If you are looking to buy a MIDI keyboard to practice on or add to your studio, there is a lot of choice on the market so deciding which one is the best for you can be hard, especially if you don’t know what key features to look for. To understand the sheer scale of the range, all you have to do is type “MIDI keyboard” into the search engines to see that you are faced with almost 1,000 results with prices ranging from £10.99, for devices, we obviously are not going to recommend, all the way to musical masterpieces costing almost £1,500. For you to decide the best midi keyboard 2017 to buy you need to consider:
What is a Midi Keyboard
A MIDI keyboard is a piano style keyboard which creates digital MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) Signals. This technical standard allows musical devices such as keyboards connect with digital computer equipment, rather than creating analog sounds.
Therefore it is important to understand that when buying a MIDI keyboard you are probably going to need the right equipment or at the very least some form of software to get the most out of it.
Typically MIDI Keyboards are broken up into a variety of categories: Under 30 Keys, 31-50 Keys, 51-80 Keys or over 80 Keys. This needs to be your starting point. How many keys do you need? How advanced are your abilities to “play around” with the sounds you can produce from a keyboard? These are the questions that you need to be asking yourselves at this point. Below, however, we will recommend 4 Keyboards that are under £200 pounds and that we consider overall, good value for money.
Under 30 Keys – The Korg TRITON Taktile 25 coming in at £190
TRITON isn’t a brand that you would go for as your first thought. However, The Taktile-25 offers a lot of extras along with its limited 25 keys. The keyboard isn’t anything special; it has the same Korg Taktile that you find on synthesizers and workstations. However for under £100 you are getting a great sound range, a variety of pre-set buttons a built in Synth and a pretty powerful oscillator.
Under 50 Keys – Alesis Vortex Wireless Keytar costing just under the £200 mark
There is nothing cooler than a Keytar let’s be honest. Although this option doesn’t have as many as the optional extras as the TRITON, we are recommending it allows you to play very freely as you aren’t constricted by your usual piano set up.
Under 80 Keys – Nektar Impact LX61+ costing only just over the £100 mark
This keyboard practically has everything you need. Not only does it have 61 velocity sensitive keys. It also offers easy integration thanks to its custom control center; it is incredibly powerful while still being a very portable.
Over 80 Keys – M-Audio Keystation 88 II USB Controller £150
This will obviously be an entry level option for the 80+ Key MIDI keyboard. However, it will suit most musicians thanks to its velocity sensitive controller and a total of 88 keys.