Opinion on MIDI keyboards

    I'm looking for a keyboard that is compact enough to take with me but big enough to work for VDL:2.  Has anyone ever used the 25 key or the 49 key key boards avaliable on Tapspace for VDL:2?  If so, what is your opinion on them?
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Thanks for all the help!�� The thing is, my laptop is my home and away set-up so it looks like I'm favoring the 25 key oxygen, but don't let that fact stop anyone from giving their thought.�� I'm not getting it for a while so if you think you know of anything better please let me know.

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I've had no problems with Bome's.  They aren't all that miraculously handy, but they work.  To me, they're better than fighting a template with no keyboard.  That said, I'll take the smallest real keyboard over the most deluxe virtual one...
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Actually, I couldn't have said it better. It wasn't that the Bome's wasn't doing what it was supposed to, it was just that it wasn't doing exactly what I wanted. I have a low tolerance when I'm away from my home set-up!

I've had quite a bit of luck starting a score before I go on the road, then copying and pasting notes from previous sections of the music. I've even opened other files to get the sound or notehead I'm looking for. With Sibelius, it's a snap.

Bless you, Sibelius.
I've had no problems with Bome's.  They aren't all that miraculously handy, but they work.  To me, they're better than fighting a template with no keyboard.  That said, I'll take the smallest real keyboard over the most deluxe virtual one...
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Another option you may consider for traveling is a 'Virtual' Midi Keyboard discussed here:

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I'm curious to know if anyone has had any success with the virtual keyboards. I downloaded two different ones this summer and had a really hard time getting them to do what I wanted with VDL. It wasn't that they wouldn't do it, it was just that it was very cumbersome and didn't seem to save any time over not having the virtual keyboard.

Anyhow, just my opinion.
ER
Another plus for the M-Audio O2 (25 key) & 49e (49 key) is that they are capable of being powered by the USB port when plugged into your computer - a great option for use with a laptop.  (Sometimes power outlets are limited!) 

Links for reference:

https://www.tapspace.com/o2.html
https://www.tapspace.com/keystation49e.html

Another option you may consider for traveling is a 'Virtual' Midi Keyboard discussed here:

https://www.tapspace.com/forums/index.php?topic=1330.0

- OT
I agree. More keys is definitely more convenient with VDL2. But I often use the 25-key O2 when traveling - just have to get used to shifting octaves often. On my normal rig I use 88 keys. The 49-key and 25-key models both work well but if you plan to use it while traveling, you'd definitely want the 25.
I've used an Oxygen, and it's fine.  You have a lot of pressing octave-up and octave-down to do, but otherwise, it's excellent.  I much prefer more keys, but if you're traveling, you have to do what you have to...  the 49e might work; check the dimensions.
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