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Seeking 61-key MIDI controller

Post by Subterfudge » Sat Jan 27, 2018 5:24 am

I'm looking to buy myself a 61-key midi controller and was seeking suggestions.

I'm after something with good playability as it will mostly be used for playing intricate piano stuff rather than just a controller
Not looking for any additional bells and whistles – fewest knobs and pad buttons. Just best bang for buck in terms of playability.

Welcome all suggestions!
Seeking around £100 mark

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Re: Seeking 61-key MIDI controller

Post by Bill_T » Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:54 pm

The Nektar Impact LX61+ is a bargain in the US at just under $200. The keys have a heavier feel than typical super-soft synth keyboards, though they are not full "hammer action" type keys. There is enough resistance so you can feel the keypress, I find I don't have to "rigidify" my hand to avoid rippling chords. There are quite a few knobs and buttons which can be used or ignored as you wish, and If you choose to use them they are well integrated into Cubase if you spend a few minutes with the manual. I use the LX88+ for playing in parts, and the softer touch GX49 which I can comfortably lay across my lap when step recording at the computer.

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Re: Seeking 61-key MIDI controller

Post by ColinPark » Wed Jan 31, 2018 7:48 pm

I did a rundown for a person (mainly a guitarist, I think) here. If Cubase integration is not that important, then the Novation SLMkii's main frustrations are moot. The fatar keys are the best I've ever played.
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Re: Seeking 61-key MIDI controller

Post by PeppaPig » Sat Feb 03, 2018 6:44 pm

You won't find much in the way of rewarding to play keyboards in that price range, my M-Audio Oxygen 61 (currently £111 at GAK) is perfectly good but it's a typical cheap keyboard (with half decent aftertouch it must be said), if you're a pianist,you might be better off spending your hundred pounds on something higher quality, but second-hand. Keyboards depreciate at an astronomical rate. For instance, my YP55 (reasonable piano-like feel but still not hammer action) cost me £80 second-hand 10 years ago when it was still £400+ new.
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Re: Seeking 61-key MIDI controller

Post by PeppaPig » Sat Feb 03, 2018 6:57 pm

PS Keyboard feel is so subjective - there's no substitute for visiting a shop and getting a feel for what you do or don't like, then you'll have a shortlist of the manufacturers that suit you, most big names make their own keybeds, so if you like all Rolands or Yamahas (for instance) you can bet a similar but slightly older model off fleabay will suit you.
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