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Old 04-22-2020, 04:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Which midi controller?

Guess it's time to pick up a midi controller so I can actually work - been messing around with Ableton for a while.

In general, I'd like to keep it under $300. After some research I've narrowed down my options to these three: Novation Impulse 49, Akai MPK49 and Arturia Experience 49. Any recommendations? Pros/cons, suggestions and alternative options are more than welcomed!

UPD: after some considerations, I went with Novation Impulse. Keys feel good, as I wanted to. Trying to make it work with FL Studio for recording writing as I haven't had time to do this. Still lots of thing to try and explore.

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Old 04-29-2020, 09:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I went with a Beatstep Pro, but most people use it as a hardware controller and sequencer, which it's terrific for. I've only used it for an hour in Ableton as I don't really like using DAWs at all. Anything Arturia is just really well built, easy to use, and cheap as hell for what you actually get.
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Old 02-12-2021, 02:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If you want a keyboard any of you mentioned would be great. If you want a great midi controller for Ableton it's Novation's Launch Control XL. I highly recommend it. Paired with Launchpad - it's a great control of the whole session, both channels and midi input.
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Old 05-06-2021, 01:00 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I use the voodoolab Ground Control.. super solid.. hasn't malfunctioned on me in over 10 years of heavy use.
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Old 05-19-2021, 02:41 AM   #5 (permalink)
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The keyboard on my desk is a Native Instruments Komplete S61 MK2. It's good, although I somewhat miss having faders. It's a lot more expensive than my old axiom keyboard which I gave away some ywars ago, but that was good too.

What I care most about is the feel of the keys. As long as that's good, the rest don't matter as much, even if I find good faders etc. preferable.

Additionally, I have a korg nano for fingerdrumming and a kinda big behringer midi pedal board which is great for stuff like software guitar plugins.
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