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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 10:18 am    Post subject: Best controller build quality
Subject description: Looking for a sturdy midi controller
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Hey all,

I just started teaching music tech at a high school and I'm told I can buy some new midi controllers. The old ones are mostly m-audio oxygen 49 key controllers, and they all break within about 3 months of students use apparently. I'm hoping for some suggestions on some fairly inexpensive (around $200) usb midi controllers that are built to last.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Oh, and if it helps, we'll most likely be purchasing through this store, so something they carry would be best.

Thanks again!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hi.

FWIW, the Akai MPK stuff is pretty durable. They're built with metal, they're pretty heavy, and have extra MIDI controller features such as pads, sliders and knobs. Might be at the top of your price range but they are quite roadworthy which might translate into less abusable.

Just a suggestion.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Just bought a couple UF series CME keyboards. I got the 49 key and the 88 key. Great keyboards. Paid $120 each and thought I did a great job. They are re-releasing the UF series as the "UF Classic" but not sure at what price.

The big issue nowadays is if the keyboard will send midi over an actual midi cable. It is common to just send midi over usb and not through a dedicated MIDI Out Port so you need to check that.

Good luck. MIDI Composition (and the scholarship I got for my performance in that class Cool ) class was instrumental in my career and I applaud you for taking the time to teach newbies what's what.

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