Bought Cubase artist 7 about a month ago and found I need a keyboard to record halion sonic se. I am planning on learning syth and will probably take lessons at a music school for it. So I started looking at midi controller keyboards and so far started looking at a cheap $99 rig but talked to a friend that does syth and he recommended a 49 key with semi weighed keys. This got me looking at M Audio, M-Audio Axiom 49 (2nd Generation)for $349 witch are supposed to be pretty good started keyboards from what I have read. Then I looked at AKAI MPK61 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard for for $499 but after looking at a youtube vdeo about one I was not impressed with the quality. When the guy hit the keys, buttons and knobs there was that old syth sound to it, kind of loud. Also the pads are real bad with lots of bad reiews.
I kind of settled on the AKAI MAX 49 - USB/MIDI/CV Keyboard Controller for $499 kind of steap but the options look good and has good build quality the thing is metal with excellent pads.
49 semi-weighted keys with Aftertouch for complete musical expression
Built-in step sequencer for detailed track construction
Expanded arpeggiator with latch and time division controls
Included AkaiConnect software automatically maps to VST plugins
12 backlit, real MPC pads with MPC Note Repeat and MPC swing
Eight backlit LED touch faders for gradual or instant parameter value changes
Four pad banks & four fader banks provide a total of 80 assignable pads & faders
CV & Gate outputs for use with vintage analog synths (1V/Oct)
Large, centrally-positioned transport controls & rubberized pitch and modulation wheels
Mackie Control & HUI modes provide instant compatibility with many DAWs
I am thinking of spending a little more now and having something better for later on This keyboard is at my limit. Anyone have any suggestions or compatibility issues with Cubase?