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9.24 pounds
39.17 x 2.68 x 7.44 inches
No
61
9.9
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Buyer's Reviews 963

Try a different cable! Or USB hubs! I'm happy to be able to use this controller, but to my dismay, my Mac (High Sierra 10.13) and Logic Pro X didn't receive any signals. It is identifying the device (in the Logic Pro and Audio Midi settings), but has not received any buttons. After an hour of Google search, some people seem to have solved the problem by using the USB2 hub, but I don't want to go that way. So I decided to throw some extra cables and see if it would be any different. I was surprised to find that it worked! I swapped the cables many times, and the results were the same. There was nothing wrong with the extra cables around me, but the cables contained were obviously damaged. I'm glad I tried this, because I was about to return it.

7.48 pounds
9.6 x 44.1 x 4.53 inches
Item can be shipped within U.S.
No
9.2
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Buyer's Reviews 1378

Obviously, everyone who complains about speed doesn't bother to Google for the problem. Http:/www.noterepeat.com/products/ Alesis-series 519-Alesis-series-judgment-the-speed-of-the-key-the-series-editorgo go there and follow the instructions. I recommend setting the speed curve to # 2. Updating firmware (on the Alesis website) is also a good idea. I used this keyboard for the first time in practice yesterday. I like it very much. It's a little stiff compared to what I'm used to, but it takes about 20 seconds to get used to it. For price and functionality, it will be difficult to find a better deal than this keyboard. I like this editor, too. The ability to change pads from Note to CC, to change pad behavior to instant or latch, and to change the CC&ON/OFF speed of pads and buttons is absolutely great. I want all keyboards to have such a simple way to reroute and modify internal commands. Should Alesis ship Velocity#4 as the default? No, I didn't. Is it hard to fix? Possible: if you are blind, paralyzed from the neck down, or just stand upright with no arms or legs. I'm not Alesis Shill,. I just think it's ridiculous that this keyboard is hit by people who obviously don't know what they're talking about.

9.26 pounds
38.98 x 4.72 x 12.6 inches
No
Black
9.0
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Buyer's Reviews 1021

I have been a musician for more than 15 years, playing mandolin in acoustic improvisation, bands and home recordings. I also made amateur recordings for about a decade, using several digital multi-track recorders based on different hardware. Last year, when I discovered the affordability and amazing breadth of capabilities provided by software systems, I turned to computer-based records. The software I chose was Logic Pro X and Mainstage 3. As I became familiar with OSX music production software, I realized the importance of MIDI controllers in leveraging a wide range of software instruments and other digital music production technologies. I have few keyboard skills, so it means learning not only a new music skill, but also the technical details of digital music making methods. After a few months of familiarizing myself with the features of Logic and Mainstage, I feel ready to make a reasonably informed decision that it might be best for me to buy MIDI hardware for the first time. In this comment, I list the features that I think will best allow me to make progress at the lowest level, and I believe the controller will meet my expectations. First of all, I need a keyboard that won't prevent me from learning to play the keyboard. I infer that I need full-size buttons, speed-sensitive, post-tactile, enough octaves, a tone bending wheel and a modulation wheel. Admit me.

13 pounds
12.4 x 44.1 x 4.53 inches
No
61
8.9
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Oh, my God, this thing is amazing. It's not perfect, but it's RAD. Have VIP software to help the interface between the controller and DAW and your plug-in make such a big difference in the workflow. VIP software is not perfect yet. It sometimes crashes (usually when you open it, and then you just reopen it, and then it works). But once you open it and run it, it's really sweet. It makes it easier to use plug-ins and their patches. As for the controller, the quality is very good. If you're looking for the kind of keyboard bed you'll find on the $3500 Roland (Roland) keyboard bed, you won't find it here, but even so, if you can use semi-weighted buttons, it does work well. I like to have a good time on it. The screen on the controller is good enough. It's easy to read the text on the screen. I think the control layout is very good. Like any new toolkit, you have to get used to being proficient in everything, but it's good enough that it won't take long. Using the controller is an easy task, and it will be a lot of fun after a little practice. This thing looks great, too. I haven't personally tried the Akai Advance series, which is by far the biggest competitor to this controller, but I think it looks better. I think the layout of most buttons also makes more sense. As for pads, I don't use them often, but they seem to work as well as my previous pads on Akai MPK225. In short, this controller is easier to make music with VST, and. No, no.

