MIDI Controller is quite important to beat makers, music arrangers. It’s also very useful for mixing engineer because as you know, midi can apply flexibly. It doesn’t only help you with adding data but also controlling other devices and softwares.
Therefore, people should learn more about midi controllers and choose the one suits your work best.
The 6 factors need to consider before buying a MIDI Controller
What should you consider when buying a midi controller? I list below some basic and essential elements for you to have the right choice.
1#: Midi Connector
Midi controllers have two main connectors:
- Traditional midi ports: Midi In, Midi Out, Midi Thru.
- USB port.
Be assured that most of recent midi controllers are supported these two kinds connectors.
2#: Numbers of keyboard
Number of keys on midi controller depends on music style you’re following. If you like traditional music like: blue, jazz, rock, pop, the number of keys midi controllers should at least have is 61 to guarantee your convenience while using midi controller.
With electronic music like EDM, dance, hip hop, rap, the number of keys can be fewer because of their octaves feature.
Generally, you can work well with 49 keys. Some special people just need 25 keys. However, I recommend buying midi controller with at least 49 keys in case you need to play high octaves.
3#: Keyboard Action
It’s the weight of your tapping on midi controller keyboard. There are three weight levels:
a. Weighted Hammer:
Weighted Hammer has weight level which is similar with mechanical keys of piano. Weighted Hammer let you feel the pressure of the key. With musicians who’re used to piano, they don’t feel comfortable when playing midi controllers with light keys, therefore weighted hammer is their right choice.
The weight level is in the middle. We can still feel the weight at the end of our fingers but not as heavy as the real piano keys. This type suits for keyboard players.
Semi-Weighted keys has a little better resilience than weighted hammer. When pressing then releasing, the keys are quickly back.
c. Synth Action
Synth Action has the lowest weight level, these midi controllers have very light keys and very good resilience. Suits for keyboard beginners.
4#: Feeder, Control Knob, etc.
Next element you need to pay attention when purchasing midi controller is feeder, turn-knobs, additional function pressing keys on midi controllers. These parts supplement many functions in recording process. They help you directly control synthesizer values as well as other equipment functions.
5#: After Touch
This function is usually seen on high-grade midi controllers, helps us control pressing force and sound expression when you press and hold the keys.
When you change the pressing force into stronger or weaker when holding the keys, sound produced from the pressed keys is changed after and which values it changes depends on your computer setting up value.
6#: Performance Pad
Generally, it is big square rubber key used when simulating drum sound or activating a sound effect while composing or playing live sound.
MIDI Controller is very popular in music studio. I hope this part will help you get right decision for choosing the BEST MIDI Controller.