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I'm going to get a MIDI controller and was wondering what you guys think of these few:
obviously the mpk25 is going to feel the best out of those three. all of those encoders seem like fun too.
the alesis vl25 is worth a look i think - the keys seem really nice, but then again youre looking for 25 key midi controllers, so i imagine thats not as much of a priority.
keystation + arduinome?
I had a few MIDIs but i didnt use them nearly as much as my other synths. Your main concern would really be the response it has on hitting a fucking button so basically any MIDI should do the job
the only thing that has ever made me think that an mpk mini was anything other than an awful cheap piece of shit marketed to 14 year old b-boy edgelords
It might be a cheap piece of shit but it hardly matters with midi triggers
neither are worth getting IMO
bad experiences trying to get the first gen one to do anything remotely complex
Avoid novation with a 300 foot pole, even though they were acquired by focusrite the support is crap, automap is malware, so never expect to get anything of theirs running properly which is sad when focusrites cheap interfaces are decent.
Novation was ok 5 years ago, but they haven't updated since then.
Here's the official quality scale for controllers as of now. I decree thus:
Launch pad is really poor quality. If you're running Ableton you should really get a push. that's the centerpiece of my setup and you really won't find a better designed or manufactured controller anywhere on the market, period. (made by akai btw)
korg, roland, and similarly reputable brands make good sets of keys if that's what you're after but if you want something with pads you should really go akai. launch pad is squishy and clicky and those are not things you want for good sequencing.
Nektar looks cool if you use reason but I've never handled one and also hate reason.
don't make me make an infographic.
behold the glory
this guy gets it.