There are two type of controls , both midi and pedal based.
The general configuration and setup is quite simple , thanks to the technology that comes with this product , you get an instant connection with your working DAW trough the Hyper Control feature.
The manual is greatly designed , very easy to follow and visually well placed.
The patch selection is quite amateur friendly , you get a blue screen where you can choose your presets and even forget about working with your mouse.
What I like most about it , are the 49 semi weighted keys , the hyper control technology , the knobs , the 64 midi controls , that useful blue screen where you can control everything that's happening in your DAW.
What I also like about this product , is how close M-audio got to emulate a real acoustic piano to a midi controller , the keys feel very good , the touch and velocity response is on a completely new level.
My opinion about the value for the price is great , this product costs around 500 $ on amazon , but having these features on your demand , it will make a huge difference in your songs.
Precision and quality of the sound is perfect , the response from the midi controller is very precise , you can create crazy syncopations and your controller will respond properly to it.
I've tried several models , from different companies , getting this level of control with only 500 $ is great , AKAI also has some decent midi controllers , but m-audio axiom pro 49 is the leader here.
Knowing what I know , I would buy this controller again.