number of keys?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by ukuleleboy, May 2, 2006.

  1. ukuleleboy

    ukuleleboy Guest

    How come there are so many different midi controller keyboards with such a wide range of key numbers... ranging from 25 to 88... what is the advantage or disadvantage of either option?

    I am trying to choose an entry level keyboard for myself... help me out please... I was reccommended to get a 61 key model...

    x matt x
  2. MadTiger3000

    MadTiger3000 Active Member

    Nov 16, 2004
    If you have any skill at keyboard playing (piano, organ, etc.), get 61 keys at a minimum. You will frustrate yourself otherwise.
  3. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Jun 19, 2002
    I'll second that from experience. :twisted:
  4. pr0gr4m

    pr0gr4m Well-Known Member

    Feb 9, 2005
    South Florida
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    I agree with the previous 2 posts. 61 keys is the lowest I'd go.

    But the REASONing behind the smaller keyboards is probably not only a space thing (in that they take up less of it) but because some people only need an octave or so of keys to input things like bass lines or arppegios(sp?). I tend to believe that they are taylored to the techno/dance musician who is generally writing one-handed keyboard parts.

    If you look at standard synths, some of them taylored for those genres have even given up on the larger keyboards because the sounds they offer aren't really designed for a full 88 key range. Good examples of that are the Ion and MS2000.
  5. TeddyG

    TeddyG Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    I bought a 61 key, as It just fit the space I had. If I could I'd go back for the 88(More if they had them!) and let everything smaller to people like me who just don't have the room... You won't regret having the "extra" keys, the cost is only a bit more(Especially over time)... You will often regret not having those extra notes......(AARRGGHH!!)

    If you like weighted/piano action keyboards, make sure they actually DO feel just like you want them to feel - some weighted actions are poor. If I couldn't afford the "best" weighted actions, I'd skip this feature(As I couldn't and did - no regrets here - not nearly as big a deal as the # of keys.)

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