Even if you are not a keyboard player, when you are putting together a home recording studio then a MIDI controller is a really useful addition.
Why do you need a MIDI controller? Because it is absolutely perfect for building up bass lines, entering melodies, even creating and tweaking drum tracks. You can find out even more in complete guide to what is MIDI. Then you might also want to read further about whether you need a keyboard in your home recording studio – even if you are not a keyboard player.
So which MIDI controllers are hot right now? Below are the current TOP 10 Best Sellers on Amazon. Not surprising, the list is dominated by Akai and Novation. These are the top MIDI brands. You will see that many of the keyboards also have knobs, pads and buttons. So perfect even if you are totally challenged on the keyboard playing front.
In fact, some of the top selling MIDI controllers are not actually keyboards at all, but really innovative and intuitive control surfaces. So if you know you want to up your MIDI game, then any of this top 10 are worth exploring further.
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[Newly Updated]: Top 10 MIDI Controllers in 2020
- 32-note velocity sensitive mid-size key keyboard. Pitch Wheel. Modulation Wheel. Octave Buttons(Up & Down). Transpose Buttons(Up & Down).
- Sustain Switch interface (sustain pedal does not include). USB B type: USB connect to Computer
- ATTACHMENT: USB cable
- Total Control Wherever You Go USB MIDI keyboard controller with 25 velocity sensitive keys and octave up / down buttons to access the full melodic range...
- Express Yourself Innovative 4 way thumbstick for dynamic pitch and modulation MIDI control, plus a built in arpeggiator with adjustable resolution, range and...
- Plug & Play No drivers required, USB powered and ultra portable design lets you create anywhere
- Premium midi controller with 25 expressive synth-action keys, on-board pitch bend and modulation wheels for performances
- 8 Hyper-Sensitive backlit pads
- Mac, PC and iOS compatible
- MK2 version of Novation's 49-note USB keyboard controller for Ableton Live
- 16 velocity-sensitive RGB pads, 8 knobs, and dedicated navigation and control buttons
- Software for Mac and PC and sustain pedal 1/4 inch jack socket,7 segment 3 character LED display,pitch bend and modulation wheels,16 full-colour RGB backlit...
- USB MIDI controller/ Stand alone MIDI controller.10 foot switches with easy-to-use Host Matching configuration
- 2 expression pedal jacks for Valume and Wah control together. 8 Host presets including JamUp, Bias Fx, AXE FX, KPA etc
- Two Custom Modes for Specified PC or CC Commands. Support up to 40 hours playing by using two AAA batteries
- Ultra portable, feature packed and USB powered pad controller with 16 Thick Fat MPC pads for triggering drums, melodic samples, effects and more
- Easily accessible dedicated controls for 3 pad banks provides a total of 48 assignable pads
- 18 fully assignable 360 degree potentiometers accessible via 3 banks for controlling DAW, virtual effect and virtual instrument parameters
- MIDI Keyboard with 49 full sized, velocity sensitive square front keys, perfect for playing Virtual Instruments
- 8 velocity and pressure sensitive back lit pads for beat production and clip launching
- 4 assignable knobs and 4 assignable buttons interface with your music software. Seamless, visual feedback via illuminated buttons and knobs
- Ultimate Expression | 49 full size velocity sensitive keys provide a natural feel that captures every subtle nuance of your performance
- Total Control | Volume fader, transport and directional buttons for easy control of your software, plus ergonomically designed pitch and modulation wheels,...
- Immediate Creativity | Easy plug and play connection to your Mac or PC no drivers or power supply required; compatible with iOS devices via the Apple to USB...
- 61 Premium midi controller with 61 expressive synth-action keys, on-board pitch bend and modulation wheels for performances
- Nektar DAW Integration for most popular DAWs
- 14 MIDI assignable buttons
- Complete Control Ultra portable USB MIDI Controller for Ableton Live, perfect for mobile music performance and production
- Jam, Compose, Create 8x8 MIDI clip matrix with tri colour lighting seamlessly integrates 1 to 1 with Ableton Live perfect for clip launching, sampling / sample...
- Integrated MIDI Mixer 8 assignable faders + 1 master fader instantly map to Ableton live's mixer for hands on mix control
Last updated on 2020-03-17 / Affiliate links / Images via Amazon Product Advertising API
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