My partner and I had the Arturia Minilab for our first midi controller. It was great but we both discovered that the keys were a little cramped. So we sent it back to Sweetwater and upgraded to this bad dog...see what I did there? Arturia Keylab Essential 49! 3 months ago we had nothing but with a relatively small amount of money and things we had laying around we now have a studio. Waiting on him so we can open this puppy up!