Best MIDI Controllers

Whether you are brand new to music production or a seasoned veteran, you should use a MIDI Controller. If you work with MIDI and VST instruments of course.

A portable, solid and convenient MIDI Controller with great faders, wheels, and knobs can make all the difference in the world when it comes to making your MIDI instruments breathe and feel like it is being played by a real instrumentalist.

Which MIDI Controller Should I Get For My Studio?

I have used and tried several MIDI controllers during my years as a composer.

My definite favourite is Palette Gear, a stylish, portable and solid MIDI controller which has no problems assigning MIDI commands (mapping).

I generally use the Palette Gear for MIDI Effects like “attack”, “legato”, “expression”, and so on.

And I have also assigned the buttons and wheels to other commands, like “start”, “stop”, “record”, “zoom” and more.

This neat little thing ticks all my boxes when considering what makes a great MIDI controller. You can even use it on all Adobe products, making it very versatile as well.

As you can see, Palette Gear consists of several colored sections which are magnetically connected.

Every section has its own assignment, and the possibility to take it all apart makes it optimal for traveling.

If you need a MIDI controller, this would be my absolute “must-buy”. The prices on Amazon fluctuate all the time, so be sure to check out the price on Palette Gear on Amazon (affiliate link).

In order to have the best possible experience with this, make sure to order two faders!

What if I am Looking For an all-in-one solution?

If you are looking for a Midi controller with keys as well, you won’t be disappointed with the excellent Komplete Kontrol series by Native Instruments.

The product ranges go from the excellent priced and wonderfully portable M32 (link to Amazon) and all the way up to 88- heavy weighted keys, (Amazon) so you will be sure to find a keyboard you will be happy with.

Recommended buy: Komplete Kontrol M32 or /and S88