Controllers

Keyboard, Surface & Pad Controllers

Computer Audio Controllers Make Your Life Better

When producing music on your computer, it is much easier and more natural when utilizing the various types of input controllers. Read on to discover all about the different types of controllers, and which will best suit your needs.

What Are Keyboard Controllers?

A MIDI keyboard controller is a device that sends information to your computer to control your music production software. While you can use a computer keyboard and mouse or trackpad, it's much easier and more natural with a dedicated USB/MIDI keyboard controller. The most traditional types of controllers feature piano keyboard setups with varying numbers of keys, and they often have various buttons, knobs, pads, and sliders to manipulate your audio. Many controllers also connect to your computer via USB, rather than MIDI cables, so you don't need any additional hardware.

What Are Pad Controllers?

While piano-like keyboard devices are among the most common MIDI controllers, there are many other options. MIDI pad controllers, or drum pad controllers, use pads instead of keys to trigger sounds, and they're very useful if you're programming percussion sounds or samples. There are also hybrid keyboards, which include pads in addition to keyboard keys, providing you with more flexibility in one controller. MIDI performance and wind controllers allow you to simulate different instruments, such as guitars or wind instruments. The device registers your breath or finger movements, and transmits the data to your software for a more natural music-making experience.

What Are Control Surfaces?

If you want more options for adjusting your audio, you can add computer audio control surfaces to your setup. MIDI control surfaces function more like mixing boards, adding additional sliders, knobs, and buttons so that you can tweak your sounds, and you can use them in combination with other controllers.

