Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

This custom search works much better than the built in one and allows searching older posts.
(ad) End Stage Fright
End Stage Fright
(ad) Pianoteq
Latest Pianoteq add-on instrument: U4 upright piano
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
PianoSupplies.com (150)
Piano Accessories Music Related Gifts Piano Tuning Equipment Piano Moving Equipment
We now offer Gift Certificates in our online store!
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Piano
Quick Links to Useful Stuff
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers
*Organs

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano Accessories
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#2081052 - 05/11/13 09:10 PM Which small keyboard to buy for Fruity Loops?
Pianomonkey5 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 05/11/13
Posts: 2
Hello,

I am looking for a very simple small keyboard that I can use with Fruity Loops or similar software. I want to choose all the sounds, effects, record etc. in the software on my laptop instead of on the keyboard itself. So it does not need to have any buttons just keys but it has to be compatible and the keys should be well weighted and feel natural.
Will USB be better than MIDI?

Willing to spend $200.

Thanks!


Edited by Pianomonkey5 (05/11/13 09:11 PM)

Top
(ad) Roland

Click Here

#2081107 - 05/11/13 11:45 PM Re: Which small keyboard to buy for Fruity Loops? [Re: Pianomonkey5]
Scott Hamlin Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 08/11/12
Posts: 531
Originally Posted By: Pianomonkey5
Hello,

I am looking for a very simple small keyboard that I can use with Fruity Loops or similar software. I want to choose all the sounds, effects, record etc. in the software on my laptop instead of on the keyboard itself. So it does not need to have any buttons just keys but it has to be compatible and the keys should be well weighted and feel natural.
Will USB be better than MIDI?

Willing to spend $200.

Thanks!


If you are just using it for your DAW,
USB only is fine.

I have the M-audio KeyRig 49- cost $99
and works great for exactly what you
want to do.

Unless you want more bells and whistles
(sounds like you don't want/need) you
don't need to spend more than that.
_________________________
http://DulceLabs.com
Sound, Video, Design

Top
#2082340 - 05/14/13 09:17 AM Re: Which small keyboard to buy for Fruity Loops? [Re: Pianomonkey5]
Pianomonkey5 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 05/11/13
Posts: 2
whats DAW?
thanks for replying

Top
#2082477 - 05/14/13 02:05 PM Re: Which small keyboard to buy for Fruity Loops? [Re: Pianomonkey5]
spanishbuddha Online   content
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/08/09
Posts: 2232
Loc: UK
Originally Posted By: Pianomonkey5
whats DAW?
thanks for replying

The software you refer to on your laptop. Wikipedia: Digital audio workstation.

Top
#2082489 - 05/14/13 02:36 PM Re: Which small keyboard to buy for Fruity Loops? [Re: Scott Hamlin]
Charles Cohen Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/26/12
Posts: 936
Loc: Richmond, BC, Canada
Quote:
So it does not need to have any buttons just keys but it has to be compatible and the keys should be well weighted and feel natural.


The M-Audio Keyrig 49 has "synth-action" keys, not "weighted" keys. Aside from that, I agree with the previous post - it meets all the other requirements.

If you want something with _weighted_ keys, I think you'll have to spend more money than $200. Roland and Kawai both make weighted MIDI keyboards, but they're not small, light, or inexpensive. [There are other makers as well; others will probably respond.]

One possibility is to get a used Casio PX-130, or Yamaha P95. The keyboard action is reasonable on both of them, and they might be within your budget. Just ignore the built-in sound generator, and run MIDI from the keyboard to your PC.

. Charles

Top
#2082495 - 05/14/13 02:50 PM Re: Which small keyboard to buy for Fruity Loops? [Re: Pianomonkey5]
Thomas Williams Offline
Full Member

Registered: 02/18/04
Posts: 62
Loc: NJ, USA
What Charles said about the weighted key action.

It does depend, though, on what you mean by "well weighted" keys that feel "natural." If you mean piano-like action, then yes, you'll need something like the action found on the PX-130 or the P95 (and higher models). If you only need, say, 49 or 61 keys (you did specify a "very simple, small keyboard"), you may not find anything like that with piano-like action, although there are some models that do have a fairly heavy feel that gives some security. The Behringer UMX610 is a 61-key controller keyboard that meets this description, and to me feels better than any other controller in its price range (a decent amount of weight to the keys, but no hammer action). It is around $200 (US), though I picked up a slightly used one on eBay for much less; there are also 49- and 25-key versions which of course are cheaper. It does have a few programmable buttons and knobs but you can ignore them if they aren't needed.
_________________________
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-hvAs0rvMk

Top
#2082502 - 05/14/13 03:17 PM Re: Which small keyboard to buy for Fruity Loops? [Re: Pianomonkey5]
emenelton Offline
Full Member

Registered: 08/02/09
Posts: 424
The Akai MPK49 has been surfacing at Guitar Center on and off lately at the $200 level.
Definitely the best of the bunch at that price.

New

Top

Moderator:  Piano World 
What's Hot!!
HOW TO POST PICTURES on the Piano Forums
-------------------
Sharing is Caring!
About the Buttons
-------------------
Forums Rules & Help
-------------------
ADVERTISE
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
-------------------
PIANO BOOKS
Interesting books about the piano, pianists, piano history, biographies, memoirs and more!
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
Sheet Music
(PW is an affiliate)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
Download & Print Sheet Music Instantly
sheet music search
sheet music search

sheet music search
(ad) HAILUN Pianos
Hailun Pianos - Click for More
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
Who's Online
155 registered (accordeur, 36251, Alkanaut, 40 invisible), 1714 Guests and 38 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
74215 Members
42 Forums
153524 Topics
2249806 Posts

Max Online: 15252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Disney - Mulan - Reflection (arr. by K. Landry)
by Gi Dy
04/17/14 12:32 PM
A good introduction to history of French classical music?
by BWV 846
04/17/14 10:50 AM
Piano Composition + a Drawing
by leandrobrunapiano
04/17/14 10:50 AM
Casio AP range advice please
by thamajor7
04/17/14 09:37 AM
Buzz-project: How do composer earn big money?
by talfi composer
04/17/14 09:10 AM
(ads by Google)

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
| Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |


copyright 1997 - 2014 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission