“Tracking down the best 32/ 37 key midi controller is surprisingly simple” (famous last words).
But seriously, it is! In comparison to other types of midi keyboards, those in their 30s are actually quite a rarity. So really, just by clicking on this blog, you’ve taken a large step towards differentiating yourself from 90% of producers. Kudos to you!
However, it is hard to see why these mid sized midi keyboards are so rare. When compared to other midis on the market, those with 32 or 37 keys are just as well equipped. In fact, compared to 25 Key Midi Controllers, a lot of those in their 30s come with extra features & in some cases, are even built to a better standard too – the keys aren’t the only upgrade.
All of which really does beggar the question, why are midi keyboards with around 30 keys, so rare? Is 32/ 37 keys enough? Read on & we’ll reveal a handful of the best 32/ 37 key midi controllers for sale today.
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The best 32/ 37 midi keyboards @ a glance…
12 of the best 32/37 midi keyboards for sale today…
Now it’s no secret, what with all the various sizes & specs of midi keyboard out there, that tracking down the right one of you (especially today) is no easy task. When it comes to Music Production Kit, midi keyboards are one of the hardest things to get right, as there’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution.
Hence why choosing the midi keyboard that bodes best with your workflow is a must! Exactly why we’ve taken the time to review a handful of the best 32/ 37 key midi controllers that you can buy today…
Premium 32/37 key midi keyboards
1: Novation Launchkey 37 MK3
2: Arturia KeyStep Pro 3
3: Arturia Keystep 37
4: Native Instruments M32
5: Xkey AIR 37
6: M-Audio Oxygen Pro Mini 32
7: Roland A-300Pro
Budget 32/37 key midi controllers
8: Korg Microkey2 37
9: Midiplus X3 mini
10: IK Multimedia iRig Keys 2
11: Alesis Qmini 32
Best 32/ 37 key midi controller for beginners
12 Midiplus AKM322
Which is the best 32/37 key midi keyboard? Our editor’s choice…
DISCLAIMER: Deciding on what we deem to be the best 32/ 37 key midi keyboard was tough. And by ‘tough’, we mean this verdict took us a good few days to reach!
See, when buying a 32/ 37 key midi keyboard, as far as we can tell you’re hunting for 3 key qualities: a solid build, decent keys & a good level of functionality. So in other words, a good all-round midi keyboard. A slightly different recipe to what you’d be after with a 88 or 25 key midi controller.
In which case, if you’re a professional-level producer, who’s after a midi controller that offers optimum control in a studio environment + impeccable keyfeel (or if you’re a high-level performer), then we’d without a doubt opt for the…
Arturia Keystep Pro 3 – Best 32/37 Key Midi Controller For Pros
Believe us when we say that as far as midi controllers get at the 32/37 key level, this is hands-down one of the most professional pieces of kit you’ll find. Not many midi controllers come with a built-in analogue sequencer, let alone aftertouch & this many buttons (most of which have secondary functions).
Not to mention the sheer amount if inputs/ outputs this keyboard has for modular gear. All of which makes it great for performing live, especially when you’re using multiple instruments, be they physical or software. In may ways, we like to think of it as a slimmed down Keylab 88 or S61, only with a few modular quirks. And all of that’s great, but …
If you’re not after such deep functionality, then the Keysetp Pro 3 may actually be overkill. In which case, a slightly more conventional midi keyboard may be better value. Something like the…
Novation Launchkey 37 MK3 – Best 32/ 37 Key Midi Controller For Most People
A midi keyboard that (pardon the cliche) is pretty much all you’ll ever need.
Just like it’s smaller cousin, the Launchkey Mini MK3, the 37 offers a LOT when it comes to value. In a game of ‘compare the cost’ it’d no doubt come out on top. Reason being that, while it isn’t the cheapest 37 key midi controller, for the money it’s hard to find something that’s better equipped.
We were genuinely impressed by virtually every aspect of this board, right from the response of the drum pads, to the feel of the keys or sheer quality of inputs/ outputs. This is 37 keys that works really well, no matter your style of production or workflow.
So much so that the only reason we’d see the need to opt for something different would be (in the case above) you’re a full-on pro, or if you’re a beginner who’s just after something that’s a bit more ‘back to basics’. Perhaps the Midiplus AKM 322 or the Korg Microkey2 37.
So yeah – if we were to pick the best of the bunch, the Launchkey 37 would take the title.
Enjoy this 32/ 37 key midi keyboard review & eager for more? Don’t miss out on all our latest Music Production Advice + all our recent Music Kit Reviews. Recently, we also did a full rundown of the Best 49 key Midi Controllers + another on Weighted Midi Keyboards, which may also be worth a read.
Or, if you’re here purely to read up on 32/ 37 key midi controllers, then keep reading & we’ll answer even more of your burning questions + discuss why a midi controller is such a vital part of your setup…