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If you are looking for a full sized piano style keyboard, then buy this. It has semi weighted keys which are fully touch sensitive which can be adjusted with proper software. When I first plugged it in, none of my software or the software that was bundled with it would recognize it. It uses a USB connection or you can have a midi connection, either way is fine. Windows XP recognized it straight away without any problems. So I looked on M-Audios support site (very good), and went on the forums. I found out that the problem was out dated drivers that windows had. So I registered a free account with M-Audio and downloaded the new drivers. I then restarted my computer and my software recognized it straight away. The keyboard comes with a fair sized manual in many languages and it comes with one software package, Ableton Live Lite 6, which I dont find very useful. :( On the keyboard itself, there are two pitch bend wheels, 1 of them can be assigned, you have to do this yourself, a slider and octave shift buttons. There is also an advanced functions button, which if you look in the manual lets you set the keyboard up in a more advanced way, (havent bothered with that). There are also buttons to select different sounds, the piano sound is more than adequate for live performances, but not as good as more expensive rivals from Roland & Yamaha. The feel of the keys is somewhat weak, but is perfect for anyone who is just starting out. All in all, this is a very good keyboard and for the price, is very cheap. It is also incredibly lightweight compared to my other piano, a Yamaha CP-33, which is a two man job to move it. Would reccomend it to anyone.