A good, flexible, no-frills controller
I got this controller several years ago, and it has proved successfully its functionality and good quality, I love it. It has proved to have very good cost-benefit ratio.
- It's lightweight –though it doesn't feel cheap–, and it's easy to move around, at least easier than my Kurzweil PC-88.
- If you know about MIDI it's VERY flexible controller, you can squeeze a lot of functionality from it.
- It's not very intuitive to program, but, hey, if you've programmed a Yamaha DX-100, or a TX-81z, this is pretty easy.
- It's reliable. Period.
- The MIDI output makes it more versatile than a USB-only interface, and enables me to control older synths without a computer directly from the UMX or from the computer.
- The number of the assignable controllers is very good for most applications, for instance, controlling a software synth or an interactive PD or Max-MSP patch.
- It's really plug-and-play, I've tried it with Mac, Linux and Windows and it works right away. No hassle at all.
- The synth keys have all the disadvantages of the synth keys in every synth keyboard, but they don't feel flimsy, as in a lot of comparable –and even more expensive– keyboards.
- The included audio interface is just... meh, it's not bad, but it's not a lot, still you could find a good use for it. Actually it saved me years ago when my trusty old M-Audio Omnistudio interface died on the road.
- The software it's of little value, it included an exotic multi-platform DAW –which I've used in Linux–, and the very obsolete NI Kore player.
Bottom Line: If you're not into the colourful lights and other bling, you'll enjoy it. It's a good, useful controller.