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Review M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 MK3 MIDI keyboard. Where to buy it?

M-Audio is a business unit of inMusic Brands that designs and markets digital audio and MIDI interfaces, keyboards and MIDI controllers, synthesizers, speakers, studio monitors, digital DJ systems, microphones and music software. I’ll tell you how this post is built. First I will list the features of this M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 MK3 keyboard. Then you have a video or two, purchase links and useful comments from other users and then you have one of the most useful parts; comparison tables with similar keyboards so you can compare.

  • 32 speed-sensitive flat-panel mini-keys
  • 4 freely assignable controls (three buttons and a rotary knob)
  • Selectable speed curves to adjust the sensitivity
  • Assignable controls for pitch bend and modulation
  • USB powered
  • Plug&Play’ for Mac and PC
  • Multicolor LED backlighting
  • IPad compatible (requires iPad camera connection kit MC531ZM/A, not included)
  • Includes Pro Tools First M-Audio Edition and AIR Music Tech Xpand!2
  • Dimensions: 418 x 105 x 20 mm
  • Weight: 0.45 kg

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This MIDI keyboard is usually priced at around €48/£41/$48 and features 32 flat, speed-sensitive mini keys that allow you to compose or perform musical ideas on the DAW of your choice.

It also offers 4 freely assignable controls (three buttons and a rotary knob) and assignable controls for ‘pitch bend’ and modulation.

It is USB powered so no external power supply is needed, it has a Plug n’ Play function for Mac and PC. Includes the Pro Tools First M-Audio Edition and AIR Music Tech Xpand!2 licenses.

Now that we have seen the features of this M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 MK3 keyboard, watch these related videos to learn more.

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M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 MK3 vs Akai MPK mini Mk2

The M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 MK3 MIDI keyboard is priced at €48/£41/$48 and the Akai MPK mini MK2 white is priced at €79/£70/$81. Let’s go head to head:

  • The M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 Mk3 offers 32 speed-sensitive flat mini-keys. And the Akai MPK Mini MK2 offers 25 mini synthesizer action keys.
  • The M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 MK3 also offers 4 freely assignable controls (three buttons and a rotary knob) and assignable controls for ‘pitch bend’ and modulation. The Akai MPK mini MK2 offers 1 4-way thumbstick for dynamic pitch/modulation control, 8 MPC (MIDI Production Center) pads with note repeat, Arpeggiator buttons, octaves up/down, and 8 assignable control knobs.
  • In connections, both integrate USB connection and are powered by the same means.
  • The M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 MK3 includes the Pro Tools First M-Audio Edition and AIR Music Tech Xpand!2 licenses. And the Akai includes Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech, SONiVOX Wobble and Akai Pro MPC Essentials licenses.

Let’s put the features of these keyboards in a table so you can compare

M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 MK3

Akai MPK mini MK2 white

  • 32 speed-sensitive flat mini-cycles
  • 4 freely assignable controls (three buttons and a rotary knob)
  • Selectable speed curves to adjust the sensitivity
  • Assignable controls for pitch bend and modulation
  • USB powered
  • Plug&Play’ for Mac and PC
  • Multicolor LED backlighting
  • IPad compatible (requires iPad camera connection kit MC531ZM/A, not included)
  • Includes Pro Tools First M-Audio Edition and AIR Music Tech Xpand!2
  • Dimensions: 418 x 105 x 20 mm
  • Weight: 0.45 kg
  • 25 mini synthesizer action keys
  • New 4-way ‘thumbstick’ for dynamic tone/modulation control
  • 8 MPC pads with note repetition
  • Arpeggiator
  • 8 assignable control knobs for mixing, adjusting plugins and more
  • The ultra-compact design allows you to create anywhere
  • Additional inputs: 1 x 6.3 mm jack for sustain pedal
  • Powered by USB
  • No power adapter required
  • Full size sustain pedal input jack
  • Includes complete production software package (downloads): Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech, SONiVOX Wobble and Akai Pro MPC Essentials
  • Dimensions: 317 x 181 x 44 mm
  • Weight: 748 g

Again, there are two similar MIDI controllers, the M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 MK2 with the features and functions we have already discussed above, and the Akai MPK mini MK2 offering 25 mini synthesizer action keys, 1 4-way thumbstick for dynamic pitch/modulation control, 8 MPC (MIDI Production Center) pads with note repeats, Arpeggiator buttons, octaves up/down, and 8 assignable control knobs.

