MIDI controllers have become more loaded with features in recent years, a far cry from the simple keyboard-only controllers from several years back. Now many MIDI models feature full mixing controllers, such as knobs, faders, and even transport controls. Some models also have integrated effects, vocoder microphones, and drum pads for a wider range of options overall. There are only some manufacturers that make budget model MIDI keyboards under $500, like M-Audio, Novation, Studiologic, and Akai.
Here is our round-up for the best MIDI keyboards under $500: