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Best $100 Midi Keyboards - Best Midi Controllers 2.0

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Best $100 Midi Keyboards - Best Midi Controllers 2.0 These are my favorite Midi Keyboards for right around $100. At the time of this upload, all of the MIDI keyboards mentioned in this video are just under the $100 price point. Prices do tend to fluctuate so be aware of that. However, I have been watching the prices of these keyboards for a few months now, and the prices have not changed. Each of these keyboards provides something slightly different and I hope that one of them turns out to be exactly what you've been looking for! Akai MPK Mini- https://amzn.to/2OY8zZT Arturia Mini Lab MKII- https://amzn.to/2Bo447i Nektar LX25+- https://amzn.to/2FxsW0k Nektar 49- https://amzn.to/2PFWpKh M-Audio Keystation 49- https://amzn.to/2S5Y3Br Check out MY GEAR here: https://kit.com/patrickbreen DISCLAIMER: This video and description contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. This helps support the channel and allows me to continue to make videos like this. Thank you for your support!
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paco birrell (3 days ago)
Been looking for a first midi keyboard, preferably within this price range... very nice video mate., and thanx for the chance at the giveaway ;)
ASHEALLSTUFF :D (3 days ago)
I had to comment to make this the same number of comments f
Diana Gales (4 days ago)
The Nektar inpact 25+ is beautifull and the keyboard is so cobfortable. But isnt so compatible with Ableton and I cant use all its powerfull functions. If someone have sone trick to use all it functionality youre welcome
stevecooper1000 (4 days ago)
Cool Video ..Just wanted to be sure I made the right choice after buying the mini lab ....Great presentation and comparisons ...Awesome work mate :)
Nani Freeman (4 days ago)
8:51- 9:01 You forgot to say no homo
Troy Taylor (5 days ago)
I'm considering an alesis v49. Does anyone have any advice? Pros and cons about that product?
Sarthak Narain (5 days ago)
Good content right here
NeedaFuzz (6 days ago)
How do you dial in the sounds in thoses things? Could you get some organ sounds and moog with a software or something?
Stunnaful Photography (7 days ago)
Nice video! 💯
matt69savage (7 days ago)
Because of this review I bought a mini play, I sold it four weeks later because it never worked properly. I then bought the Nektar and returned it because the keys felt too big and slow after the Akai. I hope the Aturia I am ordering today is all he says it is...
Patrick Breen (6 days ago)
Hey man, sorry to hear that you're not having a great experience. I didn't review the Mini Play in this video, sorry if that wasn't clear. This is just the plain ol' MPK Mini. I've used this controller, loads of friends and peers use this controller, no issues. I stand by it as a solid choice. Can't speak for the mini play, as I haven't tested it personally. I hope the Arturia works out for you. As stated in the video, The Mini Lab mkII is my personal choice. I use it almost every day and I know plenty of pros who only use Arturia. They're a solid, trusted company with great products. I hope you'll check back and update us with you progress. Hope the Arturia is a home run for you!
Woody Bond (8 days ago)
Hey so I got the Keylab 49 Essential and it came with Analog Lab 3, I was wondering if there was some way to play it in as a plugin to Ableton because I love all of the sounds. So far any video I've looked at hasn't hit anything directly so I was hoping someone here knew
Jareds World (9 days ago)
Does the second one you mentioned have more than 1 tune?
Lance G (9 days ago)
Buttery smooth!!!!
SSG Squidward (10 days ago)
Why no M-Audio Axiom Mini?
Todd Davalos (10 days ago)
thank you for the info =)
Ray Catlett (10 days ago)
Good stuff.
Tim Volkov (11 days ago)
Thanks for the nice little breakdown of features. Still scratiching my head tbh
Grizzlytide (12 days ago)
Can anyone show me to a video that explains how to use the Arturia Minilab mk2 with Ableton or even Garageband? Thanks guys.
yesimernie (12 days ago)
Can you assign volume to the modulation touch slider on the Minilab?
GHOSTY (12 days ago)
Good looks brudda
Randuski (13 days ago)
I've tried a few times to get into arturia's software. But it's so flippin buggy and difficult to deal with. Their analog modeling is amazing, but they gotta fix up their coding so it runs better. I will say tho, the arturia keystep is an incredible midi keyboard. Easily my favorite
K.d. Bellamy (13 days ago)
Thank you for the video brother.
