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10 hours ago, abacab said:

Earlier this year, I finally decided to buy a decent 61-key controller, sturdy and with proper faders and knobs. It wasn't cheap, at over $500, and was out of stock everywhere, so I had it back-ordered for 2 months.  But it is likely one of the most well built units I have ever used. Metal framed and heavy, similar to an old school synth keyboard from the 90's. Wheels and everything else just work nice and smooth! Velocity and aftertouch feel accurate (the same keybed as their $2,499 analog synth, MatrixBrute). :)

And the fact that it's fully integrated with Arturia Analog Lab is a big bonus for me!

https://www.arturia.com/products/hybrid-synths/keylab-mkii/overview

How is the Cakewalk DAW support?
Seems like everything else is listed as being supported...

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On 9/5/2021 at 12:35 PM, TheSteven said:

Interesting, but if I was going to be spending $ in that range I'd go for the the LinnStrument

 

Got to meet Roger Linn at GearFest a few years back... and he demo'd the LinnStrument.

It's an amazingly expressive controller.

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12 hours ago, TheSteven said:

How is the Cakewalk DAW support?
Seems like everything else is listed as being supported...

No idea. Haven't tried that. But it comes with full support and overlays for Live and Studio One, which I currently have, as well as Cubase and Reaper.

But typically I don't usually bother with DAW support using a controller keyboard. I would buy a dedicated control surface, such as Faderport,  if I wanted that.

I was more interested in Analog Lab control, which is fully integrated, as well as MIDI mapping with other virtual instruments. It even has full CV output, just in case I ever wanted to control a real hardware rack synth. Which I have not found the GAS for yet (as well as the cash). But as an instrument controller, it seems to be everything I had hoped for.

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17 hours ago, husker said:

I travel with the mini version of that.   Even the tiny one integrates so well with the V Collection 

Are Arturia's 'slim-keys' another name for minikeys? or are they slightly wider/narrower?

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2 hours ago, antler said:

Are Arturia's 'slim-keys' another name for minikeys? or are they slightly wider/narrower?

Mini keys

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1 hour ago, husker said:

Mini keys

I went with a CME Xkey for a portable 25-key controller with full width keys. I had tried an Akai with "slim" keys that didn't click with me, so I returned that one.

 

CME Xkey 25 portable full size keys.jpg

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15 minutes ago, abacab said:

I went with a CME Xkey for a portable 25-key controller with full width keys. I had tried an Akai with "slim" keys that didn't click with me, so I returned that one.

 

CME Xkey 25 portable full size keys.jpg

So Cute!  :D

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11 minutes ago, InstrEd said:

So Cute!  :D

Yep, and it's very easy to slip into an overnight or carry-on bag. It's laptop-width, so it fits well with a compact mobile rig. And I keep it right in front of my monitor at home, for quick keys access!

Some have described the Xkey as having only a slight vertical action being a negative, but I rather like them! Sort of like laptop keys. They actually are very nice for doing a portamento gliss on a synth! Nice companion to a conventional controller! :)

https://xkeyair.com/xkey-tour/

https://xkeyair.com/xkey-photos/

 

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49 minutes ago, abacab said:

I went with a CME Xkey for a portable 25-key controller with full width keys. I had tried an Akai with "slim" keys that didn't click with me, so I returned that one.

 

CME Xkey 25 portable full size keys.jpg

Yeah, they’re pretty good. Got two of those 25-key ones and a 37-key sibling. Poly-aftertouch. 

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16 minutes ago, Fleer said:

Yeah, they’re pretty good. Got two of those 25-key ones and a 37-key sibling. Poly-aftertouch. 

What instruments did you get the poly-aftertouch working with?

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I'm at the point where I lime my controllers dumbed down with only a mode wheel and pitch bend.

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8 hours ago, Paul Young said:

I'm at the point where I lime my controllers dumbed down with only a mode wheel and pitch bend.

Still liming for my mode wheel... 😉

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