The Best Keyboards for Musicians: Buying Guides and Reviews

From bedroom producers rocking demo copies of Ableton to million-dollar artists topping EDM charts, the one piece of equipment that is common to them all is the keyboard.

The keyboard is also one of the first pieces of gear producers tend to buy. After all, keyboards occupy a central role in the production process. Not only do they make the music production process more intuitive, they let you express yourself creatively. 

But buying keyboards is not easy task. The trouble starts with defining the term - "keyboard" - itself. Depending on who you ask, a "keyboard" might be a digital piano, a MIDI controller, or a synth. 

Technically, the "keyboard" refers to the standard arrangement of black-white keys on a musical device. A piano has a keyboard, as does a keytar and a MIDI controller. 

For most musicians, especially producers, however, a keyboard stands for a MIDI controller, or more rarely, a digital piano. 

Which is exactly what we'll focus on in this section. We'll share our reviews and lists of the best MIDI controllers and digital pianos on the market right now. Besides reviews for individual products, we'll also share tips and insights on buying the right gear, as well as our review methodology. 


Best MIDI Controllers: By Number of Keys

Best MIDI Keyboards (Overall)

Our list of the best MIDI keyboards on the market, regardless of the number of keys. Read Article

Best 49-Key Keyboards

We take a look at the best 49-key MIDI controllers on the market right now. Read Article

Best 88-Key Keyboards

Our guide to buying the best 88 key keyboards you can buy right now. Read Article

Best MIDI Controllers: By Type

Best Digital Piano

An in-depth look at the best digital piano keyboards on the market. Read Article

Best Ableton Controller

What are the best keyboards and controllers for Ableton? Check out our top picks. Read Article

We regularly update this page with new reviews and buying guides. Keep checking back here for more!