Keith McMillen Instruments K-Board 25-key USB MIDI Controller

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Keith McMillen Instruments K-Board 25-key USB MIDI Controller

The K-Board 25-Key MIDI Controller is class compliant, making it effortless to connect with any computer or device.

The Smart Fabric features built into each key makes them velocity, pressure, and location sensitive, which allows for greater real-time performance control.

This small-sized yet sturdy controller is convenient and portable enough for quick music making on the go or if you want a minimal workspace at home.

Artists such as Diplo, Plaid, and Jack Conte have used the K-Board.

Key features:

  • Keys: 25 keys with pressure and tilt
  • Pads: 1 Pitch bend pad
  • Buttons & Knobs: Octave up/down buttons, 1 Sustain button, 1 Velocity on/off button, 1 Pressure on/off button, 1 Tilt on/off button, 1 Toggle on/off button
  • Octaves: -2 to +3 Octaves
  • Bundled Software: None. Recommended software listed on manufacturer's website
  • Power: USB bus powered
  • Connectivity: Micro-USB
  • Compatibility: Class Compliant. System requirements for software editor: Mac OS 10.5 or later + Windows 7 or greater
  • Dimensions: 12.8" x 3.3" x 0.43"
  • Weight 0.76 lbs.

Pros

Most musicians found this MIDI controller to be very straightforward to use with their computer, table or phone along with necessary adapters. It provides customizable parameters and response settings for users who want different options. The rubber matte feel and light-weight design are physical features many people cited positively in their comments and reviews saying things to the effect that it was very sturdy and resistant to drops or even liquid spills.

Cons

This controller is not really suited for piano playing because of the small keypad design, although it's mentioned to be great for soft synths, percussion, and MIDI triggering.

Overall

This is a good choice if you want a small, simple and durable MIDI controller to make music on different devices other than your main computer system.

We are currently recommending this keyboard in our guide to Cheap MIDI Keyboards and you cam read further advice and see which retailers we suggest here: Keith McMillen Instruments K-Board.