If you want to make music on a computer or iOS device, you’ll probably decide that a MIDI keyboard is one of the first things you need. These piano-style devices can be plugged into your PC or Mac via USB – or, in some cases, operate wirelessly over Bluetooth – and enable you to play and record with your DAW’s software instruments and any VST synth plugins you might have installed. You can buy everything from compact, portable MIDI keyboards to full-size 88-note models with weighted hammer-action keys, and some come with additional features such as knobs, pads, buttons and faders that give you even more control over your software. Prices vary, too; you can get a perfectly decent budget MIDI controller keyboard for less than $100/£100, but if you spend more you’ll get a better-quality model with higher specs. Many of the best MIDI controller keyboards come with templates for the most popular DAWs – Ableton Live, Logic Pro, FL Studio, etc – making it easy to get them up and running. Whether you want a portable keyboard to go with your laptop or a full-size MIDI controller for your studio, there are plenty of options, so to help you choose ...