captures the unique sound of the 9-foot CD327 Steinway piano. It is also equipped with the popular Ableton Live Lite version.