MIDI Keyboards are essentially MIDI Controllers that are used like atraditional keyboard, but with many parameters present on their surface to allow for expression and volume control, note velocity detection, and drumming with the help of on-board pads. The keyboard layout allows for easy, straightforward music-making thanks to its familiarity, making any instrument - a violin, choir, or bass, for example - accessible on a simple keyboard. Apart from synth-action keys, these controllers also have weighted and semi-weighted key options. In addition to the console, MIDI Controller Accessories can be ex...
MIDI Keyboards are essentially MIDI Controllers that are used like atraditional keyboard, but with many parameters present on their surface to allow for expression and volume control, note velocity detection, and drumming with the help of on-board pads. The keyboard layout allows for easy, straightforward music-making thanks to its familiarity, making any instrument - a violin, choir, or bass, for example - accessible on a simple keyboard. Apart from synth-action keys, these controllers also have weighted and semi-weighted key options. In addition to the console, MIDI Controller Accessories can be extremely useful to transport equipment, and keep updating with extra features and fixes. Some of these features include sustain pedals, travel bags USB to MIDI interfaces, and cases.
An important distinction to make between MIDI Keyboards and other Electronic Keyboards is the availability of built-in sounds and data. MIDI Keyboards are simply controllers that communicate with a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) to assign and produce sounds. They do not have a sound engine or audio computing capabilities as a stand alone device. On the other hand, Arranger Workstation keyboards can be used independently and without the need for a computer. They have sounds and other audio tools built-in for music creation. Another distinctive feature of MIDI Keyboards is the lack of a built-in speaker system as seen on most portable keyboards and Arranger Workstations. An external monitor or headphone is required to hear the sound produced on a MIDI Keyboard.
Is there a difference between MIDI keyboards and Electronic Keyboards?
A MIDI keyboard is designed to work with a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) - a platform used to record, mix, and master audio from scratch. Electronic keyboards ( Portable,Arrangers, and Synthesizers) are primarily standalone devices that can make and replicate audio produced on the keyboard – a one-person band of sorts. One other difference is the lack of built-in speakers on a MIDI Keyboard and Synthesizers. Arranger Workstations generally have a built-in speaker system.
What is the difference between graded hammer action, weighted keys, semi weighted keys and synth action keys?
Weighted keys in a MIDI Keyboard are primarily designed to replicate the resistance of Acoustic Pianos. This is achieved, more commonly, by adding a lead component under the keybed to counter the depression of the key. Semi-weighted keys are a worthwhile consideration for artists who are switching from synth-action to weighted keys (and vice versa). They use springs to achieve mild weightedness. Hammer action keys are a replica of Grand Pianoswhere the lower end of the keybed requires a heavier press than the treble end of the keyboard. Acoustic Pianos require graded hammer action keys to control volume, but also help increase the level of expression that’s possible with individual amplification control. Synth keys are primarily built for playing comfort and general ease of use. They provide little to no resistance, commonly seen in MIDI controllers and Arranger Workstations.
How important are the pads on a MIDI Keyboard?
The pads on a MIDI Keyboard add a whole new dimension of functionality and convenience to the artist. By assigning a tone to each pad (mostly used for drums), the pads are an extension of the MIDI keyboard. These can be set to loop over a specified time signature, and will make for a perfect background score or accompaniment to your audio creation.
What are the free software that come bundled with a MIDI Keyboard?
Most MIDI Keyboards and controllers come bundled with some version of a free software and other audio plugins. These are perfect for beginners who need a quick start and don’t want to spend on software immediately. Some of the bundled softwares (in various brands) include: Ableton Live Lite, Analog Lab, AIR Music Tech, Sampletank, Axial, and many more. Refer to the product description for a full list of softwares bundled with your choice of MIDI Keyboard.
Are MIDI Keyboards compatible with all PCs and DAWs?
No. Certain MIDI Keyboard controllers are built for specific applications, DAWs and operating systems. For a full list of compatible software, refer to the product description of your choice for MIDI Keyboard.
What is the price range of MIDI Keyboards?
A MIDI Keyboard starts from AED 200 and can go upto AED 4,500 in the full-option models.