If You’re a Musician, You Need a MIDI Keyboard

If you’re interested in creating your own music, a MIDI keyboard is the first tool you’ll want to own.

Arturia minilab
An MIDI keyboard helps musicians record and mix their own sound.Arturia

As a musician or aspiring composer, a MIDI keyboard is an essential tool for recording your efforts. Being able to record your music enables you to evaluate your efforts as well as experiment with different styles and sounds. A MIDI controller makes it possible to change key, add instrumentation, change tempo, and even fix those pesky pitch slides in your vocals. With a MIDI keyboard, even musicians who play only by ear, and can’t read musical notation, can create their own music compositions. Here are three reasons why you need a MIDI keyboard at your Digital Audio Workstation (DAW).

AKAI Professional MPK Mini MK3 | 25 Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller With 8 Backlit Drum Pads, 8 Knobs and Music Production Software included

Goes Anywhere

A 4-way thumbstick allows for better pitch control.Akai Professional

Every musician knows that a recording doesn’t lie, and that a good recording can really help improve your sound. While a hand-held digital recorder will make a record of your performance, at some point you’ll graduate to a DAW. When you do, a MIDI Keyboard is a requisite part of your workstation.

Arutria Minilab


Features 21 different instruments and synthesizers.Amazon

The use of a MIDI keyboard with digital recording files eliminates the need for multi-track recording, and introduces a limitless variety of possibilities for instrumentation, layering, vocal pitch, harmonies, tempo and so on—all without additional musicians laying down the extra tracks.

Novation LaunchKey Mini

Compose Your Own

Assign a fixed chord shape to the keys as you play.Amazon

For some musicians, it’s just not enough to play someone else’s music. For them, the fullest expression of musical creativity happens only with original compositions. A MIDI keyboard simplifies the composing process and makes it accessible even to those who can’t actually read music.