MIDI Controllers

MIDI Controllers

MIDI controller is any hardware or software that generates and transmits Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) data to MIDI-enabled devices, typically to trigger sounds and control parameters of an electronic music performance. MIDI controllers usually do not create or produce musical sounds by themselves. MIDI controllers typically have some type of interface which the performer presses, strikes, blows or touches. This action generates MIDI data (e.g. notes played and their intensity), which can then be transmitted to a MIDI-compatible sound module or synthesizer using a MIDI cable. The sound module or synthesizer in turn produces a sound which is amplified through a loudspeaker.

The most commonly used MIDI controller is the electronic musical keyboard MIDI controller. When the keys are played, the MIDI controller sends MIDI data about the pitch of the note, how hard the note was played and its duration. Other common MIDI controllers are wind controllers, which a musician blows into and presses keys to transmit MIDI data, and electronic drums.

  • Korg nanoKONTROL2 Slim-Line USB Control Surface

    Korg

    Murphy's Price: $64.99
    In a body proportioned to fit perfectly in front of your laptop computer, the nanoKONTROL2 provides eight channels of the controllers you need to control your music software. The nanoKONTROL2 also features a dedicated transport control section. The...
    Murphy's Price: $64.99
  • M-Audio Oxygen 25 IV USB Powered Keyboard Controller

    M-Audio

    Retail: $159.00
    Murphy's Price: $119.00
    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...
    Retail: $159.00
    Murphy's Price: $119.00
  • M-Audio Oxygen 49

    M-Audio

    Retail: $229.00
    Murphy's Price: $169.00
    The Oxygen Series 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...
    Retail: $229.00
    Murphy's Price: $169.00
  • Novation Dicer Cue Point and Looping Control

    Novation

    Murphy's Price: $109.99
    A pair of Dicers gives you a total of 60 buttons: Dicer can trigger samples, cue-points, loops and FX. You can use Dicer to browse through playlists, nudge tracks backwards and forwards or it can be freely assigned to whatever functions you want...
    Murphy's Price: $109.99