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Casio CTK2400 61- Key Portable Keyboard

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  • If you’ve read our best 49 key MIDI keyboard controller article, we chose based largely on price. However, we feel that when it comes to 61 keys, you’re already looking to spend a decent penny, which is why we think that if you’re looking to invest in an important piece of equipment such as a MIDI keyboard, you need to spend the extra few bucks on a controller you know will last you 3-4 years and provide you with all of the necessary functions for music making. Not to mention the very solid build of the Akai MPK261 — the keys are semi-weighted and full-sized, giving you a very realistic feel when playing pretty much any VST you can think off. The drum pads are also decent (I’ve heard complains about drum pads in almost every MIDI keyboard…these are feasible).

    Here are the additional capabaitlies the Akai MPK261 MIDI keyboard comes with: 16 RGB backlit drum pads (4 possible banks for a total of 74 sound combos), 8 faders, 8 knobs, and 8 buttons for a total 64 assignable processes. Pitch bend, octave and mod controls, sustain and expression pedal jacks, and a new and improved LCD screen for some on-board navigation. Mapping is also very flawless with this thing: we’ve heard it be fine with Ableton (comes with it!), Logic Pro, Reason, Cubase, Pro Tools, and FL Studio.

  • Another huge plus about this 61 key MIDI keyboard is the software included: , , , (very smooth sounding piano VST – $150 value), and their MPC Essentials software. This is one of the biggest upsides of this controller: if you’re looking for software or even a DAW to work with (we love Ableton), this is a must-buy. I understand that a lot of us have our setups already going, but if you need to add a synth and a few other VST’s, this bundle is solid.

    This is a great 61 key MIDI keyboard by that is very budget friendly. First thing to notice is the lack of pads: typically MIDI controllers within this price range make a sacrifice for one thing or another. However, if you’re able to go without the pads or need merely keys, check this out for sure. Some of the main features include the keys being velocity-sensitive that are full-size, 8 rotary controls with 10 assignable switches, and it plugs directly into your PC via USB. Plus and play it without any hassle of drivers and it can run via batteries if you wish.

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    If you really like to play flashy virtuosic pieces, then it might be a problem. But the highest octave is hardly ever used, and if it extends to an A on the lower end, that should cover most pieces in the standard repertoire. Looking at a Google image search of 61 note keyboards, it seems that many of them end on a low C (C2). It would be a safer bet if it extended at least down to the A, but those lower notes are often used for octave doublings, in which case you'd probably be able to get away with it.

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    Whatever you do, don't get rid of the 88 key digital piano and switch down to a 61 key digital keyboard! The only reason for doing this is if you are into organ music, thus not needing that additional octave at the top and additional octave and one third at the bottom of the keyboard! Like others say, hitting (or even finding) that octave transposition feature in mid selection is a drag and will distract you from the music enough to make a mistake (or variation as us musicians like to say to minimize errors in performances)! Yes, it will limit you in your playing of classical pieces of music and you'll definitely want to hold on to this one! If you do indeed want to go with 61 keys, try to get at least two, if not three or more so that you can have more musical range for organ pieces! What I would do is go with a digital computer organ or even have a pipe organ built if it was in your budget as well as meeting your portability needs!

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    comes in our list with a very affordable keyboard that has pads as well. At $200, it is more of a budget friendly 61 key MIDI keyboard but has some key features included: 8 velocity-sensitive pads (decent quality), assignable 8 knobs and 9 faders, as well as transport controls for DAW and other software control for some convenience. It’s also simple for setup with a single USB cable to provide both power and MIDI data. The pitch and mod wheels are a plus as well.

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Before you decide on the brand to buy, take some time off to ask the above questions, which will help you determine what you need. The wide range of 61-key keyboard controllers available in the market ensures you’ll find something that meets your needs for sure. Some of the popular brands of 61 Key Controller Keyboard include – Edirol, M-Audio, and others.