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simple/good quality MIDI keyboard controller?

Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:27 pm
by chimney chop
something simple
quality
37-49 midi keyboard controller
aftertouch
mod and pitch wheel and that's pretty much it.
don't need/want all the other switches, knobs, dials, and lcd screens.

something like the Cakewalk A-500S is almost perfect except for the joystick. i really would prefer separate/independent mod and pitch wheels.

might compromise in the key number dept but 61 is the largest keyboard i'd like.

something like the doepfer lmk2 but smaller and with semi-weighted action.
http://www.doepfer.de/home_e.htm

can anyone aim me in the right direction?


thanks!

Re: simple/good quality MIDI keyboard controller?

Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 3:23 am
by meatballfulton
Do you need MIDI jacks as well as USB? They are getting rare these days.

Are you just trying to save money? All the controllers currently available I can think of without lots of other controls don't have aftertouch or have more than 61 keys.

Re: simple/good quality MIDI keyboard controller?

Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 5:02 am
by chimney chop
meatballfulton wrote:Do you need MIDI jacks as well as USB? They are getting rare these days.

Are you just trying to save money? All the controllers currently available I can think of without lots of other controls don't have aftertouch or have more than 61 keys.
don't need usb just midi. of course it's ok if usb is there.

as a primary goal....not trying to save money necessarily. wouldn't hurt though.

i have a synth module that i'd like to control with this MIDI keyboard with the long term goal of putting the module and keyboard together into a custom case.

it'll just be easier if there are less features plus the module's right there so i don't need any other controls other than keys, mod wheel, pitch wheel.

i was thinking about this...
http://www.cme-pro.com/en/product-list.php?bc=2
but i can't seem to find a vendor

the sole US link is bust.

any suggestions?

Re: simple/good quality MIDI keyboard controller?

Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 1:29 pm
by meatballfulton
CME used to be distributed by Yamaha in the USA, but they dropped the line soon after lots of users complained about lots of bugs :cry:

Here is a rather negative review of the Z-Key that will give you some idea about CME "quirkiness".

CME makes the Arturia Analog Factory controllers (which can be bought without the software). A lot of people rave about the keyboard feel. The 32 key model has aftertouch, wheels and no display but there are some knobs and sliders. :?

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That's probably as "basic" as you'll find in current controllers. Nowadays aftertouch is reserved for more expensive models already loaded with other features. :|

Re: simple/good quality MIDI keyboard controller?

Posted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 2:09 am
by bouzoukijoe1
Novation controllers have the best key action out of all that I've tried. I think the Arturia one might be good too. you might also be able to find a used basic Fatar controller for a decent price.

the action on the new cheapo Alesis controllers definitely suck big time. I have an Axiom which also sucks. the keys are loose and have too much lateral play and also bounce around too much. they are somewhat acceptable if you're not picky, but definitely subpar action. as usual, you get what you pay for.

Re: simple/good quality MIDI keyboard controller?

Posted: Sat Aug 24, 2013 9:56 am
by bvc
If you're looking for something to put into a new housing, I know couple of instances of people using a Studiologic SL-161. I have been using an SL-161 Pro lately, and the keys are very nice. They're higher-end Fatars.

Problem being, Studiologic controllers are known to be finicky and have electrical issues. The one I'm using now (SL-161 Pro) is good, but my last one (regular SL-161) was buggy and unreliable. Also, you'd have to buy used. But it's the sleekest, "blankest" keyboard out there with aftertouch (take my word for it; I've spent a loooong time looking for something similar to what you described).

Here's a link to a SL-161 DIY project: http://www.bigsynth.com/equipment.htm

Someone also built 2 SL-161s into an organ console in this really interesting project, but I can't find the link anywhere now. Sorry.