Great Keyboard- Roland quality
I wanted a small portable keyboard to use with Sonar and my laptop AND my home system. This keyboard works perfectly for me. I can play my Triton 88 as a slave with the MIDI merge input, use all the knobs, buttons and sliders to control Sonar apps then unplug it, grab my laptop and head out the door. The keyboard has a springy solid feel to it, very responsive and the knobs and sliders have a nice rubbery grip. It's lightweight (8lbs 7oz) and compact, a little smaller than the Axiom 49. Set up was not ideal-none of the controls worked when I plugged it in after installing the drivers. But the Cakewalk support is really top notch and they walked me through a few fixes until we hit the right one, "factory reset" in the functions menu. They e mailed me a report of my call. I also had to reverse the polarity on my M-Audio foot pedal for sustain. Once it was all set up it worked great, the A pro editor comes up in Sonar, all the knobs and sliders move, and are easy to program. I tried the Axiom but the MIDI in did not work with my Triton 88 and the keys feel chunky and velocity response wasn't consistent. It's also bigger and heavier- 13 lbs. The sliders feel a little cheaper and the click knobs are annoying. But, the drum pads are much better , the large bright blue display is easy to read and they have Windows 7 64 bit drivers on their website. This is the keyboard to get for Sonar users, I'm not sure how it works with other DAW'S but you can at least call cakewalk for help if you have problems- Their customer service is excellent.