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The Ideal Reason Studio > Choosing the Right MIDI Keyboard for Reason - Pg. 24

Figure 2.5 The Oxygen 8 by M-Audio gives you the best of both worlds by supplying assignable knobs for controlling specific Reason parameters, all in a compact keyboard. Figure 2.6 The Evolution is another ideal controller keyboard. Making a Sound Decision All of the thrills and chills that the Reason synths produce will sound only as good as the speakers you select for your rig. Speakers come in a wide variety of brands, sizes, and quality, and you can bet it will take a bit of budgeting, researching, and auditioning before you're ready to make your final purchase decision. First, you'll need to decide how much you are going to spend on a new pair of speakers. These days, you can price out a pair of speakers at anywhere between $200 and $500 for a decent pair. Just keep in mind the old saying "you get what you pay for" and plan to spend more than $200 for best results. If you want a second opinion, consult the Internet for some articles and reviews on possible speaker selections. Generally, a day's trip to your local music store will get the job done. A lot of the better-known chain stores such as Guitar Center or Sam Ash have their speakers set up in an isolated room so you can properly fire them up and have a listen to each pair. You can also purchase most of these speakers online with online stores like or Here are a few things to keep in mind while you are making a sound decision (pun intended). When you begin to audition speakers, try to find the sweet spot between the pair. This is the point in space at which the mix sounds properly balanced, not too heavy to either the left or the right sides. See Figure 2.7 to get a better idea.