Help me find a midi keyboard

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by lefty224, Feb 3, 2014.

  1. lefty224 macrumors member

    Sep 20, 2013
    Late 2013 iMac 27" i5 24GB RAM


    Logic Pro X

    Focusrite Scarlett

    Which midi keyboard do you suggest? 49 or 61 key preferred that works well with Logic Pro X please.

    Thank you
  2. Diastro macrumors member


    Jul 12, 2010
    Veldhoven, the Netherlands
    I see what you did there, dude, you thought you would get two for the price of one, yeah? :p

    Okay I'll bite.

    MIDI keyboards (or controllers, as they're sometimes called) can be just as complex as audio interfaces. But I'm not going to lay it down completely for you. Do a quick google search for how does a MIDI keyboard work to find some information about every feature they may have.

    I can however give you a couple brands that are revered by 99% of the people in small home studios.

    They are M-Audio, Novation and AKAI Professional. Anything from them will be great quality, and will feature Logic Pro X and Mavericks compatibility.

    Good luck!
  3. lefty224 thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 20, 2013
    I was looking at the M-Audio Axiom Pro 61 but i heard and the Novation Impulse 61 but i heard not all keys map out. Some will work and some doesn't.

    I don't know anything about Akai and which midi keyboard from their line.
  4. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    What are you going to play on this? Do you want piano action or synth action keys.

    The feel of the keys and the quality of the action are, I think, the number one thing to look at. But what is "best" depends on why you are doing. Pianos are very different from organs. What is it you want?

    What kind of keyboard instruments have you played in the past?
  5. lefty224 thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 20, 2013
    Just a basic yamaha keyboard loooooong time ago. Mainly using it for midi controls. Not really a great piano player. Just using the piano for basic layering.
  6. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California

    Pianos have weighted hammer actions that transfer force into motion. Asynth action keyboard has light springs under the keys and may or may not have velocity sensitive keys. Velocity sensitivity allows you to play louder are softer.

    Allpianos are velocity sensitive but keyboards can be either way. Pipe organs are not velocity sensitive and some synths aren't

    Yo just have to finger out what you want. I use a piano action keyboard from Yamaha. They don't really have hammer, it's simulated with a weight in a stick but is still much different from the spring action types
  7. lefty224 thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 20, 2013

    So which midi keyboard to get if hammer action/weighted keys isn't the top priority? If highest priority is the auto mapping keys for logic x?
  8. DeltaMac macrumors 604


    Jul 30, 2003
    How about these that have already been mentioned.
    You may have a local music shop, where you can try some of those, or at least look at them. Sometimes you also find folks at shops that have some experience, or even the same interest in audio that you have… You can get some good opinions, and use that as a guide for what you eventually get.
  9. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    I have pretty much the same setup and use a Novation SL MKII, works out of the box with Logic, and the keyboard is high quality, more info on their stuff here:

    Shopping around, you should be able to get one for a decent only gripe is that they don't supply a PSU ( it's USB powered too) but the quality is superb, and as I said works great with Logic. I use a Yamaha board in my setup and it works very well.

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