16.1 pounds
12.28 x 36.65 x 3.39 inches
No
Usb
8.7
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Buyer's Reviews 299

Let me make a long story short. So far, my favorite USB/MIDI keyboard is the one I've ever used. I've tried the cheaper 25-key Akai, but it's too small, and I don't like the action of the Synth key. By contrast, this is a full-size keyboard. For most electronic music makers, you may try impromptu or other things on the keyboard, test chords, etc., but you are unlikely to play Mozart. The point is, I'd rather have a very useful 25 key than a less useful full size 88. 25 is also about the same size as the appropriate size on the table, especially with blenders and so on. Drum mats are super sensitive and sensitive, and 4x8 Bank gives you 32 options, although I doubt a lot of people use them-I'll get a MPC or something if I just want these mats. They're there and they work well. Pay attention to repetition, just like the ARP of the pad. The regular ARP pattern is also good, well implemented, and you can get some cool sounds by playing with latches and bouncing ARP around the notes. You almost always edit them in DAW, but this is the starting point for something cool. Keystrokes feel great, play great, and so on, away from the cheap model of Synth action. Including onboard DAW preset and Ableton Live Lite tonnage is also very good. The mixing process I use is not supported, but this is not surprising. Anything common will be overwritten, and you can set your own presets. I do hope that there is more variability in the preset-exchangeable banks like PADS would be good, because for example, if you use VST, like serum, you have one.

7.49 pounds
9.56 x 38.46 x 3.7 inches
No
61
8.3
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I would like to add some long-term observations about this keyboard, but will wait until I have a few more weeks of hands-on time.This is my first "mini" MIDI keyboard, as my other is an 88-key Yamaha. The form factor of the 25 key layout was the primary need. After several weeks of use, I can report this unit has been rock solid. From the first time moment I connected via an USB3 port, it neatly integrated with FL Studio, and has worked without a hitch. Here are a few of my thoughts:Pros:- Pads are nice, and seem to respond to velocity with aggressive tapping- Session control buttons: loop, play, record, stop are positioned perfectly over center of keyboard, and make using the DAW a dream- Keys have decent tactile feelCons:- Minor nitpick, but it seems the touch sensitivity could be re-calibrated.. I find myself banging on the keys at times :)- No other issues.. I really enjoy using this keyboardOverall I feel that I made the right choice going this route over the Akai or Novation Launchkey

14 pounds
42 x 13 x 7 inches
No
61
7.8
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Buyer's Reviews 60

I'm not sure why this isn't more popular. Inexpensive, reliable, sturdy, and just the right amount of keys for portability. I'm extremely picky with what I spend my money on, and I return about twice as many things as I keep, but I'm beyond happy with this.This keyboard came with me on a 3-month, 8 country tour of Europe and Africa in my (soft) checked bag, protected by nothing more than the 2 styrofoam end-pieces from the packaging, one layer of cheap bubble wrap, and some clothes (see pictures). After being thoroughly used for 3 months, and after dozens and dozens of plane, train, and automobile rides, most likely being thrown quite a bit, it's still in 100% perfect condition (and so is the styrofoam).The combination pitch/mod stick is awesome. After playing this, I can't imagine using separate pitch/mod wheels. The keys feel great, the pads are excellent, the knobs and sliders feel good and offer just enough resistance, and the inputs are all on the left side so you can push it right up to your laptop. The rubber pads on the bottom keep the keyboard in place. I had no trouble programming the buttons in my DAW, and it works great with the Yamaha FC5 sustain pedal. One note on that - sustain works, but doesn't seem to be recording live-sustain into my DAW. Could be user error. Haven't investigated this issue deeply. It's not a huge concern.I had previously tested Akai, Arturia, and M-Audio, and I wasn't satisfied.The Arturia Keylab 49 is a nice unit, but it's too big and hea...

