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Old 04-02-2012, 06:48 PM   #1
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What's a good inexpensive beginner keyboard?

I would like to get a four octave keyboard not expecting to need pads because I never expect to try to do anything live. A sales guy was pushing one with pads and less keys and I asked if I could make keys into pads and he said yes, so since you can make pads from keys but can't make more keys it seems best to go with a four octave.

So far I'm thinking about an Oxygen 49 but only because that's the only thing I've seen in my price range other than an Alesis 49 which I don't like in large part because afaik they don't make a full manual for it.

Does it matter if the thing has midi in/out jacks, or is a USB connection all that matters? Trying to stay around $150 or less can anyone suggest any good options?

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Old 04-04-2012, 10:04 AM   #2
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Re: What's a good inexpensive beginner keyboard?

I've got an Oxygen 49, The controllers on it are very simple to map to whatever you like, atleast on Ableton Live. Keys play nicely, velocity recognition works good when playing live. I do not have sufficient experience in other similar controls to give it any proper comparison, however great value for it's cost I'd say.

If you use it on a PC you only need the USB cable, as far as I remember the USB cable was the only one it came with (I've got the silver).
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Re: What's a good inexpensive beginner keyboard?

Thanks! So far everything I've seen is in favor of the Oxygen.

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I've got an Oxygen 49, The controllers on it are very simple to map to whatever you like, atleast on Ableton Live. Keys play nicely, velocity recognition works good when playing live. I do not have sufficient experience in other similar controls to give it any proper comparison, however great value for it's cost I'd say.

If you use it on a PC you only need the USB cable, as far as I remember the USB cable was the only one it came with (I've got the silver).
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Re: What's a good inexpensive beginner keyboard?

I suggest the Oxygen to! Its simple and got enough features!
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Re: What's a good inexpensive beginner keyboard?

Oxygen is a nice one.

I was in your same boat. Looking for a good lower priced one. Check our craiglist in your area. Always tons of slightly used ones. I picked up a like new M-audio keyboard/controller for 30bucks and they go for 200 new.
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Re: What's a good inexpensive beginner keyboard?

Oxygen 49 is what I have. LOL you think someone would try to be more competitive in this price point of the market LOL
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Re: What's a good inexpensive beginner keyboard?

i had the oxygen 25, broke the slider getting a bit tipsy using it as a crossfader, eventually destroyed my keyboard, i guess.

Anyways, if you plan on using a controller such as an apc40, or anything really more geared towards live play, and would like to stay cheap on the board, I'd just opt for pitch bend/mod wheel/and tons of keys. 25 was nice, but being able to fly all over the keyboard like a crack addict, makes me happier than extra knobs.

Then again, weighted keys would make me even more happier.

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Re: What's a good inexpensive beginner keyboard?

What about the Alesis QX49?

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