The brand new M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 is an ultra-portable MIDI controller that was announced a couple of weeks ago. Over the last couple of years, mini keyboard controllers have become very popular, and Avid’s new entry into this growing segment of the market has a number of advantages over other, similar products.
Firstly, the keyboard has 32 keys rather than the more common 25, which makes a huge difference in terms of playing two-handed. Secondly, the keys are slightly closer to regular piano size than on most similar keyboards, and the playing feel is substantially better, too. Although the keyboard lacks drum pads, it does have assignable controls, and impressively includes the ability to adjust the velocity curve, so that you can tailor the keyboard to your own playing style.
Excitingly, the Keystation Mini 32 even comes with a full license for Sibelius First, which would otherwise retail separately for a suggested price of $129 US or £119 in the UK. And the suggested price for the Keystation Mini 32? Just $99 US or £54.95 in the UK!