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: Nicely responsive keyboard. This is well put together .. good build quality. Buttons knobs and faders all seem to be solid and smooth. This is a nice controller for my small studio. The pads were a plus and a selling point for me. I've seen other reviews where people didn't like the pads, but I felt like after making some adjustments in the software, they are fine. The sequencer does lock up once in a while, but all you have to do is switch presets and it clears.
Excerpt: works with fruity loops right away, also works with ableton live. although i don't really like the software it comes with. but its still works with other software. i have this, along with the Maschine. and these two paired together through Maschine's Software. you can do some pretty awesome stuff. definitely get this product. but id say pair it with something else like Maschine and you will be set for making beats. The Program has some problems with the Hardware.
Pros: Easy to Navigate, Versatile, Works With Other Software
Excerpt: I use the product for audio production and live performance. I plugged it in and it instantly works with all of my software. response is great with no detectable lag time. MPC pads could be more sensitive but I can get use to it. There is a kit you can buy to help with pad sensitivity but I'm not that desperate. Overall good buy. If you are looking for a media controller keyboard this is the one.
Pros: Easy To Collaborate Across Programs, Easy to Customize, Easy to Navigate, Versatile
Excerpt: Well... Overall, great product. I mainly use it for Electronics Music Production, Trance, House and etc... Easy to use, Ableton software allows for easy mapping, I have the lates full version. The semi-weighted keys are a big plus. Touch sensitivity is spot on. The keys DO NOT produce a "thud" sound when hit, which is characteristic to full-weighted keys. MPC pads are ok, probably the only CON of this product. MPK can gives you full DAW capabilities.
Pros: Easy to Use, Portable, Responsive / Good Action, Touch Sensitive Keys