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Im looking for a midi keyboard that just gets the job done. something that will just hook up to flstudio and has sensitivity on the keys. I dont care to get any great synthesizers. just something that can help coordinate the music. is there anything I should be looking for in particular? or should I just pick up any keyboard from a music store? I would also rather have something that just simply has keys and no cheep built in speakers that just waste space and make it bulky...

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I'm using an M-Audio Radium 49. It's a very basic 49-key MIDI controller with 8 faders, 8 potentiometers, and pitch bend/mod wheels. My high B-flat key gets stuck occasionally and the drivers insist on continually reinstalling themselves if I plug it in through a USB hub, but other than that, I haven't had any problems with it. I think I got it for around $120, although it may be cheaper now.

Actually, checking M-Audio's website, it looks like my model has been replaced by the Oxygen 49.

Also, the Keystation 49e is similar but without the faders and potentiometers.

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I use the CME UF8:

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Though they have other sizes, too.

I got it because it had fully weighted keys, selectable velocity curves, a mod wheel and a pitch wheel, it has key aftertouch, and it has an expression pedal input as well as the standard sustain pedal.

Additionally, it has a programmable interface for DAW control and plugs in via USB if so desired.

It gives me a lot of control options without feeling like it's not a piano. The action, though, is a bit lighter than a real piano--but not by much--just slightly so that when I converted from the Roland RD100 stage piano, I could tell.

The last reason I got it was because as I was doing research, its reviews tended to outshine the M-Audio equivalent (the keystation or something).

Obviously, they have whatever size you're looking for:

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I've been really happy with it, though I had to order it online because they're distributed via Yamaha and a lot of local dealers don't carry those side lines. So I just got it from MF--but I wouldn't recommend them, in fact I don't order from MF anymore since I had to refer their one of their orders to my cc's fraud department for basically dicking me around and never paying me.

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The $150 can feel like toys very easily.

Though that's probably true with some brands/models, I was (and still am) really impressed with the quality of the Edirol controller I have. I don't feel like they skimped on the quality of the hardware at all, considering what I paid for it new. I guess what I'm saying is that it doesn't feel like a toy, which I assume must be a rare thing at that price.

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The best midi controller i've played is the Studiologic Fatar 88 key SL-990 pro. it has real ivory coated keys and uses fully weighted hammer action. its pretty damn close to a real piano feel. The only downside is it uses a midi cable only, no usb. It also different velocity levels, a sustain jack and a volume (expression) jack. And to top it off it has 2 midi outs, one you can run to your pc's soundcard and the other to a rack of modules if you'd like. Great buy for $399 if you ask me.

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The best midi controller i've played is the Studiologic Fatar 88 key SL-990 pro. it has real ivory coated keys and uses fully weighted hammer action. its pretty damn close to a real piano feel. The only downside is it uses a midi cable only, no usb. It also different velocity levels, a sustain jack and a volume (expression) jack. And to top it off it has 2 midi outs, one you can run to your pc's soundcard and the other to a rack of modules if you'd like. Great buy for $399 if you ask me.

Wait, do these things actually use real ivory? I don't buy it, the product brochure doesn't mention this. I certainly hope they wouldn't use it.

I do like the feel of the studiologics. Main reason I've never gotten one is that they seem to have poor reliability. That may have changed for the later versions, I have no idea.

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