Any recommended controllers used for production? Looking for something that I can link up to my software and then automate parameters and other things. Wanting to make my production flow smoother and be more "immersive".
because it comes with its own software it is crazy how much you can do without even looking at the screen. i use ableton live too, the software that comes with it is more for getting the idea down on (the way i use it) and then you can open it up as a plugin in ableton. there are a ton of ways you can connect it to ableton too so there will be one that suits you
also its a very nice controller that you can use for anything too
maschine mikro kinda takes away a lot of the functionality so i would maybe stay away from that if you will be wanting the maschine a few months down the line
Depends on what you want to control. There are all kinds of controllers with a variety of layouts. I use a PadKontrol for drum pads and an Ohm64 for buttons, faders, and knobs. The Ohm64 is also my DJ/Live Performance controller.
I really dig my Akai MPK25. I wish I had the $$ for the MPK49 as 2 extra octaves would be hella useful, but as it is the 25 keys at least helps me get certain bass and synth ideas down quicker than trying to write that shit out on the piano roll. I still find myself using the piano roll more often than not, but it's impossible to jam on one so that's where a real controller becomes your friend. The 12 drum pads on the MPK25 are a nice addition. I don't get a lot of use out of them since I have a dedicated drum pad, but you can route them to a different MIDI channel, or edit the MIDI notes they output. So for instance you could control a sampled drum set, or if you use Kontakt you could route the drumpad to trigger ketswitches since the keyboard isn't big enough to get to them normally. The keys feel real nice, weighted but fast enough that they don't hinder my playing (I'm a not really much a key player lol...). Its got Aftertouch, which I haven't really messed with much yet but the option is nice to have, and IIRC a lot of controllers in its price range do not include it.
Also have an Akai MPD24 but honestly I do not get a lot of mileage out of drum pads. It's got a good amount of faders and knobs and that's mostly what I use it for. That and I have a custom program setup for a Hang Drum multisampled instrument I made which is super fun and intuitive.
Forgot to mention the transport controls on the MPK25 are pretty sweet. You can record/play/stop/skip forward and backward to locators in your arrangement. Not having to flip between hitting record/play with your mouse then jumping to your keys in time, really makes laying down takes a dream,
Godammit thanks for the responses ha. Ill go over them thoroughly tomorrow.
Working with Ableton Live
Budget of $350 max (POSSIBLY higher if needed)
Not using it for performance, only production
A decent amount of knobs and faders I can assign macros to.
Not looking specifically for a drum pad but itd be a nice addition on the controller.
And just looking for any general advice with your experiences with controllers.