Purchasing the right MIDI controller can be a bit more difficult than one would think. With so many different brands and types on the market today, researching the make and model that you are planning to buy should be a priority. If you plan to do gigs that involve a lot of traveling the size of your MIDI controller will need to be thought out carefully. We all make mistakes but with research and planning purchasing the right MIDI controller the first time can save a lot of time and money.
Stay Within Your Budget
We all know that going over our budget can happen quick, fast, and in a hurry. Buying a new MIDI controller is kind of like buying a new car. The one with all the bells and whistles seems to be the one everyone wants but not necessarily what they need. You can find cheaper lesser brand MIDI controllers that still have very high quality sometimes for half the price leaving more money in your budget for other things. If your local music store seems to be a little pricy check online stores to compare prices and you may be surprised at the money you can save.
Importance of Portability
If you are planning on being stuck doing children’s birthday parties at the local skating ring then you are probably not worried about moving your equipment a whole lot. If not, you may want to consider taking the size of your controllers into consideration. There are many different high quality mini MIDI controllers that can be transported with ease from gig to gig. These minis are convenient and compact leaving one more time to rehearse than worrying about how to move a bulky outdated system. Therefore, if your plans include performing at different locations across the city, state, or world the size of your equipment will be a factor.
Know how Many Keys You Want Your Keyboard to Have
Starting with too many keys can sometimes be a mistake especially if you are a novice. Smaller keyboards can have anywhere from twenty-five to forty- five keys. Larger keyboards can have up to 88 keys making learning them all a little challenging for a beginner. Larger keyboards can have weighted keys to give them the feel and appearance of a real piano giving piano lovers a more realistic feel and sound when playing. Starting with the smaller keyboard and working your way up is advisable so that when you move up to 88 keys you will be familiar with most aspects of your keyboard.
Making a mistake is only human and you also need to explore your options, so do not be surprised if you have to try one or two different controllers before you find the one that you prefer. Through trial and error and a little online research choosing the right equipment can be fun and easy making the sound at your next performance phenomenal.