Perfect Controller for Ableton
I had been looking for a controller for Ableton that was pad based w/ a few knobs but when I came across this I was intrigued by the keyboard addition and size. It fits perfectly on my desk next to my machines (it's a little smaller than my Electribe SX1) and it works right out of the box. It makes working in Ableton or using Ableton to push midi to machines VERY easy.
Getting around on the controller (switching between groups of instruments the pads are controlling or switching between what the knobs control) is very easy to use. I do wish the "red" stop color was a bit brighter on the machine, but the standby and green on lights are bright.
The keys took a few days to get used to as they are tiny, but once I did it hasn't been a problem. I do wish I could figure out a way to turn off the key sensitivity like samplers have, however, fixing this in Ableton is easy enough.
Only thing I'll note to buyers.. Akai says you have to create an account to get the software bundle that comes with this, and in order to create an account you need a serial number. I could not find any serial number w/ this so I was not able to download any of the extras. There are a few numbers I thought might be the serial but were not. I hope Akai resolves this for people.