Best Midi keyboard for Finale

This entry has been published on May 6, 2021 and may be out of date.

Last Updated on November 17, 2022 by admin

Best Midi keyboard for Finale – Music notation software makes it easy for composers and hobbyists to create music using a keyboard, MIDI interface or a simple mouse. Setting up a MIDI keyboard or controller in Finale is easy. Since the release of Finale 2012, Finale has included a handy auto-detect feature that does most of the work for you. We’ve also provided a short video to walk you through the remaining steps.

Playing on this MIDI keyboard feels great, and you can get very expressive with its semi-weighted action keys.


However, if you want something with more faders and knobs, then perhaps then you can consider the higher end keyboards.

1.Novation Impulse 25

2.Native Instruments Komplete


4.Alesis V49

5.Studiologic Numa

6.M-Audio Hammer 88

7.Xkey 25

8.ESC Flip Keyboard

9.LANGTU Keyboard

10.Logitech MK270

Best Midi keyboard for Finale – BUYER’S GUIDE

Keyboardists rarely ask this question — most of them have already checked out the latest keyboard hardware just for fun — much like James Bond studies the latest gadgets that Q creates for him. But many others recognize that even with minimal keyboard skills a MIDI keyboard can often help us obtain our goal of “the fastest note entry with the least amount of editing.”

If your sole interest is in entering music into your computer, you can cut costs by purchasing a keyboard that doesn’t have built-in sounds; such keyboards are often referred to as MIDI controllers. If desk space is in short supply, or if you’d like to be able to travel with your new keyboard and a laptop, you’ll want to check out the new breed of ultra-compact controllers.

The Akai LPK25  is both about the width of your laptop keyboard and weigh next to nothing. Their velocity-sensitive keys are smaller, but still very playable, and both include octave controls that provide access to the full range of a piano from each two-octave keyboard. They connect to your computer via a USB cable, and they enable Finale users to enter notes in step-time and real-time via Simple Note Entry, Speedy Note Entry, and HyperScribe.

Imagine pulling both your laptop and MIDI keyboard from a shoulder bag, fitting both on one of those dinky coffee shop tables, and entering notes as you enjoy your morning cappuccino. Just a few years ago this technology would have seemed worthy of James Bond. Shaken, not stirred, indeed!

The best thing of all is how inexpensive they are. I’ve seen the Korg nanoKEY advertised for around $50, and the Akai LPK25 for around $70. What’s more, each controller is easy enough to use that you don’t need a pre-mission demonstration by Q. Want to see them in action? Here’s a short video from Akai and a Korg video that covers all three nanoSERIES controllers (and the M1Le software that comes with the nanoKEY).

Frequently Asked Questions

Good Keyboard Specifically for Finale HyperScribe?

Best Midi keyboard for FinaleI’ve used Finale for about three years now and I’m very comfortable with it. The only problem is that note entry itself seems to take forever, even though I’m quite familiar with all the shortcuts. I’m a pretty proficient sight-reader, so using a MIDI controller and HyperScribe seems like a good option.
Usually, I’d opt for the M-Audio since it’s got a larger range and is generally less intimidating to me, but I definitely want something that comfortably fits on a desk–which is an advantage the Akai has. My other biggest concern is build quality, the max on my budget is $100 (both controllers cost that much, for those who didn’t follow the links) and I’m more concerned with buying something that isn’t going to break down two weeks after I get it than getting something that slightly better for those two functional weeks.


We are having a look at the best MIDI keyboards available in 2021 and giving our thoughts on what we consider to be our top 10.

To help you choose we have included small MIDI keyboard reviews with each one along with our pros and cons.

Novation Impulse 25
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Native Instruments Komplete
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Alesis V49
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-6% Studiologic Numa
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M-Audio Hammer 88
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Xkey 25
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ESC Flip Keyboard
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LANGTU Keyboard
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Logitech MK270
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