The more buttons the device has, the more complex the input can be.
Novation SL MkII 61: 58
Akai Professional LPK 25: 453g
4. Has aftertouch keyboard
The keyboard also respond to the amount of force applied after initial impact. On electronic keyboards and synthesizers, this pressure sensitivity is usually called aftertouch.
39% have it
5. Is compatible with Windows
It is compatible with PCs and laptops running the Windows operating system.
99% have it
CME Xkey: 16mm
7. Is compatible with iOS
It is compatible with a range of iOS devices such as iPhones, iPads and the iPod Touch.
39% have it
8. Has velocity sensitive keys
Velocity sensitive keys are just spring loaded keys that sound out louder the harder you hit them. If you "lightly" press a key, the sound will be quiet; the harder you press, the louder it gets.
69% have it
9. drum pads
The pads section is ideal to trigger loops and samples, using your finger drum skills.
Novation Launchkey 61: 16
10. number of faders
Faders can be either channel volume faders, pitch sliders, crossfaders or even EQs.
Nektar Panorama P6: 10
11. Is compatible with Mac OS X
It is compatible with Mac OS X devices such as MacBooks and iMacs.
99% have it
12. Has octave buttons
The octave buttons are used to shift the keyboard up or down in one octave increments. This extends the range of the keyboard in either direction, which lets you play notes that lie outside the number of keys available.
13. Has sustain button
A sustain button works in the same manner as a traditional sustain pedal. Pressing the sustain button and playing a note causes it to sustain. However, the sound will not stop until the button is pressed again.
8% have it
14. number of knobs
More knobs (rotating controls) can give the user more dedicated control over the device, eg. volume, effects, EQs etc. Types of knobs may differ: endless type or step type.
The amount of keys the controller has on the keyboard.
Icon Logicon 8 air: 88
A type of knob that has a push button functionality built in. Encoders are for browsing and selecting your digital sound files or turning on a function that makes use of a control's rotation such as sound effects or tempo/tap tempo selection.
Novation SL MkII 61: 8
19. MIDI device works and communicates via USB
Devices can communicate in both directions with each other without any additional MIDI interface. The biggest advantage is that the USB connection can be used for everything; power supply, MIDI-in and MIDI-out. This means you need less cables.