Top 10 Best Controllers with Keyboard
for January 2022

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AKAI Professional MPK Mini MK3 | 25 Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller With 8 Backlit Drum Pads, 8 Knobs and Music Production Software included (Black)

AKAI Professional MPK Mini MK3

25 Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller With 8 Backlit Drum Pads, 8 Knobs and Music Production Software included (Black)

by inMusic Brands Inc.
What We like

Total Control of your Production - Innovative 4-way thumbstick for dynamic pitch and modulation control, plus a built-in arpeggiator with adjustable resolution, range and modes

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Product Features

  • The MPC Experience - 8 backlit velocity-sensitive MPC-style MIDI beat pads with Note Repeat & Full Level for programming drums, triggering samples and controlling virtual synthesizer / DAW controls
  • Complete Command of your Virtual Instruments and FX - 8 360-degree knobs assign to all your music studio plugins for mixing, tweaking synth controls and more
  • Music Production and Beat Maker Essential USB powered MIDI controller with 25 mini MIDI keyboard velocity-sensitive keys for studio production, virtual synthesizer control and beat production
  • 1500+ Sounds and Everything You Need for Pro Production Complete Music Production Starter Kit including MPC Beats, 6 Virtual Instruments and 2GB of sound content

Complete command of your virtual instruments and fx - 8 360-degree knobs assign to all your music studio plugins for mixing, tweaking synth controls and more 1500+ sounds and everything you need for pro production complete music production starter kit including mpc beats, 6 virtual instruments and 2gb of sound content The mpc experience - 8 backlit velocity-sensitive mpc-style midi beat pads with note repeat & full level for programming drums, triggering samples and controlling virtual synthesizer / daw controls Music production and beat maker essential usb powered midi controller with 25 mini midi keyboard velocity-sensitive keys for studio production, virtual synthesizer control and beat production

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9.8
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Alesis V61 | 61 Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with 8 Backlit Pads, 4 Assignable Knobs and Buttons, Plus a Professional Software Suite with ProTools | First Included

Alesis V61

61 Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with 8 Backlit Pads, 4 Assignable Knobs and Buttons, Plus a Professional Software Suite with ProTools, First Included

by inMusic Brands Inc.
What We like

Premium Software Included - Includes ProTools: First Alesis Edition, Ableton Live Lite 9 and Eleven Lite, plus Mini Grand, DB-33 and Xpand!2 virtual instrument software by Air Music Tech

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Product Features

  • Octave Up and Down buttons let you access the full keyboard range and Pitch and modulation wheels deliver expressive, creative control
  • 8 velocity- and pressure-sensitive backlit pads for beat production and clip launching
  • MIDI Keyboard with 61 full-sized, velocity sensitive square-front keys, perfect for playing Virtual Instruments
  • 4 assignable knobs and 4 assignable buttons interface with your music software. Seamless, visual feedback via illuminated buttons and knobs

Octave up and down buttons let you access the full keyboard range and pitch and modulation wheels deliver expressive, creative control Midi keyboard with 61 full-sized, velocity sensitive square-front keys, perfect for playing virtual instruments 8 velocity- and pressure-sensitive backlit pads for beat production and clip launching 4 assignable knobs and 4 assignable buttons interface with your music software. seamless, visual feedback via illuminated buttons and knobs

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M-Audio Keystation 61 MK3 | Compact Semi-Weighted 61-Key USB-Powered MIDI Keyboard Controller with Assignable Controls, Pitch / Modulation Wheels and Software Production Suite included

M-Audio Keystation 61 MK3

Compact Semi-Weighted 61-Key USB-Powered MIDI Keyboard Controller with Assignable Controls, Pitch / Modulation Wheels and Software Production Suite included

by inMusic Brands
What We like

Total control | volume fader, transport and directional buttons for easy control of your software, plus ergonomically designed pitch and modulation wheels, octave up and down buttons and sustain pedal input for expressive performances

