13 Best Computer Recording MIDI Controllers

List Updated December 2021

Bestselling Computer Recording MIDI Controllers in 2021


M-Audio Keys (Keystation Mini 32)

M-Audio Keys (Keystation Mini 32)
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2021
  • Compact MIDI controller to fit in a backpack or laptop case for portable music production
  • 32 synth-action, velocity-sensitive mini keys. Lightweight
  • USB powered; single cable convenience & highly portable
  • Pitch bend, sustain and modulation buttons add expression to your performances
  • Now Includes Pro Tools | First and Eleven Lite for all new and existing customers

Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII | 25-Key Portable USB MIDI Keyboard With 16 Backlit Performance-Ready Pads, 8-Assignable Q-Link Knobs & A 4-Way Thumbstick

Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII | 25-Key Portable USB MIDI Keyboard With 16 Backlit Performance-Ready Pads, 8-Assignable Q-Link Knobs & A 4-Way Thumbstick
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2021

midiplus Midi Controller, 32-Key (AKM320)

midiplus Midi Controller, 32-Key (AKM320)
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2021
  • 32-note velocity sensitive mid-size key keyboard. Pitch Wheel. Modulation Wheel. Octave Buttons(Up & Down). Transpose Buttons(Up & Down).
  • Sustain Switch interface (sustain pedal does not include). USB B type: USB connect to Computer
  • ATTACHMENT: USB cable

Pyle USB MIDI Controller Board - Mini Portable Workstation Equipment w/ 9 Faders, Knobs, & DJ Transport Buttons - Control DAW Software Kit for Laptop Electronic Music Recording Production - PMIDIPD30

Pyle USB MIDI Controller Board - Mini Portable Workstation Equipment w/ 9 Faders, Knobs, & DJ Transport Buttons - Control DAW Software Kit for Laptop Electronic Music Recording Production - PMIDIPD30
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2021
  • SIMPLE MIDI MAPPING: 9 knobs, 9 sliders, 11 assignable buttons and 6 DJ Transport Buttons, 1 X/Y fader slider and can be MIDI mapped to control CC or program change messages to any parameter or function to record in your favorite DAW
  • UNIVERSAL COMPATIBILITY: A single cable connects the mini controller kit to the USB port of any Mac or PC laptop computer or desktop PC. No extra power adapter necessary! Works with all professional Digital Audio Workstation software like Logic, Ableton Live, Pro tools or GarageBand
  • PERFECT FOR ELECTRONIC MUSICIANS: Compact board surface features LED light transport control allowing you to quickly play, rewind, fast forward, loop, stop and record all without hunting for settings in your DAW. Master your music by ear - adjust volume and mix virtual sound parameters more fluidly from the 9 sliders and rotary knobs
  • 4 PRESET BANKS: Change the portable production hardware preset bank directly from the controller and switch to entirely different mapping scheme. Mixing system package allows you to quickly change instruments during live performance. Great desk equipment accessories for any recording studio musical station
  • INCLUDES MIDI EDITOR SOFTWARE: Download and install the programmable software to your Windows or Mac and make advanced edits to the global midi channel, switch between toggle and switch mode, or change CC value for both on and off

Worlde Panda MINI Portable 25 Keys USB Keyboard MIDI Controller with Colorful Drum Pad

Worlde Panda MINI Portable 25 Keys USB Keyboard MIDI Controller with Colorful Drum Pad
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2021
  • 1. 8 RGB backlit pads with high quality velocity & pressure sensitive performance and can be assigned easily as pads, MIDI CC buttons or Program change switches.
  • 2. 7 different colors available. Hold CC MODE and OCTAVE DOWN or OCTAVE UP to select the backlit RGB color of 8 pads. The pads can display 7 colors at the same time, once can only show one color.
  • 3. 25 keys with velocity assignable to controllers, with 3 velocity curve and one constant velocity. 4 assignable control knobs, 4 assignable control sliders and 4 banks for different settings. 8 control buttons: CC Mod, Mod, Bank, Program, Pitch down / Pitch up, Octave down / Octave up.
  • 4. USB interface, adaptable to USB 2.0(FULL SPEED). Power is supplied by USB.
  • 5. Compatible with Win XP/Vista and Mac OSX. Drive free and hot-plug supported.

