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midi keyboard controller

Discussion in 'Recording' started by inLoco, Sep 30, 2004.

  1. inLoco

    inLoco Active Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    ok... so i've been checking a lot of stuff for my recording gig...

    i want to be able to do mixes and play keys, insert samples, and so on...
    so because i recently sold my roland em-2000 (it's funny but i miss it... but money...) i'm thinking of buying one of those midi controllers like the ones from evolution and m-audio!
    i'd like to check a few and i need it to have a few knobs so i can tweak effects and stuff...

    anyone has advice on this? what's the difference in them? any special thing in consideration? i'd like to stay between 200 and 300 max...


    hope to hear from you guys! thanks!
  2. David French

    David French Distinguished Member

    Jun 19, 2002
    I've used the Radium and find it to be pretty nice.. lots of knobs and faders for automation... if you do a lot of that.
  3. ShellTones

    ShellTones Guest

    I just use a $120 Evolution 49 key. It serves my purpose.
  4. inLoco

    inLoco Active Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    i'm thinking too if 61 is better than 49 but the price is just more 30 euros so i'm leaning towards the first...

    what do you think about it's sensibility and accuracy?
  5. ShellTones

    ShellTones Guest

    I'm a songwriter/guitarist who plays a keyboards a little. All I know is even my cheap 49-key controller does the job for me. I think, for the price these things cost, you can't go wrong with any of them. Make sure the place you buy has a return policy just in case you don't like it.
  6. boy44

    boy44 Guest

    I was also recently looking for a 49 key midi controller, and after searching for as many reviews as I could find, it seemd to me like people generally preferred the Edirol PCR series products to thecomparable M-Audio/Evolution models, stating that they felt more solidly built. I also liked the fact that the Edirol can be used as a 1X1 usb midi interface since it has a midi input. I was able to get it for $199 ( the usual street price is about $230) with free shipping from musicians friend and it should arrive today. I'll let you know what I think after I try it out.

  7. Arrowfan

    Arrowfan Guest

    If you can afford the extra space - I suggest to definitely get a 61 key (or more). Having the extra keys really opens up playing style.

    For example instead of hitting a single accent low note you can add the octave down as well.

    Sure you could add this note using the MIDI editor of a seq program, or use the octave stepping of the conrtoller ... but most likely the thought to include the octave won't even occur.

    Another use of the extra key range is to drum map another kit worth of sounds. Its always nice to have all your favorite drum sounds loaded up on a single large keymap.

    More keys on the controller keyboard, IMO, really frees up a lot of possibilities, both compositional and technical.

  8. inLoco

    inLoco Active Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    thanks arrowfan for the advice.. and yes i'm leaning towards one ofe 61...
  9. I got the Radium too, which is linked to a triton rack module... if your looking for a cheap and easy controller get the midiman radium one.. im happy with it...

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