Pharrell uses $100 Midi keyboard
You may have recently seen photos of Pharrell’s floating studio.
The most surprising feature of the setup to me, was to see Pharrell using the M-Audio KeyStudio 49. It’s a big change from the $2000 keyboards the Neptunes are said to usually use.
1: M-Audio KeyStudio 49: This is a brilliant 49 key Midi keyboard that can be used anywhere. All you need to do is hook the USB lead to the laptop/P.C and you’re good to go.
The keyboard also comes equipped with Pro Tools software to record and sequence with. You’ll need this to install the sounds which the keyboard uses. You also get a USB Micro Interface that acts a portable sound card. There are the usual features you’ll find on most keyboards such as pitch bend, modulation and octave switches. For $80 to $100, this is a great piece of hardware & software if you’re wanting to play some chords or start your own home studio.