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The Best 25-Key MIDI Keyboard Controllers Under £100 For 2018

The Best 25-Key MIDI Keyboard Controllers Under £100 For 2018

Looking to buy a MIDI Keyboard? Join Music Matter As We Handpick Some Of The Best 25-Key MIDI Keyboards For Under £100 For 2018 Featuring: Arturia, Nektar, M-Audio & More!

Looking to buy a MIDI Keyboard? Well that's where Music Matter come in. We have handpicked some of the best 25-Key MIDI Keyboards for under £100 from 2018 to help you get started creatively on a budget.

We look specifically look at 25-Key keybeds and added extras such as software and encoders. All the while giving you the right information to which one would be best suited to you. Featuring the very best brands such as: Arturia, Nektar, Novation, M-Audio, AKAI and IK Multimedia.

What Is A MIDI Keyboard?

MIDI is the protocol that is used to trigger electronic and virtual instrument using either note data inputted from a sequencer or played from a keyboard. A MIDI keyboard is by far the best way to ‘play’ instruments on your computer as it offers the most natural experience and is infinitely preferable in most cases to using the mouse to draw notes. Most people will use MIDI at some point, whether it’s to compose entire tracks or just to add some keyboard flourishes to an acoustic recording.

You don’t have to be a piano player to use a MIDI keyboard, they are suitable for everything from playing simple patterns to full virtuoso performance, depending on the size and number of keys. The trick is in choosing one that best suits your needs.

Common features that you would see in various MIDI Keyboards are:

how hard you would press down on a key would detirmine the velocity sent to the track you are working on, the harder the press the higher the volume.

So Why A MIDI Keyboard?

MIDI Keyboards are an extremely important part of any studio set up, whether that be professional or Home recording, simply because you can create authentic sounding instruments right from a piano layout, if you can't find a Saxophonist in time? Then load a saxophone VI or sample on your Keyboard, Your Drummer's running late? Trigger some drum sounds via the pad and if you need something atmospheric that no manual instrument can produce then this is the product for you.

Another reason to use a MIDI Keyboard is that it saves a huge amount of time in the long run, inputing data manually in to your DAW is a real drag and can take days so when using a MIDI Keyboard you can set the right program, effects, volume, panning and input notes quickly and effeciently.

Akai MPK Mini MK2

Akai MPK Mini MK2

Make music anywhere with the MPK Mini. You get 25-keys of synth-action fun, plus a 4-way thumbstick to twist your sounds in any direction imaginable. Trigger your sounds with the eight MPC-style pads, and control your plug-ins and more with the eight assignable control knobs. Throw this controller in your backpack and make music wherever creativity strikes!

Music Matter Recommends:

The MIDI Keyboard market is crowded which makes MPK Mini MK2 even more impressive to emerge as a top contender - hugely portable, comes with some awesome software & the drum pads are as good as any higher priced controller. 

Order The Akai MPK Mini MK2 Today:

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    AKAI Professional

    AKAI MPK Mini MK2

    25 Key MIDI Keyboard Controller

    25-key MIDI Controller with Synth-action Mini Keys, 4-way Thumbstick, 8 MPC Pads, and 8 Control Knobs

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    Excl. Tax: £60.00 Incl. Tax: £72.00
    RRP £79.99 Save £7.99 (10%)
    1 year warranty

M-Audio Oxygen 25 MKIV

M-Audio Oxygen 25 MKIV

M-Audio pioneered the portable MIDI controller market with the Oxygen series of keyboard controllers. Today, M-Audio continues to be a leader of this technology by developing intuitive controllers for software-based music production and performance. Thanks to continued innovation over the course of nearly a decade, the new Oxygen series controllers offer more control, deep hardware/software integration, and come equipped with a reliable build that enables you to make music on the go or implement these controllers into any studio.

Music Matter Recommends:

Tabletop MIDI Controllers on a budget don't really come better than the Oxygen range, featuring full size keys, pro pad area & a wealth of software (which as of late has been expanded even further!).

Order The M-Audio Oxygen 25 MKIV Today:

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    M-Audio

    Oxygen 25 MKIV

    25 Key MIDI Keyboard Controller

    25 Key MIDI Keyboard Controller, full-size, synth-action velocity-sensitive keys, 8 velocity-sensitive trigger pads, 8 assignable knobs, Ableton Live Lite

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    RRP £89.00 Save £13.00 (14%)
    1 year warranty

Nektar Impact LX25+

Nektar Impact LX25+

The Impact LX25+ MIDI controller is compact and portable yet jam-packed with intelligent and expressive performance control not even available on many premium products. Ever wanted a controller that hooks up automatically to your DAW? Impact LX25+ does exactly that.

Nektar DAW Integration custom designed for Bitwig, Cubase, Digital Performer, FL Studio, GarageBand, Logic, Nuendo, Reaper, Reason, Sonar and Studio One takes Impact LX25+ way beyond functionality normally offered by a USB MIDI controller keyboard. With Impact LX25+ the hard work is done, so you can focus on your creativity.

Music Matter Recommends:

We're talking deep deep Integration with the Nektar Impact 25+, pretty much out of the box & ready to go with most DAWs, Buttons, pads & similar are all assigned right then & there making this the easiest Keyboard controller to get to grips with.