Davi Jaye (14 days ago)
Definitely appreciate the suggestions and feedback for beginning/intermediate producers/beat-makers as myself. Will go with the Akai MPK Mini. Thank you again, Patrick!
BigBlock Entertainment (14 days ago)
What do you think about the Novation launchkey mini?
Zaniriks (14 days ago)
My nipples hurt
MrPisster (15 days ago)
Do they make any mini keyboards like this that also have 5-pin DIN MIDI?
Genesis (15 days ago)
For a few dollars more you could get a Yamaha or Casio Portable Keyboard with 61 full size touch sensitive keys and MIDI.
0002 (15 days ago)
Wish i had wachted this video before bidding on a used akai mpk mini on ebay looool
Shogun Rua (15 days ago)
Do I need a computer to go with? I ordered the first one trying to make some lofi
Micklid (14 days ago)
Shogun Rua probably
scroez cvk (15 days ago)
Only just came across your channel man, I'm so desperate for a keyboard and speakers so your videos are gold man, I love the way you explained the pro's and cons of each keyboard, Funds are low ATM, I need to sell some graff style artwork once my hands get fixed, anyway your videos are informative in a dope way, I've subbed and liked yr vids, & saved this into a folder. Top man.. peace.
36TRecords (15 days ago)
WOW! What an amazing MIDI keyboard controller comparison video. What I appreciate most about you Patrick, is your honesty, down-to-Earth, & humble approach. These traits come through in every video of yours. I just started my own independent label, on a shoestring budget. Your videos are definitely helping me become better versed. I have only seen Artiria products on either eBay or on YouTube. I absolutely love Arturia products; their build quality, innovative designs, technology R&D, etc. I have a friend who has an Arturia product, & he swears by the brand. As for me, I have a Novation Remote 37SL MKII controller. It is relatively heavier, a bit bulky on the road or walking, but the build quality is A++. The Arturia controller in this amazing video is so fantastic, small but powerful, etc. Looking back I truly wish I bought the Novation Remote 25. Sorry for the long comment, but I just wanted to say how much I like this & all of your videos. You are doing a great service to the people with all of your videos. Best Regards, STEPHEN W.
제이디_channel (15 days ago)
I using ROLI and akai mpk mini -EYeaahhh-
Daniel Torres (15 days ago)
I got here 5,500 likes later :( Great video Anyway. Hugs from Mexico!
Midnight soulja (16 days ago)
If i already have a regular keyboard will I need something like this?
Timothy Warner (14 days ago)
Check on the back for midi out. If it has that, grab a midi to USB cable and a software synth or DAW of some kind. Look to alternatveto.net/software/zynaddsubfx and alternativeto.net/software/ableton-live respectively. Make sure you check under the listings for what operating systems they're available for and the license they're provided under. You can filter by both at the top of the listing. I recommend checking under the free license.
Keila Rosado (17 days ago)
I’m honestly about to buy the Arturia (which I didn’t know about before) because of this tutorial. Thank you so much for explaining everything! I feel so good about my purchase because of you!
Brtk (16 days ago)
Komplete Kontrol M32 was nice
guloguloguy (17 days ago)
Thanks, Patrick!!!, I am not yet a "keyboard" player, but, I am working on learning to play guitar, an would like to someday get into more MIDI sound app;cations, and DAW editing, etc., so, perhaps this is a great way to get my toes in the water, and at least gives me a good starting point! Much appreciated!!! [=> liked, & subscribed]
Job Cooper (17 days ago)
Ruxi Wang (17 days ago)
how about irig keys?
Tony Sanu Productions (18 days ago)
You have a badass studio! Thank you for this video!
pedro-eh Lamaar (18 days ago)
I was going to go with akai but you really sold that last one
Arthur Oliveira (19 days ago)
I don't usually comment on videos but this really deserves to be praised for it's rich and well delivered information. Great job!
Gavin King (19 days ago)
The hybrid synth that comes with the akai is pretty cool. I've enjoyed it a lot.
matt69savage (19 days ago)
Play does not work with ipad.
Talina Josee (19 days ago)
This video was super helpful THANK U!
