So, I've been playing around with synthesizer emulators on my computer, composed a couple trance songs (which I may post when I get hosting), but I figure I might want to get a MIDI keyboard pretty soon to use for more direct control than simply entering values... I was looking for probably a 25-key for compactness (desk real estate is a premium with my scanner and massive case), preferably something in the $50-100 range.
ETA: If there's nothing quality in that range, I can MAYBE go to $200, but the lower, the better...
Refurb, so it's cheaper than brand new (but still under warranty)
Pretty good deal.
they also have a blemished one for about $5 more (probably a return because someone didn't like it for some stupid reason so you save 20% off the price off new.
But if you spend $99 on a new one, you get free shipping. Which you wouldn't with the refurb / blem keyboards, unless you bought something else.
Significant Terminology if you are shopping:
A MIDI keyboard is (generally) a keyboard that has input and/or output of MIDI signals, but that also works as a standalone instrument. It may not have speakers built-in, but it will have its own on-board sound generating ability (such as a line-out or headphone jack, that you can run to a mixer or external amp).
A keyboard MIDI controller is a keyboard that has ports for OUTPUT of MIDI only, and does not work as a standalone instrument. They usually costs less, but have no actual "sound-generating" capabilties of their own built-in---ALL they do is generate MIDI signals. They must be hooked to another device that has MIDI-input to do anything useful. MIDI controllers come in various types--keyboards, drums, string instruments, ect.
I have a keyboard controller for messing around, a Evolution MK149 because I just got it for messing around doing songs on the PC.
Just for messing around you might look at the Oxygen 8 series,
I bought mine to work with reason on my laptop and its full featured, plus you don't need Midi cables as it runs midi-via-usb.
Get a Kurzweil.
You'll never be happy until you do.
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