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Midi Controller ?!

Posted: Mon Feb 16, 2004 6:48 pm
by carlitos
Im looking at getting a midi controller that is compact and affordable... I'm leaning towards the M-Audio Oxygen8; any advice out there?

Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2004 1:36 am
by John
I've seen some studio-dudes using those and they seemed happy with them. Just make sure the octave range is set up the way you like. I hate those two-octave midi controllers that start and end on C.

Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2004 10:22 am
by the new math
i have an oxygen 8 (25 keys), which is a nice compact keyboard, but IMO seems better suited to recording instead of performing. (then again, sean performed a song the other night with a tiny casio keyboard, so what do I know?) i've never tried it with a midi brain though, i've only used it on the computer with Reason.

Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2004 12:51 pm
by Endo23
i hear the Oxygen is pretty solid... the thing to consider is the size contraint... because it's only a two-octave range or so, you'll have to do a lot of toggling to get around the keyboard (pressing the octave up/down button). This may not seem like a big deal, but it's something to think about. If you're working with samples, it can be very annoying not to have all of the slices right in front of you. Also, if you want to play anything live, it's troublesome. For the same price, you may be able to get a bigger octave range (49 keys is good) but less twisty knobs. I've got the twisty knobs myself, and find them relatively useless... setting them up to control all the various functions in a software program like Reason is a headache, so I rarely bother. My vote would be for keys over switches and knobs.

I think mine is a Keystation 49. May be the same company as the Oxygen, now that I think of it. But look around for deals online...

Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2004 9:53 pm
by carlitos
Thanks for the input.

Id be using it mainly for Reason. I need to find a place with a good return policy and just check a couple different ones out, methinks...

A Vote for the Edirol,

Posted: Wed Feb 18, 2004 10:16 am
by Dr. Confusion
I don't use reason, so I can't vouch for that application but, I would recommend that you take a look at this:

http://www.edirol.com/products/info/pcra30.html

i've got one and I appreciate the extra few keys, and all the sliders and knobs. it's not *too* expensive imho.

Posted: Wed Feb 18, 2004 11:18 am
by Endo23
Ooh! Those templates are nice... Seriously, I could something like that for Reason.