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robbman14
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Best MIDI controller for android?

I'm running caustic 3 on a 2nd gen Google Nexus 7, and I'm wondering what the best MIDI controller to use would be. After digging around a bit on the forum I'm still not sure what is/isn't compatible as far as MIDI keyboards go. Right now I'm looking into buying one of these three:

http://www.amazon.com/Alesis-QX25-Advanced-keyboard-Controller/dp/B006Z7...

http://www.amazon.com/ARTURIA-MiniLab-230401-25-Key-Controller/dp/B00COP...

http://www.amazon.com/Akai-Professional-MPK-Ultra-Portable-Controller/dp...

Would the drum pads/pitch and modulation wheels/knobs be compatible? Any advice for using MIDI controllers with caustic would be much appreciated!

Jason
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Joined: 03/23/2012 - 21:32
Hi there and Welcome!

Hi there and Welcome!

I'm not sure about default-assigned pads and keys to certain note ranges and or CC's..... unless the controller itself can assign custom values to the pads and keys and knobs seperately.... Caustic is fully MIDI'd up 100% just yet....

I have the Korg NanoKey2 and MicroKey37, and they function well  with my gear.  Only hiccups right now for Android gear is some devices enjoy a 90-100ms latency.... My GNex phone yields <20ms..... so try before you buy if possible...

Here's a brief rundown about this -- HERE -- 

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I use the Alesis Q25, which

I use the Alesis Q25, which is like what you posted but w/o the pads. It worked really easily right out of the box but I never have been able to or really tried to hook up the pitch/expression wheels. It is an OK MIDI controller. It's touch sensitive but the keys feel stiff and plasticky, which is no surprise based on the price. The keys are at least full size.

I try to make sure to save my work frequently when working w/ MIDI since it seems to make my tablet (Nexus 7) a little less stable. Not sure if it's a Caustic issue or an Android issue.

James
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I use the http://www.m-audio

I use the http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/KeystationMini32.html - the extra keys make it pretty useful and it has a number of velocity sensitive options to help your playing.

It's also very cheap here smiley

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I also have a Nexus 7 2013

I also have a Nexus 7 2013 and I use the Miditech i2 Control 25 USB MIDI Keyboard.  None of the knobs work as yet with Caustic (although fingers crossed they will someday!), but it has full size keys and also has the ability to run off batteries, which I assume saves the battery of my tablet when in use.

As Logical Frank mentions though, Caustic + Nexus 7 does seem to be a little unstable with a MIDI keyboard attached, so get used to saving your work often!

Jason
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It is the LEDs on the

It is the LEDs on the controllers..... too many lit emmiters draws too much current, and causes functional issues, especially if the battery drops below 60%.

Keep in mind, most of these portable controllers are not designed to be powered off of phones....   unless you can draw power from an outside source (like a battery pack/charger) or remove the LEDs (like I did -- but I don't recommend, if you're not remotely familiar with electronics and circuits and safety!)  you're kind of at the mercy of your device and its battery's capability to handle the load.

fwb
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Now you can use your android

Now you can use your android 6 mobile device as midi controller

http://www.frustration.in/blog/archives/247

 

 

 

 

Jesch
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Hello,

Hello,

I use the Arturia Keystep with the Google Nexus 7. It works well (with a little latency due to the old OS) but it is just a "piano", the knobs can't be assigned.

In order to perform live, I would like to know if someone have used the Behringer X-touch mini with Caustic ?

 

Jerem54h
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Joined: 12/18/2014 - 14:29
Hi, if you want there is the

Hi, if you want there is the akai mpk mini mk2, it's the same price than the first mpk mini and there are more things on this last model.

Jerem54h
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Hi, if you want there is the

Hi, if you want there is the akai mpk mini mk2, it's the same price than the first mpk mini and there are more things on this last model.

Jerem54h
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Hi, if you want there is the

Hi, if you want there is the akai mpk mini mk2, it's the same price than the first mpk mini and there are more things on this last model.

Jerem54h
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Hi, if you want there is the

Hi, if you want there is the akai mpk mini mk2, it's the same price than the first mpk mini and there are more things on this last model.

Jerem54h
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Oups I save my comment so

Oups I save my comment so many times.

Anthony831
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Joined: 08/09/2016 - 08:28
Has anyone tried the arturia

Has anyone tried the arturia minilab and has anyone tried caustic on a laptop

Anthony31