If you are new to the world of music, then the chances are that you will want to learn how to use keyboards for music production. Although learning to play keyboards is difficult, there are many musicians around who can play keyboards competently. Not all keyboards are created equal. You should choose your keyboard based on your level of skill, and your desires for advancing in the musical field. If you are just beginning, I recommend that you stick with a basic piano style keyboard.
There are some really useful things that you can do with your keyboard for music production software. One of the most useful features that you can include is a Hold feature. This is great for creating bass lines and creating arpeggios.
If you are not sure which feature is most useful for you, try out the velocity-sensitive and sound-shaping knobs. The velocity-sensitive feature produces a sound when pressed down. When you press the knob, it pans up and down. On the other hand, the sound-shaping feature creates sounds by dragging different patterns up and down. The dragging sounds are smooth and uniform. These are great for producing rap and rock sounds.
A really useful feature is a direct connection to the midi. A direct connection is beneficial because it means that the midi is always up-to-date. If you constantly run out of midi sounds to play, then you may have to go to a recording studio. However, if you have a direct connection to the midi, you can play any midi file that you want. Another benefit of a direct connection is that you can preview a certain sound and do overdubs if necessary.
Akai Kotega keyboards and pads are popular amongst keyboardists. This company was started in 1984 in order to create top-quality kits for drummers and other musicians. The company's main product is the Akai Kotega. The Akai Kotega features a digital delay and it has over 110 sounds, including classic sounds from the 80s. Many professional musicians use the Akai Kotega to create complex drum beats.
Another popular keyboard is the Zhuaiwa ZW keyboards. They are also digital and have an impressive array of sounds. In addition, they feature direct midi connectivity with their keyboards. The Zhuaiwa ZW keyboard for music production has an amazing array of sounds, including a kick drum, a couple samples for sampling, a collection of songs, and a great arrangement library. This is the best keyboard for home studio use.
Yamaha keyboards are another popular electronic keyboard for use in home studios. The company produces keyboards that work great for sequencing and recording. Some of the keyboards have a foot pedal that can be used for sampling. The advantage of using a foot pedal is that there is no direct connection between the keyboard and the sound effects device, there is a virtual midi connection instead.
One major advantage of using a midi keyboard as opposed to recording directly into the audio interface is that you can overdub audio. Using this feature you can "paste" a track from your audio interface into your keyboard. You can then edit the new audio track to match the sound of the actual track recorded.
A relatively new popular keyboard called the Lyrachordica AKI piano keyboard is a keyboard with touch-sensitive pads. The touch-sensitivity of the pads makes it very convenient to use. There are three main models of the Lyrachordica AKI piano keyboard, the ten-key model, the sixty-two key model, and the seventy-two key model. The seventy-two key model has five pads, and all of the other models have six pads.
If your goal is to produce professional sounding electronic music, than a midi keyboard may not be what you need. However, if you just want to make your own music, the real keyboard will work fine. Real keyboards offer great functionality and an incredible range of sounds and samples.
There are many different types of electronic keyboards that can be used for electronic music production software. Some midi keyboards have onboard effects like reverb and chorus. Some come with more complex onboard sounds like delay and wah. Some come with jog wheels so you can double-tap and play with foot pedals.