Pyle USB MIDI Keyboard Controller - 25 Key Portable Audio Recording Workstation Equipment - Hardware Buttons Control Any DAW Software for Laptop Computer Electronic Music Production - PMIDIKB10

Pyle USB MIDI Keyboard Controller - 25 Key Portable Audio Recording Workstation Equipment - Hardware Buttons Control Any DAW Software for Laptop Computer Electronic Music Production - PMIDIKB10
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2021
  • UNIVERSAL COMPATIBILITY: A single cable connects the mini travel size piano to the USB port of any Mac or PC laptop computer or desktop PC. No extra power adapter necessary! Great desk equipment accessories for any recording studio musical station
  • SIMPLE MIDI MAPPING: Assign the synth surface rotary knob or set the keys to CC mode and MIDI map control change messages to any parameter or function to record in your favorite DAW. Compatible with all digital audio workstation software like Logic, Ableton Live, Pro tools or GarageBand for professional electronic music production
  • 25 VELOCITY SENSITIVE KEYS: MIDI 25 velocity sensitive keys are pressure sensitive to bring large or small sound dynamics to your performance. Change nano controller hardware station between 3 velocity curve settings or set to constant velocity
  • LED LIGHT OCTAVE AND KEY SELECTION BUTTONS: Quickly change the synthesizer key or the octave range of the key board without adjusting your software. Choose octave up or octave down and enjoy a full range on this black compact portable keyboard with 2 assignable buttons
  • INCLUDES MIDI EDITOR SOFTWARE: Download and install the programmable software kit to your Windows or Mac and make advanced edits to the global MIDI channel - switch between toggle and switch mode, or change CC value for both on and off

Akai Professional LPK25 | 25-Key Ultra-Portable USB MIDI Keyboard Controller for Laptops

Akai Professional LPK25 | 25-Key Ultra-Portable USB MIDI Keyboard Controller for Laptops
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2021
  • 25-key USB MIDI keyboard controller gives you expressive performance with computer-based digital audio workstations, sequencers, and more
  • 25 velocity-sensitive mini-keyboard keys are highly portable; writing sessions, capturing ideas and studio use with nearly all music creation software
  • Built-in arpeggiator provides melodic inspiration and versatile patterns for modern music production
  • Plug-and-play USB connection for Mac and PC; no driver installation required. Perfect for Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Studio One, Reaper, Digital Performer, Ableton, etc
  • USB-powered; no additional power cable needed
  • Sustain button, octave up and down, and tap tempo controls ensure your ideas translate from head to hardware
  • Includes editing software for Mac and PC; easily customize the keyboards' MIDI commands to fit your workflow

KINGONE USB Type 2.0 Cable Compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod (MIDI Connector)

KINGONE USB Type 2.0 Cable Compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod (MIDI Connector)
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2021

Novation Launchkey Mini 25-Note USB Keyboard Controller, MK2 Version

Novation Launchkey Mini 25-Note USB Keyboard Controller, MK2 Version
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2021
  • Launchkey Mini - the mini keyboard for Ableton Live
  • 16 multi-colour backlit velocity sensitive drum pads
  • 8 knobs, dedicated navigation and control buttons
  • Software for Mac and PC, Including: Ableton Live Lite, XLN Audio Addictive Keys, Novation Bass Station and V Station virtual instruments and over 4GB of Loopmasters samples
  • 2-year limited warranty on manufacturing defects

Alesis V49 | 49-Key USB MIDI Keyboard & Drum Pad Controller (8 Pads / 4 Knobs / 4 Buttons)

Alesis V49 | 49-Key USB MIDI Keyboard & Drum Pad Controller (8 Pads / 4 Knobs / 4 Buttons)
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2021
  • Perfect building block for music producer needing to control plug-ins and virtual instruments
  • 49 full-sized, square-front keys with adjustable sensitivity
  • 8 LED-backlit drum trigger pads respond to both velocity and pressure
  • 4 assignable knobs, 4 assignable buttons, and Pitch & Mod wheels
  • USB-powered with sustain-pedal input

