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#1 peterspiano

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 05:17 AM

Hi there,

I am in need of a new Midi Controller Keyboard for my composing studio and would be really appreciative of any advice/pointers you might be able to give me..

Although the keyboard would serve as my controller for Logic Pro and Sibelius 7, 88 hammer-like/realistic keys would be preferable. My upper financial limit is 1300 Euros. Ie. the Doepfer LMK-4. I see however that there are many other controllers available for much less money with many more programmable faders/knobs. Pitch-bend and a Mod Wheel are a must, although i'm open to the joystick option 2-in-one variation if anyone can recommend this route.. I have already visited my local music store (musicstore.de in Cologne, Germany) which has a massive collection of midi controller keyboards, and to be honest, I feel just as lost as I did before my visit! I found the feel of the Doepfer Keyboard very nice, but, I see with several other keyboards that there are now integrated drum pads and so many programmable faders/knobs...most of which the Doepfer seems to be lacking.. One perhaps trivial element I like about the Doepfer is it's minimal size. My keyboard will be installed on sliders hanging under a wooden table - due to it's pitch/mod wheel being located on the left side, the Doepfer wouldn't take up too much space. In comparison, the Studiologic VMK 188 Plus would take up quite a bit more space (in terms of it's depth)..

Can anyone provide me with any advice/pointers on their experience with such keyboard controllers? Does anyone have any experience with integrated drum pads? (ie. (Avid) Axiom Pro 61 or Akai MPK 88 for example) Perhaps it'd be better to buy then another unit which would then a dedicated drum pad? And any experience with the programmable faders/knobs? Apparently they can be quite inaccurate?! I.e. the faders/knobs sometimes have a nervous twitch and don't stay put…or the '0' value on the controller doesn't match up with the '0' value on the DAW. Perhaps it's also better here to get an other piece of hardware dedicated to this job? I've already read a number of reviews on different keyboards but some of the reviews i've come across are already 6 years old, so I thought i'd ask you about what the current collective opinion might be :)

Many many thanks for any help you can offer!!

Peter

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 09:41 AM

i'd really appreciate any help you guys out there can offer :)

hoping for a reply!!

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:13 AM

does anyone have any experience with the Roland A88? This seems to be a new keyboard. It's going for 1000 dollars (899 Euros at my store..coming in in about 2 months i'm guessing.) It sounds interesting...


http://www.sweetwate...tore/detail/A88

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 03:12 PM

Hi peterspiano, I use a Kawai ES4 that works great over the USB link to the Macintosh. I'm sure the newer ones work just as well or if not better, but I can personally vouch for this 88 weighted-key wonder and it is probably much less than 900 Euros now if you can find one used or on eBay. However, it does NOT have a mod and pitch bend wheel or integrated drum pads. For the drum pads, I use the Korg Nano pad and for the wheels, an Oxygen25. I'm happy with those as well.
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