I am in need of a new Midi Controller Keyboard and would be really
appreciative of any advice/pointers you might be able to give me..
keyboard would serve as my controller for Logic Pro and Sibelius 7, 88
hammer-like/realistic keys would be preferable. My upper financial limit is 1300 Euros.
Ie. the Doepfer LMK-4. I see however that there are many other controllers available for
much less money with many more programmable faders/knobs. Pitch-bend and a Mod Wheel are a
must, although I'm open to the joystick option 2-in-one variation if anyone can recommend
this route.. I have already visited my local music store (musicstore.de in Cologne,
Germany) which has a massive collection of midi controller keyboards, and to be honest, I
feel just as lost as I did before my visit! I found the feel of the Doepfer Keyboard very
nice, but, I see with several other keyboards that there are now integrated drum pads and
so many programmable faders/knobs...most of which the Doepfer seems to be lacking.. One
perhaps trivial element I like about the Doepfer is it's minimal size. My keyboard will be
installed on sliders hanging under a wooden table - due to it's pitch/mod wheel being
located on the left side, the Doepfer wouldn't take up too much space. In comparison, the
Studiologic VMK 188 Plus would take up quite a bit more space (in terms of it's
Can anyone provide me with any advice/pointers on their experience
with such keyboard controllers? Does anyone have any experience with integrated drum pads?
(i.e.. (Avid) Axiom Pro 61 or Akai MPK 88 for example) Perhaps it'd be better to buy then
another unit which would then a dedicated drum pad? And any experience with the
programmable faders/knobs? Apparently they can be quite inaccurate?! Perhaps it's also
better here to get an other piece of hardware dedicated to this job? I've already read a
number of reviews on different keyboards but some of the reviews I've come across are
already 6 years old, so I thought I'd ask you about what the current collective opinion
Many many thanks for any help you can offer!!