A Simple Controller


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Hi Folks
I wonder whether anyone can help, what I am looking for is as the title suggests 'a simple controller' al it has to do is connect to my Arturia Minibrute, I really dont like only having 2 octaves available without having to concern my self with + and - octave buttons, i know its not a hard life but if i am playing something a bit quick it can i think get messy. the controller doesn't need pads, sliders, or DAW controls but I do want a decent keybed,a lot of cheaper controller do seem a bit flimsey .
Any help would br greatly appreciated.
Thanks again
Gary
 
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How many notes are you looking for? 49? 61? 88?

Alesis makes some decent controllers with good quality keybeds.

I own an Alesis QX49 myself and I like it very much.

The QX line has been discontinued but the V49 and V61 are very decent budget controllers.

https://www.amazon.com/Alesis-V49-Keyboard-Controller-Buttons/dp/B00IWWEW20/

https://www.amazon.com/Alesis-V61-Keyboard-Controller-Buttons/dp/B00IWWHIUI/

I used to own a Arturia Microbrute and I used my Kurzweil PC3K8 as a controller for it.

Or another thought, for about the same money you could buy a Casio WK-245 Workstation and have a 76 key controller that also has some decent built in voices.

https://www.amazon.com/Casio-WK245-76-Key-Sensitive-Keyboard/dp/B00MJ83QZW/

But all of these suggestions are USB MIDI only, meaning you would need a computer to handle the routing to the Minibrute.

If you want options with real MIDI ports for real plug and play operation without a computer, then you have to step up to the Vi49 or Vi61.

https://www.amazon.com/Alesis-VI49-Advanced-Keyboard-Controller/dp/B00IWVWUWA/

https://www.amazon.com/Alesis-VI61-Advanced-Keyboard-Controller/dp/B00IWW5H24/

Those are my suggestions :)

Gary ;)
 
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How many notes are you looking for? 49? 61? 88?

Alesis makes some decent controllers with good quality keybeds.

I own an Alesis QX49 myself and I like it very much.

The QX line has been discontinued but the V49 and V61 are very decent budget controllers.

https://www.amazon.com/Alesis-V49-Keyboard-Controller-Buttons/dp/B00IWWEW20/

https://www.amazon.com/Alesis-V61-Keyboard-Controller-Buttons/dp/B00IWWHIUI/

I used to own a Arturia Microbrute and I used my Kurzweil PC3K8 as a controller for it.

Or another thought, for about the same money you could buy a Casio WK-245 Workstation and have a 76 key controller that also has some decent built in voices.

https://www.amazon.com/Casio-WK245-76-Key-Sensitive-Keyboard/dp/B00MJ83QZW/

But all of these suggestions are USB MIDI only, meaning you would need a computer to handle the routing to the Minibrute.

If you want options with real MIDI ports for real plug and play operation without a computer, then you have to step up to the Vi49 or Vi61.

https://www.amazon.com/Alesis-VI49-Advanced-Keyboard-Controller/dp/B00IWVWUWA/

https://www.amazon.com/Alesis-VI61-Advanced-Keyboard-Controller/dp/B00IWW5H24/

Those are my suggestions :)

Gary ;)
Thanks for your reply Gary, I think I would go for a 49 note version and I also think that all of your options are viable, although I do use a Sonar DAW i do things pretty much stoneage style, in other words Midi up controller to Minibrute and the 1/4 inch jack into my soundcard , everything done in WAV's.
Thanks again I really do appreciate your time
Gary
 
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