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Absolute Best Midi Controller (2012 Keyboards) For Aspiring Producers

Updated on September 28, 2012

Best 2012 Midi Controller Guide For Beginner Keyboard Producers

Finding the best midi keyboard for beginner producers is pretty tough. You may be wondering if you need 25 keys, 49 keys, or maybe more.

Now you may also be deciding if you really need drum pads and sliders. It really does depend on what you want to produce, and if you want to create beats to sell for profit. This article will 100% help you decide which keyboards are best choices for you.

Which Best Midi Keyboard Is Good For You?

M Audio oxygen 49 review

The best and most resourceful midi controller keyboard is the m audio oxygen 49. It is cost effective and creates the best sound at under $150. Entry level keyboards are cheaper but this 49 keyboard comes well equipped with sliders, knobs, and all the pro features you can ask for.

If want drum pads, it is best to use a separate one instead of one that are installed onto your keyboards. The M Audio 49 is a popular buy so you'll need to find a local store to get them. Or check out ebay listing just below. This is simply the best entry level keyboard, unlike the 25 keys, many professionals find those to be limiting in keyboard octave levels which reduces quality of your beats.

You Don't Play Piano BUT Want To Become Good?

Select keyboards with 25 or more keys

Now some producers might not have the opportunity to play the piano, so your best choice are high end 25 keys instruments. The reason behind this all is that you are going to take months to learn how to play basic piano, and that means you will not be able to benefit well off more complicated midi controllers. The learning curve is how you want to look at it, some beginners do buy $400 keyboards to become create producers. The choice is all yours. Below is an assortment of recommended keyboards of all types for beginner.

Great Beginner Keyboards That Will Make You Successful - Very manageable and easy to use best midi controllers

Akai Professional SYNTHSTATION25 25-Key Keyboard Controller For iPhone and iPod Touch
Akai Professional SYNTHSTATION25 25-Key Keyboard Controller For iPhone and iPod Touch

Great price, good for the straight beginners, and ultra portable. Famous producers start off with this. Keys are okay on this, not the best. You'll like it for few months, and will kill to switch to a higher quality one.

 
Akai Professional MPK25 25-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with MPC Pads
Akai Professional MPK25 25-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with MPC Pads

This is a nice upgrade to non piano players, or those who don't really care about learning. You can use few fingers here and there to create successful sounding beats easily. This is a must get if you also have samples (soundclips) to use with drumpads. The value is great in this best midi controller 2012.

 
Akai Professional MPK49 | 49-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with MPC Pads
Akai Professional MPK49 | 49-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with MPC Pads

This is a step up from the 25 keys, and eventually you'll need to switch to this one. The drumpads on this is similiar to MPK25 version but comes with a lot more features than the previous models.

 
Akai Professional LPK25 | 25-Key Ultra-Portable USB MIDI Keyboard Controller for Laptops
Akai Professional LPK25 | 25-Key Ultra-Portable USB MIDI Keyboard Controller for Laptops

This is a backup keyboard for laptop users, great and easy to use. The keys are not the best, but the price is just right to create some basic but fulfilling beats.

 

High Quality 49 Keys and More Recommendations

The 49 keys or more midi controllers are essential devices for aspiring producers who want a future in the game. Music industry don't like those who can't afford tools to make beats for artists. As a solid producer you are expected to at least have a 49 keys to sell beats. Most beats require more octave level that can only be found on 49-61 keys, if you are serious piano player then use 88 keys.

Recommend Midi Controllers With 49 Keys

Alesis Q49 49-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller
Alesis Q49 49-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller

The alesis brand is reliable and offers a lot for the price. This comes with great drumpads and good keys. You'll not find as much features as other brands for this price. Overall good design but can be better.

 
M-Audio Keystudio 49-key USB MIDI Controller Keyboard
M-Audio Keystudio 49-key USB MIDI Controller Keyboard

This is fairly featureless, but you can tweak everything on your PC or laptop. This is used b professionals and is cheap as hell. If you are tight producer, this is a keyboard you can consider. Design looks cheap and no swag though.

 
Novation 49 SL MkII USB Midi Controller Keyboard 49 Keys
Novation 49 SL MkII USB Midi Controller Keyboard 49 Keys

This novation looks cool, does not feel flimsy and can handle everyday use well. The keys are responsive and have different level of pressure or velocity to produce great music. This is a producer's best friend, and at a premium price like this, its still worth it.

 
BEHRINGER U-CONTROL UMX490
BEHRINGER U-CONTROL UMX490

The behringer is very popular and sells out fast, you may find that you are paying for a red keyboard that is very sexy. It has knobs and sliders, but not as comprehensive as the m audio oxygen 49, which is the one I got.

 

Best 2012 Controller For 61 Midi Controllers - Very popular, very reliable, very profitable purchases

Now it is not a big deal to spend a lot of money to spend on a great midi keyboard for 2012. This is the year to earn a great living and not worry about the future. You'll make sales if you focus and create decent beats. The trick is to market it well, and I've talked to many successful sellers who earn without relying on being the BEST.

Novation Impulse 61 USB Midi Controller Keyboard, 61 Keys
Novation Impulse 61 USB Midi Controller Keyboard, 61 Keys

Like the 49 keys version and slightly more expensive, it works well and looks sexy as hell. You'll find a better build than novation designs. Works well with logic, flstudio, reason and more. Best 2012 keyboard, I want this one!

 
M-Audio AXIOM 61 Advanced 61-Key Semi-Weighted USB MIDI Controller 9900-51413-10
M-Audio AXIOM 61 Advanced 61-Key Semi-Weighted USB MIDI Controller 9900-51413-10

The axiom series is nice, and 61 keys is perfect for any advanced piano users. Comes with drumpads but you can use these for generic samples and buy a drumpad outside to do more serious drum beats. This is valued well, and affordable for serious producers.

 
BEHRINGER U-CONTROL UMX610
BEHRINGER U-CONTROL UMX610

As an industry standard for great keyboards, you'll not be disappointed with the simple yet efficient 61 key midi controller of 2012.

 
Akai Professional MPK88 Hammer Action USB Midi Controller
Akai Professional MPK88 Hammer Action USB Midi Controller

If you have this one, you'll be set to making millions. Well maybe not millions but this is on many already successful producer's top list to get. Click to learn more about it, too much good stuff to share about it.

 

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      jdwheeler 5 years ago

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