Here we are again! An exciting new MIDI keyboard controller from of our favorite creators, Akai Professional. But what a second…doesn’t it look a lot like those guy’s keyboards over at Native Instruments? Yes, yes it does. However, don’t get judgmental too quickly. It’s quite obvious they’ve taken a liking to the aesthetics of NI’s Kontrol S-Series keyboards; but we’ll take that as merely complimenting them. It doesn’t look like the features list is quite the same, and these are a little more affordable than the S-Series, but not by much. Let’s take a look at what Akai has given us this time around with the Advance 25 MIDI Keyboard Controller.
One of our favorite music equipment brands, Native Instruments, shows us their biggest model in the new S-Series of MIDI keyboard controllers, the 61-key Kompact Kontrol S61. With an incredibly easy integration with your Komplete VST and FX using their “Komplete Browser” and “Native Map” technology paired up with some nice feeling keys, this thing is sitting at the top of MIDI keyboards when it comes to overall quality. It’s also equipped with some new touch-sensitive sliders that act like a pitch bend and mod wheel. But how does it rank with the competitors, and is that high price tag worth it? Let’s see what the Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S61 MIDI Keyboard holds altogether.
Here we have the 49-key model of Native Instrument‘s new MIDI keyboard controllers, the S-Series. These are specifically designed to work flawlessly with Komplete (versions 9 and higher), although any DAW will do when it comes down to it. The key-make, touch-sensitive strips for mod and pitch, “Native Map” mapping feature as well as various other extra tech they’ve included in the keyboards make the S-Series stand out from a lot of other keyboards in the market. It’s only a plus if you’ve got Komplete already. Let’s take a look at the Native Instruments Kontrol S49 MIDI keyboard in full detail.
One of our favorite brands in the market, Native Instruments, has come out with an entirely new series of MIDI keyboard controllers, titled the S-Series. In this article, we take a look at the lowest key-count of the bunch, the Komplete Kontrol S25 MIDI keyboard controller. This thing is a beast, with not only an extremely solid build and key-make but numerous additional functions and technology that trumps most controllers out there. Although, these positives are justified by the higher retail price, costing a bit more than pretty much any controller in the market right now. So is it worth it? Let’s take a look.
We love mini MIDI keyboards. The sleek, compact feel of the keys and the way it ultimately fits into my studio and stage setup makes me feel more organized. Akai Professional has done such a good job year in and year out with their music equipment, particularly their MIDI keyboards. I’ve had my MPK for about 4 years now and couldn’t be happier (I’ve upgraded this year). With that being said, their compact keyboards are built so well with such a low price, they’ve been dominating the mini game for quite some time. We saw a lot of positive reviews on the original Akai MPK Mini MIDI keyboard, so let’s see what they’ve done with their beloved compact controller with their new MkII models.