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.
The best MIDI keyboard controllers are becoming more and more popular today, seeing that technology continues to improve and musicians everywhere are slowly beginning the migration process of switching to a digital setup (or at least a hybrid with both analog and digital setups). I know people who still abide by analog-only equipment for mixing and mastering, but still use their MIDI controller frequently for various production in their studio. We’re huge fans of keyboards and although we still love real synthesizers and drum machines, you just can’t beat the cost-effectiveness and overall usefulness of a keyboard that is custom depending on which virtual instrument you’re using, creating an endless amount of possibilities for sounds and effects. Let’s review the top 10 best MIDI keyboard controllers available today — both for those who want the best of the best or are on a budget and want the most affordable.
One of the better quality digital audio workstations (DAW) out there is Reason by Propellerhead. In order to fully optimize your studio setup, whether it’s home, semi-pro or professional, is investing in a solid MIDI controller. Whether it’s a keyboard with/without pads or merely an interface, you need to take quite a few factors into consideration if you’re staying within a budget yet at the same time want to invest for the future of your studio and/or live performances. We’ve used Reason numerous times (and loved it) and have done a lot of research around the net to find the best midi controller, interface and keyboard available today.
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.
61 glimmering pieces of porcelain awaiting the combination of your fingers and a smooth VST to make some beautiful music. If you’re looking for a MIDI keyboard and have decided to go with the larger count of 61 keys, you definitely will not be disappointed. Although we feel that 49 can be sufficient in terms of having just enough, with 61 keys you are able to really play the keyboard fully and have a range of scales to choose from. There are some brands out there that offer some very high quality 61 key controllers and we’ve chosen our favorite in terms of build, functions and price.