Five of the Best MIDI Keyboards For Beginners
Welcome to the buyer’s guide, where we roundup some of the best products for beginners to start
producing music. This buyer’s guide looks at the best MIDI Keyboards for your home studio.
AKAI Professional LPK25 25-Key
AKAI Professional LPK25 25-Key Portable USB MIDI Keyboard Controller for Laptops (Mac and PC)
The LPK25 is a 13 inch slim-line laptop performance keyboard with 25 velocity sensitive mini-keyboard
keys. To increase the melodic range of the device there are dedicated octave up and down buttons and
a sustain button for expressive performance. The onboard arpegiator is a useful tool to have and the
four programmable memory banks come in handy when mapping VSTs. It’s as simple a plugin and play.
If you are starting out producing music and want a simple set of keys to write hook and basslines, the
AKAI LPK25 may just be the perfect choice.
M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 II
M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 II Compact 32-Key USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller with Synth-Action Velocity-Sensitive Keys
The keystation is a compact yet powerful MIDI controller. With 32 velocity-sensitive keys and
designated octave buttons you get the full range of melodic capabilities. The on-board pitch bend and
modulation controls provide a platform for immersive, expressive performances. Although powered by
USB, The Keystation is also iOS compatible when using the Apple iPad camera connection kit making it
a great choice for any musicians who want to produce tracks when on the move.
AKAI Professional MPK Mini MKII
AKAI Professional MPK Mini MKII 25-Key Portable USB MIDI Keyboard with 16 Backlit Performance-ready Pads, 8-Assignable Q-Link Knobs and a 4-Way Thumbstick
What makes the MPK MKII stand out is as well as the 25 key velocity-sensitive keyboard, you get eight
backlit velocity-sensitive MPC style pads for composing beats and drum patterns. If you are a hip-hop
composer looking to lay down hooks, basslines and beats the MPK Mini MKII would make a great
addition to your studio.
Alesis V-Mini Portable 25-Key
Alesis V-Mini Portable 25-Key USB-MIDI Controller with Xpand Software
As the name suggest, the V-Mini is a compact USB-powered controller that is fully portable. Although
small in the size, the V-Mini packs a punch with 25 velocity-sensitive keys, designated octave up and
down buttons and four velocity-sensitive back-lit pads. The keyboard is bundled with the virtual
instrument software Xpand!2.
Korg NANOKEY2-BK 25 Key USB Controller - Black
The Korg NANOKEY is a low profile, 25 key usb MIDI keyboard. The advanced design offers improved
accuracy and velocity sensitive keys. The NANOKEY comes bundles with the free KORG M1 Le
emulator software which is worth the cost of the keyboard alone. A great option for laptop producers
who need space.
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