Akai Professional MPD226 | MIDI Drum Pad Controller with Software Download Package (16 pads / 4 knobs / 4 buttons / 4 faders)

Akai Professional MPD226 | MIDI Drum Pad Controller with Software Download Package (16 pads / 4 knobs / 4 buttons / 4 faders)
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2021
  • Compact, feature-packed pad controller for finger drumming and music production
  • 16 Thick Fat backlit MPC drum pads (64 assignable pads accessible via 4 banks)
  • 4 faders, 4 control knobs, 4 switches (12 assignable controls each accessible via 3 banks)
  • USB-powered through computer connection with built in Note Repeat, Full Level, and 16 Level buttons
  • Includes free software titles Ableton Live Lite, Akai Pro MPC Essentials, SONiVOX Big Bang Cinematic Percussion and Big Bang Universal Drums

midiplus Tbox2X2 USB MIDI Interfaces

midiplus Tbox2X2 USB MIDI Interfaces
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2021
  • Inputs: 2 MIDI inputs (32 MIDI channels) Outputs: 2 MIDI outputs (32 MIDI channels) Power supply: USB Powered, no external power required
  • Power supply: USB Powered, no external power required Operating Systems: Mac OSX, Windows XP and above (no driver needed)
  • ATTACHMENT: 2 MIDI cable, USB cable

Arturia MiniLab MkII 25 Slim-Key Controller

Arturia MiniLab MkII 25 Slim-Key Controller
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2021
  • Portable and Compact - MIDI Controller
  • The most responsive keyboard experience in its category
  • 500 of the V-Collection 6 presets / 21 Keyboard Instruments and Synthesizers / fully mapped right out of the box
  • The perfect solution to get started with music production
  • 16 Assignable Encoders to control your DAW

M-Audio Oxygen V2 MIDI Controller Review

I review the M-Audio Oxygen V2 MIDI Controller. I list its features, design as well as its usability.

Design: The M-Audio Oxygen V2 MIDI controller comes in a silver casing (as well as having white and black keys). All of the buttons and knobs are a very dark gray color. The casing also has orange symbols on it. Above each of the keys, it gives you the names of all of the functions that this midi controller is able to do. It also has a simple screen display in the center. It is a very good looking piece of equipment.

Ports and connections: There aren't many ports and connections on this MIDI controller. However, it is all you will need if you are just starting out in music production. (From left to right), it has a power port, a USB port (in which you can use to power the device), a MIDI out port, a sustain port, and an on/ off switch.

Features: This MIDI controller comes in a 25 key design(10 Black Keys and 15 white keys). It also has eight different knobs in which, depending on the music programs you use, you can assign them to do various different functions. It also has a loop button, previous track button, next track button, a stop button, a play button and a record button. You can also assign these buttons to your chosen music production program. There are also buttons to change the presets, programs, and global settings. Also included is a modulation wheel, and a pitch bend wheel. A nice and useful feature, is that it gives you the ability to change octaves with the transpose button.

Usability: It is simple to use this MIDI controller, just connect the USB to your computer and, depending on the program you use, it should detect it straight away. However, getting to learn how to assign the different knobs and buttons, can become quite tricky. I suggest, you either look on YouTube, or read the manuals of both the MIDI controller and the music software you use. I found that understanding the numbers on the screen was the hardest part of learning how to use it.

Quality: The quality of the keys are quite impressive considering how cheap this MIDI controller is. And although they don't feel like fully weighted piano keys, they still are easy to get used to and play. Everything else (the knobs, buttons and wheels) feels good quality and in the two years I've had it, nothing has broke.

Overall, I would highly recommend this MIDI controller. It is perfect for someone who is traveling a lot and still likes to make music on the go. Also, if you're just starting out in music production it is probably the best quality for money you will spend on a music production product. I would rate the M-Audio Oxygen V2 MIDI controller 7.5 out of 10.

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