The main advantage of the M-Audio is the larger number of keys, and the Akai’s main advantage is its larger number of control functions and a sustain pedal input, which if you’re used to using it, you’ll find very useful. If you need more keys go for the M-Audio, if not the Akai is an excellent choice of controller.

And here’s a video of the MK2 Akai MPK mini keyboard

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Akai MPK mini Mk2 review

M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 MK3 vs Akai LPK 25

The M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 MK3 MIDI Keyboard is priced at €48/£41/$48 and the Akai LPK 25 is priced at €42/£37/$42, but the difference is so small that this may vary depending on the store where we ask. Let’s go face to face:

  • The M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 Mk3 offers 32 speed-sensitive flat mini-cycles. And the Akai LPK 25 offers 25 sensitive mini keys.
  • The M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 MK3 also offers 4 freely assignable controls (three buttons and a rotary knob) and assignable controls for pitch bend and modulation. The Akai LPK 25 offers buttons for: sustain, arpeggiator, octave up/down and tap tempo.
  • In connections, both integrate USB connection and are powered by the same means.
  • The M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 MK3 includes the Pro Tools First M-Audio Edition and AIR Music Tech Xpand!2 licenses. And the Akai LPK 25 includes a software editor for Mac and PC.

Let’s put the features of these keyboards in a table so you can compare

M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 MK3

Akai LPK 25

  • 32 speed-sensitive flat mini-cycles
  • 4 freely assignable controls (three buttons and a rotary knob)
  • Selectable speed curves to adjust the sensitivity
  • Assignable controls for pitch bend and modulation
  • USB powered
  • Plug&Play’ for Mac and PC
  • Multicolor LED backlighting
  • IPad compatible (requires iPad camera connection kit MC531ZM/A, not included)
  • Includes Pro Tools First M-Audio Edition and AIR Music Tech Xpand!2
  • Dimensions: 418 x 105 x 20 mm
  • Weight: 0.45 kg
  • Runs with virtually all audio software
  • Twenty-five mini-sensitive keys
  • Arpeggiator
  • Sustain button
  • Octave Up/Down and Tap Tempo buttons
  • USB Plug Socket
  • Fits perfectly into a laptop bag or backpack
  • Four programmable memory banks
  • Mac and computer software-editor included
  • Nutrition by USB
  • Measures: nine with sixty-five x thirty-four with four x two with seventy-nine cm
  • Weight: 0.635 kg

As a last comparison we have our already known M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 MK3 on one hand, and on the other hand, the Akai LPK 25 that offers 25 mini keys and its buttons for certain functions, a controller that we can say is something minimalist but it has as advantages great compatibility with different DAWs and in addition, it is very light and portable, if you look for something like this it will be your choice. If you want a controller with more functions the M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 MK3 is for you.

Here’s a video of the LPK 25 Akai keyboard

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Akai LPK 25 review

M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 MK3 vs IK Multimedia iRig Keys 2

The M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 MK3 MIDI Keyboard is priced at €48/£41/$48 and the IK Multimedia iRig Keys 2 is priced at €133/£119/$132. Let’s go face-to-face:

  • The M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 Mk3 offers 32 speed-sensitive flat keys and the IK Multimedia iRig Keys 2 offers 37 mini keys.
  • The M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 MK3 also offers 4 freely assignable controls (three buttons and a rotary knob) and assignable controls for ‘pitch bend’ and modulation. The IK Multimedia iRig Keys 2 offers a volume control, 4 double-assignable knobs, 1 assignable Push Encoder, Octave-Up/Down buttons and Programm-Up/Down buttons, plus pitch bend and modulation wheels.
  • In connections, both integrate USB connection and are powered by the same means. The IK Multimedia Keys 2 features MIDI In: 2.5mm mini-jack, MIDI Out: 2.5mm mini-jack, Headphone Out: 3.5mm stereo mini-jack and Pedal In: 6.3mm TRS jack. And cables for the connection of Apple devices (iPhone and iPad)
  • The M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 MK3 includes the Pro Tools First M-Audio Edition and AIR Music Tech Xpand!2 licenses.

