5 best MIDI keyboard controllers under $500
Finding the best MIDI keyboard controller for your music production and live gigs is one thing, but finding one that’s affordable and value for money is something else. Here at DJ City, we provide DJ equipment for artists at all stages of their careers.
Whether you’re just starting out with music production and wanting to find the best MIDI controllers that fits within your budget, make sure to check out our best controllers for under $500 right here!
What is a MIDI controller?
The term MIDI stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface.
MIDI controllers are a form of hardware that control software. This is used by Music producers and DJs to create and sequence music. It uses virtual instruments to help artists create music directly on their PC or Mac computer/laptop.
There are a wide variety of different controllers on the market. While they might offer similar features and benefits, there are often important differences to take into consideration when looking for the best MIDI controller for your needs specifically.
Best MIDI Keyboard Controllers for Less Than $500
1.M-Audio Oxygen 25
The M-Audio Oxygen 25 is a super versatile MIDI keyboard controller. With all the features you need to create original and exciting music, this is the most affordably priced MIDI controller available. The USB connectivity means it’s easy to use with any PC or Mac computer/laptop.
Complete with 8 different keys and pads, plus a built-in arpeggiator and fader for seamlessly mixing music, the M-Audio Oxygen 25 allows you to work as a professional-level producer. That’s not where the benefits end either: The controller comes with virtual plugins pre-installed as well, along with both MPC Beats and Ableton Live Lite.
Last but not least, this keyboard controller comes with Smart Chord and Smart Scale technology, so for a minimal price you’ll be leveraging the most cutting edge of modern production equipment.
One of if not THE best MIDI controller for the road is the Arturia Keystep Portable MIDI Keyboard Controller. This has been designed and built to be as compact as possible. It takes all the functionalities you need and love and puts them in a highly portable, convenient piece of hardware.
But don’t be fooled by its size. This portable controller is still powerful and sports all the connectivity, polyphonic step sequencer functionalities and inputs/outputs you need. Of course, there’s the added benefit of receiving a copy of Ableton Live Lite so you can get rocking on your track mixing the minute it’s out of the box.
As far as features go, the Arturia Keystep has it all: arpeggiator mode, Slimkey keyboard with both aftertouch and velocity, intuitive chord play modes, and even a DC jack for standalone use.
3.IK Multimedia iRig Keys 2 Pro
Just because we’re focusing on finding the best MIDI Keyboard Controller for those producers with tighter budgets, doesn’t mean we have to compromise on quality or functionality. The IK Multimedia iRig Keys 2 Pro is one of the best controllers to take your music making up a level or two.
With multiple ways of connecting and controlling this MIDI, you can work with your pre-existing equipment and computers. This improved compatibility extends to mobile devices as well and even its power options!
While the stylish design is certainly a fantastic feature, it’s got what you need on the inside too. What’s more, the SampleTank 4 SE Sample library is pre-included. Plus, the 37 velocity sensitive keys are designed to help you make the music you want as easily as possible.
The Roland A-49 MIDI Keyboard Controller (available in both black and white) is portable, responsive, and perfectly engineered. Without breaking the bank, you can break new ground in your music mixing thanks to the many features this premium-grade MIDI controller has to offer.
The Roland A-49 boasts 49 keys in full size and yet velocity sensitivity, two faders, multiple pedal inputs. Despite its multiple knobs, switches and a D-BEAM controller, it remains slick, streamlined and lightweight for easy portability. But that’s not all! USB bus power connectivity means there’s no need for AC adaptors or other equipment.
Once again, this fantastic MIDI comes with a version of Ableton Live 9 Lite included. This means you can start doing what you love and what you’re best at as soon as possible.
5.Roland A-300 Pro
This MIDI Keyboard Controller might just make this list, but its slightly higher price tag is more than justified. This professional-grade controller is great for use in a commercial or home studio, on stage or on the road. Despite its relatively compact side, it has everything you need set out in an intuitive and practical design.
Technical features include 8 dynamic pads, 32 keys with both velocity sensitivity and channel aftertouch, 45 different assignable controls, and expandable playability. Even beyond the music itself, the USB bus power with no AC adapter required and both Windows/Mac compatibility makes everything about the Roland A-300 Pro worth every penny.
What’s more, along with the device itself, the Cakewalk Production Plus Pack comes with a production software included and multiple instruments.
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