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I'm pretty much a midi controller newbie, and I was wondering if anyone here had any suggestion for a good low-budget midi controller keyboard for me. I have a soundblaster xtrememusic x-fi soundcard and windows xp if that matters. I'm mostly interested in it to use with stuff like Reason for audio creation, and just general playing and stuff. I want one with enough keys, at least 49 or so. I've been looking around at various models such as







it seems like the main difference is the amount of switches and dials and stuff on the keyboard itself. Anyway, anyone have any suggestions?

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Welcome to the forum.


I would suggest starting with a search of the existing posts to see if they spark any ideas for you. There are probably 100 posts regarding various controller options.

There are tons of choices and tons of opinions. Take a look around and the ask some specific questions which pertain to your needs.



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-What's the best keyboard to buy for a beginner?


-What's the best keyboard amp or powered PA monitor?


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I've been using a Roland AX-7 with my laptop and also using Reason. I have several keyboards but I like the AX-7 for its versatility. You can use it with a shoulder strap (some call it a "keytar") or you can just place it on a table or rack and play it like any other controller.


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