Excellent Pad Controller for Reason
I have been looking long and hard for a high-quality pad controller that I could use with Reason, Pro Tools and other DAW's. I don't need a full MPC. The Native Instruments stuff is killer, but way overkill for what I needed.
I have purchased some other Korg pad controllers, including the Nano, and I wasn't very impressed with them. Every time I saw padKONTROL, I skipped it because of my past experience. I attend Berklee and asked one of their famous instructors what I should get. He immediately recommended padKONTROL. I told him about my experience, and he said he and many others really like the pads. I was, in fact, looking at the Akai controllers at the time. When I mentioned that to my instructor he said he owns several Akai's and hates the pads. He even had an aftermarket mod done to one of his Akai's and still hated the pad response.
Suffice of to say, I went with the Korg padKCONTROL. That was a very wise choice. The pads on this thing are awesome. It is a simple straightforward controller that works perfectly with Reason. Reason even natively supports it out of the box. No external drivers or anything else needed. Reason programs Scene 16 automatically and it works perfectly. I have used this controller with Reason 8, reason 8 and ProTools 12.51. It works perfectly. The only other option would be for Ableton users. Their pad controller is awesome when you use their software, but 99% of the features do not work outside of Ableton.