Nektar SE25 25-Key MIDI Keyboard Controller


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Nektar SE25 25-Key MIDI Keyboard Controller

Gearank Recommended

The Nektar SE25 was on our recommended list for 25 Key MIDI Controller Keyboards from May 2020 until July 2022.

But it remains one of our recommendations in The Best Cheap MIDI Keyboards Under $100.

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At first glance, the Nektar SE25 won't grab your attention. It's unassuming size, aesthetics and aggressive price point make it easy to pass up.

Engineered to feel close to its more pricey siblings, the Nektar SE25 is a minimalist MIDI Keyboard controller features extensively tweaked keys with 3 velocity curves to fit to your playing style.

At 0.88lbs, its also one of the lightest controllers featured on this guide.

If you need a controller you can whip out in a snap and set up for quick inspiration, at a price that won't feel like you spent anything at all, the Nektar SE25 is a great purchase even if you own one (or several!) more expensive controllers.


  • Keys: 25 Velocity Sensitive Synth Mini-keys with 3 velocity curves
  • Pads: none
  • Buttons & Knobs: PB1, PB2 (assignable to Pitchbend, Pan, Transpose), S Buttons (sustain, modulation)
  • Octaves: +/- 4
  • Bundled Software: Bitwig Studio 8-track
  • Power: USB Bus Powered
  • Connectivity: USB
  • Compatibility: OS X 10.7 or Later, Windows 7 or later
  • Dimensions: 13.18" x 0.82" x 3.93"
  • Weight 0.88 lbs.