best MIDI controller for Live - production?

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best MIDI controller for Live - production?

Post by boderekstits » Thu Jun 17, 2010 5:21 pm

Hey guys,

Getting back into the game after some time away. Looking to get a new MIDI keyboard/controller for productions at home. I've been looking at the Novation SL-25 for its automap features and compact size. Any other recommendations?


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Re: best MIDI controller for Live - production?

Post by 4.33 » Thu Jun 17, 2010 7:18 pm

a mouse. no, really. a mouse is all you need.

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Post by supamonsta » Thu Jun 17, 2010 7:34 pm

Any other recommendations?
well, there aren't so much MIDI controllers on the market... I think Akai and Korg have released one or two by the past...


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Re: best MIDI controller for Live - production?

Post by Tone Deft » Thu Jun 17, 2010 7:47 pm

depends on what you need, what you already have and what you can spend.

I freaking LOVE my BCR, so damn cheap, gobs of knobs, changes presets instantly, acts as a USB-midi hub.

I have an SL25, ever since I got my APC I haven't touched the SL (I have another keyboard with a full set of keys.) I also LOVE my Launch Pad. for drum pads I use an MPC.

the Akai MPK series is pretty sexy, if I had to do it all over again I might have started with one of those instead of the SL25.

for opinions on the SL series look for Glitchrock Buddha, he's up on the latest software tweaks and whatnot.

start browsing gear sites, there's only so many things out there. also go to a store to touch and feel the controllers before you buy them.
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Post by jonesonyou » Thu Jun 17, 2010 7:56 pm

if you are going t spend the money on a nice keyboard midi troller combo, why not go with a full on synth.

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Re: best MIDI controller for Live - production?

Post by channelite » Thu Jun 17, 2010 8:56 pm

I recommend the Korg Pad Kontrol. So far, this has been my favorite controller out of the ones I tried: Axiom 25, Akai MPD 16, 24, 32 and APC 40. Get a used pad kontrol on ebay, for a great value.

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