Online Guides: Controller Keyboards

At the simplest level, a controller keyboard, also commonly known as a "master" keyboard.

1. Introduction

Welcome to our Controller Keyboards Online Advisor.

There was a time when all electronic keyboards produced sound, but the advent of the MIDI communications protocol made it inevitable that specialisation would ensue, and the dedicated controller keyboard was born - as useful for controlling the software instruments of today as it was for the hardware instruments of yesterday. The following pages give an overview of the major functions of controller keyboards, and the main types available.

Our Online Advisor extends over several pages – you can jump from section to section using the index below or the navigation at the bottom of each page.

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Best rated products

  1. Arturia Keystep

    Arturia Keystep

    Available at short notice (usually 2-5 days)
    €111
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  2. Swissonic EasyKey 49

    Swissonic EasyKey 49

    In stock
    €69
    £60.52
  3. Novation Impulse 49

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  7. M-Audio Keystation 88 MkII

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    €155
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  8. Novation Impulse 61

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    £292.07
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  10. Miditech Midistart Music 25

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  12. M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32

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  13. M-Audio Oxygen 49 Mk4

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  14. Samson Graphite 49

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    £116.65
  15. Swissonic EasyKey 61

    Swissonic EasyKey 61

    In stock
    €99
    £86.83

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