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Re: Recommend midi keyboard around £300

Postby Dr Huge Longjohns » Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:09 pm

So, decided on the M Audio. Will report back when it arrives and plugged in. Thanks for all the excellent input. :D
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Re: Recommend midi keyboard around £300

Postby Eddy Deegan » Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:14 pm

Dr Huge Longjohns wrote:So, decided on the M Audio. Will report back when it arrives and plugged in. Thanks for all the excellent input. :D

:thumbup:

Several times I've found spawning a thread to 'think aloud' about something often yields useful results, even if through the lifetime of that thread you end up shifting your requirements a little bit with a nudge here and there from various posters.

There's a lot to be said for a group conversation. The same goes for creating music, I suppose - the trick being to find the right group to do it with ;)
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Re: Recommend midi keyboard around £300

Postby Dr Huge Longjohns » Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:16 pm

And if it all goes pear shaped you've got somebody else to blame!
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Re: Recommend midi keyboard around £300

Postby blinddrew » Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:26 pm

Dr Huge Longjohns wrote:And if it all goes pear shaped you've got somebody else to blame!
Whoah there! I put a disclaimer in and everything! ;)
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Re: Recommend midi keyboard around £300

Postby Dr Huge Longjohns » Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:08 pm

Very pleased with the M Audio. A 'does exactly what it says on the tin' sort of product. Worked fine straight out of the box, seems well made and the keys are nice to play. Also they don't rattle like many cheap keyboard keys do. The octave switching has a good feature, the colour of the light above the up and down switches change colour depending on how far you are from 'home' which is useful.

The only tiny niggle, for the sake of completeness, and it is really tiny is that the keyboard sags very very slightly in the middle under heavy playing. This is cured currently with a thin pad of post it notes. What do you expect for £76 including postage?

What you perhaps don't expect for that amount is a load of excellent free software bundled in. This includes, amongst others, an XLN Addictive Grand Piano (£89 to buy on their site) another grand piano and an electric piano from Air (which is excellent, with 70 very usable presets). I can't get the mini grand to work, currently, but gifthorses, mouths etc.
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Re: Recommend midi keyboard around £300

Postby blinddrew » Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:17 pm

Dr Huge Longjohns wrote:What you perhaps don't expect for that amount is a load of excellent free software bundled in. This includes, amongst others, an XLN Addictive Grand Piano (£89 to buy on their site) another grand piano and an electric piano from Air (which is excellent, with 70 very usable presets). I can't get the mini grand to work, currently, but gifthorses, mouths etc.
That was actually one of the reasons I chose it. I've been very happy with the bundled piano and the synth. :)
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Re: Recommend midi keyboard around £300

Postby Dr Huge Longjohns » Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:49 pm

DId you get the Air Mini Grand piano? Can't get it to work at all. Interface loads fine but just goes Clunk when you press a note. THe component is there and all authorised afaics but just clunk. :(
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Re: Recommend midi keyboard around £300

Postby Wonks » Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:55 pm

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Re: Recommend midi keyboard around £300

Postby blinddrew » Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:45 pm

Nope, I got the Xpand2 synth but the main piano plugin was Sonivox EightyEight. They've obviously changed their software pack.
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Re: Recommend midi keyboard around £300

Postby Dr Huge Longjohns » Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:54 pm

Finally got the AIR piano going, needed a software update. I've got pianos coming out of my ears now!
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Re: Recommend midi keyboard around £300

Postby Wonks » Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:28 pm

Dr Huge Longjohns wrote: I've got pianos coming out of my ears now!

You must be a grand and upright person.
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Re: Recommend midi keyboard around £300

Postby Sam Spoons » Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:41 pm

Dr Huge Longjohns wrote:DId you get the Air Mini Grand piano? Can't get it to work at all. Interface loads fine but just goes Clunk when you press a note. THe component is there and all authorised afaics but just clunk. :(

Interesting, I wouldn't have expected 'Air Piano' to make any actual noise at all :smirk:
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Re: Recommend midi keyboard around £300

Postby Guest » Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:59 am

I have just bought an Akai MPK249 which is really good and has an excellent semi-weighted keyboard. The 61 key version is slightly over your budget.

https://www.andertons.co.uk/akai-mpk249-controller-keyboard
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Re: Recommend midi keyboard around £300

Postby Dave B » Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:52 am

I've nearly splurged on the Akai MPKs a few times for ideas that I've had. They seem very well spec'd and are class compliant. And I know that a few name bands use them to drive their Mainstage rigs so they seem fairly gig-worthy. Yes, they cost more, but it looks like they are worth it!
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