5.76 pounds
33.46 x 2.01 x 5.39 inches
No
White
7.7
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Buyer's Reviews 121

The spring-action keyboard mechanism is a significant upgrade from the low-end AKM320. Velocity control is respectable.The keyboard outputs to USB and 5-pin midi simultaneously, with the caveat that program change messages are only sent via USB (i.e., you can't change instruments via 5-pin MIDI). In general, changing instruments is an awkward two-handed affair (hold shift, press "Pro", type instrument number, press "Enter"). Same for changing channels, etc.By default, the transport buttons are MMC (USB only), but can be configured as MIDI CC controls, which are then echoed to 5-pin MIDI. Aside from program change, all other messages seem to be sent to both USB & 5-pin MIDI.The knobs rotate smoothly through a fixed 4/5ths rotation. They feel like potentiometers to me (i.e., they don't click or spin infinitely like the rotary encoders on the M-Audio Axiom 25). Dialing in an exact value (other than 0 and 127) is a bit fiddly.Visual feedback is excellent. The 3-digit LED display displays the value as you rotate the knobs, shows the current octave as you transpose, etc. LED bar graphs next to pitch/modulation give feedback as use the capacitive touch controls. Buttons are backlit with dual color red/blue LEDs and change color to give feedback or indicate the current mode. The position indicators on the knobs are backlit.The capacitive touch control for pitch bend occasionally sends a burst of minor pitch variations while no one is touching the keyboard. (Probably ADC noise on the...

6 pounds
38 x 7.75 x 2.75 inches
No
Usb
7.2
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Buyer's Reviews 362

The USBImpact GX61 keyboard is a MIDI controller that operates through a Nektar connection. There are a lot of good features here, all of which can be seen in the product description, and all of these features are excellent. However, the most prominent feature is the key itself, and they are just right. I can't ask for a better interface for this price. I went to 61 (and a 49) because I really wanted to get stuck, and I haven't been able to stop since it arrived. I've tried Studio One,Pro-Tools and Ableton, and several separate VST, keyboards that work well for everything. I've also been testing including the DAW,Bitwig 8 track, which seems to be powerful. For some programs, you need to assign allocable keys to a particular program. The key weight is just right, and the speed sensitivity is ready to use out of the box, but you can also adjust it. The pitch bends and modulates the wheels to feel and work great. I've seen several other models, but I couldn't be happier when I went with Nektar. This is a device that I can firmly recommend. If I upgrade again, I know what my first choice is. Please feel free to ask me questions. I will be happy to answer all the questions.

5.04 pounds
37.2 x 7.28 x 3.22 inches
2 AA batteries required. (included)
No
7.2
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I am a professional pianist and usually use Nord Piano 2 ($4900) in my music production. I tried to find another great keyboard as my main keyboard and use it for my travel. For things that are extremely speed sensitive, the overall keyboard feels great. I've tried all the MIDI keyboards on the market: they all suck! All of them! Both 300 + and 100 dollars. They all have terrible speed sensitivity. Many of them have bonds that are too flexible and sometimes too hard, and many of them are unbalanced. Even Roland Amur49 surprised me: the key was too hard and flexible. Finally, I found Korg Microkey Air 61. This is great. I had almost as much fun as I did on my Nord Piano. Advantages:-excellent and magical speed sensitivity-excellent and just right button weight: they are suitable for piano parts, synthesizer parts, drums, anything. They are really absolutely universal-super compact size, but still highly playable-lightweight-traditional tone bending and modulation wheels-it has a Bluetooth connection-it has Korg bundled Cons:- I tried to find them, but I really can't find Anyi to recommend this keyboard for all people who create music. For beginners and professionals. If you are looking for a great keyboard with compact size and the best keystroke effect on the market-Korg Microkey is for you.

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Item Weight 9.24 pounds 7.48 pounds 9.26 pounds 13 pounds 16.1 pounds 7.49 pounds 14 pounds 5.76 pounds 6 pounds 5.04 pounds
Product Dimensions 39.17 x 2.68 x 7.44 inches 9.6 x 44.1 x 4.53 inches 38.98 x 4.72 x 12.6 inches 12.4 x 44.1 x 4.53 inches 12.28 x 36.65 x 3.39 inches 9.56 x 38.46 x 3.7 inches 42 x 13 x 7 inches 33.46 x 2.01 x 5.39 inches 38 x 7.75 x 2.75 inches 37.2 x 7.28 x 3.22 inches
Is Discontinued By Manufacturer
Date First Available August 1, 2018 April 14, 2014 July 1, 2015 April 14, 2014 June 1, 2015 April 14, 2014 December 17, 2010 December 15, 2016 April 29, 2016 February 1, 2016
Number of Keyboard Keys 61 61 61 61 61 61 61 61 61 61
Size 61 Keys - 61 Keys 61-key - OXYGEN 61 IV 61-key mini - 61 Key
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