Looking for MIDI Controller

Looking for MIDI Controller

Post by crisot » Fri, 16 Jan 2004 07:33:54


I am planning to buy a MIDI Controller to use it with PC sequencing
programs. I don't want to spend so much money on this, maybe $150 max.
Because I am a piano player I was thinking of a controller with 61
keys and with the possibility of using a sustain pedal so that I can
record my piano playing. The controller that comes the closest to my
expectations is the "Fatar CMK161 61-Key Controller Keyboard"
( http://www.yqcomputer.com/ ). Has any one had any
experience with this one? Do you think it is good for my purposes?
Would you recomend another controller?

Thank you


Looking for MIDI Controller

Post by Michae » Fri, 16 Jan 2004 08:17:57

In article < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >,
There is also a controller made by MidiMan, or M-Audio that you
might check out. I can't get the @#$% URL here without it wrapping,
so just nose around in the Pro Products section of
http://www.yqcomputer.com/ , and you'll find them.
---Michael (of Gambit)...


Looking for MIDI Controller

Post by Laurence P » Fri, 16 Jan 2004 09:18:19

On 14 Jan 2004 14:33:54 -0800, XXXX@XXXXX.COM (Cristian Soto)

Go somewhere you can try one. You might like the feel, might hate

One word of advice. Most pianists use the pedal too much.
Over-pedalling sounds even worse on electronic or sampled pianos than
on a real piano.

CubaseFAQ page www.laurencepayne.co.uk/CubaseFAQ.htm

Looking for MIDI Controller

Post by Jeffery S. » Fri, 16 Jan 2004 11:50:53

On Thu, 15 Jan 2004 00:18:19 +0000, Laurence Payne

Touch matters a lot, expecially for piano playing. Best advice, try
to actually touch one if you can, to find out how it feels to play it.

The single on/off pedal enforces excessive sustain -- on some
synths, you can tweak the value of that sustain a bit. A nicer
option is to have a variable pedal, but most synths won't readily
support that (and of course it isn't going to work well for GM
compatibility, because even though GM doesn't rule out that, most
synths only do on/off for it).

Release is a defined controller, continuous (that is, not just
on/off), but not supported on all synths. I've found it more flexible
for doing smoother sustain effects, allowing you to vary the sustain
with more control. But it isn't exactly like a piano's response.
However, coupled with the pedal, it can let you get a less
overwhelmingly "wall of notes" sound, by shortening the sustain some.

Most keyboards don't come with piano pedals, just a single sustain
on/off pedal. If you want more control, you may find a set of
customizable pedals (and a synth which can respond to them) more
flexible for expressive playing, for piano and everything else.
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Post by Andr » Sat, 17 Jan 2004 08:04:49

My first keyborad i used midi'd up to the Amiga lol then the PC was a yamaha
510. Complete with a pedal 2nd hand you could pick one up here in the uk for
about ?0. checkout your local free papers or put a card in a
shop/supermarket window.
I've never sold my 510 and still sits very nicely under my DisCover 5.
Yamaha won me over with their piano sound - guess you just get attached to
ya first keyboard..lol

Good luck - check out 2nd hand shops too, theres a cash-converters near me
which has a Casio keyboard with midi interface for ?0, so they are out

They also have a Juno for ?50 but my Mrs would kill me if i went home with
that! lol

Hope this helps


Looking for MIDI Controller

Post by adam7 » Wed, 23 Jul 2008 01:20:43

Hi. I'm just getting into Reason and I'm looking for a MIDI controller
to use with the software; i don't need a keyboard with built in effects
since I'll just be using the ones that are in the soundbank on the
computer. I have a tight budget. Any suggestions on which controllers I
should look at? I would like to buy one with the full set of keys, but
would be willing to settle for something smaller if it's cheaper and
worth more for the money.


Looking for MIDI Controller

Post by Johnn » Wed, 30 Jul 2008 19:09:25

Hi Adam,
I used an Edirol PCR 30 as my first controller, it has a large number
of control elements.
You might want to look at Novation's Remote SL which is the best of
both worlds.
The device has keys, a mod stick and a large number of rotary pots and
sliders that can be set up to control Reason.
There is a Yahoo group for advice on usage and other issues.