Playtronica (19 days ago)
you guys should check out @nakedboards https://www.nakedboards.org/ they do great minimalist controllers
Oriol Marín Herreros (19 days ago)
I would like to win the arturia to start making some experiments and enter into this area of art
Frank Yousif (19 days ago)
I know it's been a hundred likes but are you still doing the give away?
Vedant Nagani (19 days ago)
Bruh i am confused between 2 midi controllers....Novation launchkey mk2 61 and Nektar Impact. Lx61+...plz resolve my dilemma
SirEggbertfartalot (2 days ago)
I'm not trying to sway your choice, just relaying my experience with the Nektar Impact LX61+. Owned and used it for a year +4 months now, Nothing has broken, it's still working fine. I use Reaper for a DAW, no issues at all. Synth action Keys, feel fine to me, Pads are good too. Overall it feels solidly made. For the price it's very good value in my opinion, I certainly don't regret getting it ;0) I've not used a Novation keyboard so I can't comment on them. Best advice really is, get to a music store if you can, and try a few different Keyboards to get the feel of them.
Alexander Casper (19 days ago)
I also enjoy impromptu moments to jam with my synth on park benches
ElegyForTheMasses (19 days ago)
Akai has been making horrible drum pads since the MPC-1000.
Adam Sevener (20 days ago)
This video was a lot of help when I was researching what to buy, and I went with Arturia. The one thing you failed to mention was how FUCKING COMPLICATED IT IS TO SET UP LIKE WHAT THE HELL. Abelton is stupid. All the downloads are stupid. I can’t figure out how to use it after a week of having it and no video out there helps. I’m losing my mind over it
Savo Vujovic (21 days ago)
Software for the akai mini?
Kendall Michelson (21 days ago)
good video dog, sereoislymyiiii
Kendall Michelson (21 days ago)
fuck sorry bro great informative vid. I dig how you get us real musicians that can't buy top of the line everything..
Jonathan Thoms (21 days ago)
what software is he using for the dum beats?
Miguel Rivera (21 days ago)
Thank you so much you helped me out undecided on keyboards I really didn't know what to get but now I have an idea thank you so much💪🎵🎹🎵
Anand Sunku (22 days ago)
How to make the pads of Novation with logic and garage band loading samples
Gregor Tursic Sibenik (24 days ago)
Is alesis v49 good idea
Braxton Utley (25 days ago)
my name is Braxton
Chris Thomas (25 days ago)
Personally I'm tired of products advertising bundled software as a selling point that's already a free download. Back in the day, you used to get mid-level versions of Pro Tools with m-audio equipment, you'd get paid versions of Studio One with presonus interfaces, and there was an actual value that they added to your purchase. Nowadays everything comes with "Pro Tools First" or "Ableton Live Light." I can download these from the website and use them, legally, for free. What value does it add? None at all. It seems to me to be a cheap way to trick uneducated consumers, and unfortunately, this practice is simply ubiquitous. It. Is. Everywhere. That space on the CD would be better used on an addition VI or some effect plug-ins, or maybe a little booklet advising how to use compression or get a better mix or something else educational. Just anything else that would add value, rather than putting a free software on a CD and calling it a "deal"
truesks (26 days ago)
Hell yeah dude
Robloxporn (27 days ago)
Thinking of buying Akai MPK Mini MK2 and wonders if anyone here can recommend it, tell me about some good or bad experiences, maybe warn me about buying it. Basically wonder what anyone has on their mind about it. Thanks.
Robloxporn (27 days ago)
Thinking of Ming the
Klaas J (27 days ago)
The best? Gem s2 turbo, can pick one up under 100usd. Make sure you replace the batt. But then you have a serious Poly AT keyboard. Then you can start become the next Vangelis.
Kushagra Nagar (27 days ago)
Wow. Awesome Video!
Grovliom (1 month ago)
I bought the cheapest one and the 100$ akai
John Esparza (1 month ago)
this guy looks like a combination of Leo DiCaprio, Zack Efron, and Ryan Reynolds.
ozo hook (1 month ago)
Hey could anybody recommend a keyboard that comes with a DAW?
George Christie (1 month ago)
The nektar comes with bitwig
Aaron Stobo (1 month ago)
I’m looking into making lofi music, which controller would you best recommend for this genre? I know the controller doesnt make that much of a difference, just want the best option. Thinking about the Minilab Arturia..
