I am looking to for a MIDI controller mostly to use live with Reason. I'm pretty sure I want 61 keys. I need to be able to switch patches on the fly, that's all I really know at this point, but I'm sure there are things I will need down that road that I'm not even aware of yet. I'll be playing keys for a cover band and we do everything from motown to synth-pop to dubstep. We sample a lot of stuff too, and it would be awesome to be able to fire loops or use drum samples.
A friend suggested the M-Audio Axiom 61. I also found out there's a Axiom 61 Pro. I'm kind of a MIDI newb so if anyone could explain the differences/upgrades that would be awesome.
Also if you have suggestions for other controllers that'd be awesome. I'm open to anything below $500.