I love this thing. I have the MPD18 but I'd played on this. To the review talking about the velocity issue, these pads are THICK. I'm a big guy, so maybe it's just me but I like a thicker pad. I have the Maschine too, those pads might be more of what you need. The MPD pads are more like an MPC, the Maschine pads are more like a Beat Thang. If you can't press hard enough, you can hit full velocity and get CC127 notes every time, and if you know anything about your DAW you can set the velocity and even set it to vary. I'm either getting this or the APC40 next.