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Decent entry point MIDI controller!
I had this for about 2 years now, it's seen quite a bit of use. I thought I'd just leave this home, when I left for the UK, and just make do with another keyboard - quickly realized I do quite like the bigger keys and them being somewhat harder to press.
While certainly not the best quality you'll ever get, for the price ($100 when I got it) I think it's a pretty sweet deal. The keys took a bit for me to get used to, because I went from some budget Casio keybed with no weight to this, which definitely has more weight to the keys. They're also full sized, if you care about that kinda thing. It comes with a bunch of software and samples and whatnot, namely Ableton Live Lite, X!pand2, some piano library, Pro Tools First, and a bunch of loops from Touch Loops. This bundle could be really useful if you're just getting started. The only con (for me) is the lack of controls, and while I definitely didn't need them when I just got it, I do kinda want them now. It's only got a mod wheel, a pitchbend wheel, and an assignable fader (it's labeled Volume). If you want controls on the keyboard, I suggest you look somewhere else, but if you just need a controller to start out with, I do recommend this.