Akai Professional Fire by Nice187
The construction and build quality are very good. The four knobs have a nice resistance to them, and the pads even though have a small travel distance they’re smooth and they keep silent when you press them, without any audible clicking noises. The advertised velocity sensitivity on pads is limited, currently only allowing for levels 100 or 127. But you can adjust the velocity of each pad if you want, by using the performance editing opportunities which give you it’s 64 RGB multicolored pads.
Its small screen gives a lot of useful information, but of course the screen being very small sometimes it makes difficult to read the provided information, especially if you’re watching it from distance.
Overall I’m very pleased from the build quality.
Of course the Akai Fire is designed to integrate with FL Studio, and it does the job very well. You can create your own patterns on Akai Fire, without even the need to watch at your computer screen. For your drums you have available 2 modes, the step recording and the finger drumming. Its RGB pads can be used for recording melodies as well, and the operation can have 2 modes, the real time recording and the step mode. You can even adjust the pads to operate in chromatic mode, or to choose from a number of different scales, minor, major, pentatonic, etc…
From the hardware unit you can adjust the volume of each track, the pan, the volume of each step, the pitch of each step, the filter and resonance, the master EQ levels etc. You can additionally select, mute and solo each track, record, play etc, to adjust the tempo, to activate - deactivate the metronome, to activate - deactivate the loop function, to change patterns.
And you can choose vst and presets directly from the Fire, even though this function could be more intuitive as it is right now.
In conclusion, the Akai Fire is a great controller/sequencer, and I would recommend it to everyone who is using the FL Studio.