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Old 04-08-2012, 01:43 AM   #1
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Best Beginner Midi Keyboard/Synthesizer

Oddly enough I didn't find a thread dealing with this. I'm in the process of buying a better computer, monitors, and a midi controller keyboard/synthesizer so I can get to start making music. In this thread I want to ask your opinion on what is the best midi keyboard/synth I should buy, not way over the top expensive.

Basically I just need something piano-like to make music with; I compose with a piano in front of me and I hate using solely my computer for electronic music. Should I buy a synth, or just stick with midi keyboard controller? What about number of keys (25/49/etc), and aftertouch, etc? Anything else I should know?

I asked this question to Steve Duda of Xfer Records via twitter and he replied with an indifferent attitude with something like "I don't really see a difference in them". Thoughts?

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Old 04-08-2012, 02:27 AM   #2
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Re: Best Beginner Midi Keyboard/Synthesizer

i would recommend you stick with a midi keyboard and only think about buying synths when you know exactly what you are looking for. what's your budget?

i would recommend Akai MPK25:

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i used to have the 49-key version and it's a quality piece of equipment. i'm personally using a cheap-o oxygen 8 and Akai MPD24. that seems to work fine for what i'm doing at the moment.

if you don't really piano or have intention of learning, and just need something to jam simple things, then 25-key version should be just fine. will be cheaper and will take up less space. otherwise, the more keys, the better.

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Old 04-08-2012, 02:42 AM   #3
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Re: Best Beginner Midi Keyboard/Synthesizer

The novation impulse or the m-audio axiom pro look to be very good quality midi keyboards with more than enough functions, if you want a synth maybe look at something like a roland gaia or a waldorf blofeld, both look awesome and are very cheap when it comes to synthesizers and like the guy below said, if your piano trained and will make the most of more keys go for 49 or 66 etc if available, if you just want it for mapping etc maybe a 25 key edition willl save you money

Novation Impulse (49) -

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Re: Best Beginner Midi Keyboard/Synthesizer

Some great tips here guys, thanks for the feedback. Ill probably be getting a normal keyboard and try out some vsts as shellbound suggested until I know what I want to get.

Still always open for any other comments/suggestions though

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Re: Best Beginner Midi Keyboard/Synthesizer

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Basically I just need something piano-like to make music with; I compose with a piano in front of me and I hate using solely my computer for electronic music. Should I buy a synth, or just stick with midi keyboard controller? What about number of keys (25/49/etc), and aftertouch, etc? Anything else I should know?
If you have experience playing actual piano, you almost certainly want hammer-action keys. Semi-weighted are allright, but the non-weighted ones are pretty much only for people who want to pretend they're drummers. (And should be getting a pad-controller instead.)

You might also feel constrained by the less keys most of these have to offer. Of course, it's important to know whether or not you plan on playing live. Having to drag it around makes a 81-key monstority a fair bit less practical, and at the same time makes build quality much more important.

In addition to this, you need to know what other features you need. Do you think you'll be using an expression pedal, for example? Do you want faders, knobs, and other stuff to fiddle? Do you need aftertouch?

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Re: Best Beginner Midi Keyboard/Synthesizer

For now all I'm looking for is a keyboard to compose electronic music with, since as I stated above I can't compose unless i see the black and white keys in front of me. I do not know piano much but one of my greatest resolutions for this year is to learn it well. I will want knobs and faders and everything that would help me while using a DAW, and maybe even use it to perform live when I get proficient with DJing and want to step it up. Could you explain to me exactly what is aftertouch and what are its uses?

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id say this would be your best option for price ^

ill post another two below that might be alright also

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Re: Best Beginner Midi Keyboard/Synthesizer

Have you looked into the Roland Juno-Di?

These look pretty sweet, are affordable, portable, and seem pretty versatile. I'm thinking of retiring my Alesis QS6.2 in a year or so, and will probably look at the Di as a ROMpler replacement.

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Re: Best Beginner Midi Keyboard/Synthesizer

What is your budget? With no keyboard experience all you really need is something small with maybe some pads, faders or knobs, I would say nothing real expensive until you really feel the need to upgrade based on what you feel would improve your writing style. The oxygen 49 is a great suggestion, or anything that size with some knobs and faders.

I am really glad I bought a very cheap used midi controller, now that I have developed more of a playing style and I know how to a midi controller/synths it I know what direction I want to upgrade and what I want my next controller to have.

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