MIDI keyboard (Modern instrument for the musician)
We all know synthesizers, which are “electronic pianos” with many special effects and functions.
The whole charm of the synthesizer lies in the fact that it can autonomously act as a musical instrument, providing good sound from almost any timbre.
There are also disadvantages, the main of which is the relatively high cost of a good synthesizer and its significant dimensions.
The MIDI keyboard is deprived of this minus. it costs less and extensibility is better …
MIDI keyboards are, in fact, simplified versions of synthesizers that do not have built-in sounds, additional functions and effects.
In this case, the functionality and implementation of special effects is assigned to a personal computer.
If you use a MIDI keyboard with a good sound card capable of synthesizing many MIDI samples in a high-quality manner, then, having a convenient MIDI keyboard, you can record an excellent piece of music alone, filling it with the sound of various instruments and special effects. Thus, to create computer music, a MIDI keyboard is an indispensable thing.
And for those who are used to dealing with pianos, a full-sized MIDI keyboard with a weighted hammer keyboard, such as the M-Audio Keystation Pro 88, will come to the rescue.
MIDI keyboards are usually connected to a computer via a high-speed USB 2.0 interface, which feeds the device itself, and also transfers data for subsequent processing by a computer. There are models that can connect directly to the sound card via MIDI-interface.
Available MIDI Keyboards for Beginners
MIDI keyboards are actively used by novice musicians, amateurs. Of course, their cost is cheaper than a real instrument or synthesizer, and in the basic configuration they allow a beginner to achieve an acceptable result with minimal investment.
An example of such a MIDI keyboard is the M-Audio Axiom 25 model. This keyboard has 25 keys that correspond to two full octaves of a piano or grand piano. If a musician needs only two octaves to create his samples, then M-Audio Axiom 25, perhaps, can become a good tool for him.
MIDI for the masses
If for beginners, accessibility is usually important, then for already working musicians it is preferable to have a functional, portable and not too expensive instrument. The M-Audio Oxygen Series keyboards meet these needs.
The Oxygen keyboard is equipped with touch sensitive keys. The Oxygen 61 model is suitable for work and study, since it implements as many as five octaves, corresponding to a piano or piano.