I’ve been listening in on your learned discussions for several months now (thanks for all the info!), and I finally have something to add. I’m using a compact 25-key MIDI controller as a travel and practice instrument, because a real melodica tends to be a bit loud for hotel rooms and even for late-night practice at home. Is anyone else out there doing the same? Any thoughts on the subject?
Hello Bruce, I started working on a midi melodion using an Akai midi controller with a Mrtaudio breath controller but I use a trumpet mouth piece. On my Suzukie Midi melodion it uses a pipe mouth piece again not my fave. What type of mouth piece or breath controller are you using? Are you able to control occilation or sweep on frequency or glissando with the breath controller. Very interested in seeing your set up.
Monsters of Melodica
I’m afraid my set-up is very basic: CME X-Key controller playing through the ThumbJam app on my phone (with the Vintage Accordion and Concertina patches). No breath control, but I’m new to keyboards, so I still find it useful in working out tunes and fingerings.
My gripe with the X-Key is that the keyboard spacing and action are so unlike the melodica (and accordion). When I get a chance, I’m going to try out some of the other mini controllers out there. The Akai-plus-breath control sounds cool.
SevillaSoft MIDI Breath Controller MBC-1
Versatile, powerful and cheaper than others with the same characteristics. No driver installation required, compatible with iOS, macOS and Windows.
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