The rules of good sound: choose a MIDI keyboard

Today, you can record as many songs and demo versions as you like if you have software at your fingertips with an installed program for processing and mixing sounds, and a minimal set of recording equipment. I would like to advise you to read audio gear reviews on Has-Sound. This will help you to understand written below.

Modern keyboards differ not only in design but also in their internal components. From the type of mechanics, depends on the sound of the instrument, it can be:

  • The most common form, often used in many tools. A good option for the computer, the sound does not change after moving files using USB. Not inferior to other types of mechanics.
  • The appearance of the keyboard with such mechanics is very sensitive to pressing. It does not require maximum pressure, makes the sound of the minimum touch to the keys.
  • This type of mechanics can be found mainly in digital keyboard products. It creates the impression of playing an acoustic piano, requiring the same pressing force. The full-size model can even transmit sound like a wooden unit.

 

Which MIDI keyboard to choose?

With regard to the characteristics, first of all, you need to assess the size of the product. The device with the maximum number of octaves is not suitable for working at home. It is rather a studio version. Mechanics, the next criterion that is important for any musician. It depends on how sensitive the keys are when pressed.

Long story short, when you are choosing a suitable MIDI keyboard, the following parameters should be taken into account:

  • key mechanics and its type (the most expensive, but also the most effective is the hammer mechanics with a weighted type of keys, closest to the living instrument);
  • octave number (priority should be given to full octave models having 7.5 octaves);
  • the number of adjustable controllers;
  • pedal connectors;
  • drivers for specific software (including free);
  • industrial presets and the ability to create custom libraries;
  • software and its basic parameters;
  • controller functionality.

The quality of the tool determines the reliability of assembly and durability of materials. A good MIDI keyboard can work equally efficiently in studios, in open and closed concert venues, and easily carries transportation.

There are several criteria by which you can choose a quality MIDI keyboard that will meet your requirements.

  1. Feelings from the game. Very often they are underestimated. Just because it is a MIDI controller, it shouldn’t feel like a toy piano.
  2. The number of features and capabilities. In the end, this is a controller – so you want to have at your disposal an impressive range of possibilities for managing and tuning the sound of your virtual instruments.
  3. The quality of the tool and its durability. Quality can be called the main criteria when you choosing any product. MIDI keyboard is not an exception. A quality controller can withstand any working conditions in concert tours or studios.
  4. Trouble-free operation with drivers. MIDI controller can have a good view, but it does not ensure stable operation with software. This is much more important when it comes to living performances!