Best MIDI Keyboard for Beginners

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  1. mahyden

    mahyden Member Thread Starter

    Los Angeles
    Could anyone recommend the best MIDI keyboard for beginners? I can spend up to about $200. Thanks for any help you can offer.
  2. limahuli

    limahuli Well-Known Member

    N. California
    * How many keys? 25 or less? 49? 61? 88?
    * How portable does it need to be?
    * Do you need full-size keys, or will mini-keys do?
    * Do you want to control a DAW with the keyboard?

    I have an Arturia KeyLab Mk II 61-key that I like, but it's too big to travel with, so I'm going to buy an Arturia MiniLab MkII 25 Slim-key Controller. The latter is $119 on Sweetwater. It's about the size of a closed laptop.

    I spend a lot of time on Reverb and Sweetwater, looking at features, reviews, and photos. It's a big help in narrowing down the many choices.
  3. Past Masters

    Past Masters Beatles Fanthologist

    +1 for the Arturia KeyLab series, they're great, but might be over your budget, unless you get a deal on a used one.

    What are you using the keyboard for? Are you using at as a MIDI controller for MIDI sounds on your computer, or do you want to learn to play the piano? Because a lot of MIDI keyboards (usually the ones called controllers) will not make any sound on their own, without a software MIDI instrument.
  4. nebrquart

    nebrquart Member

    Personally, I would recommend getting this AKAI Professional MPK Mini MK3 Black. It's small enough to fit in backpack, this diminutive, USB bus-powered MIDI controller gives you 25 velocity-sensitive synth-action mini keys, Octave Up/Down buttons, and an ergonomic 4-way thumbstick for pitch-bend and mod duties.

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