For the modern producer, a MIDI controller can be a centerpiece to the music production process. Currently, many producers prefer smaller MIDI controller setups. Full format controllers take up more space, but it’s also not always obligatory to have a full range of keys for the compositional features of music production. Having a compact form factor also benefits producers on the front that prefer to work on laptops.
They’re not designed to replace a full-size keyboard but rather to offer benefits and portability. Getting ideas down faster is the number one benefit of using a compact set, especially for touring musicians.
This 2021 edition brings together the best 25 Key MIDI controller keywords across all price ranges so you can find the one that fits your needs the most.
Here are some best Ableton midi controller:
- Novation Launchpad Mini- Novation launchpad series built the controllers for Ableton product category, they are for lack of a better phrase, the innovator of the space and space, and have held a stronghold of its audience by remaining so. By being the first to the gauntlet, novation has carved out a niche but a large group of followers who trust their products and insight into what works and doesn’t. The novation launchpad mini brings the usability of its larger siblings to an extremely portable 8 by 8 grid with iOS connectivity.
- Akai APC Key 25- Hoping that lightning would strike twice, as it did with their MPK and MPK Mini series, Akai introduced the APC key, the micro key included Ableton performance controller. Boasting some of the great features from its performance-focused older brother, the APC key 25 is focused more on affordability and profitability. If you’d prefer to stick strictly to the performance control aspect of the APC, you can get the APC Mini which swaps the keys for faders and a slightly larger grid spread.
- Novation launch key 49 MK- Novation has a longstanding history with Ableton while also launching the control pad culture with their launchpad series. Continuing with the success of its launchpad line, novation released its launch key series, pairing its original core competency with its somewhat newly found captive audience. It comes in 3 different sizes at 25 keys, 49 keys and 61 keys; the novation launch key MK2 is the most versatile of all of the Ableton-specific controllers on the market. In its simplest form, the launch key can control any DAW or MIDI-capable synths on any of your iOS devices, but in its 49 and 61 key forms, it’s fully prompted (and mappable) Ableton controller with all of the bells and whistles one could want.
- Ableton Push 2- Through novation reigned supreme in the clip launch game, it was only a matter of time before Ableton took control of their destiny and launched their launchpad competitor, the Ableton push. Though pricier to even the most senior of its competition, the push 2 is unlike any other controller for Ableton because it brings the workflow to your fingertips, taking your head out of the screen and putting it back into creativity. The other devices on this list focus on ease of use and control; the push is about unencumbered access. With the push, you can edit waveforms, create loops, launch clips, open and browse sounds and VSTs, and many more. The push series is designed and formatted by and for Ableton; it holds the steepest learning curve of any of the devices on this list simply because of its immersive design.
Choosing between different MIDI controllers for Ableton live can be confusing, especially if you don’t have much experience. I hope you found this list helpful, and I also hope that it helped you pick the best MIDI controller for Ableton.