Best MIDI Keyboards 2023 – Reviews & Buyer’s Guide

SaleTop #1
Akai Professional MPK mini MK3 25 Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with 8 Backlit Drum Pads, 8 Knobs and Music Production Software included, red&black MPKMINIMKIII
  • Music Production and Beat Maker Essential – USB powered MIDI controller with 25 mini MIDI keyboard velocity-sensitive keys for studio production, virtual synthesiser control and beat production
  • Total Control of your Production - Innovative 4-way thumbstick for dynamic pitch and modulation control, plus a built-in arpeggiator with adjustable resolution, range and modes
  • The MPC Experience - 8 backlit velocity-sensitive MPC-style MIDI beat pads with Note Repeat & Full Level for programming drums, triggering samples and controlling virtual synth / DAW controls
  • Complete Command of your Virtual Instruments and FX - 8 360-degree knobs assign to all your music studio plugins for mixing, tweaking synth controls and more
  • 1500+ Sounds and Everything You Need for Pro Production – Complete Music Production Starter Kit including MPC Beats, 6 Virtual Instruments and 2GB of sound content
SaleTop #2
Arturia MiniLab 3, 25 Slim-Key USB-C Midi Controller with 5-Year Warranty, 8 Backlit LED Pads, 8 Knobs, 4 Faders, Midi Out, Built-in Arpeggiator, Chord mode and Music Production Software Bundle
  • HANDS-ON, EASY TO USE- From the best in category velocity-sensitive keyboard, to the 8 pads & 4 faders directly integrated with Analog Lab & your DAW, to the real-time mini display, every aspect of MiniLab 3 is designed to be intuitive, expressive, and a joy to use - for beginners and pros alike.
  • CREATIVE FEATURES- Enjoy a workflow that aids the creative process, with features like a built-in arpeggiator, Chord mode, custom DAW mapping presets, and easy transposition. Making music has never been so accessible.
  • COMPACT, PORTABLE, COMPATIBLE DESIGN - MiniLab 3 will fit seamlessly into any setup, from bedroom to stage, with its compact & lightweight design, deeper DAW integration, and MIDI out & USB-C connectivity.
  • 5 YEARS WARRANTY- MiniLab 3 is built with longevity and sustainability in mind. A rugged road-ready design, 5-year warranty, minimum 50% recycled plastic construction, and 100% recycled packaging means this controller goes the distance.
  • CREATIVE SOFTWARE INCLUDED - On top of a world-class MIDI controller, you’ll get a full package of premium music-making software, from an industry-standard DAW to well over 500 mix-ready synth & keyboard presets. Included Software (Analog Lab Intro, Ableton Live Lite, UVI Model D, Native Instruments The Gentleman, Loopcloud sample packs & subscription, Melodics subscription)
SaleTop #3
Akai Professional MPK mini MK3 – 25 Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller With 8 Backlit Drum Pads, 8 Knobs and Music Production Software included (Black)
  • 1500+ Sounds and Everything You Need for Pro Production â?? Complete Music Production Starter Kit including MPC Beats, 6 Virtual Instruments and 2GB of sound content
  • Total Control of your Production - Innovative 4-way thumbstick for dynamic pitch and modulation control, plus a built-in arpeggiator with adjustable resolution, range and modes
  • The MPC Experience - 8 backlit velocity-sensitive MPC-style MIDI beat pads with Note Repeat & Full Level for programming drums, triggering samples and controlling virtual synth / DAW controls
  • Complete Command of your Virtual Instruments and FX - 8 360-degree knobs assign to all your music studio plugins for mixing, tweaking synth controls and more
  • Music Production and Beat Maker Essential â?? USB powered MIDI controller with 25 mini MIDI keyboard velocity-sensitive keys for studio production, virtual synthesiser control and beat production
SaleTop #4
Nektar Impact GX Mini 25 Velocity-sensitive Mini Keys Portable USB Midi Controller
  • 25 velocity-sensitive mini keys. 3 velocity curves (standard, soft, hard). Joystick for pitch bend and 2 modulation controls (MIDI assignable).
  • 1/8″ inch jack for footswitch (adapter included). Octave up/down buttons with LED indicators. Part 2 LED buttons (assignable to real-time keyboard shift up/down, layering MIDI notes (intervals and MIDI channels)
  • 7 transport buttons for DAW integration or MIDI assignable. Shift button activates secondary level for a total of 14 accessible button functions.
  • Nektar DAW Integration for Impact GX Mini currently supports: Ableton Live, Bitwig, Cakewalk, Cubase, Digital Performer, FL Studio, Garageband, Logic, Nuendo, Reaper, Reason, Studio One. Includes template setup for Pro Tools.
