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Postby clearthedancefloor » Thu Nov 26, 2009 3:20 pm

hi,

i currently have a korg micrkontrol with broken keys which is why i need a new midi keyboard

i found the size of the keys a bit too small and never really liked the feel of them either

does anyone have any recommendations for a midi keyboard in the 100-150 price range?

thanks

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Re: midi keyboard for £100-150

Postby Neil C » Thu Nov 26, 2009 5:07 pm

When my Oxygen8 broke and I got a new controller I got an Axiom.
I preferred the unweighted keys of the Oxygen8 to the Axiom semi-weighted ones and I don't use the extra controllers on the Axiom, so I wish I'd just got another Oxygen8.
My point is that you may want avoid paying extra for weighted keys and controls you might not use.
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Re: midi keyboard for £100-150

Postby systemexclusive » Thu Nov 26, 2009 9:24 pm

I like this keyboard http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/AxiomPro61.html .

I prefer semi-weighted keys to put accents into my arrangements.
Also HyperControl feature allow me quickly control ProTools. I setup ASCII keystrokes to perform typical operations without touching mouse and computer keyboard.
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Re: midi keyboard for £100-150

Postby Jumpeyspyder » Thu Nov 26, 2009 10:24 pm

My wife got me a Evolution MK249C several years ago.

I works fine but I've never really liked the keyboard its just too plasticky I have no problem with other non weighted keyboards its just the feel of the one.

My advice is to get to a shop, get those pinkies out and have a quick play.

Good luck
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Re: midi keyboard for £100-150

Postby Jumpeyspyder » Thu Nov 26, 2009 10:28 pm

Another thought might be to get a secondhand 'out of fashion' digital synth eg Yamaha DX7

They often have pretty good keyboards and you get a free sound module for free. If you do a bit of research the only downside is the possibility of breaking down.
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Re: midi keyboard for £100-150

Postby discomb » Fri Nov 27, 2009 2:29 pm

I got a m-audio oxygen 61 recently and I'm very happy with it. It has a better build quality than the evolution MK249C which I've had for about 5 years, and has sliders as well as knobs, and also has transport controls. just checked on dv247 and the 3rd version of the 61, which is slightly more compact and is a slick black, is a little over £100.
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Re: midi keyboard for £100-150

Postby Guido3 » Fri Nov 27, 2009 6:29 pm

Jumpeyspyder wrote:Another thought might be to get a secondhand 'out of fashion' digital synth eg Yamaha DX7

They often have pretty good keyboards and you get a free sound module for free. If you do a bit of research the only downside is the possibility of breaking down.


I agree with the above. If you don't need USB, I would look for an older synth. IMHO the DX7 had a great feel. The Korg Wavestation I had felt lovely - Fantistic synth too.

That aside, I recently bought a s/h Korg K61. A bit lightweight in feel but does the job nicely. Can be buss powered too.
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Re: midi keyboard for £100-150

Postby clearthedancefloor » Mon Nov 30, 2009 12:44 pm

thanks for your responses

after some consideration i dont think i'll have space for a 66 key keyboard which is a real shame, i was thinking about edirol pcr-300? or can anyone recommend a decent midi controller that i can put on my lap to play (really do need a bigger space for it all)
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Re: midi keyboard for £100-150

Postby Mike Craig » Mon Nov 30, 2009 12:51 pm

Hi Jim,

Have you considered the Novation Remote 25SL?

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Great if you are planning to use it to control your VST instruments and it looks about lap-sized!

Available for £130 from one of the leading UK dealers.

