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!
I feel like on paper this thing is great. But my experience with it has been inconsistent and unreliable. It's cheap and handy for quick little things but I wouldn't say the quality of this is amazing.
I feel like I find that trend a lot with Akai.
This MIDI keyboard show's you a lot opportunities to create your sound easy and fast. really heavy with great design. I recommend highly because there is a option when you press any key the keyboard can catch the sensitivity is depend how strong you push the keys.
I have been loving this unit ever since ive got this, BUT that counts for the weighted keys, the pads are something you want to aftermarket straight away. the stock pads are dred awfull. Furthermore this thing is a tank and can withstand a lot of torture.
I love this controller. It has everything a musician could ask for. Fader panel, drum pads, and a great set of keys. The only downside is the position of the pitch and mod wheels. Great for live sets.