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MIDI controllers

All the MIDI controller articles, guides, and tutorials at Higher Hz.

Arturia KeyLab Essential 88 review

Arturia’s Essential series offers budget-friendly alternatives to the brand’s flagship keyboard controllers.

In this review, we are looking at the KeyLab Essential 88, which is a full-size, 88-key controller.

Arturia KeyLab 88 Mk2 review

Arturia’s KeyLab series has produced some of the most popular keyboard controllers ever made. They offer a mix of versatile functionality and build quality that most competitors can’t.

We review the KeyLab 88 Mk2 to see how it lives up to the KeyLab reputation.

Akai MPK Mini Mk3 review: No-fuss device that does it all

The MPK Mini has long been one of the most popular keyboard controllers you can buy in its various forms.

The MPK Mini Mk3 is a 25-key controller with MPC-style pads and encoders. It blends powerful performance and creative features in a compact, portable package.

Novation Launchkey 25 Mk3 review

Novation’s Launchkey first appeared in 2013 and has seen some significant changes since then. The Launchkey 25 Mk3 is a sleeker, better-performing version of its predecessors.

M-Audio Hammer 88 Pro review

The Hammer 88 Pro is the enhanced version of the popular Hammer 88 keyboard controller. M-Audio made many pianists very happy with the original Hammer 88 and looks set to build on that success with this latest release.

Our review discusses the pros and cons of this M-Audio controller and who it might suit most.

Arturia MiniLab Mk2 review

The MiniLab Mk2 is a two-octave (25-key) MIDI keyboard controller with mini keys. Despite being a relatively cheap bit of gear, it’s loved by amateur and professional musicians alike. It comes in Arturia’s familiar white casing with black controls and blue highlights.