Looking for a midi controller that has everything you need with a budget price. If you’re looking for a midi, you may also be looking for studio monitors, microphones and other stuffs too. So the budget must be handy. Here is our guide to the best midi controllers under $200.
01. M-Audio Oxygen 49 Mk IV ($169)
This midi is one of the best out there on the market right now. On the Oxygen 49, you can find inputs and outputs that are identical to the Keystation 49: a USB to Host and a sustain pedal input. It’s extremely portable, weighing under 7 lbs. and short enough to fit in a large suitcase or small carrying bag.
- Keys: 49 full size synth-action with velocity sensitivity.
- Pads: 8 which are velocity sensitive.
- Arpeggiator: No, but the bundled software does.
- Motorized Controls: No.
- Bundled Software: Ableton Live Lite, Air Xpand!2 and SONiVOX Twist virtual synths.
- Power: USB powered.
- Connectivity: USB and TRS input for sustain pedal.
- Control Hardware Directly: No.
- Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later (10.5 or later recommended) + Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP.
- Dimensions: 32.04″ x 9.56″ x 3.7″
- Weight 6.4 lbs
The pads feel good, although Novation’s pads always feel better, but the knobs on the Oxygen 49 are very easy to use and feel great.
02. M-Audio Keystation 49 II ($100)
This is so far the best keyboard you may find under $100 with 49 keys. Less space but gives everything you need from a midi keyboard. The keys are still velocity sensitive and responsive which is good for its price.
- Keys: 49 full-size velocity-sensitive keys with natural piano feel
- Pads: None
- Arpeggiator: No
- Bundled Software: Ableton Live Lite, SONiVOX Eighty-Eight Ensemble, AIR Music Tech Xpand!2
- Connectivity: USB
- Control Hardware Directly: No
- Compatibility: USB Class Compliant
- Dimensions: 32.1″ x 7.5″ x 2.8″
- Weight: 4.6 lbs.
03. Akai Professional MPK Mini MK II
As I mentioned M-Audio Keystation 49 II as the best choice under $100, this Akai Professional MPK Mini MK II is its’ rival. This AKAI midi got more features than the M- Audio but it only got 25 keys. So you need to think twice before buying this Akai.
- Keys -25 velocity-sensitive synth-action keys with dedicated octave up and down buttons
- Pads – Yes
- Arpeggiator – Yes
- Bundled Software: ProTools First, Ableton Live Lite, Velvet, Mini Grand, XPand!2
- Power – USB
- Features additional inputs ¼ inch (6.35 millimeters) TS input for sustain pedal
- 8 backlit velocity-sensitive MPC-style pads with Note Repeat & Full Level for programming drums, triggering samples and controlling virtual instrument / DAW controls
- 8 fully-assignable Q-Link knobs for mixing, tweaking plug-ins and more
- Comprehensive production software package for Mac and PC worth over £150 included: Akai Pro MPC Essentials, SONiVOX Wobble, and Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech (downloads)
- Dimensions – 12″x7″x2″
- Weight – 1.65 lbs.
04. Novation Launchkey 49 ($199)
This midi right here is one of the best midi controllers out there under $200 on the market. It is specially designed for Abelton but work with other DAW’s really well.
It is suited for both the professional and those who are just starting out. Packed with features and a decent software bundle at a good price, the Launchkey Mk2 49 is a worthwhile addition to your music production set up.
- 49-note velocity-sensitive synth-style keyboard
- 16 full-color RGB backlit velocity sensitive drum pads
- Eight knobs
- Nine sliders
- Six dedicated transport controls
- Pitch-bend and modulation wheels
- Two Octave/Transpose buttons
- 7-segment 3-character LED display
- Two Track/MIDI Channel buttons
- Eight Mute/Solo buttons plus toggle button
- Three InControl buttons
- Two full-color RGB backlit round buttons
- USB socket
- DC power socket
- Sustain pedal 1/4″ jack socket
- Kensington security slot
- Included software:
- Ableton Live Lite 9 (version 9 required for InControl)
- Novation Bass Station and V-Station
- Free Melodics Lessons: Use Melodics to improve your keyboard skills and hone your pad drumming skills for free
- 4GB library of session-ready samples from Loopmasters
- Your choice of XLN Addictive Keys instrument (VST/AU/AAX) with product registration
- Class compliant and USB bus-powered on Mac or PC
- iOS 8, iOS 7 Compatible – Camera Connection Kit or Lightning to USB Camera Adapter required (not included)
05. Nektar Impact LX49 ($160)
This controller has as a useful mixer section with lots of faders. It also has knobs and pads. You can save 5 presets. It’s designed to have plug-and-play integration with most major DAWs, except Ableton Live. Ableton users will need to download a Live Remote Script file.
- 49 Keys (Synth-Action)
- 8 Pads
- 9 Faders
- 8 Knobs
- 9 Assignable Buttons
- Dedicated Buttons: Octave Up/Down, Transpose, Play, Stop, Record and more
- 2 Wheels (Pitch Bend + Modulation)
- Software or DAW included: Studio One Artist
- Other versions: 25 keys, 61 keys, 88 keys
- DAW Integration: Pre-mapped DAW Configurations for Bitwig Studio, Cubase, Digital Performer, Garageband, Logic Pro, Nuendo, Reason, SONAR, Studio One, FL Studio, and Reaper.
06. Alesis V49 ($130)
The design is sleek and uncluttered. The placement of the pads it very clever: they’re conveniently located on the left beside the keyboard. This allows you to tap pads with your left hand while playing keys with your right. You won’t have to reach over the keyboard awkwardly when performing.
- 49 keys (Synth-Action)
- 8 Backlit Pads
- 4 Assignable Knobs
- 4 Assignable Buttons
- 2 Wheels (Pitch Bend + Modulation)
- 1 pedal input
- Software or DAW included: Xpand!2 and Ableton Live Lite
- Other versions: 25 keys, 61 keys
- DAW integration: all major ones
So those are the best midi controllers under $200 on the market right now. Hope you get what you need from the article. Thank You for your valuable time reading this.