Welcome to the Studio Live Today MIDI Keyboard Buyer’s Guide!
You’re here because you want to learn more about MIDI keyboards for your home or mobile studio, and you’ve come to the right place.
These are keyboards that I use and recommend, or have been recommended by other home and mobile studio musicians.
All are class compliant and compatible with Mac, PC and iOS (via Lightning to USB adapter)
- Korg nanoKEY 25 – https://amzn.to/2MVXGrS
- Novation Launchkey Mini 25 MK2 – https://amzn.to/2N1RtLi
- Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII 25 – https://amzn.to/2DrT08M
- M-Audio Keystation 49 MK3 – https://amzn.to/2SKNpnE
- Korg microKEY2-49 – https://amzn.to/2I3p7Bq
- M-Audio Code 49 – https://amzn.to/2MUOFiX
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What to look for?
There are a number of factors to consider when buying a MIDI keyboard controller. Here’s a quick overview of the essential questions.
Q: How many keys do I need?
A: If you are just playing simple melodies, a 25 key keyboard will be sufficient. If you want to play more complex two handed pieces, 49, 61 or even 88 may be desired
Q: What are weighted and semi-weighted keys?
A: Standard keys on a MIDI keyboard are not weighted, but are touch sensitive, meaning the harder you press, the higher the velocity (and louder the sound). Semi-weighted or weighted keys are more like real piano keys and will feel heavier to the touch. Fully weighted keys are heavier at the low end, and lighter at the high end, like a real piano keyboard.