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Old April 17th, 2007, 06:24 PM   #1
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What's the cheapest midi keyboard I can hookup to a PC?

What's the cheapest midi keyboard I can hookup to a PC?
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Old April 17th, 2007, 06:31 PM   #2
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M Audio has a 49 key controller for $99
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Old April 18th, 2007, 12:08 AM   #3
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You can use your regular keyboard as your midi controller, if you are feeling especially cheap: http://www.bome.com/midi/keyboard/
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Old April 18th, 2007, 02:05 PM   #4
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I cant beleive you actually said that!
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Old April 18th, 2007, 02:40 PM   #5
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Said what? It's true you can use a real keyboard, for a while I was using my old Yamaha with a midi to usb converter box, they're not expensive.
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Old April 18th, 2007, 02:53 PM   #6
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It might be wise to make a distinction here. If you want to hook up a MIDI keyboard to a PC, the PC will also require a MIDI interface. Is this something you have already?

If not then you might want to eliminate that additional expense and investigate keyboards with a USB connector. The M-Audio portable keyboards have both MIDI and USB, as do many modern models I suspect, but if you already have a MIDI interface there are many MIDI only bargains to be had on the second hand market, where you will get much more for your money.

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Old April 19th, 2007, 02:02 PM   #7
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You can use your regular keyboard as your midi controller, if you are feeling especially cheap: http://www.bome.com/midi/keyboard/
sorry, i though you meant the computer keyboard.
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[QUOTE=Colin Willsher;662687]It might be wise to make a distinction here. If you want to hook up a MIDI keyboard to a PC, the PC will also require a MIDI interface. Is this something you have already?

my opinion is that midi is dead for a controller. USB controllers can be powered by computer, and there is no need to buy interface. that doesnt mean midi itself is dead, but USB is more reliable. No midi echoes!
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