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Old 22nd December 2010
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cheap midi devices...

For basic beat making, would an M-audio keyrig be worth the time, or is it better to upgrade?

I don't want to spend too much on a midi controller, since it's my first, but I want it to perform well like all my other gear. I am prepared to open the wallet a little wider for this item, but if I can save 300 bucks, I'd be happy.

Anyone had bad experiences with cheap midi controllers?
Old 22nd December 2010
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I played with the keyrig, feels but nice for cheap materials. Also it's pretty sturdy for what it is... but I wouldn't program a beat on it. I have a C-thru Axis 49 and is great for laying down drums.

I'm nowhere rich... I had some extra funds sometime ago not the case anymore... But for me I always bought stuff that was very well buit.

Instead of buying two midi controllers that are massproduced in China but the big guys for example I saved up a little and got myself a Monome (from the first batch).

Was one of the best buys ever. I can create via SevenUP for Live a complete track just with it. With instant visual feedback for drum programing etc.

So short answer : A keyrig is nice and not so expensive. But making a beat with visual feedback is something amazing and incomparable to a Keyrig.
Old 31st January 2011
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For basic beat making, would an M-audio keyrig be worth the time, or is it better to upgrade?

I don't want to spend too much on a midi controller, since it's my first, but I want it to perform well like all my other gear. I am prepared to open the wallet a little wider for this item, but if I can save 300 bucks, I'd be happy.

Anyone had bad experiences with cheap midi controllers?

The Novation Nocturn 25 is well built. But an M-audio Keyrig 25 would be just as effective in use. With most of the tracks you hear on radio, the producers always seem to claim that they were composed on cheap M-audio keyboards...whether that is a good or bad thing is anyone's guess.
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