[lug] MIDI Keyboard for Linux

Davide Del Vento davide.del.vento at gmail.com
Sat Dec 26 11:37:47 MST 2015

As someone (not musician) who has goofed around with that stuff in the
past, I ended up not using the interface with the computer that much,
so I'm tempted to say "why don't you use just a decent standalone
keyboard instead?? Those are likewise very cheap these days, plus they
are standalone so you can easily bring them to your friend's for jams"

But hey, that was more than a decade ago, eeer, a century ago, wait! a
millennium ago (it was the mid 90s), so things must be much better
now. I'm curious to know what you find.


On Sat, Dec 26, 2015 at 9:33 AM, Jed S. Baer <blug at jbaer.cotse.net> wrote:
> Hi Folks.
> Idly pondering picking up a small MIDI keyboard controller. I can't call
> myself a musician, as such, so I'm not looking for something like a Nord
> Clavia. But, on rare occasions, I get the urge to play around. I
> discovered, yesterday, that using an on-screen keyboard (vmpk) was nuts.
> Just looking around, I note products such as the Alesis V25 can be had
> quite cheaply.
> http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IWWBSD6/
> It gets mixed reviews, but I'm not sure the issues raised will matter to
> me.
> Right now, there's a nice price on the Arturia Minilab too, and I suspect
> it's a better piece of gear. But I'm reading comments about needing a
> "USB License key". Ruh-roh - not Linux compatible?
> Akai and M-Audio have cheap stuff too.
> I will have to do some looking about for Linux compatibility issues, but
> I figured I'd see what recommendations / advice anyone here might have.
> Best,
> jed
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