I have tried several MIDI-controllers over the years. Not none of them I really liked, mainly because they were made out of cheap plastic, with bad keys and cheap pots.
So I am still using my old StudioLogic/Fatar SL161pro. The only issue it has is that it is sending continues modulation wheel data over MIDI. Really strange, but not such an issue although it puts some overhead in the MIDI signal as well as recorded MIDI data in Reason, Ableton Live or Nuendo for example.
To make a long story short: a controller without a keyboard might be all I need. Something with pads for playing grooves plus a few pots and faders for performing some filter sweeps or mix tricks in real-time. Voila: the Akai MPD24!
I heard that the previous model, the Akai MPD16, was not a good controller mainly because, although the pads looked like those of the MPC series, they were not good (bad feel, weird velocity response and bad MIDI-over-USB timing). Weird, right? I mean: a controller with MPC pads would be a killer combination. So I couldn’t believe it myself that Akai made such a terrible mistake with the Akai MPD16. But I do think they did. And that’s probably they have created a new controller.
Hopefully the Akai MPD24 is a different story. I do hope so! If not: Akai… check your users please!
What I want? I want the Akai MPD24 to have real MPC pads, a MIDI input (for my Fatar), extremely fast MIDI true-put on USB and ReMote (Propellerheads fantastic controller standard which I am sure will be implemented in sequencers of other brands as well soon) available for Reason 3.