Nothing to do with the video but what is the difference between these keyboards and the synthesizers?
Ayush Nema (1 month ago)
Which camera do you use
Redstone Jones (1 month ago)
Best cheap midi that works with LMMS
Angel Badillo (1 month ago)
Wow! Very informative. I'm new to music production and I was looking for some tips on what Midi Controller to purchase and you made me my decision easier. Thanks again.
Es2 Kaaay (1 month ago)
you look like Jauz to an extent. GAANG
Adán S. (1 month ago)
Nice video, I´m looking to buy one midi controller and this was really helpful thanks !
Kitty Purrnaz (1 month ago)
The minilab sold me
Kenji Quiocho (1 month ago)
Just found this channel randomly looking into starting up music production. I loved your videos on your setup, what’s in my bag, and something that’s probably underestimated in your videos is your actual filming production skills.
Ahmed Soliman (1 month ago)
Nice video but is that the carpenters poster on the left???
Jack (1 month ago)
Excellent video. Covered everything people would want and need to know. Thank you.
Emil Animates (1 month ago)
This video is really awesome thanks i think im buying the akai!
Michael Bruce (1 month ago)
Thank you for the great information
adrenalinegroove (1 month ago)
I use my Galaxy tab S4 to mess around with musical ideas and record and cut tracks. I like the idea of the Akai but I'm concerned about durability. Does the Arturia work with Android? Or is it strictly for use with a laptop and the supplied software?
BrianBoi (1 month ago)
I Have A Question, You Can Edit The Sounds That They Make Right?
James DeTomaso (1 month ago)
you explained things perfectly and so simple.usually i see a video and it don't interest me and keep me locked in but you were just straight to the point and that's what i like
The Bedroom Rock Star (1 month ago)
I think what he's really trying to tell us is "Size really matter"
PhLino B (1 month ago)
Arturia or Akai mpk mini?
Zeal Truce (1 month ago)
Going in and out of my bag all the time I guess it presses against the keys a lot because one of them sag now.
Young Expo (1 month ago)
Amazing video‼️
HitzzoneMusicL.A. (1 month ago)
Dope bro!
Rixter Prime (1 month ago)
A nice brief video and I especially appreciate being reminded about Nektar products. The Akai on the other hand seems like very much the weak sister of the group; apparently the plastic part of the keys is hinged on a thin piece of the actual top surface of the key that just flexes back and forth, and of course eventually breaks and the key snaps off. You might want to give that a brief research (try YouTube, I did ;) )
Je klinkt nederlands (you sound dutch)
Amsterdam man hoor zijn accent aan het begin typisch nederlands
Adriaan van Elk (1 month ago)
Nee man hij klinkt Amerikaans. Waar kom jij vandaan?
emdex61 (1 month ago)
what do you think of the novation launchkey mk2? it comes with 2 instruments and ableton live 9 lite.
andrew endres (1 month ago)
neck strain looking up at that monitor. i've been there.
Hosam Orfali (1 month ago)
Is it possible to connect the akai mpk mini to an amplifier? I only see 1 output
brian burkett (1 month ago)
Great review! I love the Arturia MK II as well but I’m really interested in your thoughts about the Komplete Kontrollers. More especially the MK32 when it is released. Keep up the awesome job, you have become one of my favorite reviewers!
Jc MTD (1 month ago)
Thanks for explaining the pros and cons! Dropping this beat in a few! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdH2xo1-0ck
Carl Emmoth (1 month ago)
You get Reason Lite if you buy Akai MPK Mini
Rebecca D (1 month ago)
Thanks, thats useful to me as Im thinking about going for that as its so portable. Do you have one and have you had any problems with it ‘falling apart’ as mentioned yet?
Seannnxk (1 month ago)
mpk mini has super cheap build quality and the keys break off very easily
Iain Bryden (1 month ago)
Patch changing for large rigs? Any controllers that will do that?
Chocat X Stencchi (1 month ago)
One con about the Mpk mini is that the keys eventually break, but that's after 3-4 years of use, well in my experience. Had to force myself to buy a new keyboard.
Tcm Italva (1 month ago)
Can you name some instruments that included in this Hybrid Software of Akai ?

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