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While some choose to get by without one, for most people, a MIDI controller keyboard is an essential part of a computer music making setup.
Fortunately, buying one no longer needs to represent a substantial financial investment. In this round-up, we’ve picked out 13 models that are available for under £100/$150 if you shop around. Indeed, some of them can be yours for considerably less than this.
At this price, you’re not going to get hammer-action keys or the ultimate in control, but if you just want a keyboard that you can play and use to make the odd plug-in or DAW tweak, look no further.
Click on to find (in no particular order) everything from super-compact ‘boards to five-octave models that enable proper playing: there’s a budget MIDI controller keyboard out there for everyone.
Also bear in mind that M-Audio has just released the new version of the Oxygen 25, Akai has started shipping the mkII edition of the MPK Mini, and Alesis has its V series. All of these are available for less than £100/$150, though we haven't yet reviewed them.