Musical Instruments : Studio Recording Equipment Reviews - 3/28/2019

Musical Instruments : Studio Recording Equipment Reviews - 3/28/2019

Nektar Impact LX49+ Keyboard Controller

Category

Musical Instruments, Studio Recording Equipment

Price

$159.99

SKU:

B01HZWL64O

Product Rating

4.5 / 5

  • Premium midi controller with 49 expressive synth-action keys, on-board pitch bend and modulation wheels for performances
  • 8 Hyper-Sensitive backlit pads
  • Mac, PC and iOS compatible
  • Software instruments automatically mapped to controls
  • Includes Bitwig 8-Track DAW

Nice, works great! By:
Setup was easy and painless with Reaper. I installed some really old versions of Reaper and had to use a generic set up and still it worked great/works great. I had to delete the roaming data to reinstall it on reaper's newer version after my tinkering in old versions. It feels solidly built. I am glad I didn't go with a cheaper model or one that was harder to set up. I am able to buy Reaper for $60 and play with free VSTs to my heart's content. I looked at more expensive software and synths but really for my level of expertise and dedication, Reaper and free VSTs is where I need to stay. But the keyboard worked with lots of different software without a problem for the basic features. I am not experienced enough to comment on the extra bells and whistles this comes with as I have not played with them that much. But they seem to be working. I feel like it will last and it was not much more to buy this instead of a less well made keyboard. I'm happy with this one.The 49 key is as large as I can fit on my desk. I ended up getting a mini keyboard and mouse to use while it is out. My husband added a shelf above my desk for it when I am not using it. The shelf is 2x10 and it overhangs slightly with the cord removed. I am using a powered USB hub with it and have had no issues with power being interrupted. The keys themselves seem full size, not skinny little things. It has some weight to it. I am really happy with this product and would buy from this company again in the future if I wanted to upgrade. I love having the extra keys so I can get a range of sounds out of the synths, for me the 49 key is perfect for now.
Very Nice Unit By:
I really like the usability and quality of this keyboard controller. Easy to set up and gives you almost complete controller over your DAW for the important features. Great at the price!
Works seamlessly with Bitwig. By:
Plug in and play. It's that easy if using Bitwig. Drum pads are sensitive and easy to assign. Works seamlessly with Bitwig DAW. Lightweight and plastic but works as a solid midi controller. Controls matchup great with software. Dials work great for quickly dialing in sound, making music couldn't be more productive. I love it.
Recomendado By:
Funciona genial en fl studio
Great response for a MIDI keyboard By:
I like the touch. The response and the controllers on this keyboard. Great controller for the price.
Great value. Works in fl studio. By:
Great product that works as expected. I use it in fl studio and am pleased with it.
Thumbs up By:
I enjoy this. It is great for my first midi. It feels while and it is easily compatible with fl studio. I prefer this over an mpk mini
It's good By:
I liked
Everything you need for worship team By:
Great purchase. Worth the money for sure.This is a good beginner rig because it comes with the board and a DAW program bitwig 8 track which is just about everything you need... I bought a stand and a sustain pedal to go with... Not the best pads but they aren't horrible... I personally use this for playing worship team and it works pretty great for that purpose
Nice solid controller for the price By:
The only problem I had was that it seemed like it was open and returned due to the packaging. It seemed in mint condition so I didn't return. The money I paid was for a new item thought. Overall, I'm impressed with this controller. It has a nice solid build. It easily set up in FL Studio. Most impotrantly, the keys do not have a springy noise like the Akai Pro 49 I had.

Novation Launchkey 25 USB Keyboard Controller for Ableton Live, 25-Note MK2 Version

Category

Musical Instruments, Studio Recording Equipment

Price

$149.99

SKU:

B00VVK275Y

Product Rating

4.2 / 5

  • MK2 version of Novation's 25-note USB keyboard controller for Ableton Live
  • 16 velocity-sensitive RGB pads, 8 knobs, and dedicated navigation and control buttons
  • Software for Mac and PC
  • Fully USB bus-powered and class compliant; works without drivers or power cable
  • Software for Mac and PC, Including: Ableton Live Lite, XLN Audio Addictive Keys, Novation Bass Station and V Station virtual instruments; 2-year limited warranty on manufacturing defects

Good product By:
Brought this for my son he loves it
Great buy By:
Christmas gift for my husband & he loves it. Uses it in his studio everyday
Does what it supposed to do By:
Everything
Great product By:
Always been a fan of novation. Been buying there products for over 15 years. Always dependable and reliable. Still have my novation remote 25 Sk till this day.
Responsive and clean. By:
Works great. I needed to do a little adjusting with ableton to get all of the features to work but that’s expected with any midi equipment.
Easy connection to iPhone/iPad By:
Connects to iPhone/iPad with USB-Lightning connector and allows me to use it as a controller for all those great IOS music apps. Draws power from IOS devices and doesn't seem to drain power too quickly. Connects to laptop as well. The full sized keys are easier to use than mini keys that are on some other 25 key controllers. Not a lot of software comes with it, but that was not an issue for me. Overall, just what I was looking for.
Great Great launchkey! By:
I am using it just fine!It's been almost 2 months and I really enjoy making beats with this products.However, if I can go back, I would buy smaller one XD
Original By:
Good
Nice By:
Update: I got a replacement serial from so fast after the one that came with my product had already been used.
Awesome Keyboard By:
What can I say? it's a good keyboard!

