The Best Cheap MIDI Keyboards

 

The best cheap MIDI keyboards change from year to year, this article written at the end of 2013 may only be of use for a few months, but I promise to update again next year with all the top rated affordable MIDI keyboards available at the time!

There are plenty of reasons for wanting to save money on a MIDI keyboard purchase, what matters is that there is a keyboard for your needs IN your budget.

 

The Best Cheap MIDI Keyboards

Keyboard
Name
Key Features
Specs (L x D x H)
Rating and Price
Review (MBMK's own)
ARTURIA MiniLab25 velocity sensitive keys, pedal input, built in synth, 8 pads, 16 pots, pitch and mod!14.6" x 7.5" x 2"

2.3lb
4/5

$$
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Akai Professional MPK Mini25 Velocity-sensitive keys, 8 knobs, 8 drum pads, sustain button13" x 6" x 1"

2lb
4/5

$$
Akai Pro MPK Mini Review
Akai Professional LPK2525 Synth style keys, Plug and play, sustain button, 4 memory banks, built in arpeggiator13.4" x 3.8" x 1.3" 4/5

$
Akai Pro LPK25 Review – Portable MIDI Controller
Alesis Q4949 Velocity-sensitive, synth-action keys, 1 slider, pitch bend and mod, octave up/down, iPad compatible 32" x 7.5" x2.5"

Approx. 5lbs
4/5

$$
Alesis Q49 Review
Korg nanoKEY225 pad style keys, Pitch, mod and sustain buttons. USB powered. 12.8" x 3.3" x .65" 4/5

$
Korg nanoKEY2 Review – Ultra-compact MIDI Controller
M-Audio Keystation 4949 semi-weighted keys, USB powered, mac and windows plug and play, MIDI out jacks, pedal input32" x 7.5" x 2.8"

4.6lb
3.5/5

$$
Coming Soon!
M-Audio Keystation Mini 3232 velocity-sensitive keys, fits in computer bag for 15" laptop, pitch bend and mod buttons, 4 assignable buttons rotary knob 16.5" x 4" x <1" 4/5

$
M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 Review
IK Multimedia iRig KEYS37-key USB MIDI/iOS Keyboard Controller, with Velocity-sensitive Keys, Pitch Bend and Mod Wheels, Pedal Input20" x 4.75" x 1.6"

1.5lb
4/5

$$
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88 Keys MIDI Rollup KeyboardIMAGE brand silicone roll up keyboard! While this is a pretty neat device and a full scale keyboard, it lacks lifelike playability. A very cool substitute for a real keyboard though!Rolls up to fit in a handbag!

52" x 5.5" x .2"

3/5

$$
Coming Soon!

 

Above you will find a interactive table with the best cheap MIDI keyboards available today. This chart is broken down in the following columns (left to right):

 

  1. Product Image – Clicking on this image will open a new window for the Amazon product details page
  2. Product Name – Clicking this also brings you to the product details page
  3. Key Features – This includes # of keys, key type, bells and whistles and extras
  4. Specs – Dimensions and weight
  5. Rating* and Price – *Based on customer reviews and personal experience (if applicable)
  6. Review – Only included if MBMK has an original review to offer

 

You may be brand new to the world of MIDI and don’t feel like breaking the bank on a new controller. You may already have a central machine that you compose most of your work on and are looking for a secondary piece of equipment to add to your home studio. You could just need a tag along MIDI device to bring with you to the cafe or your friend’s house for some mixing sessions (if this last scenario sounds like you, check out the MBMK lineup of ultra-portable MIDI keyboards!).

Whatever your reason is, there is no shortage of high quality products for the budget music producer! Let’s cover the best cheap MIDI keyboards under $100 in this post.

I’ll include some keyboards from as many different categories as possible, portable, 25 key, 49 key, 61 key, and we should even be able to find some 88 key MIDI controllers under $100 too!

Some of the biggest brands in the industry produce great keyboards for minimal cost. You’ll find some of the greats like Korg, Alesis, M-Audio, and Akai in the chart above.

 

Korg’s microKEY and nanoKEY series are a great example of high quality craftsmanship paired with low price.

The microKEYs are great because they employ synth action keys which feel great to the player. This line has also managed to bust out of the traditional 25 key ultra-compacts and design a 61 key model as well! Read the full review here.

The nanoKEYs hold their own in the market too. Designed to slip into your laptop bag and costing the same as a few trips to McDonalds, it’s hard to deny the allure of owning one of these fantastic MIDI sequencers! Read more about the nanoKEY here!

Alesis focuses on creating simple devices that get the job done without emptying your wallet! The Q series are great and even offer a few models for less than $100 too!

My Best MIDI Keyboard is all about providing the most current MIDI products and information to the reader as well as engaging the reader with charts, reviews and of course, encouraging the reader to comment on the pages they find interesting or have some useful information to contribute!

If there is a specific MIDI controller you would like to see reviewed here on the site, feel free to get ahold of us through the contact page.

As always, I hope this article has helped you choose the best cheap MIDI keyboard option for you! Feel free to add your two cents in the comments below if you’ve got some good info to contribute! Head over to the MBMK home to read more!

 

Thanks for reading this page on the best cheap MIDI keyboards!

- Webmaster Warren