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.