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
4. Has backlit LED buttons
Buttons will light up when pressed, resulting in better visibility to users.
73% have it
5. Has a bank selector button
The button is used to select independent banks of continuous controllers. Effectively, this allows you to control more independent parameters with the knobs, faders and buttons. The bank selector button is used to switch among the available banks.
38% have it
6. Has a display
The device has an electronic display to present information to the user.
68% have it
7. The device is mappable
Users can map, set and regulate the entire midi controller giving different functionalities to all different buttons, knobs and faders. The device could be also set up with different softwares.
79% have it
8. 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.
40% have it
Akai Professional LPK 25: 453g
10. 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.
11. drum pads
The pads section is ideal to trigger loops and samples, using your finger drum skills.
Novation Launchkey 61: 16
12. number of buttons
The more buttons the device has, the more complex the input can be.
Novation SL MkII 61: 58
13. Has velocity sensitive pads
36% have it
14. Has an input/connector for the sustain pedal
When pressed, the sustain pedal allows all notes to sound and “vibrate” freely. All notes played will continue to sound until the pedal is released. This is perfect when you need a sturdy and responsive control over sustain.
The amount of keys the controller has on the keyboard.
Icon Logicon 8 air: 88
CME Xkey: 16mm
17. Is compatible with Mac OS X
It is compatible with Mac OS X devices such as MacBooks and iMacs.
99% have it
18. Has a MIDI-In port
MIDI-In Port allows data to be received by a MIDI-compliant device. The “in” port enables the MIDI keyboard to be controlled by an external device or sequencer.
34% have it
19. Is compatible with Windows
It is compatible with PCs and laptops running the Windows operating system.
99% have it
20. 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.
21. Has transpose button
Transpose button move automatically your keyboard notes up or down tones (raise or lower the pitch by a number of semitones).
44% have it
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
23. number of faders
Faders can be either channel volume faders, pitch sliders, crossfaders or even EQs.
Nektar Panorama P6: 10
24. 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
25. Has a pitch/modulation stick
The pitch/modulation stick is used to change pitch or modulate a sound in real time with one single control.