Best MIDI Keyboards for the Price
If you are decided to produce your own music, a MIDI keyboard is a useful weapon to consider for your studio. You will just need to link it to any computer or laptop to start bringing your ideas to life.
But there are so many options available you may feel a little lost when searching for a MIDI controller that is suitable for you. You will need to choose the number of keys you want, and the extra controls and settings you will need, among other things.
In our selection you will find some compact options with 25 small-sized keys but also larger keyboards, in case you are looking for something more desk-based. Take a look at the other features included in each model: beat pads, rotary knobs, or the software included are important elements to consider.
It’s up to you, but not to your budget, since all our proposals are all less than $150.
AKAI MPK Mini MK3
AKAI is a top brand when it comes to MIDI keyboards and controllers. The MPK Mini is a compact option that you can take anywhere with you. You can even choose between a white, black or red design.
Its 8 knobs are 360º turnable, and it also features 8 backlit velocity-sensitive MPC beat pads for programming drums, and triggering samples. Plus, the 4-way thumbstick will give you a total control of pitch and modulation.
The MK3 also includes easy to download and install software, especially for those beginners with not much experience on MIDI controllers.
- 8 360º turnable knobs
- 8 velocity-sensitive backlit MPC pads
- Note repeat, arpeggiator and an omni-directional joystick
Novation Launchkey Mini MIDI Keyboard
Novation is a company dedicated to electronic music makers, and they also have a compact 25-mini-key MIDI keyboard controller to offer that includes some pro features such as Ableton Live control or the fixed chord mode.
To give you some peace of mind, Novation gives a three-year warranty on all its products. So, in case of possible manufacturing defects during this period of time, the company will ensure a free of charge reparation or replacement of the product acquired.
- 16 velocity-sensitive RGB pads and 8 rotary controls
- Features Ableton Live control, arpeggiator, and fixed chord mode
- Includes a 3-year warranty
Alesis V49 USB MIDI Keyboard
If you are looking for more keys in your MIDI controller, take a look at this Alesis option, with 49 full-sized and velocity sensitive keys. (If you prefer so, there is also a 25 and even a 61 option too).
Premium software is included with your purchase: First Alesis Edition, Ableton Live Lite 9, Mini Grand and DB-33 by Air Music Tech.
- 25, 49 and 61 keys options available
- 8 velocity and pressure-sensitive backlit pads for beats
- Pro tools and premium software included
Arturia MiniLab MkII 25
The Arturia MIDI keyboard proposal has an ergonomic design with mini keys and tight pads for a total production control. The smooth rotary knobs will also ensure the best playability.
Among the free software included, you will find Analog Lab Lite, Ableton Live Lite, and even a UVI grand piano mode that recreates a Steinway Model D piano.
- 25 note slim and responsive keys
- 2 banks of 8 quality velocity and pressure sensitive pads
- 16 rotary encoders to DAW control
A wireless MIDI controller you can definitely use anywhere, thanks to its Bluetooth connection and its battery that can last for a whole month. Pair it to your iPad, iPhone, or Mac and start having some fun.
The Korg MKEYAIR25 has small but smooth playable keys. This is the most compact model, but there are also 37, 49 and even 61 keys options if you are looking for something
- 25, 37, 49 and 61 keys options available
- Wireless, with Bluetooth-connectivity
- Battery can last for a whole month without charge
M-Audio Mini 32 MK3 Keystation
If you are looking for a really affordable MIDI keyboard, take a look at M-Audio Keystations, in all sizes.
The 32-keys model can be yours for less than $60 and it includes some premium software for free. Besides, no drivers are needed: you just need to plug it to your device and start playing.
- 32, 49, 61 and 88 keys models available
- Plug & Play connection to any Mac or PC, no drivers or power supply needed
- Premium software included: Pro Tools First and XPand!2
Donner DMK 25 MIDI Keyboard Controller
Donner’s DMK 25 offers all the production essentials you may need in an ultra-thin and lightweight MIDI keyboard controller.
Its 25 velocity-sensitive keys will offer you a full MIDI keyboard range, thanks to the octave up and down touch bar. The 8 backlit pads for drum beats production are a must, and also extra sensitive to touch.
Other controls included are the pitch and modulation wheel, transport and function buttons and the 4 assignable knobs and sliders.
- USB powered
- 4 programmable memory banks
- Available in black or white
AKAI is a very popular brand when it comes to MIDI controllers, and the Mini MK3 is definitely a bestseller. For those looking for a compact option, easy to use and with pro features despite of its affordable price, here is our favorite MIDI keyboard.
- Built-in Arpeggiator
- OLED display for parameter feedback
- Thumbstick for pitch and modulation control
- The software installation is not very intuitive.