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  1. Akai Professional MPK249 Performance Keyboard Controller (49 Key)
    Akai Professional MPK249 Performance Keyboard Controller (49 Key)
    • SKU # AKA MPK249
    • MFR # MPK249
    • UPC # 0694318015551
    $399.00
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    • 49 Semi-Weighted, Full-Size Keys
    • 16 RGB-Illuminated MPC Pads
    • 24 Assignable Q-Link Controllers
    • Backlit LCD Screen
    • iOS Compatibility
    • 5-Pin MIDI Input & Output
    • Footswitch & Expression Jacks
    • USB Connectivity
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  2. Allen & Heath Xone:K2 Professional DJ MIDI Controller
    Allen & Heath Xone:K2 Professional DJ MIDI Controller
    • SKU # AH XONEK2
    • MFR # AH-XONE:K2
    • UPC # 6938122237339
    $299.00
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    • Four Channel 48kHz Internal Soundcard
    • 52 Hardware Controls
    • 171 MIDI Commands Across 3 Layers
    • Compatible with any Software Title
    • Configurable Layering System
    • USB Bus Powered
    • Headphone Output on Front
    • Combination Carry Case & Stand
    • X:LINK Interface to Xone:DB or More K2s
    • Built to Allen & Heath Standards
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  3. Icon Pro Audio iKeyboard 3 25-Key MIDI Controller
    Icon Pro Audio iKeyboard 3 25-Key MIDI Controller
    • SKU # ICO IKEYBOARD3
    • MFR # IKEYBOARD3
    • UPC # 4897022373078
    $99.99
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    • Velocity-Sensitive Keys
    • Backlit LED Touch Faders
    • Pitch and Modulation Touchpads
    • Dual-Action Encoder Knob
    • 18 Assignable LED-Backlit Buttons
    • Transpose Button
    • 3-Segment LED Screen
    • Mackie Control
    • HUI Protocol
    • iMap Software Included
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  4. Icon Pro Audio iKeyboard 3X 25-Key MIDI Controller
    Icon Pro Audio iKeyboard 3X 25-Key MIDI Controller
    • SKU # ICO IKEYBOARD3X
    • MFR # IKEYBOARD3X
    • UPC # 4897022374136
    $129.99
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    • Velocity-Sensitive Keys
    • 3-Segment LED Screen
    • 18 Assignable LED Buttons
    • 11-Segment LED Around Encoder
    • 6 Illuminated Transport Buttons
    • Pitch & Modulation Jog-Wheel
    • Octave Up/Down Buttons
    • Transpose Up/Down Buttons
    • Mackie Control
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  5. Icon Pro Audio iKeyboard 4 37-Key MIDI Controller
    Icon Pro Audio iKeyboard 4 37-Key MIDI Controller
    • SKU # ICO IKEYBOARD4
    • MFR # IKEYBOARD4
    • UPC # 4897022373085
    $129.99
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    • Velocity-Sensitive Keys
    • Backlit LED Touch Faders
    • Pitch and Modulation Touchpads
    • Dual-Action Encoder Knob
    • 18 Assignable LED-Backlit Buttons
    • Transpose Button
    • 3-Segment LED Screen
    • Mackie Control
    • HUI Protocol
    • iMap Software Included
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  6. Icon Pro Audio iKeyboard 4X 37-Key MIDI Controller
    Icon Pro Audio iKeyboard 4X 37-Key MIDI Controller
    • SKU # ICO IKEYBOARD4X
    • MFR # IKEYBOARD4X
    • UPC # 4897022374143
    $159.99
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    • Velocity-Sensitive Keys
    • 3-Segment LED Screen
    • 18 Assignable LED Buttons
    • 11-Segment LED Around Encoder
    • 6 Illuminated Transport Buttons
    • Pitch & Modulation Jog-Wheel
    • Octave Up/Down Buttons
    • Transpose Up/Down Buttons
    • Mackie Control
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  7. Icon Pro Audio iKeyboard 5 49-Key MIDI Controller
    Icon Pro Audio iKeyboard 5 49-Key MIDI Controller
    • SKU # ICO IKEYBOARD5
    • MFR # IKEYBOARD5
    • UPC # 4897022373092
    $149.99
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    • Velocity-Sensitive Keys
    • Backlit LED Touch Faders
    • Pitch and Modulation Touchpads
    • Dual-Action Encoder Knob
    • 18 Assignable LED-Backlit Buttons
    • Transpose Button
    • 3-Segment LED Screen
    • Mackie Control
    • HUI Protocol
    • iMap Software Included
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  8. Icon Pro Audio iKeyboard 6 61-Key MIDI Controller
    Icon Pro Audio iKeyboard 6 61-Key MIDI Controller
    • SKU # ICO IKEYBOARD6
    • MFR # IKEYBOARD6
    • UPC # 4897022373108
    $179.99
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    • Velocity-Sensitive Keys
    • Backlit LED Touch Faders
    • Pitch and Modulation Touchpads
    • Dual-Action Encoder Knob
    • 18 Assignable LED-Backlit Buttons
    • Transpose Button
    • 3-Segment LED Screen
    • Mackie Control
    • HUI Protocol
    • iMap Software Included
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  9. Icon Pro Audio iKeyboard 8X 88-Key MIDI Controller
    Icon Pro Audio iKeyboard 8X 88-Key MIDI Controller
    • SKU # ICO IKEYBOARD8X
    • MFR # IKEYBOARD8X
    • UPC # 4897022374174
    $269.99
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    • Velocity-Sensitive Keys
    • 3-Segment LED Screen
    • 18 Assignable LED Buttons
    • 11-Segment LED Around Encoder
    • 6 Illuminated Transport Buttons
    • Pitch & Modulation Jog-Wheel
    • Octave Up/Down Buttons
    • Transpose Up/Down Buttons
    • Mackie Control
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  10. IK Multimedia iRig BlueBoard Bluetooth MIDI Pedalboard
    IK Multimedia iRig BlueBoard Bluetooth MIDI Pedalboard
    • SKU # IK IPIRIGBBRDIN
    • MFR # IP-IRIG-BBRD-IN
    • UPC # 884088983697
    $99.99
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    • Wireless Control for iOS/Mac Music Apps
    • 4x Backlit Control Pads
    • 10M Range
    • 2x 1/4" TRS Inputs for Expression Pedals
    • Bluetooth 4.0/Bluetooth Low Energy
    • Operates on 4x AAA Batteries
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