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The 5 best MIDI controllers for FL Studio

Do you produce with FL Studio and want to get the most out of the software, your workflow, or be less dependent on the mouse? In that case, you start looking for a MIDI controller which can help you with this. There are many to choose from. Some MIDI controllers look very similar and others completely different. To make your choice easier, we've listed the top 5 MIDI controllers for Fruity Loops Studio.

1. Akai Fire - all-rounder with full integration with FL Studio

MIDI controller | For FL Studio | With screen
159,99
in stock

The Akai Fire is head and shoulders above the competition. This version is designed for full integration with FL Studio. You can really control all functions with this controller. From the sequencer to looking for samples and from uploading your own melodies to finger drums. You can use the transpose buttons to start, stop, and pause your recordings and tracks. This saves you some clicks. Combined with a useful screen, that makes the Fire the true workhorse for FL Studio producers.

Specifications Akai Fire

Suitable to upload your own melodies/beats: Yes/no
Suitable to search for samples: Yes
Suitable to start and stop recordings: Yes
Plug and play: Yes
Display: Yes

2. Akai MPD232 - work with faders, dials, and drum pads

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MIDI controller | Faders, dials, and drum pads | Universal
247,-
in stock

The Akai MPD232 is a good choice for you if you're looking for a controller with faders, dials, drum pads, and a screen. The drum pads are large, so you can easily tap rhythms with your fingertips. You can use the faders to find the balance between the output volumes of the audio tracks. This is very useful while mixing your productions. To integrate this controller with your FL Studio, you need to download a MIDI map first. With this file, the MIDI controller recognizes the software.

Specifications Akai MPD232

Suitable to upload your own melodies/beats: No/yes
Suitable to search for samples: Yes
Suitable to start and stop recordings: Yes
Plug and play: Partially, requires MIDI mapping
Display: Yes

3. ROLI Lightpad Block M - touch sound with your fingertips

MIDI controller | 5D touch technology and Bluetooth | Universal
222,-
no longer available

Touch sound with your hands. It's almost possible with the ROLI Lightpad Block M. Thanks to the 5D touch technology, the controller responds to pressing, sliding, and tapping movements. This means you have a lot of control over the expression of your sounds. You're also less dependent on your mouse. You won't be bothered by cables, because you can connect this design to your computer via Bluetooth. The integration with FL Studio is a little less seamless, because there is no MIDI map available.

Specifications ROLI Lightpad Block M

Suitable to upload your own melodies/beats: Yes/yes
Suitable to search for samples: No
Suitable to start and stop recordings: No
Plug and play No, map yourself in FL Studio
Display: No

4. Arturia BeatStep Pro - for managing hardware and software

MIDI controller | Step sequencer | Sends CV/gate signals
243,-
in stock

Software is awesome, but the sound of analogue synthesizes and drum computers stays unique. With the Arturia BeatStep Pro, you don't just manage the software from FL Studio. You can also use this controller to manage your hardware. You can do this via the MIDI protocol or, in case of Eurocrack, with cv/gate signals. The transpose buttons help you improve your workflow. You can start, stop, and pause your recordings and audio tracks without touching your mouse.

Specifications Arturia BeatStep Pro

Suitable to upload your own melodies/beats: Yes/yes
Suitable to search for samples: No
Suitable to start and stop recordings: No
Plug and play: Partially, requires MIDI mapping
Display: Yes

5. Akai LPD8 - compact and clear design

MIDI controller | Drum pads and rotary knobs | Universal
52,-
temporarily sold out

Compact and useful. That is the LPD8 in a nutshell. If your budget is limited or if you want to save space in your studio, this MIDI controller comes in handy. With the touch-sensitive drum pads, you can turn your rhythmic ideas into beats in no-time. You can assign your own functions to the dials within FL Studio, This way, you can make manual automations and create smooth transmissions in your arrangement. Think of automating filters, the volume, or soft synth parameters.

Specifications Akai LPD8

Suitable to upload your own melodies/beats: No/yes
Suitable to search for samples: No
Suitable to start and stop recordings: No
Plug and play: Partially, requires MIDI mapping
Display: No

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