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KONTROL A49 OR KONTROL A61 NI KOMPLETE

Here, we are provided with both 49-Key and 61-Key A series on the top of the Kontrol Komplete keyboards. They usually share the identical characteristics, however, this is only 1½  step higher from M32.

Although they are not completely featured similar to their sister’s S series, here they certainly pack a great deal into these oddly inexpensive MIDI controller keyboards.

Characteristics of A49:

  • 49 keys that are custom-weighted
  • Uses Komplete Browser
  • Technology from Native Map
  • Integration of Maschine software
  • Intelligent play (chord set/mode)
  • Touch Control for Mod Wheel and Pitch Bend
  • Driven by USB
  • Class-conforming
  • Operates in NKS software

Characteristics of A61:

  • 61 keys that are custom-weighted
  • Uses Komplete Browser
  • Technology from Native Map
  • Integration of Maschine software
  • Intelligent play (chord set/mode)
  • Touch Control for Mod Wheel and Pitch Bend
  • Driven by USB
  • Class-conforming
  • Operates in NKS software

SEABOARD ROLI BLOCK 

All right, we’re beginning to enter into the strange and beautiful side of keyboard controllers. Well, always there will be some companies that throw a changeup into the business platform, but ROLI BLOCK delivers seriously. This Seaboard keyboard by mixing experimental aspects with truly functional features, makes it into a little more descriptive. Although it comes with its own and unique learning process, the sounds that you could get from this keyboard is really excellent as it seems like a keyboard for making beats. You can’t modify the identical controls on a conventional MIDI keyboard of yours just like that.

Characteristics of Roli:

  • 24 key with ‘keywave’ pressure sensitive surface
  • 5 Dimensional Touch Technology
  • Connectivity to Wireless network
  • Connectivity to USB-C with battery duration of about 10 hours
  • Needs softwares to be configured either on laptop or desktop
  • Includes Apps for iOS
  • 3-month Subscription to Melodics
  • MaxMSP subscription for 3-months
  • Includes the Sound Library

THE FINEST AMONG THE BEST

In case you have enough money and would like to have the finest MIDI controller keyboard, then the thing that you have to do is not to look beyond these incredible choices.

It comprises more number of buttons, keys, and other features that you will not find on other keyboards.

49 SEABOARD RISE ROLI 

This Roli 49 keyboard is a damn cool one.This keyboard uplifts or levels up the expression of the music to another level as this can be given “make music with keyboard” as caption, similar to the QuNexus/K-Board. But with little block on its way. If you think that this Block is cool, by providing a more complete keyboard layout with more controls, it takes this one to a professional stage. Also, It will make your hands feel like they are floating while playing this keyboard.

Characteristics of seaboard rise:

  • 49 wave keys on surface that responds to pressure
  • 5 Dimensional touch
  • Thousands of sounds
  • Equator, Cypher2 Player, Strobe2, 8-Track Bitwig Device Package as software bundle
  • Connectivity to USB
  • For charging USB
  • Wireless Connectivity with 8 Hr battery life
  • Polyphonic Expression of MIDI (MPE)
  • Compliant with class
  • To access every RISE functionality, Host DAW should support MPE, or else it operates like a normal MIDI controller.

KONTROL S49 OR KONTROL S61 NI KOMPLETE

If you think that series-A was pretty good, then be ready to get impressed. Because, these ni keyboards from the series-S are just so good. With a nice-feeling main bed, you not only get the sexiest form factor along with a good-sensing bed of keys, but also you get loads of enhanced features, such as scale settings, light guide, and advanced chord along with close compatibility with Komplete. The price of the keyboards here is also more typical of the normal norm of standard Indigenous Instruments.

Characteristics of S49:

  • Key bed is fater with 49 keys
  • Komplete Browser along with integrated display
  • Technology of Native Map
  • Light Guide of Red Green Blue LED 
  • Play is smart (chord set/mode)
  • Provided Touch Control of Mod Wheel and Pitch Bend
  • Driven by USB
  • Class-conforming
  • Runs with NKS software

Characteristics of S69:

  • Key bed is fater with 69 keys
  • Komplete Browser along with integrated display
  • Technology of Native Map
  • Light Guide of Red Green Blue LED 
  • Play is smart (chord set/mode)
  • Provided Touch Control of Mod Wheel and Pitch Bend
  • Driven by USB
  • Class-conforming
  • Runs with NKS software

MPK261 AKAI 

For many years that have passed, larger keyboards of Akai were the live equipment and standard for studios. Still today it remains the same, why so? Due to the variety of highly-payable keys, pads and faders which make this keyboard the top contestant in every producer’s studio. Overall, this keyboard masters the basics with quite few things on top of the keyboard, and this really works.

Characteristics:

  • 61 half-weighted keys in synth-style with after-touch
  • 16 RGB with 4 banks drum pads provided with performance
  • 8 faders, switches and encoders
  • Bend of Mod Wheel and Pitch
  • MPC swing, built-in note repetition workflow
  • Includes SONiVOX Plugin for 88 Ensemble Piano
  • Driven by USB
  • Compliant with class

KEYLAB 88 BY ARTURIA

If you are in search of a MIDI keyboard with 88 keys, this KeyLab 88 will be probably the one on which you can make your bets. Though the preset looks somewhat strange, because of the incorporation with the mappable controls, amazing keys and Arturia’s software makes this keyboard the winner.

Characteristics:

  • 88 mini keys in synth style
  • 10 encoders (2 banks which are mapped automatically to parameters of the Analog Lab)
  • Sixteen pads
  • Nine Faders
  • Strips for Mod Wheel and Pitch Bend
  • Section for Transport
  • Buttons for parameter switching
  • 2 devoted encoders for configuration presets
  • Interactive Monitor Display
  • 6000 presets of analog synth in Analog Lab
  • Class-conforming
  • Driven by USB

STILL CAN’T ABLE TO DECIDE ?

If you have read the above reviews on music producing keyboards with MIDI controllers and still couldn’t make a decision on a particular MIDI keyboard then first sort out your specifications and start your search according to it.

Also, if you want some time then there is no need to rush as purchasing a new MIDI keyboard is of greater importance, always make sure whether it is the right option for you or not.

Consequently, when sorting your studio, there are indeed a lot of things to consider like headphones, applications, computers and so on. So don’t forget about them.

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