MIDI Controller and QWERTY Keyboard In One?

BenG

Senior Member
I'm looking to rebuild my studio set-up with a custom desk and like many here, I've run into the keyboard/controller position conundrum. This got me thinking, has there ever been a MIDI controller (88) with a QWERTY keyboard built into the piano? Instead of having many faders/knobs/buttons about the keys, I would love having the option to type with my own, customizable shortcuts. Perhaps there can even be an option to have it on a slider which can move forward that covers the piano keys...

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Eckoes

Member
I was just thinking about this the other day. How strange.

I’ve never seen anything like that but I’m pretty sure I would buy one if it had the right features on the midi controller end of things.
 

mybadmemory

Member
All i wish for is that makers of controller keyboards, and especially 88-note versions, would leave the space in the middle and to the right flat and empty so it could hold a keyboard and mouse. Include 4 sliders to the left and it would be perfect. Can’t believe this doesn’t exist!
 
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BenG

BenG

Senior Member
I was just thinking about this the other day. How strange.

I’ve never seen anything like that but I’m pretty sure I would buy one if it had the right features on the midi controller end of things.
Great minds:) I thought of this a few months ago and kind of gave up looking for one, but it might be cool to develop one...Seems we all have the same issue with regards to the ergonics of having two keyboards.
 
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BenG

BenG

Senior Member
All i wish for is that makers of controller keyboards, and especially 88-note versions, would leave the space in the middle and to the right flat and empty so it could hold a keyboard and mouse. Include 4 sliders to the left and it would be perfect. Can’t believe this doesn’t exist!
Yup, and maybe even have an option where it can slide out and cover the piano when it's not being used!
 

PaulBrimstone

Far, Far Away
@BenG Well, I purposely bought a Roland piano with an empty flat top to use as a controller. I attached my slim Mac keyboard and trackpad as per your mockup using ultra thin 3M transfer tape and it works a treat. It's still not perfect, as you do have to reach across the keyboard, which isn't far, but gets painful after a while, and does affect sitting position. I wish someone would come up with some kind of lightweight rack/tray that would clamp to any controller and slide forward over the keys as you suggest.
 
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BenG

BenG

Senior Member
@BenG Well, I purposely bought a Roland piano with an empty flat top to use as a controller. I attached my slim Mac keyboard and trackpad as per your mockup using ultra thin 3M transfer tape and it works a treat. It's still not perfect, as you do have to reach across the keyboard, which isn't far, but gets painful after a while, and does affect sitting position. I wish someone would come up with some kind of lightweight rack/tray that would clamp to any controller and slide forward over the keys as you suggest.
Very interesting and that sounds like it works great! I've also noticed the reach over method can be a pain in the long run with the only possible solution being a slide out tray. I probably do more midi editing than playing these days, so I place the QWERTY in front and reach over for the piano which is not ideal as well.

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BenG

BenG

Senior Member
Perhaps with how thin my QWERTY keyboard is, I could even slightly raise my piano with small casters or a track to create a 3-5cm clearance. This would bring the entire piano forward to the proper position for serious playing, while also having my QWERTY keyboard slide directly under.

This maybe a crazy idea haha
 

mybadmemory

Member
Something like this would be a dream. Some sliders to the left, and the rest of it just a flat area where you can comfortably fit any keyboard and mouse of your choice. Would work fantastic for both 61 and 88 keys.

I know there are Digital pianos which is basically just a flat area, but those doesn't have the sliders. And all the keyboards that DO have the sliders, don't have the space for the keyboard and mouse.

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