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Product Features

  • Premium software suite included | protools first, ableton live lite, eleven lite, velvet, hybrid 3, loom, vacuum pro, eighty eight ensemble, xpand 2
  • Immediate creativity | easy plug and play connection to your MAC or PC: No drivers or power supply required; compatible with ios devices via the Apple to USB camera adapter (sold separately)
  • Your studio centrepiece | compact design fits any desk, studio or stage setup perfectly and advanced functionality customizes your controls for your recording software
  • Ultimate expression | 61 full size velocity sensitive, semi weighted keys provide a natural feel that captures every subtle nuance of your performance

Ultimate expression | 61 full size velocity sensitive, semi weighted keys provide a natural feel that captures every subtle nuance of your performance Immediate creativity | easy plug and play connection to your mac or pc: no drivers or power supply required; compatible with ios devices via the apple to usb camera adapter (sold separately) Your studio centrepiece | compact design fits any desk, studio or stage setup perfectly and advanced functionality customizes your controls for your recording software Premium software suite included | protools first, ableton live lite, eleven lite, velvet, hybrid 3, loom, vacuum pro, eighty eight ensemble, xpand 2

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Akai Professional MPK Mini Play | Standalone Mini Keyboard & USB Controller With Built In Speaker, MPC Style Pads, On board Effects, 128 Instrument & 10 Drum Sounds, & Software Suite Included

Akai Professional MPK Mini Play

Standalone Mini Keyboard & USB Controller With Built In Speaker, MPC Style Pads, On board Effects, 128 Instrument & 10 Drum Sounds, & Software Suite Included

by inMusic Brands Inc.
What We like

The MPC Production Experience - Includes MPC Beats Software complete with the finest features and essential production tools from the Akai Professional MPC Series

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Product Features

  • Tweak, Customize Two banks of four knobs (eight total) to tweak internal sounds or software parameters; in standalone mode control chorus, reverb, filter, EQ and envelope controls
  • Pro Software Suite Includes ProTools First, Akai Pro MPC Beats, AIR Music Tech Hybrid 3 and SONiVOX Wobble (downloads)
  • Beat Maker Essential Two banks of eight ultra-responsive backlit MIDI drum pads with Note Repeat and Full Level functions for drum machine style performance and music production
  • Standalone Piano Style Keyboard Portable mini keyboard and USB MIDI controller with 25 velocity-sensitive synthesizer action keys, pitch/mod joystick control, plus 128 sounds and 10 drum kits
  • Play Anywhere Built in speaker, 1/8-inch headphone output and battery powered specification (3 x AA batteries not included) for performing and producing on the go

Pro software suite includes protools first, akai pro mpc beats, air music tech hybrid 3 and sonivox wobble (downloads) Beat maker essential two banks of eight ultra-responsive backlit midi drum pads with note repeat and full level functions for drum machine style performance and music production Play anywhere built in speaker, 1/8-inch headphone output and battery powered specification (3 x aa batteries not included) for performing and producing on the go Tweak, customize two banks of four knobs (eight total) to tweak internal sounds or software parameters; in standalone mode control chorus, reverb, filter, eq and envelope controls Standalone piano style keyboard portable mini keyboard and usb midi controller with 25 velocity-sensitive synthesizer action keys, pitch/mod joystick control, plus 128 sounds and 10 drum kits

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Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII – 25 Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller With 8 Drum Pads, 8 Assignable Q-Link Knobs and Pro Software Suite Included

Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII – 25 Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller With 8 Drum Pads

8 Assignable Q-Link Knobs and Pro Software Suite Included

by inMusic Brands Inc.
What We like

The MPC Production Experience - Includes MPC Beats Software compete with the finest features and essential production tools from the AKAI Professional MPC Series

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Product Features

  • Express Yourself - Innovative 4-way thumbstick for dynamic pitch and modulation MIDI control, plus a built-in arpeggiator with adjustable resolution, range and modes
  • Total Control Wherever You Go - USB MIDI keyboard controller with 25 velocity-sensitive keys and octave up / down buttons to access the full melodic range perfect virtual synthesizer control
  • Take Command of Your DAW - 8 fully-assignable Q-Link knobs for mixing, tweaking plug-ins and more
  • Plug & Play No drivers required, USB powered and ultra portable design lets you create anywhere
  • Beat Maker Essentials - 8 backlit velocity-sensitive MPC drum pads with Note Repeat & Full Level for programming drums, triggering samples and controlling virtual instrument / DAW controls

