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Get hands on control over your music production with our range of MIDI keyboards and controllers. From full-size, piano-style controllers with weighted keybeds to ultra-portable USB-powered mini keys with an onboard sequencer and arpeggiator, we have a great range of MIDI keyboards and controllers available for next day delivery.

Whether you plan to use it during a live performance or whilst producing at home, a MIDI controller can fuel your inspiration and creativity by giving you tactile control over your software instruments. Offering DAW integration and the ability to connect to other external hardware like a sound module, you’ll find yourself more in control than ever.

Our extensive selection covers the best keyboard MIDI controllers on the market. We’re proud to stock leading brands including Akai Professional, Native Instruments, Novation, Roland, Arturia and more. Whether you’re looking for a natural acoustic piano feel or prefer a fast synth-action, we’ve got plenty of options for you to consider.

When it comes to full-sized keys, we’ve got a great range of studio-ready controllers ready to enhance your creative workflow. These tactile keyboards often include useful performance controls such as modulation/pitch wheels, an arpeggiator and octave shift buttons. Many are designed to work seamlessly with your DAW, boasting transport controls and assignable knobs, sliders and pads - everything you need to make your sessions fast and fun.

If you’re after something smaller and more compact, a mini controller is perfect for carrying between studios, venues and writing spots. Still providing a great amount of power and customisation in a portable form factor, these mini-MIDI controller keyboards are great for musicians on the go.

Whatever size you go for, you’ll be able to enjoy customisable DAW controls for programmes such as Logic Pro X, Studio One, Pro Tools, Ableton Live and FL Studio. In most cases, the MIDI controllers on offer connect via USB and offer a fun and energetic way to work with virtual instruments, providing a tangible feel. It's also worth investing in a quality keyboard stand for your MIDI controller, especially if you want to perform with it live.

Not sure which controller is right for you? Feel free to pop down to our iconic Brighton store or contact our experts who are always on hand to help.

What is a MIDI keyboard used for?

A MIDI keyboard is a versatile device that allows you to control various virtual instruments, synthesizers and digital audio workstations (DAWs) using MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) protocol. It can be used for composing, recording and performing music across multiple genres and styles.

Is a MIDI keyboard OK for beginners?

Yes, MIDI keyboards are suitable for beginners as they provide an affordable and accessible way to learn and experiment with music production. Many MIDI keyboards are designed with user-friendly features, making them easy to use and understand for those new to music creation.

What is the difference between a MIDI keyboard and a normal keyboard?

A normal keyboard is a standalone instrument with built-in sounds, whereas a MIDI keyboard is a controller that sends MIDI data to external devices or software to generate sounds. MIDI keyboards typically do not produce sound on their own and require a computer, software, or external sound module to create audio.

Do all MIDI keyboards need a computer?

While many MIDI keyboards are designed to connect to a computer, some models can be used with standalone hardware synthesizers or sound modules. However, for most MIDI keyboards, a computer is necessary to access a broader range of sounds and functions provided by DAWs and virtual instruments.

Can I use a MIDI keyboard as a piano?

While a MIDI keyboard can simulate a piano by controlling piano-based virtual instruments or software, it may not provide the same feel and responsiveness as a traditional acoustic or digital piano. However, some MIDI keyboards with weighted keys can offer a more piano-like playing experience.

What to know before buying a MIDI keyboard?

Before purchasing a MIDI keyboard, consider factors such as your budget, available space, desired key count, key action (weighted, semi-weighted, or synth-action) and additional features like pads, faders, or knobs. It’s also essential to ensure compatibility with your preferred DAW or software.

Should I get a piano or a MIDI keyboard?

The choice between a piano and a MIDI keyboard depends on your goals and preferences. If you’re primarily interested in learning traditional piano playing and prefer the feel of an acoustic instrument, a piano or digital piano may be a better choice.

However, if you’re looking to experiment with various sounds, genres and music production, a MIDI keyboard offers greater versatility and creative possibilities.