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Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S61 MK2 MIDI Keyboard Controller

Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S61 MK2

Native Instruments is well known in DJ circles because for the quality of their Traktor software, they also expanded into music hardware which includes the Komplete Kontrol S61 MK2, a 61-key MIDI keyboard controller.

While it does not have many DJ friendly functions, it does retain the company's standard for quality, as evidenced by its many good ratings.

To achieve its success, NI equipped this controller with a semi-weighted Fatar keybed, and paired it with essential controls that include pitch bend and mod wheels, 8 touch-sensitive knobs, a touch strip and a 4-directional push encoder.

Doepfer LMK4+ 88-Key Hammer Action MIDI Keyboard Controller

Doepfer LMK4+ 88-Key MIDI Keyboard Controller

Doepfer is very well regarded in their home country of Germany, in fact this controller is used by film composer Hans Zimmer, and that reputation has expanded around the world.

The LMK4+ is a significant step up from the lower cost LMK2+ with adjustable aftertouch, 32 velocity curves, 8 zones with proportionally controllable volume and a much bigger, and I would say more practical, control panel.

midiplus AK490 49-Key MIDI Keyboard Controller

midiplus AK490 49-Key MIDI Keyboard Controller

Taiwanese manufacturer Midiplus has surprised the synth community with the AK490.

Featuring a 5-pin DIN MIDI out, the AK490 can be used to control older analog synths in addition to being used with a computer using its USB MIDI connection.

Yamaha TRBX204 Bass Guitar

Yamaha TRBX204 Bass Guitar

Yamaha TRBX204 is a 4-string bass with active pickups, a feature that isn't normally available in this price range.

While this one does sport P/J style pickups, it is unique enough in terms of design and electronics to not be called another clone.

Yamaha's distinct double cutaway body gives it a very distinct appeal, and it makes it easier to reach the higher frets.

Ibanez GSR200 4-String Bass Guitar

Ibanez GSR200 Bass Guitar

The Ibanez GSR200 is an affordable standard size bass guitar with Ibanez' trademark playability and impressive tone versatility.

It is part of Ibanez' Sound Gear line, which is well known for their quality and tone shaping capabilities, only this one is stripped down to keep the price affordable.

The GSR200 comes with a standard scale length of 34", a nut width of 1.614" and their flat fast action 12" fingerboard radius.

Dean Custom Zone 4-String Bass Guitar

Dean Custom Zone Bass Bass Guitar

I was about to write this one off as just another flashy looking toy, but the specs and reviews told me otherwise.

While the sharp colorful finish options are really what make this bass stand out, the guitar's tried and tested specs also deserve special mention.

While it does look different, everything else about this bass follows classic specifications.

Nektar Panorama P6 61-Key MIDI Keyboard Controller

Nektar Panorama P6 61-Key MIDI Keyboard Controller

Much like its name, the Nektar Panorama P6 is a MIDI keyboard controller that covers all bases, and does so effectively.

With 93 real-time controls, it is hard to run out of things to do, and all of this is provided for without compromising the quality of the keys and its overall build.

With its combination of traditional feeling keys and modern control features, this MIDI keyboard is designed to cater to a wider audience.

Roland A-800PRO 61-Key Midi Keyboard Controller

Roland A-800PRO 61-Key Midi Keyboard Controller

The A-800PRO follows Roland's tried and tested formula of combining technology, quality and reliability in a package that is priced just right to appeal.

It comes packed with many features for its price, with 45 assignable controls that include sliders, knobs, transport, buttons and more.

But its more than just a numbers game because its main feature is still the quality of its velocity sensitive keys and pads.

Yamaha MX61 61-Key Synthesizer MIDI Controller Keyboard (Discontinued)

Yamaha MX61 61-Key Synth MIDI Controller Keyboard

NB: This model has been discontinued, however we are now recommending its successor: Yamaha MX61 V2.

The Yamaha MX61 is a hybrid Synthesizer & Controller with 1000 sounds from their proprietary Motif XS Soundbank built-in without compromising well thought out DAW integration as a dedicated MIDI controller.

Arturia KeyLab Essential 61 MIDI Keyboard Controller

Arturia KeyLab Essential 61 MIDI Keyboard Controller

"Creativity Defined" is Arturia's tagline for KeyLab Essential 61.

And while the "Essential" tag is usually used to market bare-bones gear, the Keylab Essential 61 hosts a slew of features including backlit pads, 9 assignable encoders, 9 assignable faders and MIDI out to name a few.