The DTX 12 is a work of art in many ways. First: it's really easy to use one you get started. Second: you can load samples via USB with a computer, or drop all your samples on a flashdrive for entry or backup. Third: the pads feel great, and have a pretty good longevity; I've rarely seen these pads go out. The samples that come on board this pad sound really great, as well as some of the pre set grooves; lots of fun right out of the box.