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Old 2013-01-29, 08:02
grider grider is offline
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new to Reason! Wondering about midi controllers.

I'm considering picking up an Akai MPK88 controller! Anyone else using this controller with Reason? If so how do you like it? Does it map well to Reason 6.5? If I should look elsewhere for a controller, let me know why I shouldn't get the Akai MPK88! The reason for looking at the MPK88 is price point, has 88 keys (i'm looking for range), also has 16 mpc pads!!
Old 2013-01-29, 09:10
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Great controller, works well with Reason. I recommend you try out the key action before you buy it if you can. Not everyone likes MPK88's fully-weighted piano-style keys.
Old 2013-01-29, 09:35
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I got an M Audio Oxygen 25 key controller,this is fine for me,as I have no room,but as mentioned by RXTX the Akai is very good (wish I had one TBH, and the cash of course

But Ive managed ok for quite some time with a small keyboard,lol. , Also, worth a mention is these midi controllers I have bought

My Akai LPD8 for its drum pads,and knobs!! I like this a lot!!

But I don't do drums on it.Everything (or nearly everything else) Ha,ha ,FX ,mapping of DrOcotrex to the pads etc

I also have got a Korg PadKontrol and NanoKontrol 2 all of them come in very handy ,esp when using this to control your SSL mixer sliders and stuff,ha,ha

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Old 2013-01-29, 15:53
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SidMercutio SidMercutio is offline
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I'd say for keyboard, Axiom Pro 49 is awesome all rounder.

For MPC pads, the KORG padKontrol is awesome with its X/Y control pad.

For mixer hands on control, the Behringer BCF2000 with a few knobs and 8 motorized faders for a very ,very cheap price and if you want more knob control, try the BCR2000

Those 3 cover the basics you'll need to begin with and they are all solid and quite cheap.

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Old 2013-01-29, 22:20
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For pads and sliders and transport I use a quneo , also an iPad with retouch reason has got nearly everything you could ask for.
I have an old Roland TD7 kit that works very well with reason and 3 keyboards from Alesis and Korg that just plugged. In and worked straight away.

Old 2013-01-30, 18:18
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I think the Akai MPK series is an awesome controller for Reason. To me 88 keys is overkill, plus I don't like the heavy weight feel, but I also hate the cheap feel of NO-weighted, hence, semi-weight is perfect for me.

Here's my look at the MPK61, if this helps at all:

~alternatingbitmusic on YouTube~
Old 2013-03-06, 22:20
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Dont get the Axiom Pro 49 if you are running Mac OSX 10.8

just FYI

M - Audio has no driver compatible yet just like many of its controllers. They discontinued it for a reason.

I just realized you already made your decision whoops
Old 2013-02-04, 08:25
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i used to use a MPK 25 to control Reason. It was a great controller and I only sold it to get something with more keys. It was supposed to be a temp solution but I never looked back at the MPK 61.

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