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A MIDI Keyboard is a software controller that incorporates piano-style keys and allows you to take control of Music Software, Virtual Effects and VSTs on a PC, Mac or Laptop.
Most MIDI Keyboards do not make any sound on their own, and need to be connected to your computer, usually via USB, 5-Pin MIDI or Bluetooth. They can be used for studio writing and composition, as well as live performance.
If you record or write music at home, it’s always a good idea to have a MIDI keyboard on hand to work out chord structure and try melodic ideas. In addition, if you don’t usually play keys, you can get hold of a cheap MIDI keyboard controller at a budget friendly price and enjoy a world of plug ins and sounds without the larger investment.
Most MIDI Keyboards come bundled with Music Software so you can start making music out the box (like Ableton Live Lite, Komplete Kontrol, Cubase or Akai's VIP Software).
MIDI Keyboards are highly useful additions to any recording setup, allowing you to get the most out of your DAW and also to play software synths and other virtual instruments instead of using the virtual 'piano roll' on most Music Software titles.
Some of our most popular MIDI Keyboards are the smaller, travel-friendly controllers like the Akai MPK Mini 2. This is a great option for laptop producers that want a take-anywhere keyboard to fit in a rucksack or travel bag. Also, because it's USB powered, you can simply plug in without being connected to a power source.
Our 25, 49 and 61-note keybeds tend to be the most popular. 25 Notes are enough for basic MIDI editing and music production at home, whilst more confident players may be comfortable on a 49 or 61 note MIDI keyboard.
Some of our larger MIDI Keyboards, like the new Akai MPK Road 88, feature 88 full-sized keys with a weighted 'hammer' action. This replicates the feel and response of a grand piano, with lighter weight in the upper octave keys, and heavier response in the lower octaves. These are ideal for professional stage performers more familiar with the feel of a full-size Digital Piano.
We have a huge selection of MIDI keyboard controllers here at PMT Online and in your local PMT Store. Our selection of MIDI keyboard controllers have been hand-picked to provide everyone from beginners to pros.
You’ll find all the latest MIDI keyboard controllers in stock, including budget friendly options to fully fledged performance tools from the likes of Akai, M-Audio, Novation, Arturia, ROLI, Native Instruments, Roland and many more top brands.
All of our items in stock worth over £99 are available for FREE Next Day Delivery, or to Reserve & Collect from one of our PMT Stores nationwide. We have over 200 In-Store Studio Experts around the UK at 15 Store Locations to help you find the right MIDI Keyboard for your needs.