If you're going for small keys and price the Akai MPK mini with the 8 pads did me solid.
It's around $100 which can save you some money to put towards another type of controller.
NO NO NO
dont listen to this guy
buy a KORG PADKONTROL for just near $100
great midi controller
that controller has no keys you dip.
I have the Oxygen 49 (m-audio), 49 keys, 9 sliders, 8 knobs (good for mixing your beats and shit). Trust, you don't need pads in the least bit. Programs like Reason and Ableton have drum kits instead of individual drums, and each drums sound is mapped to the keyboard (for instance, the a key will be a kick and the c will be a snare). I believe i got mine for like 150, but if that's too much, get the Oxygen 25 (same shit, 25 keys less knobs less sliders, who cares). Don't let any nigga talk you into buying anything with Pads unless you're sampling shit, everything with pads has a 60-70 dollar mark-up JUST because there's pads.