  • USB class compliant (no driver needed) works with any DAW or MIDI music software for OS X, Windows and iOS (iOS requires optional Apple Camera Kit)
SaleTop #5
Akai Professional MPD218 | Portable USB/MIDI Pad Controller with 16 LED Backlit MPC Pads and Software Pack Included (Black)
  • Compact, simple to use and feature-packed pad controller for finger drumming and music production.
  • 16 Thick Fat backlit MPC pads (48 assignable pads accessible via 3 banks)
  • 6 control knobs (18 assignable knobs accessible via 3 banks)
  • USB-powered through computer, no AC adapter required.
  • Includes free software suite, featuring Ableton Live Lite, Akai Pro MPC Essentials, Sonivox Big Bang Cinematic Percussion and Big Bang Universal Drums.
SaleTop #7
Akai Professional MPK mini MK3 – 25 Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller With 8 Backlit Drum Pads, 8 Knobs and Music Production Software included (White)
  • 1500+ Sounds and Everything You Need for Pro Production â?? Complete Music Production Starter Kit including MPC Beats, 6 Virtual Instruments and 2GB of sound content
  • Total Control of your Production - Innovative 4-way thumbstick for dynamic pitch and modulation control, plus a built-in arpeggiator with adjustable resolution, range and modes
  • The MPC Experience - 8 backlit velocity-sensitive MPC-style MIDI beat pads with Note Repeat & Full Level for programming drums, triggering samples and controlling virtual synth / DAW controls
  • Complete Command of your Virtual Instruments and FX - 8 360-degree knobs assign to all your music studio plugins for mixing, tweaking synth controls and more
  • Music Production and Beat Maker Essential â?? USB powered MIDI controller with 25 mini MIDI keyboard velocity-sensitive keys for studio production, virtual synthesiser control and beat production
SaleTop #8
Nektar SE49 49-Key Full-Size Velocity-Sensitive USB Midi Keyboard Controller with Nektar DAW Integration and Free Professional Recording Software
  • PLAY – THE ACTION: 49 velocity-sensitive full-size keys with a synth action keybed that is has firm feel. And as everyone has their own playing style and preferences, we have included a choice of 4 different velocity curves (plus 3 fixed ones) so you can adjust the keyboard response to your needs.
  • PERFORM – THE PERFORMANCE CONTROLS: No matter if you want to play a complex solo in the style of Herbie Hancock or are just trying to make an EDM wobble bass more lively by adding modulation: the SE49’s large Pitch Bend and Modulation Wheels will get you there. They have a tight grip and offer just the right resistance. For piano-style sustain effects, you can connect a switch or pedal to the foot switch socket on the back of the SE49.
  • BUTTON UP – THE CONTROLS: Four buttons and one MIDI-assignable fader to the left of the keys make the SE49 even more flexible: Shift the keyboard up or down -3/+4 octaves with multi-colored LED indicators showing the exact status. Or transpose the keys +/- 12 semitones with the transpose buttons right below.
  • NEKTAR DAW INTEGRATION: Give your trackpad or mouse a break and control DAW transport functions and track selection directly from the SE49: Use the Transpose buttons for track or patch change, always have the currently selected track’s volume assigned to the fader and turn the Octave and Transpose buttons into Play, Stop, Record and Rewind buttons.
  • BITWIG 8-TRACK INCLUDED: Bitwig 8-Track DAW includes over 50 software instruments and effects for use on up to 8 audio or MIDI project tracks, and you can use any 3rd party VST plug-ins you might own, too. The ‘Bitwig Essentials Package’ comes as part of this package as well, featuring a highly versatile handpicked selection of loops, clips and samples, to make it even easier to get you started.
SaleTop #9
M-Audio Oxygen Pro Mini – 32 Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller With Beat Pads, MIDI assignable Knobs, Buttons & Faders and Software Suite Included
  • MIDI Keyboard Essentials - 32 velocity-sensitive, semi weighted keys for playing virtual sampler instruments and virtual synthesizer plugins
  • Beat Maker Mainstays - 8 RGB backlit MIDI assignable velocity sensitive drum pads with Note Repeat for beat production, clip launching, soundboard triggering and more
  • Total Command of Your Music Production - 4 assignable knobs, buttons and faders for tactile MIDI control of virtual instruments, effect plugins, DAW controls and more
  • Every Tool You Need – Effortless auto-mapping for DAW controls & plugin parameters; Smart Chord & Smart Scale modes; Arpeggiator; pitch & modulation wheels; sustain pedal input; 1/8-inch (3.5mm) MIDI Output
  • Complete software production package Included - MPC Beats, Ableton Live Lite, virtual instruments from AIR Music Tech and Akai Professional MPC Expansion packs

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