Let’s put the features of these keyboards in a table so you can compare

M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 MK3

IK Multimedia iRig Keys 2

  • 32 speed-sensitive flat mini-cycles
  • 4 freely assignable controls (three buttons and a rotary knob)
  • Selectable speed curves to adjust the sensitivity
  • Assignable controls for pitch bend and modulation
  • USB powered
  • Plug&Play’ for Mac and PC
  • Multicolor LED backlighting
  • IPad compatible (requires iPad camera connection kit MC531ZM/A, not included)
  • Includes Pro Tools First M-Audio Edition and AIR Music Tech Xpand!2
  • Dimensions: 418 x 105 x 20 mm
  • Weight: 0.45 kg
  • 37 sensitive keys in mini format
  • Integrated headphone output
  • Volume controller
  • 4 rotary controllers with a double assignment
  • 1 assignable pulse encoder
  • Octave-Up/Down buttons
  • Programm-Up/Down buttons
  • Micro-USB connection
  • MIDI input: 2.5 mm mini-jack
  • MIDI output: 2.5 mm mini-jack
  • Headphone output: 3.5 mm stereo mini-jack
  • Pedal input: 6.3 mm TRS jack
  • Size: 518 x 139 x 54 mm
  • Weight: 0.87 kg
  • Includes 60 cm Lightning-Micro-USB cable, 60 cm USB-A-micro-USB cable, 10 cm 2.5 mm minijack-DIN adapter cable

In this interesting comparison we find two quality MIDI controllers, on the one hand, the already analyzed M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 MK3 and on the other hand the IK Multimedia iRig Keys 2 that offers 37 sensitive mini keys, a volume controller, 4 knobs with the double assignment, 1 assignable Pulse Encoder, Octave-Up/Down buttons and Programm-Up/Down buttons, as well as pitch bend and modulation wheels.

We have two very similar MIDI keyboards, but with a significant difference in price. To be more concise, if you work with Apple devices like (iPhone and iPad) you will have many advantages with the IK Multimedia iRig Keys 2 since it was created exclusively for that purpose, if not with the M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 MK3 you will surely be satisfied.

And here is a video of the IK Multimedia iRig Keys 2

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the IK Multimedia iRig Keys 2 review.

M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 MK3 vs M-Audio Keystation 49 MK3

The M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 MK3 MIDI keyboard is priced at €48/£41/$48 when the M-Audio Keystation 49 MK3 is priced at €88/£75/$87. Let’s move on to the face-to-face:

  • The M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 Mk3 offers 32 speed-sensitive flat mini-keys. And the M-Audio Keystation 49 MK3 offers 49 full-size keys.
  • The M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 MK3 also offers 4 freely assignable controls (three buttons and a rotary knob) and assignable controls for pitch bend and modulation. The M-Audio Keystation 49 MK3 offers transport buttons (rec, play, stop), an assignable fader, octave buttons, and pitch bend and modulation wheels.
  • When connected, both feature an integrated USB connection and are powered by the same means. The M-Audio Keystation 49 MK3 features an integrated sustain pedal connection.
  • The M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 MK3 includes a Pro Tools First M-Audio Edition and AIR Music Tech Xpand!2 license. The M-Audio Keystation 49 MK3 includes a Pro Tools First M-Audio Edition, Ableton Live Lite, AIR Mini Grand, AIR Velvet and AIR Xpand!2 license

Let’s put the features of these keyboards in a table so you can compare

M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 MK3

M-Audio Keystation 49 MK3

  • 32 speed-sensitive flat mini-cycles
  • 4 freely assignable controls (three buttons and a rotary knob)
  • Selectable speed curves to adjust the sensitivity
  • Assignable controls for pitch bend and modulation
  • USB powered
  • Plug&Play’ for Mac and PC
  • Multicolor LED backlighting
  • IPad compatible (requires iPad camera connection kit MC531ZM/A, not included)
  • Includes Pro Tools First M-Audio Edition and AIR Music Tech Xpand!2
  • Dimensions: 418 x 105 x 20 mm
  • Weight: 0.45 kg
  • 49 speed-sensitive keys
  • Pitch bend and modulation wheels
  • Octave switch
  • Transport buttons for DAW control
  • A fader
  • 6.3 mm jack input for optional sustain pedal (not included)
  • USB bus-powered
  • Plug&Play for Mac and PC
  • Includes Pro Tools First M-Audio Edition, Ableton Live Lite, AIR Mini Grand, AIR Velvet, and AIR Xpand!2
  • Dimensions: 822 x 189 x 68 mm
  • Weight: 2.1 kg

In this comparison, we find two slightly different MIDI controllers, on the one hand, we have the M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 MK3 that we already know and have analyzed before, and on the other hand, we find the M-Audio Keystation 49 MK3 that offers, in general, the same functions as its little brother, but with a larger and wider keyboard of 49 normal size keys.

