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Old 25-08-2011, 09:59 AM   #1
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a good mobile keyboard

Hey, basically as im hardly at home where the main studio is, i have enough travling around with me to still work on music i.e laptop all software decent headphones etc and a MIDI controller, but one thing i do miss is a MIDI keyboard.

What would you say is the best small portable MIDI keyboard out there thats no overly priced for what it is?

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Old 25-08-2011, 10:03 AM   #2
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I think it's the best compromise between size and features on the market. And the build quality is top notch.

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I have an Akai LPK25 and it does the job properly and for cheap
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I think it's the best compromise between size and features on the market. And the build quality is top notch.

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if you don't need the drumpads and knobs.
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I think it's the best compromise between size and features on the market. And the build quality is top notch.

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if you don't need the drumpads and knobs.
build quality? sorry, but i've been out on tour with these things and 2 of the 3 we had amongst the crew broke within the 2nd week...


the usb port... the only mounting it has on the mainboard is solder. it will break on you for sure.


mine still works, but it required adding solder (a lot) to make sure it didn't do the same thing....

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I eventually dropped it with the USB cable in and don't own a soldering iron

heh, this is from another thread, i wasn't even trying to prove my point here, but yeah.... case in point. and yes, i know this isnt the mini MPK, but given the Akai standards of build quality.....

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build quality? sorry, but i've been out on tour with these things and 2 of the 3 we had amongst the crew broke within the 2nd week...


the usb port... the only mounting it has on the mainboard is solder. it will break on you for sure.


mine still works, but it required adding solder (a lot) to make sure it didn't do the same thing....

be wary.
you need to be more careful with your equipment

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build quality? sorry, but i've been out on tour with these things and 2 of the 3 we had amongst the crew broke within the 2nd week...


the usb port... the only mounting it has on the mainboard is solder. it will break on you for sure.


mine still works, but it required adding solder (a lot) to make sure it didn't do the same thing....

be wary.
You need flightcases.

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Re: a good mobile keyboard

You have to be really silly to take a device like the MPK mini, which weighs about 600 gramm and treat it like it were made of steel.

Not even my hardest keyboards get that kind of treatment that would damage them.

If musicians are taking their iPAds on tour, then you can also take any kind of thin, light keyboard with no fear.
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Re: a good mobile keyboard

The Korg nanokey is about as portable as they come, just a 25 key keyboard, no knobs, faders or pads.

The flat design means it fits in most laptop bags and unless you tried to snap the thing in half there's not much that could break on it. In saying that one of the keys did fall off mine, but my mate gave to me after many months of him abusing it so one key falling off wasn't too bad, especially considering I was able to fix it within 20 minutes.

The quality of the keys isn't top notch, they feel like a Mac keyboard, but they're very velocity sensitive and once you get into the swing of using them they're fine.

They were sixty quid when my mate got one and shortly after gave it to me, going onAmazon for 40 dollars now, can't see an alternative any cheaper.
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The Korg nanokey is about as portable as they come, just a 25 key keyboard, no knobs, faders or pads.

The flat design means it fits in most laptop bags and unless you tried to snap the thing in half there's not much that could break on it. In saying that one of the keys did fall off mine, but my mate gave to me after many months of him abusing it so one key falling off wasn't too bad, especially considering I was able to fix it within 20 minutes.

The quality of the keys isn't top notch, they feel like a Mac keyboard, but they're very velocity sensitive and once you get into the swing of using them they're fine.

They were sixty quid when my mate got one and shortly after gave it to me, going onAmazon for 40 dollars now, can't see an alternative any cheaper.
i havent got any experience with the nano key, but i bought the nano pad and it was terrible. if the quality of build is the same i would think twice.

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Old 29-08-2011, 09:23 PM   #13
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i havent got any experience with the nano key, but i bought the nano pad and it was terrible. if the quality of build is the same i would think twice.
like I said, like a Mac keyboard. I guess at the end of the day, you get what you pay for. I'm jsut abut to drop the Akai MPK mini back to a mate, it seems like a popular choice as its only around 90 quid but I think its a bit crap, the pads aren't sensitive enough, the knobs are flimsy as hell and the keys aren't too sensitive either. The plug and play function is very useful but it doesn't work for the knobs, I had to hunt a script down to get Ableton to recognise them.
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I really like the Nocturn 25.
it has 8 Trigger-pads and 25 piano keys. I bought it and I think it's well worth it's money.
The only thing i don't really like are the endless potentiometers. at first they seemed a little fragile to me but i never had problems with them. sorry i can't express myself very good i'm from Germany
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like I said, like a Mac keyboard. I guess at the end of the day, you get what you pay for. I'm jsut abut to drop the Akai MPK mini back to a mate, it seems like a popular choice as its only around 90 quid but I think its a bit crap, the pads aren't sensitive enough, the knobs are flimsy as hell and the keys aren't too sensitive either. The plug and play function is very useful but it doesn't work for the knobs, I had to hunt a script down to get Ableton to recognise them.
thanks for the heads up on the pads. i was thinking about getting the akai LPD8 if i failed to fix my nano pad. looks like im going to have to save for a bit longer for something better

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I really like the Nocturn 25.
it has 8 Trigger-pads and 25 piano keys. I bought it and I think it's well worth it's money.
The only thing i don't really like are the endless potentiometers. at first they seemed a little fragile to me but i never had problems with them. sorry i can't express myself very good i'm from Germany

Is this a similar size to an M-Audio Axiom 25? I think we're looking for MINIATURE setups, good for travelling. I bought the Axiom 25 thinking it'd be good, but it's really way too big for that.

Do Vestax have a keyboard version of the PAD1? That thing is stainless and looks to have great construction. I watched a dude smashing one against a table to prove its sturdiness. Hitting it hard enough to dint it if he'd continued...
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Re: a good mobile keyboard

I havec the mpk mini. It is a great portable keyboard, as it has both knobs and pads in a tiny package. I would recommend but as said before be VERY careful with it if you have the usb cable in, as any force can cause the port to bend. As long as you have the cable out you should be fine transporting it though, just be careful when you are actually using it. Mine has bent and bent back a few times, but I know if it happens again it will likely break and I will have to resolder.
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Thanks guys! i have just bought the mpk mini looking all good so far! cheers for the advice!
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The Korg nanokey is about as portable as they come, just a 25 key keyboard, no knobs, faders or pads.

The flat design means it fits in most laptop bags and unless you tried to snap the thing in half there's not much that could break on it. In saying that one of the keys did fall off mine, but my mate gave to me after many months of him abusing it so one key falling off wasn't too bad, especially considering I was able to fix it within 20 minutes.

The quality of the keys isn't top notch, they feel like a Mac keyboard, but they're very velocity sensitive and once you get into the swing of using them they're fine.

They were sixty quid when my mate got one and shortly after gave it to me, going onAmazon for 40 dollars now, can't see an alternative any cheaper.
I don't know about the NanoKey II, but the original Nanokey is a waste of money. For a few more bucks, you can get the LPK25, which is much better built.

The core problem with the original Nanokey is that the metal that the key clips latch into is absurdly soft. Bang a key a few times, and you will find the underlying metal distorted to the point where you can't clip the keys back into place anymore. Frozen butter has more structural integrity than that metal!

And I've only used my Nanokey in my home studio.

The other Nano products are great. I'm happy with my NanoPad and my NanoKontrol.

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