Take command of your daw - 8 fully-assignable q-link knobs for mixing, tweaking plug-ins and more 1400 sounds and everything you need for pro production - production software package for mac and pc included: akai pro mpc beats, sonivox wobble, and hybrid 3 by air music tech (downloads) Beat maker essentials - 8 backlit velocity-sensitive mpc drum pads with note repeat & full level for programming drums, triggering samples and controlling virtual instrument / daw controls Express yourself - innovative 4-way thumbstick for dynamic pitch and modulation midi control, plus a built-in arpeggiator with adjustable resolution, range and modes Total control wherever you go - usb midi keyboard controller with 25 velocity-sensitive keys and octave up / down buttons to access the full melodic range perfect virtual synthesizer control Plug & play no drivers required, usb powered and ultra portable design lets you create anywhere

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Alesis VI61 | 61-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with 16 Pads, 16 Assignable Knobs, 48 Buttons and 5-Pin MIDI Out Plus Production Software Included

Alesis VI61

61-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with 16 Pads, 16 Assignable Knobs, 48 Buttons and 5-Pin MIDI Out Plus Production Software Included

by inMusic Brands Inc.
What We like

Software Included - Includes ProTools | First Alesis Edition, Ableton Live Lite 9 and Eleven Lite, plus Mini Grand, DB-33 and Xpand!2 virtual instrument software by Air Music Tech

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Product Features

  • 48 assignable buttons and 16 assignable knobs interface with your music software. Seamless visual feedback via LED screen and illuminated buttons and knobs
  • 16 velocity-sensitive trigger pads with illuminated RGB feedback for beat production and clip launching. Pitch and modulation wheels deliver expressive, creative control
  • Manipulate plugins and virtual instruments with hands-on controls. With VI61, you can open and close filters on virtual synthesizers, adjust volume levels in your mix, activate effects, and much more
  • MIDI Keyboard with 61 full-sized, square-front, semi-weighted keys with after touch. USB MIDI and 5-pin MIDI Out offer flexible MIDI connectivity

16 velocity-sensitive trigger pads with illuminated rgb feedback for beat production and clip launching. pitch and modulation wheels deliver expressive, creative control 48 assignable buttons and 16 assignable knobs interface with your music software. seamless visual feedback via led screen and illuminated buttons and knobs Midi keyboard with 61 full-sized, square-front, semi-weighted keys with after touch. usb midi and 5-pin midi out offer flexible midi connectivity Manipulate plugins and virtual instruments with hands-on controls. with vi61, you can open and close filters on virtual synthesizers, adjust volume levels in your mix, activate effects, and much more

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Alesis VMini | Portable 25-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with 4 Backlit Sensitive Pads, 4 Assignable Encoders and Professional Software Suite with ProTools | First Included, MultiColored (V Mini)

Alesis VMini

Portable 25-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with 4 Backlit Sensitive Pads, 4 Assignable Encoders and Professional Software Suite with ProTools, First Included, MultiColored (V Mini)

by inMusic Brands Inc.
What We like

Compact USB powered design lets you create anywhere

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Product Features

  • Includes xpand 2 virtual instrument software by air music tech
  • 25 expressive velocity sensitive, Synth action mini keys
  • Dedicated octave, pitch bend, modulation, and sustain buttons
  • 4 backlit velocity sensitive drum pads; 4 backlit assignable knobs

25 expressive velocity sensitive, synth action mini keys Dedicated octave, pitch bend, modulation, and sustain buttons Includes xpand 2 virtual instrument software by air music tech 4 backlit velocity sensitive drum pads; 4 backlit assignable knobs

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Nektar Impact LX61+ Keyboard Controller

Nektar Impact LX61+ Keyboard Controller

by Nektar Technology Inc.
What We like

Includes Bitwig 8-Track DAW

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Product Features

  • 8 Hyper-Sensitive backlit pads
  • Software instruments automatically mapped to controls
  • USB MIDI controller keyboard with 61 velocity sensitive keys
  • Mac, PC and iOS compatible

