MIDI Controller Buying Guide

What is Keyboard Controller?

Faders and Buttons and Knobs

Using Keyboard Controller in Live Performance

Keyboard Action Types

 

Now a day, MIDI controllers will take a vital roll in music making process for every musician and producers. Before we move forward, we must know the following aspects.

 

What is Keyboard Controller?

 

In late 1980’s, this device primarily invented the device for live performers to allow them to control their multiple synthesizers from a single keyboard. After reviling the potentiality of the device, the professionals will use it massively. Now a day, songwriters, musicians, performers, studio musicians and sound engineers will use it to serve their primary purpose. A keyboard controller is nothing but a device consists of piano-like keys with knobs, buttons and sliders. Basically the device transmits MIDI data to any externally attached sound modules like synthesizers, computer software or any hardware or software module. Generally, all MIDI controllers don’t have any internal sound generating capability, but it can act as a sound controller of other devices.

 

Faders and Buttons and Knobs

 

As mentioned earlier, every MIDI controller consists of knobs, sliders and buttons on their top panel. Those knobs, buttons and sliders will transmit the MIDI data, which dramatically increase the hands on control over the music or any module attached with the controller. Overall, the knobs, sliders, buttons and modulation wheel will provide you the real-time control over the newly created sound.

 

Using Keyboard Controller in Live Performance

 

As mentioned earlier, the device, rather better to say, the whole concept comes from this. Primarily the device developed for live performance. For example – a live performer can connect his controller to a synths module and event processors. After that he or she can join or split devices just pressing a simple button.

Keyboard Action Types

 

The major functional area of any keyboard controller is the keyboard action. Keyboard action is a manner in which the key playing. Undoubtedly, while you play, you must need comfort, whether it is a live performance or a studio environment. Keyboard action types can be classified under following categories –

 

Weighted Hammer Action – there are numbers of controllers available in this category. It is basically 88-note keyboard that replicates the action of any conventional piano. Usually, manufacturers use different techniques to make the key resistance to replicate the piano like feelings. The best example of this kind of controllers is – CME UF8.

 

Semi-Weighted Action – it is similar to weighted hammer action controllers. But the main difference is – it is less key resistance. It is also popular to some players. The M-Audio Axiom 61 is a controller, which fallen into this category. Additionally, it comes with MIDI trigger pads, rotary encoders and sliders.

 

Synth Action – this is more like a electronic synthesizer. It consists of spring-loaded key. They keys are very light and able to return their raising point quickly. It is very effective while you are playing a fast part of any song or fast arpeggios. It is perfect for different musicians such as guitarists who want to add MIDI functionality into their system.

In today’s music arena, the musicians, sound engineers and professionals will know the robust power of MIDI controllers. Now a day, it is a must have any avid musician.

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