Summary: This keyboard is truly amazing. Upon researching for a new controller I tested all of the usual suspects and landed on the Akai MPK61. Compared to the others this keyboard had the most professional feel. The pads are exceptional and the automapping to the DAW of your choice could not be any easier. The only downside to this keyboard would be the automap settings do no mesh with the mixer on my DAW. Not really a big deal as they can be programmed as such.
Excerpt: I use the product for producing, utilizing both the keys and the MPC pads. I love the feel of the pitch bend and modulation. very solid. the knobs and all the controls are very solid as well. the keys work great and take a little getting used to if you normally use fully weighted keys. the MPC pads are a little too shallow and not sensitive enough, you can buy thicker pads and add cushioning to solve that easily. wonderful product. easy to use.
Pros: Easy to Use, Portable, Responsive / Good Action
Excerpt: This product is great overall, easy to map all parameters, fun and great to work with. This keyboard has made my life a whole lot easier! Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for an amazing controller for a great price! Only downside is that the drumpads are not that sensitive, you actually have to press down hard on them but I herd you can modify your keyboard to make the drum pads super sensitive just like the mpc's, GOOGLE IT!
Excerpt: The semi-weighted keys are a significant plus. They allow for the most expression with strings/pianos but still have great flow for guitar/synth leads. The pads are also velocity sensitive, but I feel (as most others do) that they are very stiff. I only use them on the "Full Level" setting for drums and samples though. The stiffness in this regard means nothing to me, but may effect some others opinions of the board.