Dj Premier talks about some of his gear in [this interview](http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jul07/articles/djpremier.htm) with SOS, saying, "I may play on my M-Audio Oxygen 8 controller and use sound modules like the Emu Planet Phatt or Mo'Phatt. It is different every time, but today the majority of the time I'll get a drum pattern going, just a basic skeleton, and I then start to see if things fit."more
In this MusicRadar article, the photo included shows the Oxygen 8 below a Genelec speaker/monitor, left of their computer screen, and above their MTC-2381. The gray design differentiates it from the Oxygen 25, which has the same amount of keys and is from the same product line but has a different design.more
I find the 2 octave size ideal for basslines, playing out beats and for work out chord progressions. The knobs are useful when assigned in Ableton Live. I really like the default controller settings in Reason 5, very functional for sure.
I first got this as a gift for recovering from surgery. Haven't used another MIDI controller with the same significance since, this piece of equipment got me into creating music and has followed me through starting out on Garageband all the way to Logic Pro X. I love this little thing.