This is a great midi keyboard, but the pads do not work that great. I saw on a forum where someone had installed their own pads, and they said that they work much better. Also, I wish the knobs had lighting so I could see how far they are turned up. All in all, it is a great keyboard for a desk studio. Not very portable, but I plan on buying the mini version soon.
I love having a full piano in case I just want to jam out and not have to worry about switching octaves, and the drum pads/knobs are really nice. It also MIDI Maps right up to Ableton Live so that is nice too!! Love it.
I picked up this UBS / MIDI controller to replace an older MIDI keyboard. This has a great feel to it and the buttons are very well placed. When working with Abelton it is amazing. When working with FL Studio, I had to dig around the net to find some mapping. Although, mapping is pretty easy in FL Studio. The unit has a good weight to it and I haven't taken it out of my home office/studio. The one negative review that people tend to have about this controller is the low sensitivity of the 12 gray pads. While I have noticed this a bit, it has not been too bothersome in recording or performance.
I got this MIDI a few months ago and I've been nothing but happy with it. Akai makes a really durable product. Also, the 49 key gives plenty of octaves for your production. Faders and pads also come in handy too!