There are certain producers or musicians who are not comfortable with mini keys, if you are one of them, or you want a MIDI controller with full-size keys, the M-Audio Keystation may be a good choice considering its 4-octave range, also remember that the price of the controller doubles as well. Either way, both are good options according to the user’s budget and needs.

Here is a video of the M-Audio Keystation 49 MK3 keyboard

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the M-Audio Keystation 49 MK3

M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 MK3 vs Korg microKEY 25

The M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 MK3 MIDI Keyboard is priced at €48/£41/$48 while the Korg microKEY 25 is priced at €58/£55/$60, but the difference is so small that this may vary from store to store. Let’s move on to the face-to-face:

  • The M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 Mk3 offers 32 flat speed-sensitive mini-keys and the Korg microKEY 25 offers 25 mini keys with Natural Touch.
  • The M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 MK3 also offers 4 freely assignable controls (three buttons and a rotary knob) and assignable controls for ‘pitch bend’ and modulation. The Korg offers 8 speed-sensitive trigger pads, 8 rotary knobs, an X/Y Touch-Pad (KAOSS-Series), also, +/- octave button, X/Y button, Pitch/Modulation button, sustain button and arpeggiator button.
  • In connections, both integrate USB connection and are powered by the same means.
  • The M-Audio includes the Pro Tools First M-Audio Edition and AIR Music Tech Xpand!2 licenses, while the Korg microKEY 25 includes the Korg M1LE Software-Synth, Lounge Lizzard Session, Toontrack EZDrummer Lite licenses.

Let’s put the features of these keyboards in a table so you can compare

M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 MK3

Korg microKEY 25

  • 32 speed-sensitive flat mini-cycles
  • 4 freely assignable controls (three buttons and a rotary knob)
  • Selectable speed curves to adjust the sensitivity
  • Assignable controls for pitch bend and modulation
  • USB powered
  • Plug&Play’ for Mac and PC
  • Multicolor LED backlighting
  • IPad compatible (requires iPad camera connection kit MC531ZM/A, not included)
  • Includes Pro Tools First M-Audio Edition and AIR Music Tech Xpand!2
  • Dimensions: 418 x 105 x 20 mm
  • Weight: 0.45 kg
  • 25 mini keys with Natural Touch
  • Arpeggiator
  • Joystick for Pitch-bend/Modulation
  • Up/Down Octave Key
  • Powered by USB
  • For WIN XP/VISTA/MAC OSX
  • Includes Korg M1LE Software-Synth, Lizzard Session Lounge, Toontrack EZDrummer Lite
  • Dimensions (width x depth x height): 395 x 131 x 53 mm
  • Weight: 0.65 kg

In our first comparison, we have two good MIDI controllers, one being the M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 MK3 which offers 32 speed-sensitive flat mini keys, 4 freely assignable controls (three buttons and a rotary knob) and assignable controls for pitch bend and modulation. In addition, the Korg microKEY 25 offers 25 mini keys, 8 speed-sensitive trigger pads, 8 rotary knobs, an X/Y Touch-Pad (KAOSS-Series), also, +/- octave button, X/Y button, Pitch/Modulation button, sustain button and arpeggiator button.

As an advantage of the M-Audio, we can mention a larger number of keys, and with such a small difference in price, we can mention that it is the best choice of controller.

Here’s a video of the Korg microKEY 25 keyboard

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Korg microKEY 25 review.

Which is the best of these MIDI keyboards if I am a beginner on a low budget?

While the answer to this question lies mostly in what specific need you have, for example, if you want to have a keyboard with the widest range of notes possible, or if you want to have as many control functions as possible, or perhaps a mix between the two, that is without leaving behind the different connections and software licenses that most MIDI controllers offer, we will give an objective opinion according to our experience in music production and thus also with the price demanded by the controllers, a kind of value for money.

In this post we find some economical MIDI controllers since none of them exceed 90 euros, and as a star product we can nominate the Akai MPK mini MK2 which although it is not one of the cheapest, it is one of the most balanced in its control and design functions. It features 25 mini keys and 1 4-way tone/modulation thumbstick, MPC (MIDI Production Center) pads and 8 assignable control knobs. The design is compact and lightweight with an integrated sustain pedal. Excellent MIDI controller with a fair price.

Where to buy the M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 MK3

Thomann

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  • Usually the Best price.
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Amazon

  • Free Shipping and the possibility of shipping in one day with Amazon Premium.
  • Full Guarantee but they are no experts in music equipment.
  • Sometimes a better price.
  • He’s got worse stock than Thomann.

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