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« on: October 14, 2009, 21:02:20 »

Want to get myself sorted out with a MIDI keyboard- I haven't owned one before so am totally clueless, but I don't mind investing in a decent one- anything below £100 would be fine, and if there's a good reason to go higher then I'd at least consider it. I don't want a honking great thing as space is limited and I'm certainly no virtuoso, just want to be able to tap out some beats and twiddle the odd knob... what would you lot suggest?
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« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2009, 08:15:27 »

Korg nano series. Very compact, really easy to set up and £40-50 a piece. I would recommend the nanoKontrol and nanoPad as a good combination.
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« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2009, 11:04:21 »

I would personally say avoid Edirol controllers as I have a PCR-30 and only about 2 of the keys still work and some of the knobs have always behaved really strangely. They may have improved since that model though
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« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2009, 12:13:02 »

I'd avoid the cheap own-brand ones from Sound Control/Carillion, near Broadmead, as I bought one last christmas, that didn't work, took it back and got another, that didn't work either, so gave up.

Shame as the price was good, but they wouldn't play ball with Logic or Reason. Still, they have sales on from time to time, plus they stock the Nano series mentioned above.  Two Thumbs
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« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2009, 13:21:07 »

I use an M Audio Axiom and its done me well. Nice enough keys and plenty of pads, buttons, knobs and faders to play with. But if you're not gonna use it as a keyboard then you'd maybe be better with something thats got longer and/or motorised faders. I've also got a Behringer BCR3000 but I wouldn't get one again, it seems to have broken the fuck down whilst in storage inside a box.
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« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2009, 14:16:50 »

Kenton Control freak, built like a tank and fully programmable Cool

http://www.cashconverters.co.uk/auction-item/282530/kenton-electronice-control-freak-studio-edition

I have the live version which has knobs instead of sliders.

*edit, you did say keyboard, sorry....
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« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2009, 20:23:14 »

http://www.chemical-records.co.uk/sc/servlet/Info?Track=UMX49

behringer do ok controllers for the price
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« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2009, 12:49:02 »

http://www.chemical-records.co.uk/sc/servlet/Info?Track=UMX49

behringer do ok controllers for the price

But they break easily as mentioned above...

What about the Novation range??  I think Dan Fix and Gyu used to use one of them quite a lot...
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« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2009, 14:43:40 »

I would personally say avoid Edirol controllers as I have a PCR-30 and only about 2 of the keys still work and some of the knobs have always behaved really strangely. They may have improved since that model though
i've got one of these and have partly working keys, my friend thinks is dust & that a clean out will sort it
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« Reply #9 on: October 19, 2009, 19:55:10 »

http://www.chemical-records.co.uk/sc/servlet/Info?Track=UMX49

behringer do ok controllers for the price

But they break easily as mentioned above...

What about the Novation range??  I think Dan Fix and Gyu used to use one of them quite a lot...


Novation and M Audio are looking like the front runners at the mo- have to say I will run a mile from anything Behringer, their DJM600 knock-off mixer was one of the most depressing pieces of technology I've ever had the misfortune of using.
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« Reply #10 on: October 20, 2009, 12:47:35 »

I would personally say avoid Edirol controllers as I have a PCR-30 and only about 2 of the keys still work and some of the knobs have always behaved really strangely. They may have improved since that model though
i've got one of these and have partly working keys, my friend thinks is dust & that a clean out will sort it

Just buy some graphite powder off ebay and dust the key contacts, I bought a PCR-30 on Gumtree for £15, did that and it all works fine now.
http://www.fixya.com/support/t451937-replacing_key_contacts

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« Reply #11 on: October 21, 2009, 18:38:23 »

thanks, i've got some graphite spray somewhere i think, though i'd have to get masking to use that
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« Reply #12 on: October 21, 2009, 19:41:05 »

I would personally say avoid Edirol controllers as I have a PCR-30 and only about 2 of the keys still work and some of the knobs have always behaved really strangely. They may have improved since that model though
i've got one of these and have partly working keys, my friend thinks is dust & that a clean out will sort it

Just buy some graphite powder off ebay and dust the key contacts, I bought a PCR-30 on Gumtree for £15, did that and it all works fine now.
http://www.fixya.com/support/t451937-replacing_key_contacts

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cheers. i'll probably have a go at that at some point
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« Reply #13 on: October 21, 2009, 23:19:12 »

I would personally say avoid Edirol controllers as I have a PCR-30 and only about 2 of the keys still work and some of the knobs have always behaved really strangely. They may have improved since that model though

by pcr30 do you mean pcr 300?

i got the pcr300 it is falling apart but i've had it about 4 years, has been gigged a lot taken on planes without a carry case and i play out breakcore which it probably doesn;t like but generally been very happy with it. for £130 the features it gives such as velocity pads, faders and rotary knobs is pretty fucking good.
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« Reply #14 on: October 22, 2009, 09:57:09 »

i think they're pretty good, roland basically as well so you get a 3 year warranty with them
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« Reply #15 on: October 22, 2009, 18:29:32 »

M-Audio cheap stuff is awful. My soundcard/controller thing is a constant pain in the arse.
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« Reply #16 on: October 23, 2009, 00:11:36 »

Could always try the Akai MPK25, but it's £260, so you may as well buy the MPK49 for £320  Undecided

As forementioned, you don't have a lot of space though, so @ £260 the MPK25 may be out of your price range on this occasion, but you do get a decent midi controller with 12 MPC style pads.

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« Reply #17 on: October 23, 2009, 12:02:10 »

has anyone tried the korg ones?
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« Reply #18 on: October 23, 2009, 12:09:47 »

M-Audio cheap stuff is awful. My soundcard/controller thing is a constant pain in the arse.

I'm an M-Audio fanboy. Delta 1010LT soundcard & Axiom 61 keyboard/controller. Never had a single problem with either of them. Lovely, lovely gear.  Two Thumbs
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« Reply #19 on: October 27, 2009, 16:39:16 »

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« Reply #20 on: November 23, 2009, 16:11:23 »

I have one of these, would definitely recommend:


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