Novation Launchkey Mini 25-Note USB Keyboard Controller, MK2 Version

Category

Musical Instruments, Studio Recording Equipment

Price

$99.99

SKU:

B00VVNOMGI

Product Rating

4.2 / 5

  • Launchkey Mini - the mini keyboard for Ableton Live
  • 16 multi-colour backlit velocity sensitive drum pads
  • 8 knobs, dedicated navigation and control buttons
  • Software for Mac and PC, Including: Ableton Live Lite, XLN Audio Addictive Keys, Novation Bass Station and V Station virtual instruments and over 4GB of Loopmasters samples
  • 2-year limited warranty on manufacturing defects

Full of features By:
Bought this as a Christmas gift for my son. He loves it. Uses it with Ableton and makes quality beats. Has alot of features and not sure he knows how to fully use it yet, but he says it does everything he needs to put together his music. Build quality seems good, he uses it all the time and it's still looking and working good.
Great By:
This keyboard is awesome
Ableton 9/10 By:
It’s a really good midi keyboard for the price but some of the cool features on it only work with ableton 9 and 10 so if you’re using 8 and under get something else unless you plan on upgrading eventually other than that it’s a solid unit for the price
Easy to hook up By:
I was able to plug this into my Windows 10 computer and get it to work with PreSonus Studio One 4 Artist in less than a minute.
Great With Ableton, Dubstep, and Electronic Music Production in general By:
5/5 for me. If you got a small size room, and your desk just can't fit a giant keyboard yet, this is perfect for you. I mean it has everything you need, except the pitch bend and modulation knobs. That's fine though, because you get yourself a bunch of pads, and knobs that automatically connect to any ableton plugin you pick. So, for dubstep, if you clicked on the filter in serum and chose the cutoff, you could seriously write some wicked dubstep with one knob.
Super cool By:
This thing is cool. My son loves it. It's pretty easy to figure out how to use.
Excellent quality By:
Excellent quality
5 stars By:
I love it. The build quality is amazing. It integrates with logic as well as ableton. I wish it had a sustain pedal port but with all the features it has its a worthwhile investment.
Love this thing so much. By:
I'm just a hobbyist musician but I absolutely love this thing. I started to appreciate the workflow of Ableton recently and this just melts into that program effortlessly. Not only do the pads correspond to the clips for pretty snappy manipulation, they're pressure sensitive and work perfect as mini drum pads. If you ever drummed with your fingers on a desktop and thought, "hey, I'd like to record that" - well, blammo. Also, I really like the keys here. I think I'm beginning to prefer them to full size keys, and they're also pressure sensitive, with a nice resistance and spring to them. The whole thing is super well-built, gives no issues with connecting whatsoever, and ... it's just really awesome that it fits right on my desk. I actually use the dang thing. All the time. (Bonus: if you have the right cable, it also works with iPads.)

Novation Launchpad Ableton Live Controller with 64 RGB Backlit Pads (8x8 Grid)

Category

Musical Instruments, Studio Recording Equipment

Price

$129.99

SKU:

B00YR47GQQ

Product Rating

4.0 / 5

  • Integrate immediately and seamlessly with Ableton Live, without any setup whatsoever. If you already have Ableton Live it must be version 9.2 or greater to work with Launchpad.
  • 64 RGB pads light up to match the color of your clips in Live; see at a glance what's loaded, playing, and recording
  • Bright, colorful pads make the unit stand out just from USB power - when you're on stage or creating an exciting Launchpad light show video for YouTube
  • Use the grid to play drums and samples with pads pre-mapped to Ableton Lives drum rack; start and stop loops, arm tracks, and control volumes, pans and sends
  • Launchpad Arcade is an interactive demo that you can use with or without your Launchpad for immediate playability, right out of the box; NOTE: Refer the User Manual before use;

Fantastic for making music By:
 TOP DOLLAR works great no problems.
Massive help for workflow By:
WARNING: This is not a toy for a child. If you are thinking of buying this for your 8 year old son, Don’t, you will just frustrate him. You need a good understanding of DAWs and Music production to useThis has helped my workflow so much. Ever since getting it and integrating it into my daily work, I have found myself to be more creative and efficient. Strongly recommend
An absolutely critical piece of gear for Ableton Live users By:
Simply put, you need this pad. This is the way to run an Ableton Live set, tactile. The launchpad Mini offers the advantages of compact size, durability, and an affordable price.
Wow By:
This thang is dope!
System is difficult to operate By:
I got this for my 7 year old son because he’s into music and he asked for one. Firstly, i didn’t realize it had to be hooked up to a computer of some sort to operate. That’s on me for not researching good enough. Secondly, The system itself is really complex. I tried to play around with it and couldn’t figure it out and I’m computer savvy. If you know what you’re doing, I’m sure this is a great product, but if you have no idea and want to learn, this might not be the best thing for you.. then again, to each their own. But the launchpad itself is good quality. The whole system together is just way too hard for my son to operate.
Daughter loves it! By:
Purchased for my 11 year old as a Christmas gift and she love it. Crazy to hear her on this thing and the beats she comes up with and tunes. Keeps her busy!
Love this thing By:
I wish I had more time to use it. It's a blast for beat-making.
Lots of options By:
I bought this as a gift for my boyfriend and he is absolutely obsessed with it now
Love it, helps me a lot! By:
I'm a producer and I play electronic music this device helps me a lot in the producing and recording step and the live sets! amazing.
Great! By:
Perfect. Son loves it.