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MIDI keyboard

We all know synthesizers, which are “electronic pianos” with many special effects and functions.

The whole charm of the synthesizer lies in the fact that it can autonomously act as a musical instrument, providing good sound from almost any timbre.

There are also disadvantages, the main of which is the relatively high cost of a good synthesizer and its significant dimensions.

The MIDI keyboard is deprived of this minus. it costs less and extensibility is better …
MIDI keyboards are, in fact, simplified versions of synthesizers that do not have built-in sounds, additional functions and effects.

In this case, the functionality and implementation of special effects is assigned to a personal computer.

If you use a MIDI keyboard with a good sound card, capable of synthesizing many MIDI samples in a high-quality manner, then, having a convenient MIDI keyboard, you can record an excellent piece of music alone, filling it with the sound of various instruments and special effects. Thus, to create computer music, a MIDI keyboard is an indispensable thing.
And for those who are used to dealing with pianos, a full-sized MIDI keyboard with a weighted hammer keyboard, such as the M-Audio Keystation Pro 88, will come to the rescue.

MIDI keyboards are usually connected to a computer via a high-speed USB 2.0 interface, which feeds the device itself, and also transfers data for subsequent processing by a computer. There are models that can connect directly to the sound card via MIDI-interface.

Available MIDI Keyboards for Beginners

MIDI keyboards are actively used by novice musicians, amateurs. Of course, their cost is cheaper than a real instrument or synthesizer, and in the basic configuration they allow a beginner to achieve an acceptable result with minimal investment.

An example of such a MIDI keyboard is the M-Audio Axiom 25 model. This keyboard has 25 keys that correspond to two full octaves of a piano or grand piano. If a musician needs only two octaves to create his samples, then M-Audio Axiom 25, perhaps, can become a good tool for him.

MIDI for the masses

If for beginners, accessibility is usually important, then for already working musicians it is preferable to have a functional, portable and not too expensive instrument. The M-Audio Oxygen Series keyboards meet these needs.

The Oxygen keyboard is equipped with touch sensitive keys. The Oxygen 61 model is suitable for work and study, since it implements as many as five octaves, corresponding to a piano or piano.

MIDI for the professional

Sophisticated musicians pay attention not only to quality, but also convenience and comfort, as well as compliance with real instruments: full dimension, hammer keyboard. Perhaps they are concerned not so much with additional functions, but with the keyboard as a musical instrument.

That is why such users prefer to buy large keyboards, sometimes which do not have such a wide range of additional functions, like the Axiom models.

The professional keyboard for musicians is the Keystation Pro 88. Unlike the Axiom models, the Keystation keyboards focus on the number of keys.

The Keystation 88es model, like the Keystation Pro 88, has a maximum set of keys, so it will be a convenient tool even for a professional pianist, however it does not have a hammer keyboard, which is in the Keystation Pro 88 model, so the feeling of playing will not be like playing piano or grand piano.

If you want to feel your game on a MIDI keyboard, as if you are playing the piano or piano, you should pay attention to the more expensive model Keystation Pro 88

MIDI keyboard (Modern instrument for the musician)
Keystation Pro 88 Midi Keyboard

MIDI keyboard (Modern instrument for the musician)
Keystation 88es Midi Keyboard

In other words, Keystation Pro 88 and Keystation 88es are designed specifically for playing music, nothing limits you to perform the Moonlight Sonata on them.

Among the Keystation 88 keyboard controls, there are three keys that are responsible for switching between modes and programming the device.

Two wheels are provided on the left of the keyboard: a wheel for selecting an operating mode and a wheel for modulating sound. There is a slider to adjust the sound volume.

All keys Keystation 88 are sensitive to pressure, otherwise this tool could not be considered professional.

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