8 hyper-sensitive backlit pads Usb midi controller keyboard with 61 velocity sensitive keys Software instruments automatically mapped to controls Mac, pc and ios compatible

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Novation Launchkey MK3 37-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller Bundle with Knox Studio Headphones and 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub (3 Items)

Novation Launchkey MK3 37-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller Bundle with Knox Studio Headphones and 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub (3 Items)

by Novation
What We like

CUSTOMIZABLE FOR CONVENIENCE: Custom Modes simplify the relationship between controller and software, with more power than ever in your hands. Programmable using the Novation Components browser-based tool, Custom Modes let you design the behavior of your Launchkey, with control over control assignments, MIDI routing, pad color and much more

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Product Features

  • 5-PIN MIDI DIN OUTPUT: Launchkey MK3 37 is equipped with a full-size 5-pin MIDI DIN output, enabling simple connection to the universe of MIDI devices new and old. Coupled with its immense standalone potential, Launchkey is now the centerpiece to your live or studio system computer or not
  • BUNDLE INCLUDES: Novation Launchkey MK3 37-Key USB MIDI Ableton Keyboard Controller, TX-100 Closed-Back Studio Monitor Headphones, and 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub
  • VARIOUS MODES: Eight Scale modes guide you into new musical territory, by transposing keys played to notes in the scale selected. Simply choose your root note and your preferred scale, then play. Three Chord modes transform the keys and pads into an interactive surface of musical exploration, where every note played is tonally and harmonically linked
  • INTEGRATION WITH ABLETON LIVE: The integration with Ableton Live is truly seamless, with a dedicated button for activating the Capture MIDI function, plus track arm, quantize, click and loop controls, for flying around your Session faster than ever. Not an Ableton Live user? No problem, Launchkey also has full integration with Logic and Reason, plus out of the box functionality with other DAWs including Studio One, Cubase and Pro Tools, via HUI

Various modes: eight scale modes guide you into new musical territory, by transposing keys played to notes in the scale selected. simply choose your root note and your preferred scale, then play. three chord modes transform the keys and pads into an interactive surface of musical exploration, where every note played is tonally and harmonically linked Bundle includes: Novation launchkey mk3 37-key usb midi ableton keyboard controller, tx-100 closed-back studio monitor headphones, and 4-port usb 3.0 hub Integration with ableton live: the integration with ableton live is truly seamless, with a dedicated button for activating the capture midi function, plus track arm, quantize, click and loop controls, for flying around your session faster than ever. not an ableton live user? no problem, launchkey also has full integration with logic and reason, plus out of the box functionality with other daws including studio one, cubase and pro tools, via hui 5-pin midi din output: launchkey mk3 37 is equipped with a full-size 5-pin midi din output, enabling simple connection to the universe of midi devices new and old. coupled with its immense standalone potential, launchkey is now the centerpiece to your live or studio system computer or not

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Arturia KeyLab 61 Essential | 61 Key MIDI Controller Keyboard

Arturia KeyLab 61 Essential

61 Key MIDI Controller Keyboard

by Arturia
What We like

Functions as a universal MIDI controller

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Product Features

  • 61 keys with velocity
  • Connectivity: MIDI out, USB, Sustain pedal
  • Controllers: 1 clickable encoder, 9 encoders, 9 30mm faders, 6 transport switches, 4 command switches, 1 modulation wheel, 1 pitch bend wheel, 8 touch and pressure-sensitive pads
  • Includes Analog Lab software with 5000 synth sounds, Includes Ableton Live Lite, Includes UVI Grand Piano model D

Controllers: 1 clickable encoder, 9 encoders, 9 30mm faders, 6 transport switches, 4 command switches, 1 modulation wheel, 1 pitch bend wheel, 8 touch and pressure-sensitive pads Includes analog lab software with 5000 synth sounds, includes ableton live lite, includes uvi grand piano model d 61 keys with velocity Connectivity: midi out, usb, sustain pedal

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