Portable Midi Keyboard Controller Picks for 2018-2019

Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII – Limited Edition

Amazon Rating: 4 Stars

The Akai MPK Mini MKII — Limited Edition in white easily fits into a backpack and seems to be quite durable after playing on mine for the past year. It’s powered by USB — and is full of all the features one would need to bring your musical ideas to life. The keyboard controller is equipped with 25-synth-action mini-keys, 8 velocity-sensitive rubber drum pads with two banks, and eight assignable control knobs — look no further than the MPK mini MKII, and for only $99, this midi controller is a steal.

Novation Launchkey 25 USB Keyboard Controller – MK2 Version

Amazon Rating: 4.3 Stars

Novation’s 25-note USB keyboard controller comes equipped with 16 velocity-sensitive RGB pads, 8 knobs, and dedicated navigation and control buttons. The keyboard is compatible with both Mac and PC and is fully USB-powered — working without drivers or a power cable. The controller is also covered by a 2-year limited warranty on manufacturing defects, and for a measly $149 — might be worth adding to the collection.

Nektar IMPACT LX25+ MIDI Controller

Amazon Rating: 4.4 Stars

The Nektar IMPACT LX25+ MIDI Controller comes with 25 expressive synth-action keys, on-board pitch bend and modulation wheels for performances, and 8 Hyper-Sensitive backlit pads. The keyboard is Mac, PC and iOS compatible, and includes a Bitwig 8-Track DAW. Registering in at $99 — this controller provides a whole lot of bang for the buck.

Arturia MiniLab MkII 25 Slim-Key Controller

Amazon Rating: 4.4 Stars

The Arturia MiniLab MkII 25 Slim-Key Controller is Portable and Compact – and claims to be the most responsive keyboard experience in its category. It comes with 500 of the V-Collection 6 presets / 21 Keyboard Instruments and Synthesizers / fully mapped right out of the box. The Arturia is the perfect solution to get started with music production. The controller also comes with 16 Assignable Encoders to control your DAW. At $99, you can’t go wrong with the Arturia MKII 25 Skim-Key Controller.

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Charles Johnson

Independent journalist from Far West Texas.