Samson Graphite M25, USB Mid Controller Keyboard, 25-key mini keyboard, programmable master encoder and eight parameter knobs, dedicated transport controls, four backlit velocity-sensitive trigger pads (two banks), USB bus powered, dedicated Octave and Sustain buttons, Pitch Bend and Modulation ribbons, Apple iPad compatible with optional Apple Camera Connection Kit (not included).
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Positive: * Nice to look at with a good finish and aesthetic design. * Chock full of features, including the various controls. * Controls illuminate when activated. * In depth MIDI control editor allows you to select exactly what each controller and pad does.
Negative: * Pitch and mod ribbons often jump around irregularly; Not as smooth as it should be. * Pads require a very firm touch to register input. * The casing is slightly bent so that one of the rubber feet under the corners is always off the table top - This means when I play it it makes a loud clacking sound as it connects with the table top. * The keys require a hard touch for regular play as the MIDI velocity data seems to be an odd logarithmic pattern. In other words, a light touch gives a light velocity, but so does a moderate touch - with a heavy touch giving an appropriate velocity. * MIDI control editor software is often temperamental. * Master encoder doesn't seem to do anything meaningful even with control editing.
Conclusion: I cannot recommend this product due to its myriad issues. It does, however have ALL the bells and whistles, which is what I need.
Feedback for use with Ableton Live. The Controller itself was of surprisingly decent quality for the price and the build itself was decent. However, i encountered problems on the software side. The software which was supposed to map the controls would not work properly nor update the firmware of the device. There is a video on youtube describing how the software is supposed to work with Ableton live but that was of very little use since the software was not able to run -as described in the video - at the same time with Ableton (once the M25 was connected and recognized by Ableton the software would give a connection error).
As such, the only chance is to map directly in Ableton, but that is such a killjoy as whenever you want to reassign channels you need to close Ableton and open the software. I was not able to find a working version of the software.
In conclusion, even though the M25 would have been a highly usable device for me in terms of functionality, I had to return the device because of the software issues.
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