I have this set up with my Mac using Logic, Reason and Ableton. It's brilliant. The drum pads admittedly take a bit of wearing in, and they're not as good as other Akai MPC pads, but still, they're good enough for what I need them for. Key's feel good, plenty of controllers to set up as you wish and the rubbery pitch and modulate dials are great. Kind of wish I'd got the bigger version, but then again, my bedroom isn't exactly massive.
M. WilliamsTOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Nov 2009
This keyboard fits neatly on the Ikea shelf next to my desk.
If like me you are using it with Reason, after installing the drivers from the bundled CD, you turn it on by plugging in the USB cable, turn the main knob one to the right to select Reason, press the knob, and that's pretty much it in terms of setting it up. It works with a whole bunch of other digital audio workstations as well, but I can't really comment about them as I just use Reason.
It is this speed of getting going that has really impressed me. The last time I tried to use Reason and a midi keyboard I completely failed, and after a couple of years the keyboard found itself down the local tip, never having been used. I play with this one every day and feel vaguely creative, which is what I was hoping to get out of it.
Other things I like are the touch sensitive keyboard, lots of assignable knobs, arpegiator that makes me think I can play the keyboard, clear display. It feels like a reasonably professional keyboard, just with 25 keys.
The only downside might be if you want more keys. In which case you buy one of its bigger brothers like the MPK49. That wouldn't have fitted on my shelf so wasn't really an option for me.
This is a superb midi keyboard, extremely well made. The 25 keys are limiting but make this useful for those who have little space. The 49 or 61 key versions and equally as good and outstandingly well made. Certainly worth the extra price over cheaper alternatives.
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As a 15 y/o rapper/singer/producer, I thought I need a performance keyboard with MPC-style pads and a keyboard. And I was right, if you like to tap out and get a feel for your drum beats then the MPK is great. The keyboard could have more keys but there is the MPK49 and MPK88 if you would like more keys. This is a great buy as the shipping was also fast(ordered on Friday,received on Monday). In my opinion this is a great buy for anyone just experimenting or adding something masterful to their studio.
im just a beginner with trying to make music with ableton live and friend suggested best to get midi keyboard , dont spend to much as u may not like or get used to it, but how easy is it with these, plug in install software, any idiot could get this to work 1st time round..lol