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MIDI controllers for piano and synths?

Posted: Thu Feb 06, 2020 11:08 pm
by Composition86
Hello, I'm looking for a midi controller that works perfectly with Logic Pro X. I will mainly play piano vsti, but also orchestral sounds and synths. More specifically:
-49 keys (37 if the controller is really amazing)
-I play piano so, ideally, weighted. If not weighted, I'd like a very good response, no plasticky feeling. Full sized keys, absolutely no shorter or thinner keys.
-Don't need many knobs, would appreciate some play/stop buttons.

To better address the question, I'd like something like the Alesis V49, but I'm afraid the software seems to be not ideal, according to some reviews. An other suitable model, could be the M-Audio CODE 49, but I don't know much about it. Any other advice? Thanks.

Re: MIDI controllers for piano and synths?

Posted: Fri Feb 07, 2020 1:10 am
by meatballfulton
You won't find the action on either the Alesis or M-Audio to be up to your standards. You cannot find piano-weighted keys in any 49 key controller I can think of. The best action I've played in a 49 key controller is the Akai MPK49. It's weighted, but doesn't feel like a piano.

Sounds like space is an issue, because the best piano-like solutions in controllers are 88 key models, some of which have full hammer action keybeds..

Re: MIDI controllers for piano and synths?

Posted: Fri Feb 07, 2020 11:36 am
by Composition86
Hi, thanks for the suggestion. I don't really need a midi controller with a hammer action keyboard, but I would not mind having the feel of a piano keyboard. The AKAI you mentioned looks fine, but that's a bit too over-powered for me, I don't need those many knobs and sliders. I will check more items by AKAI.