What is a midi Keyboard? If you imagine your audio recording as a painting. The software is your canvas, the virtual instrument is your paint and the Midi Keyboard will be your brush. Its a way to get tactile control over your virtual instruments. When you press a key on a midi keyboard information about the note, how hard it was hit and how long it was held for is snet to the computer and the virtual instrument then behaves acordingly all within less than a fraction of a second.
They are fantastic tools for composers and producers who find scoring and writing music with a mouse a tough and arduous task. You can have all the feel of a regular piano but the endless posibility of all the virtual instruments in your daw. They can also be used to control modules both in the studio and live on stage provided they have standard midi outputs.
Midi keyboards all have slightly different feature sets and key lengths too. For example some will have Have pads for percussive work or finger drumming. Pots and sliders to control synth parameters. Different keyweights, fully weighted, semi weighted or standard keyboard feel etc. At Kosmic we stock all the major brands including Akai, Maudio, Arturia, Native Instruments, Novation and Roland. Come se us instore for a demo to find the right fit for you.