61 Key MIDI controller with pads - suggestions

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Please suggest me a 61 Key MIDI controller with pads.

Desired for
  • Live playing mainly
  • Lot of Pads for assigning patches and changing them on the fly
  • Durable, Not plasticky & of nice build quality
  • Nice keys, but aftertouch not essential.
  • Connectivity options
and......
Similar to the price range of M-Audio Code 61 and Roland A 800 pro.

If either M-Audio Code 61 or Roland A 800 pro is considerable, please help for the best pick among both.
I'm a bit confused after some of the youtube videos on both of these.

Many thanks,

Akhil.
 

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I briefly had a Roland A800 and I did sort of like it especially the key action.

It interfaced with my Windows 8 laptop OK.

On the MAC it was a bit more problematic but following online advice I got it functioning very well.

A change in the settings within the unit then enabled my iPad to see the A800.

I did not set up the controls and gave up trying on the iPad to get the sliders to operate as drawbars in an App.

I returned it and bought a DP instead which works better with my laptop and iPad.
 
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I briefly had a Roland A800 and I did sort of like it especially the key action.

It interfaced with my Windows 8 laptop OK.

On the MAC it was a bit more problematic but following online advice I got it functioning very well.

A change in the settings within the unit then enabled my iPad to see the A800.

I did not set up the controls and gave up trying on the iPad to get the sliders to operate as drawbars in an App.

I returned it and bought a DP instead which works better with my laptop and iPad.
Thank you for sharing the info.


I hope, the A800 pro is durable and best fit for live keys....
 
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Thank you everyone.

Please suggest other offerings in the price range of Roland A800 pro., best for live keys.
 

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