What are the best MIDI keyboard controllers?

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    #1Akai Professional MPK261

    Akai Professional MPK261

    Akai Professional MPK261 is a 61-key USB MIDI keyboard and drum pad controller with LCD screen which is ideal to use for musicians and composers. This has a USB cable connectivity. 

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    Eric Nguyen
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Where has this thing been all my life? It's perfect for me. I'm a musician, but I work digitally a lot. That means I'm at the computer, and this is a perfect keyboard for me. I can work on the computer, typing and entering key commands, but still have music displays and be able to fiddle with drum tracks and basic music inputs from the extra controls built into this unit. Plugs into my computer or laptop, or my friend's computer, anywhere I go with it. It's really sped my process up a lot without losing quality, and I'm not trying to crowd nearly as many instruments around the computer desk anymore."
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    #2Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII

    Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII

    Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII is a 25-key ultra-portable USB MIDI drum pad and keyboard controller with a joystick, which is ideal for traveling musicians and producers who do not require a big keyboard to use. 

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    Sara Taylor
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This is a decent small keyboard controller. It has a lot of functions on it and is portable."
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    #3Akai Professional MPK225

    Akai Professional MPK225

    Akai Professional MPK225 is a 25-key USB MIDI keyboard and drum pad controller with the LCD screen. It is iOS compatible ready through the Apple iPad Camera Connection kit, and also has a plug-and-play connectivity. 

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    Angela Kelly
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I think this could be an excellent solution, just maybe not the best for the topic. "
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    #4M-Audio Keystation 88 II

    M-Audio Keystation 88 II

    M-Audio Keystation 88 II is an 88-key USB MIDI keyboard controller with pitch-bend and modulation wheels which is ideal to use for composing digital music. It can be connected to Mac and a PC. 

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    Harry Powell
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "good if your on a budget, but there is far better options"
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    #5M-Audio Oxygen 49 MKIV

    M-Audio Oxygen 49 MKIV

    M-Audio Oxygen 49 MKIV is a 49-key USB MIDI keyboard and drum pad controller which can be connected to a computer through a USB connection. This includes Pro Tools, and Virtual Instrument Player (VIP).

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    Jane Campbell
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Perfect for a reason. Sleek, stylish and oh that new keyboard smell. Works with Linux. Nice one to have and the looks are amazing."
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    #6Akai Professional MPK249

    Akai Professional MPK249

    Akai Professional MPK249 is an all-in-one 49-key USB MIDI keyboard and drum pad controller with an LCD screen. However, this does not include a traditional power adapter. 

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    Brenda Sims
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This would be good for someone who is really into playing, but I just want something to fiddle with. I'll keep looking."
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    #7M-Audio Keystation 61 II

    M-Audio Keystation 61 II

    M-Audio Keystation 61 II is a 61-key USB MIDI keyboard controller with pitch-bend and modulation wheels which has transport controls to manage your DAW and has a sustain pedal input too. 

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    Pamela Pena
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Awesome professional quality keyboard. This is probably as small as you can expect a full 88 key keyboard to be. The keys sound fine and travels well."
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    #8Novation Launchkey 25

    Novation Launchkey  25

    Novation Launchkey 25 is a 25-key ultra portable instrument and USB MIDI controller keyboard which can be connected to an iPad, Mac, or PC. This comes with Ableton Live Lite and Loopmasters sample pack.

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    Peter Cole
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "When I was interested in playing around with music I found the Novation Launchkey 25. It didn't offer a ton of bells and whistles, but was very affordable. Since I was just starting out I saw no reason not to try it. This thing was so simple to set up and get running with. It is super easy to move around because it's not huge. I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything by using the Novation over something that costs double the price."
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    #9Roland A-88

    Roland A-88

    Roland A-88 is a MIDI keyboard controller with 88-keys that are Ivory Feel-G keyboard, D-BEAM controller, and split keyboard functions. It also has a USB bus power. 

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    Justin Kim
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "The Roland A-88 is one of the best MIDI keyboard controllers. Absolute top of the line on feel. A little tough on kids but so is a grand piano. I ran this fine keyboard into a Fantom X6 and wow! The sky is the limit! 100% pleased."
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    #10Roland FA-08

    Roland FA-08

    Roland FA-08 is an 88-key workstation with the INTEGRA-7 sound module to have studio quality effects which are filled with more than 2,000 tones. 

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    Raymond Harvey
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I bought a keyboard that needs to be connected to a computer. I came here looking for the best MIDI keyboard controllers. I was told to get the Roland FA-08. It is good enough for what I need so I bought it. "
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    #11Roland A49BK

    Roland A49BK

    Roland A49BK is a lightweight and compact MIDI keyboard controller with D-BEAM controller, two knobs and two switches which is easy to use. It is USB bus powered and AC adapter is not required. 

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    Aanya Jayaraman
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I have always wanted to learn how to play the piano but a piano is too expensive. I instead bought this MIDI keyboard to teach myself. I like it so far. "

Summary

Best What are the best MIDI keyboard controllers
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Akai Professional MPK261Electronics 26 Paid
2Akai Professional MPK Mini MKIIElectronics 22 Paid
3Akai Professional MPK225Electronics 19 Paid
4M-Audio Keystation 88 IIElectronics 17 Paid
5M-Audio Oxygen 49 MKIVElectronics 15 Paid
6Akai Professional MPK249Electronics 11 Paid
7M-Audio Keystation 61 IIElectronics 9 Paid
8Novation Launchkey 25Electronics 8 Paid
9Roland A-88Electronics 0 Paid
10Roland FA-08Electronics 0 Paid
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