Samson Carbon 61 61-Key MIDI Keyboard Controller
The Samson Carbon 61 is as streamlined as it gets, with minimal controls, focusing only on what's important in the entry level price range, which is the keybed.
This reduces clutter and movable parts, resulting in a more compact and lighter controller that gets the job done.
The 61-key keybed is semi-weighted, which gives it a synth style action that many prefer. The keys are velocity sensitive, allowing for expressive playing.
Another nifty feature of the Samson Carbon 61 is its integrated iPad stand, which makes it an ideal companion for your iOS tablet.
- Keys: 61/ semi-weighted / synth-action / velocity-sensitive
- Pads: None
- Bundled Software: Komplete Elements
- Power: USB Bus powered
- Connectivity: USB, MIDI Out, 1/4" Expression Pedal, 1 x 1/4" Sustain Pedal
- Controls: 1 Encoder, 1 Fader, Pitchbend, Mod Wheel
- Octave: Octave/Shift transpose buttons
- Compatibility: Mac OS X and Windows Compatible
- Dimensions: 39.37 x 4.76 x 11.02 inches
- Weight: 7.48 lbs
Most of the positive reviews are from users who paired the controller with their iPad, which goes to show that it is doing well for that purpose. Others are happy with the feel of the keys and its portability. There are a few users who report using the keyboard for many years without any hiccups.
There are some who are not happy with the keybed's velocity settings, while others were hoping for a few more control options.
All in all, the Samson Carbon 61 is a nice MIDI keyboard controller for those who want something affordable and easy to use.
The Samson Carbon 61 isn't currently on our recommended list - to see that go to our guide: The Best 61 Key MIDI Controller Keyboards.