PANDA 61-key Professional Studio MIDI Keyboard / DAW Controller
I'll start with the bad: the keyboard itself is unweighted, has a slightly spongey feel and they keys have a bit of horizontal movement, so if you like a solid piano action you'll probably hate it, but if you're used to organs or synthesisers you won't care. The ABS plastic case feels a bit cheap, and the rotary controllers stand a bit too far off the case for my liking, so I'd recommend a padded soft bag or hard case if you're planning to gig with it, but on the positive side it's incredibly light...paired with a smartphone/tablet and a MIDI adaptor you'd have the most portable keyboard rig ever.
Where this keyboard really shines is the control surfaces and I/O. I also own a Behringer UMX61, and the Panda has more controllers, is easier to program thanks to the display, and does a lot more like split and layering (and the keys aren't that much worse TBH). Two assignable pedal control inputs is nice, and unlike the Behringer it has MIDI in as well as out, which is great if you want to add pedal banks or other keyboards without USB. You'd have to spend anywhere up to twice as much to get something significantly better, so overall this is great value.
14 October 2017