Excerpt: This is supposed to come with Avid Ignite software, but the software isn't ready yet. The alternative they offer is a trial of Ableton but a bit annoying to have to wait to be able to learn the program that I will actually have access to longterm. Otherwise I love the keyboard and the versatility it gives me. So much fun to play around on! I'm not an expert so it's more of a learning experience for me and I have to say I'm quite enjoying it.
Excerpt: The knobs and sliders on this controller are great and the keys are fine at the price. The trade off for the quality of the controls is the quality of the unit itself. The quality issues are far beyond that of the exterior. After roughly two months of use mine just shut off and quit running, and I have to send it back. I definatly wouldn't recommend this keyboard, do yourself a favor and skip M-Audio controllers.
Summary: I purchased one of these to use on the road with my Laptop. My biggest complaint is that the keys are not level across the keyboard. Some of the keys are higher than others. (Not by much mind you) but it doesn't give you a sense of quality. It doesn't effect the playback but it just doesn't look right. I have seen this reported by others and seems to be due to uneven spring tension.
Summary: If you're looking for a good midi-keyboard/controller (knobs, sliders) and need a few more keys to hammer out those scales, but don't care about the quality of the keys then get this. Personally I would pay extra for better quality keys as even my yamaha midi has better responsiveness however, I use this everyday and never get tired of it.
Good controller, marginal quality control this time
Todd S., amazon.com
3 December 2011
Summary: I'm sure this was once in a million, but one of the keys on mine is not flush with the others, like its spring is slightly stretched out... Not enough a problem to send it back, but bummed its not perfect. I'll probably fix it myself later, but... I would still recommend the keyboard, but if anyone at M-Audio reads this, turn the lights on over there, it's easy to see this problem.
Summary: This keyboard has so much good stuff going for it i don't even know where to start. The knobs and faders feel great and map to anything without much hassle at all, I've used them in Sonar, Reason, FLStudio, and Ableton inside of many many different VST synths, effects, and on every built in function that i could find, and every time they map easily, feel great and work extremely well! They keyboard is a little squishy feeling.
Summary: Fantastic product, at a great price, allows someone just getting into electronic music production to have a flexible midi keyboard without spending hundreds of dollars. Works -PERFECTLY- on my windows 7 64-bit pc, and using the most recent version of Ableton. buy it buy it buy it! as a newbie to electronic music production i recommend it to anyone starting out!