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#2264053 - Today at 11:55 AM Midi controller with a good keybed under 1000$
Ov3rload Online   content
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Registered: 04/19/14
Posts: 1
Hi,

i'm looking for a good midi controller with realistic keys for under 1000$.

I'll be using it just as a controller, not for the sound. I'll be using it with various virtual instruments but mainly with a virtual piano (Ravenscroft), so i'm looking for something that can resemble a real one.

A full digital piano would be ok too, but the whole sound part would be wasted, so i was thinking i could get a better deal with a controller.

Since i'm using it for other instruments too, some must have are:
  • Pitch/Modulation wheel or joystick (mappable to other CC)
  • Split over differents midi channels
  • Expression pedal

In addition aftertouch would be nice, but i consider a good keyboard far more important.

I'm not a professional musician but this is just a hobby, so i don't require extreme realism.

For the moment i'm leaned toward the Roland A-88.
The Kawai VPC-1 is out of my budget, plus it doesn't have the features that i've previously mentioned.
Another candidate would be the Akai mpk88, but the keyboard doesn't seem at the level of the Roland.

I know that the best option would be to try them, but i live in an area where that is not feasible, so i have to rely just on what i read online.

What do you think about the Roland? What other controller would you suggest me?

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#2264087 - 2 minutes 31 seconds ago Re: Midi controller with a good keybed under 1000$ [Re: Ov3rload]
slowtraveler Offline
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Registered: 01/14/12
Posts: 161
Loc: Chicago, IL USA
Hi Ov3rload,

Based on your stated requirements, I think you've identified the two best choices. If you wanted to consider buying an 88-note weighted keyboard _plus_ a separate MIDI controller, you'd have more options, but otherwise, the two boards you mentioned fit the bill.

But for its lack of expression pedal inputs, the Casio PX-5S stage piano would make a great MIDI controller, with the bonus of an extremely powerful sound engine. You could use an external box like the MIDI Solutions pedal controller to deal with the pedal issue, if you could tolerate some additional cost and inconvenience.

I've spent a little time playing the A88. I think Roland's Ivory Feel-G action is okay but not great.

If you are willing to increase your budget a little bit or look for a high-quality used instrument, I bet you could find a Kawai MP6 stage piano for a little more than USD $1,000. It has recently been replaced by the new MP7, but there's still some new MP6 inventory out there. It makes an excellent MIDi controller, and IMHO the Kawai's action is better suited to use as a piano controller than the Roland Ivory Feel-G.

Kind regards,

Ben

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