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).

Home Recording

akai midi keyboard
This popular MIDI keyboard is USB powered and highly portable, an advantage for DAWs as well as performing musicians using on-state sampling and effects.Amazon

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
MIDI keyboards like this one are pre-programmed, making it easy for novices to experiment with a full range of possibilities.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.

Composing Your Own Music

Novation LaunchKey Mini
Some MIDI keyboards like this one offer many features to help in music composition.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.