I was in for a rough surprise when I first decided to start making beats. At first, I thought it was going to be easy — just torrent some cracked software, get yourself some sounds, click some melodies in and voila — you’ll be making hot banging beats in no time!
Turns out it wasn’t going to be that easy. As someone with zero musical training, I had absolutely no idea how to compose melodies that sound good. It’s not just a matter of hitting random keys and something good comes out of your speakers — it takes a lot of trial and error to find out the right keys that sound good when played together.
And as someone who has never played an instrument and zero knowledge about music theory, trust me when I say that it’s borderline impossible to do that while clicking on random notes on the piano roll with your mouse.
That’s why I almost always recommend aspiring producers to invest in a MIDI keyboard controller. The ability to easily play different notes using your fingers will make it much, much quicker (and easier) to figure out the right notes that make a good melody.
I started out with a cheap, $60 compact MIDI keyboard since I wasn’t sure if I had what it takes to make beats when I started (I’ve upgraded my equpiment since then). As soon as I started using it, the quality of my beats instantly got better. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t producing hits overnight; but thanks to being able to easily experiment with different melodies my beats actually started sounding like something someone would actually want to rap on.
If you’re wanting to buy a MIDI keyboard yourself, it’s pretty easy to get confused on which model you should buy. There are a lot of MIDI controllers out there, and chances are you don’t know what makes each one special — and of course, you want to make sure that you’re buying the right keyboard for you.
And in my personal opinion, the Nektar Impact LX25+ is one of the best choices you have when choosing a MIDI keyboard. I would recommend this for most producers out there, and this review will tell you why.
Let’s get on with the review!