Summary: I love the midi controller. It's light and easy to transport and also easy to connect. I use fl studios and it works pretty well with it. There is a slight delay/lag when recording but idk if all controller are like that since this is the first one I've used or owned. Two thumbs up though, it's a lot of fun!
Summary: This is my first MIDI controller. I researched competing models from Novation and M-Audio, though I liked that this one had larger drum pads and more of them. I do agree that the drum pads are require a decent amount of force--more than I'd like. You basically hit them as hard or soft as you'd hit a real drum. I've ordered a kit online to alter their sensitivity. The whole unit feels solidly built, with good quality plastics.
Conclusion: Bought the Akai a while ago and it's still working perfectly. Lots of good features, easy to use and is perfect for music production. The only thing i dislike are the drum pads, you really got to hit them to make them work. I suggest putting the velocity at 100% and make sure you have the setting turned on where it does 100% velocity no matter how hard you hit it. Other than that amazing product. I would recommend.
Poor Poor Quality - Check it out as soon as you get it!
Chief Propellerhead, amazon.com
30 January 2012
Summary: I am returning my third unit, as confirmed by tech support, which is defective. The first and second unit I tried had an odd issue of only playing one key on a poly patch. The non-function applied to only a few keys, and yet the others would work well. This third unit won't transmit channel pressure from the pads, i.e. aftertouch. Well, actually, it works on three out of the 12 pads. Just make sure you check this unit out fully before your return period runs out.
Summary: this has been the most used device in my studio. all of the controls are easy to use and the keyboard has a great feel to it. for the price i would say this is easily one of the best controllers ive used.
Summary: I wouldn't buy this one again just because I need something more professional. The keys are very resistant and so are the pads. Yes you can change the sensitivity of the pads if you open it up and add layers of rubber.. But that is something that should've been taken care of in the factory. I still love this keyboard, the size and the controls are perfect.