Baklit Ableton Keyboard Review
Up until recently I had thought about, but never gave a try to shortcut keyboards for Ableton. Being fairly proficient on my keyboard shortcuts, I wasn’t certain what I would get out of it.
That said, I certainly have forgotten some shortcuts & had to dig through the menu to recall them, which can be a bit time consuming.
When i was asked to do a review for a new product, I wasn’t sure what to think, but when I took a look at it, I found the thing to look not only functional, but aesthetically pleasing as well. Also, in a dark studio, without a backlit keyboard, there is a good amount of struggling to hit the right keys. This solves that completely.
So with that, I opted to give this thing a try & said “send it over”.
The Baklit keyboard was beautifully packaged and the keyboard itself was equally nice looking.
I plugged it into my iMac, installed the driver & initially had issues, as it’s settings defaulted to a Windows computer. With a simple look through the quick start guide, I just had to change a setting or 2 in the preferences and was good to go. I should also mention that support was really on the ball & helped me quite a bit.
Once I was up and running the keyboard felt like a solid piece of gear and the keys felt amazing. Soft, quiet and responsive. It took a bit of time reorienting myself to a new keyboard, but quickly settled in.
Having all the shortcuts backlit & displayed in an easy to interpret way, made finding the right keyboard shortcut really fast & easy.
Although this might not be as exciting as a brand new synth, your keyboard is easily the most used piece of gear in a computer based studio. Having something that visually inspires & feels amazing to the touch, while offering everything you need at a quick glance is a big win.
I find the keyboard a pleasure to use in the studio & give it a strong thumbs up.
If you think a keyboard with a shortcut layout is in your future, look no further. I’m certain it will get a lot of use in your studio.
You can check it out at: https://www.editorskeys.com/ableton-live-backlit-keyboard/