The more buttons the device has, the more complex the input can be.
Novation SL MkII 61: 58
CME Xkey: 16mm
5. Is compatible with iOS
It is compatible with a range of iOS devices such as iPhones, iPads and the iPod Touch.
39% have it
6. Is compatible with Mac OS X
It is compatible with Mac OS X devices such as MacBooks and iMacs.
99% have it
7. Is compatible with Windows
It is compatible with PCs and laptops running the Windows operating system.
99% 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
Akai SynthStation25: 310mm
12. 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
13. Has touch strips
Touch strips allow users to control and modulate audio signals/sounds through touch, using different pressure sensitivities.
9% have it
14. total keys
The amount of keys the controller has on the keyboard.
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.
Akai Professional LPK 25: 97mm
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
18. Has synth-action keys
A synth-action keyboard feels more like an electronic organ. The spring-loaded keys are light and capable of being moved very quickly. They also tend to return to their resting position much more quickly. Synth-action keys are perfect for musicians who aren’t pianists by nature, such as guitarists wanting to add MIDI functionality to their setup.
16% have it
19. 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.
E-Mu Xboard 49: 16
20. 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.