New controller (after NAMM 2020)


I am blocked in a deadlock.
I am in bad relationship with my one year old Arturia Keylab 61 mkII.
Reason is known here: many cases of stuck notes, after a new USB driver much less present.
But still an issue, because you can never be sure of a full gig without problems.

After NAMM I don’t see suitable new units.
There is a Roland 88 keys, but I don’t like hammer type.
I would appreciate more keys, sometimes useful if using a piano or rhodes emulations.
And more keys for splitting.
There is a new Arturia Keylab 88 essential: described as “velocity sensitive keyboard with hybrid synth-piano feel”. Hmmmm: I cannot buy something suspecting I will have troubles with stuck notes again!!!

Any experience here with Nektar LX88+, or Icon 8?
They are 88 keys but not hammer, and cheap enough.

I know there are 61 keys that I like.
Novation SL mkIII is nice, it can drive Reaper (my DAW), but keybed is not fantastic, and there are a lot of useless things (8 track sequencer, split and state management: I prefer C3 for those things). Expensive.

Native Kontrol S61 mkII is more intelligent: it can select select everything from my Native, Arturia and Uhe synths, but it cannot drive Reaper, and in pure MIDI mode has very few devices available for C3, keybed is very nice.
Or Akai Advance 61, very good keybed, but full of useless software (VIP)

I am puzzled…


Take a look at Behringer UMX610
no soft, no buttons, no stuck notes (at least at my 2 gigs with this keyboard). Keybed are good suddenly. And its very cheap

… btw AKAI MPK261 has the same keybed as AKAI Advance? I do like MPK261 action, but havent tried Advance

kind regards


Cannot tell about Akai keybeds.
At my dealer only Advance is available and it looks great. Keys are stiff and fast, as I like


I still love my Advance for its fast synth action but one word of warning: it seems they are not produced anymore and major resellers have already removed them from their offer.

Indeed, the MPK261 is probably more suited for Cantabile.


I have a Nektar LX88. I really love it. The keys are more on the side of a piano feel than a synth feel, but nothing like a Kurzweil. Very light to transport. Some of the controls light up. Sliders work well as faders or draw bars.