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    Nektar

    Impact LX25+

    25-Key MIDI Keyboard

    Nektar Impact LX25+ is a 25-Key MIDI Keyboard packed full of features and tight DAW Integration

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    RRP £89.00 Save £6.00 (6%)
    1 year warranty

Arturia Minilab MK2

Arturia Minilab MK2

The Arturia MiniLab MKII features a wide variety of controls and ways to play and make sounds. The 25-key, velocity sensitive keybed features slim keys to incorporate the 2 octaves for a vaster playing range. The velocity sensitive keys give a more natural feel, ideal for pianists transitioning from analog keyboards and pianos into the digital era. The keys also help to produce a more natural sound when working with a DAW, recording the velocity automation for a more natural and dynamic performance. The 8 multipurpose RGB backlit pads are ultra responsive and provide added control when it comes to triggering sounds and inputting scores.

The pads can be used for finger-drumming as well as triggering vocal samples, synth FX and more. Other expressive performance controls including highly responsive touchstrips, suited to creating transitions as well as controlling automation and other parameters. 16 rotary knobs are also included for controlling your favourite effects, levels and more; with two of the knobs clickable for deeper control.

Music Matter Recommends:

The Arturia Minilab MK2 contains an amazing amount of effects and presets for such a compact MIDI Keyboard. What's great about the Arturia Minilab is that you create a fantastic array of sounds either in a professional studio environment or out there on the road.

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    Arturia

    Minilab MK2

    25-Key MIDI Keyboard / Controller

    Arturia Minilab MK2 is a second generation 25-Key MIDI Keyboard / Controller

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    RRP £94.00 Save £15.00 (15%)
    1 year warranty

CME XKey

CME XKey

CME XKey 25 Key MIDI Keyboard Controller incorporates polyphonic aftertouch into an inexpensive slimline MIDI controller.

Polyphonic aftertouch is a great feature for synthesists, because it lets you take any note that you are playing in a chord and add expression to it. It lets you control sounds in ways that are impossible with traditional piano style keyboards.

For example, polyphonic aftertouch is one of the key features of the classic Yamaha CS-80 and is part of Vangelisâ unique approach to creating expressive symphonic electronica arrangements.

Music Matter Recommends:

A bit of a different approach to the MIDI keyboard, aesthetically striking, super slimline & the most portable of the lot, you could even fit this in your back pocket!

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    CME

    XKey

    25 Key MIDI Keyboard

    CME XKey 25 Key MIDI Keyboard Controller incorporates polyphonic aftertouch into an inexpensive slimline MIDI controller. Polyphonic aftertouch is a ...

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    1 year warranty
 MPK Mini MK2Oxygen 25 MKIVImpact LX25+Minilab MK2Xkey
Number Of Keys 25 25 25 25 25
Key Size Mini Full Full

Mini

Full
Velocity Sensitive Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Trigger Pads Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Software

Akai Pro MPC Essentials, SONiVOX Wobble, and Hybrid 3 by AIR

Ableton Live Lite, SONiVOX Twist, Xpand!2, Pro Tools First & Eleven Lite Bitwig 8-Track

Ableton Live Lite, Analog Lab Lite and UVI Grand Piano Model D

NA
Encoders 8 8 8 16 0
Connectivity USB USB USB USB USB
Pitch Bend / Modulation No Yes Yes Yes No
Dimensions (mm) 12.5" x 7.13" x 1.75"

3.7" x 9.6" x 19.3"

18 3/4" x 10 1/2" x 2 3/4"

14" x 8.7" x 2"

15.27" x 5.3" x 0..62"
Weight 1.65 lbs 4 lbs 4 lbs 3.3 lbs 1.3 lbs

Honorable MIDI Keyboard Mentions:

  1. Korg

    microKEY2 25-Key

    25 Key MIDI Keyboard

    Korg microKEY2 25-Key is a 25 Key MIDI Keyboard that features a Lavish array of powerful music software bundled free of charge.

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    Excl. Tax: £34.99 Incl. Tax: £41.99
             
    1 year warranty
  1. IK Multimedia

    iRig Keys 25

    25-Key USB MIDI Keyboard

    The IK Multimedia iRig Keys 25 is a 25-Key USB MIDI Keyboard that easily fits in your pocket.

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    Excl. Tax: £35.82 Incl. Tax: £42.99
    RRP £54.99 Save £12.00 (22%)
    1 year warranty
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    Alesis

    V25

    25 Key MIDI Keyboard Controller

    Highlights25 full-sized, square-front keys 8 LED backlit pads respond to both velocity and pressure Perfect for controlling plug-ins and virtual ins...

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    Excl. Tax: £55.83 Incl. Tax: £67.00
    RRP £79.00 Save £12.00 (15%)
    1 year warranty
  1. Best Seller
    Novation

    LaunchKey Mini MK2

    25 Key MIDI Keyboard Controller

    25-mini-key USB Controller Keyboard with 16 Tricolor Performance Pads, 8 Knobs, Dedicated Navigation and Control Buttons, and Bundled Software

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    Excl. Tax: £64.17 Incl. Tax: £77.00
    RRP £89.00 Save £12.00 (13%)
    2 years warranty