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. M-Audio Keystation 61 MK3 61 Key USB-Powered MIDI Keyboard Controller
    M-Audio Keystation 61 MK3 61 Key USB-Powered MIDI Keyboard Controller
    • SKU # MA KEYSTATION61MK3
    • MFR # KEYSTATION61MK3
    • UPC # 0694318023914
    $199.00
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    • 61 Full Size Keys
    • Semi-Weighted
    • USB/5-Pin MIDI Out
    • Transport Buttons
    • Volume Fader
    • Pitch Modulation
    • USB Powered
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  2. PreSonus ATOM SQ Hybrid MIDI Keyboard/Pad Performance and Production Controller
    PreSonus ATOM SQ Hybrid MIDI Keyboard/Pad Performance and Production Controller
    • SKU # PSN ATOMSQ
    • MFR # ATOM SQ
    • UPC # 673454008726
    $249.95
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    • Complete Music Production Package
    • 32 Velocity-Sensitive RGB Pads
    • Context-Sensitive Screen Displays
    • Eight Endless Rotary Encoders
    • USB Bus Powered
    • Deep Integration with Studio One
    • Step Sequencing & Expressive Arp
    • Custom-Curated Content Library Included
    • Includes Studio One Artist
    • Includes Ableton Live Lite
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  3. M-Audio Oxygen 25 MK IV USB MIDI Keyboard Controller
    M-Audio Oxygen 25 MK IV USB MIDI Keyboard Controller
    • SKU # MA OXYGEN25
    • MFR # OXYGEN25IV
    • UPC # 0694318015995
    $129.00
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    • 25 Full-Size Velocity-Sensitive Keys
    • 8 Velocity-Sensitive Trigger Pads
    • 8 Assignable Knobs
    • Assignable Fader
    • Transport Controls
    • Automapping
    • DAW and Virtual Instrument Software
    • USB Bus Powered
    • Mac OS X
    • Windows
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  4. ROLI Seaboard RISE AC Power Supply
    ROLI Seaboard RISE AC Power Supply
    • SKU # RLI RISEACPOWERSUPPL
    • MFR # ROL-001342
    • UPC # 814773020130
    $39.95
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    • For Seaboard Rise
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  5. Rode RodeCaster Pro Integrated Podcast Production Studio
    Rode RodeCaster Pro Integrated Podcast Production Studio
    • SKU # ROD RODECASTERPRO
    • MFR # RODECASTER PRO
    • UPC # 698813 005543
    $599.00
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    • Podcast Studio in a Box
    • 4 Broadcast-Quality XLR Mic Inputs, +48V
    • 8 Faders to Control Audio Levels
    • Onboard & USB Multitrack Recording
    • Mix-Minus for Phone Call Interviews
    • APHEX Processing for Rich & Warm Voice
    • 4 Headphone Outputs for Host & Guests
    • 8 Programmable Pads for Instant Sound FX
    • USB Interface for Streaming
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  6. Akai Professional APC40 MkII Ableton Live Performance Controller
    Akai Professional APC40 MkII Ableton Live Performance Controller
    • SKU # AKA APC40MK2
    • MFR # APC40MKII
    • UPC # 0694318015711
    $299.00
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    • Ableton Live Controller
    • Integrates 1 to 1
    • USB Powered
    • 5x8 Clip-Launch Matrix
    • 9 Channel Faders
    • 8 Control Knobs
    • 8 Device Controls
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  7. Akai Professional MPC X Standalone Music Production Center with Sampler and Sequencer
    Akai Professional MPC X Standalone Music Production Center with Sampler and Sequencer
    • SKU # AKA MPCX
    • MFR # MPCXXUS
    • UPC # 0694318017876
    $2,299.00
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    • Full-Color Multi-Touch Display
    • Turntable RCA Inputs w/Ground
    • Control Surface for MPC 2.0
    • 2 MIDI Ins 4 MIDI Outputs
    • 16GB of On-Board Storage
    • 10 GB of Sound Content
    • Ableton Link Over WiFi
    • Bluetooth 4.0 Midi Support
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  8. Akai Professional MPD218 USB Pad Controller
    Akai Professional MPD218 USB Pad Controller
    • SKU # AKA MPD218
    • MFR # MPD218
    • UPC # 0694318016930
    $119.00
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    • 16 Thick Fat Backlit Pads
    • 48 Assignable Pads
    • 3 Banks
    • 18 Assignable Potentometers
    • 16 Configurable Presets
    • USB Powered
    • Includes Ableton Live Lite
    • Includes MPC Essentials
    • Includes Sonivox Percussion
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  9. 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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  10. Akai Professional MPK261 Performance Keyboard Controller (61 Key)
    Akai Professional MPK261 Performance Keyboard Controller (61 Key)
    • SKU # AKA MPK261
    • MFR # MPK261
    • UPC # 0694318015575
    $499.00
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    • 61 Semi-Weighted Keys
    • 16 MPC Pads | 4 Banks
    • 24 Assignable Q-Link Knobs
    • Revamped Control Layout
    • USB-MIDI w/ 5-Pin MIDI
    • 2 Assignable Foot Switch Jacks
    • Includes Software Package
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