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Small Midi Keyboard

A lot of people seem to think that having a massive 88 key MIDI controller is a necessity when dealing with MIDI recording. This is simply not true. Regardless of the size of the keyboard, you can still create amazing sounds within your home studio.

Example of a Small MIDI Keyboard:

The Alesis Q25 keyboard is only a 25 key MIDI keyboard, however when paired up with a powerful MIDI recording program very nice sounds can be created. I personally own an Alesis Q25 and it has never failed me though it is a smaller keyboard.

What is MIDI?

MIDI is basically an on/off switch. When you hit a key it turns on, and when you release the key it turns off. This MIDI data that has been created is nothing. When paired with MIDI data it is able to convert those on/off switches into sound. So if this is the case a small MIDI keyboard is almost ideal!

Benefits of a Small MIDi keyboard:

With a small MIDI keyboard you take up significantly less desk space, you don’t break the bank too much, and you can still get great sounds from your virtual instruments. There are some benefits to having a large MIDI keyboard, however, this is only true when straying away from just MIDI. Only when you get into rotary pots, faders, and pads does an advantage occur.

Mobility of a Small MIDI Keyboard:

A great thing about a small MIDI keyboard is that you can bring it almost everywhere! As long as you have a laptop that is loaded with your favorite digital audio workstation, you can work on your music anywhere! Pulling out your laptop and MIDi keyboard in between classes at school, or bringing it with you on vacation, or anywhere you might be travelling. The benfits of owning a small MIDI keyboard just go on.

More Examples of Small MIDI Keyboards:

- M-Audio Oxygen 25

- Akai Professional MPK mini

- Alesis Q25

- Behringer U-Control UMA25s

These are just some examples of small midi keyboards that are very cost effective, but will get the job done. Whether you’re a professional engineer or just a do-it-yourself artist, a small MIDI keyboard is great to have in your arsenal of gear. So, I encourage you, if you are in the market for a MIDI keyboard, not to go and spend hundreds of dollars on a hugekey board! Purchase a small, resonably priced MIDI keyboard and enjoy all of its great, versatile features.


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