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    Default Regarding MIDI keyboards

    I know many people have asked this question, but im going to definanlty buy a midi keyboard ranging from $100-300 just to improve my self in the producing world. I want to learn more things and create better things. So, i thought why not purchase a keyboard which will help me. I have a music store near me called "Tom Lee Music", it has some good keyboards, but im not sure which one to get. Basically all i want is a MIDI keyboard where i can connect it to my computer and whenever i play different notes/keys it goes into my "Piano Roll" [FL Studio]. Im also wondering if all the notes will be piano? I want it to be synthes too :] Is it depending on what SOUNDS/VST you use?

    Another thing, theres also another function on FL Studio, it looks like a "FOOT" and when you click on it and u play something with ur COMPUTER keyboard, the notes go into your piano roll. I think that makes it easier for me to make a melody, but the notes are so "SHORT" anyway i can make it so the longer i hold my note/key on my keyboard is the length it will appear in the piano roll?

    Thanks a lot guys !
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    Default Re: Regarding MIDI keyboards

    If you get a midi keyboard its gonna play anything its assingned to. The keyboard doesnt know what instrument it is. You would be able to play anything even percussion instruments. Look for Edirol, M-audio or Korg. Theres more but I think those are the most popular in your price range. As far as prices it depends on how much keys and extra knobs and sliders you want.

    It really doesnt matter when you can change the octave on it. Im comfortable with 61 keys. If you have a laptop and you like to take everything with you grab 49 keys. If you want the complete length look for 88 keys. The more keys the higher as well as knobs and sliders.

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    If you need a really portable setup, you could also invest in a 25 key system. They are cheaper than the 49 and if you plan on doing basic melody work, it will be enough.
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    Default Re: Regarding MIDI keyboards

    Or a 37 mini-key system, the deal here is that some people feel that the keys are to small/close together and don't like them-so make sure you check one out before you buy.

    I personally want to add one to my setup eventually, just so that I can span a larger range of keys/notes with one hand.

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    Th two hadrest things in buying a (lower priced) keyboard, for me are, the Huge fucking range of choices, and taking a leap of faith with some of the smaller companies boards, do to the poor Quality Controll issues, you will see that there are a lot of defective boards reaching the Consumer at this level. You have to wiegh it like this-the board has a great reputaion for its features, and build quaality-but there are lemons, so you have to be willing to take/send(if you buy online) the board back for a replacement.

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    Default Re: Regarding MIDI keyboards

    alright :D thanks! i'll look into that, and anyone know anything about the "FL STUDIO NOTE" Thing? like the foot icon i described uptop

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    Default Re: Regarding MIDI keyboards

    I just bought a M Audio Axiom 61 key two days ago
    its real nice, has 8 mpc style drum pads

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justin View Post
    If you need a really portable setup, you could also invest in a 25 key system. They are cheaper than the 49 and if you plan on doing basic melody work, it will be enough.
    i been working with a 25 key midi keyboard in fl studio and it really is all u need only problem is it gets to be irritating to keep switching octaves to play higher or lower notes and keys

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    Default Re: Regarding MIDI keyboards

    Yea, the octaves can be annoying but when I'm at my friend's house (he has a 25 key) I just find it faster to edit the piano roll manually with FL.

    Plus, for the price, you can't beat it.
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    I think your talkin about the sustain on the keyboard which is what holds notes for longer time. You can edit note length in FL manually in piano roll or if your keyboard controller has touch sensitive keys it should pick up the note duration as you play.

    You can also buy a keyboard controller with a foot switch pedal option which allows you to control sustain, there are lots of options out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThugLife View Post
    I just bought a M Audio Axiom 61 key two days ago
    its real nice, has 8 mpc style drum pads
    The 61 key axiom is a beast................velocity keys with aftertouch........8 mpc pads which you can set to trigger samples in FL Studio..........

    I Highly recommend this keyboard if you dont like small keys!!!

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    wen it comes to midi keyboards you got so much selection these days its wat u prefer...i started out with a basic cheap keyboard but ive upgraded as i got more experienced with the whole use of midi and learning to use it with different programs eg.FL, Reason

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    well i got the m-audio keystation 49e. its does that it was made to do and that is to be a midi keyboard. if youre doing basic shti and all u want is a midi then i recommend that.

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    Akai MPK61 is a beast. I had a M-Audio Axiom 61, the Akai MPK49, Now I've invested in a MPK61. It is a must have it gives you 16 pad opposed to 8 or 12. And you get faders/knobs, etc. If you have a midi controller now you should invest in getting the Akai MPK61
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    Yeah, yo, there is mad different options. Depending on if you want a bunch of controls or just some keys. If you want knobs and sliders and such it will cost more, if you just want keys you can definitely get something for around 100 bux.

    Maudio makes some real basic ones for about that price.

    I got a 25 key but I'm looking to key more most likely 61 key since I sold my fantom. I'm used to playing on 61 keys.

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