I have a real problem with the keyboard controller market. It's collectively lost its mind and nobody seems to call them out on it. I feel like I taking crazy pills here.
In recent times we've seen a plethora of interesting drum and grid controllers, fancy and innovatively focussed on providing expression. Meanwhile: Keyboard controllers seem to be having a schizophrenic breakdown. Rather than adding new methods of interaction and expression for keyboard players they seem locked into a "me too" frenzy of Frankenstein feature additions that could only appeal to a first time buyer, or a lunatic.
What I need on keyboard is keyboard expression controls. I do not need drum pads, I do not need transport controls, I do need expression!
As a keyboard player of digital synths in the 1980s I really appreciated Pitch Bend and the modulation wheel, because they allowed at least some expression control over digital synths. But why no progress? Did somebody say: "Yep two expression controls, that should be enough for anyone, forever!" . Oh no wait - of course we have the ubiquitous eight mystery dials. How marvellous, how innovative it was when I bought a Yamaha SY85 twenty years ago.
Dear Keyboard Manufacturers.
Drum controllers are now cheap and plentiful.
Transport controls on every object I own? it's ridiculous.
If you have budget to spare on pots and switches - perhaps spend it on some trackpads? Or some multitouch keys? Keys that respond to lateral motion? To vertical position? Please lose your half-arsed drum pads and transport buttons and try adding add something actually useful on your keyboards.
Please, stop with the franken-controllers
I would wish that controller manufacturers actually put some emphasis on some controllers with actual good key action. Most controllers I've worked with action is either too light or too clunky.
Most pitch bend wheels are also pretty horrid. I would like more Joystick action pitch wheels (but many people hate these as well).
Also don't make drum pads if you don't intend to give them good action. Maschine's drum pad action is superb btw. But the ones built into most controllers are horrible.
I think overall, most controllers put too much emphasis on cutting cost over quality.