Akai makes very good products, I own the APC40 and LPD8 myself. I would get the MPK25 or their mini keyboard but I already have an M-Audio O2. Akai would do fine or any of the M-Audio Axiom controllers.
Reason/Record are great, if you ever find yourself wanting to expand your Instrument/Effects arsenal then you’ll need a program that can do VST. Even with Record I don’t think it can do VST technology either. Then you would just rewire Reason to the new program with the VST’s.