#1
Hey all, I'm just getting into Propellerhead Reason and all the different instruments that it has available. I want a good, portable MIDI controller to use with my laptop. If it has independent synth sounds on it as well, that is a bonus. I am looking to use it in live shows as well, if the opportunity arises, but I'm not sure of what features would be helpful (for example, I'm not sure if I would ever use pads to trigger samples from my computer, but it could be cool I guess). I'm looking at this one:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/keyboards-midi/akai-professional-mpk-mini-laptop-production-keyboard

Anyone have experience with it? Also, budget is < $150 if possible.

Thanks for your help!
#2
I would maybe look at old synths, for example an alesis qs 6.1 or a yamaha cs1x. You would have more than 2 octaves on the keyboard and some usable sounds as well, so you could use it without reason as well. I don't know how much it would cost you in the united states, but here in the Netherlands you can get the two synths I stated for about €150 second hand.
#3
Don't go cheap for live shows....buy a quality product and it will last you a lot longer, not to mention it has far less chance of breaking during a live show!

Look at it this way, if you're playing live shows, you can get paid, and you can make the money back and the product will be worth it.
#4
Good point...okay well here's just a random question. What exactly can I do with the pads and knobs on the keyboard I posted. I'm assuming that you can map samples to the pads and when you hit it it will play right? What kinda of use would that have a live setting? What other things could I do with it? Thanks!