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Re: midi keyboard for £100-150

Postby tinomen » Thu Dec 10, 2009 2:35 pm

I've had a few different synths over the years, and mainly use the old M-Audio Radium Keystations for gigging. I think these are great value, and pretty decent. Lightweight too, so had no problems carrying them both around in one flightcase. Quite a few sliders and knobs on them too.
Had a M-Audio Keystation Pro 88 which was a beast, and I regret selling that now.
The best keyboard I ever played though, was the Kurzweil K2000! Great action on that synth!!
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Re: midi keyboard for £100-150

Postby Frank Eleveld » Fri Jan 15, 2010 3:42 pm

I'm using an Evolution keyboard as well, but I don't like it very much either. I have been given a classical piano training so I prefer a weighted piano-action keyboard. The Evolution is quite the opposite, plasticky and without a clear 'feel'.

Even the keyboards of my old GEM S2Turbo and Roland synths were better. If you're in the market for a decent keyboard I'd echo the suggestion to get a decent synth, as long as the keys are still properly working.

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Re: midi keyboard for £100-150

Postby Casimir's Blake » Fri Jan 15, 2010 10:53 pm

EMU X-Board, all the way.

Not necessarily the best options with regards to MIDI controls, just 16 knobs on the 25-key version for example. But here is why I wouldn't want any other controller were I "stuck" with a ~£150 budget:

THEY HAVE AFTERTOUCH

It also happens to have a pretty damn good semi-weighted key action, too. So yes, get an X-Board!!
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Re: midi keyboard for £100-150

Postby crofter » Sun Jan 17, 2010 9:29 am

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Re: midi keyboard for £100-150

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Jan 18, 2010 1:40 pm

The aftertouch is what swung me towards the original CME UF series, and despite their patchy reliability record (my UF8 has been fine for several years apart from one key requiring more pressure than the others), I'm still very pleased with it.


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Re: midi keyboard for £100-150

Postby Zukan » Mon Jan 18, 2010 2:48 pm

No USB dropouts Martin?

I hear that's a common problem with the first/second generation of the UF range.
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Re: midi keyboard for £100-150

Postby JeffB » Tue Jan 19, 2010 11:17 am

I'll agree with Martin on the CME boards. I had a UF7 for a few years and the only problem I had was that one of the key weights came loose. I just glued it back in place and it was fine. I only sold it when I got a Kurzweil PC3 and hadn't got room for it any more.

I did only use it via MIDI though and not USB.
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Re: midi keyboard for £100-150

Postby Martin Walker » Tue Jan 19, 2010 1:44 pm

Zukan wrote:No USB dropouts Martin?

I hear that's a common problem with the first/second generation of the UF range.


Hi Zuke!

Like JeffB I abandoned the USB output early on in favour of using the CME's standard MIDI output (much more reliable).

I'd still prefer wooden end cheeks rather than the red ones, but I still consider the UF8 an absolute bargain.


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Re: midi keyboard for £100-150

Postby Matt_Moose » Tue Jan 19, 2010 7:27 pm

Martin Walker wrote:Like JeffB I abandoned the USB output early on in favour of using the CME's standard MIDI output (much more reliable).

But have you ever got the transport controls to work?? :) I never did on my UF6 on USB, so went back to the MIDI out. Although I'm thinking I read something about UF8s having different circuitry at some point so they could be coaxed into working??

Anyway - I've sold it now, but great case build and a nice touch for a synth-action 'board.

And to reply to the OP: I've now got an M-audio Axiom61 which I'd also recommend considering.
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Re: midi keyboard for £100-150

Postby aim » Wed Jan 20, 2010 9:14 am

I got a Oxygen8 v2 and really like that one, especially using the controller knobs on that thing within logic, it's really nice.
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Re: midi keyboard for £100-150

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Jan 20, 2010 5:28 pm

Matt_Moose wrote:But have you ever got the transport controls to work?? :) I never did on my UF6 on USB, so went back to the MIDI out.

That was one of the other problems with USB ;)

I got them working with the MIDI output using CME's UF Editor utility for PC, that lets you modify incoming MIDI messages and change them to something else, modify its velocity and aftertouch responses, and so on.

I ended up abandonignt hat as well eventually, and now route my UF8 into Midiox, which I use to filter out Active Sensing messages and massage the velocity response.


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