M-Audio Oxygen 49 IV USB MIDI Keyboard Controller, 49-Key

M-Audio Oxygen 49 IV USB MIDI Keyboard Controller, 49-Key

A studio staple, M-Audio's 49-key USB MIDI keyboard controller is back with 8 drum pads -- plus knobs and faders that automap to Ableton, Pro Tools and more.

M-Audio Axiom 49 Keyboard MIDI Controller

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49-key velocity-sensitive semi-weighted action keyboard with assignable aftertouch
We sure have come a long way from four-track tape machines. Most laptops sold today ship with sophisticated multi-track recording software built right in, and even most of those free programs come complete with built-in synthesizers, drum machines, and mixing capabilities. Spend a little time working with one of these recording programs, and you'll quickly realize that your basic mouse-and-keyboard setup isn't letting you get the most out of your software. Time to upgrade with the M-Audio Axiom 49. It's a responsive musical keyboard, drum pad controller, and tactile recording console all in one, and thanks to USB, it's as easy to setup as plug-and-play.

Get In Touch With Your Recordings
With its wealth of knobs and buttons, the multi-faceted Axiom 49 let's you do away with your mouse almost completely. The transport section puts the most common functions--play, record, stop fast forward, rewind--at your fingertips for instant access. With these controls so close to the keyboard, you won't have to readjust your brain or your sitting position to capture your best performance. Additionally, using the soft, rubberized transport buttons to control frequent repeated actions instead of the mouse helps cut down on the risk of repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome. In addition to transport controls, the Axiom 49 provides you with eight rotary controllers and eight faders with associated function buttons. Each of these different controller types can be read more assigned to just about any parameter you see on screen, from volume and panning to plug-in parameters like resonance and filter cutoff. The addition of a 4 x 3 keypad lets you make numerical entries directly from the Axiom, so you won't have to reach for your computer's keyboard.

No-Compromise Keys And Pads
More than just a control surface, it'd be more accurate to call the Axiom 49 a "control instrument." The 49 full-sized, waterfall-style keys are ample and responsive. The keys offer just enough resistance for musical-feeling action, and are velocity-sensitive for expressive, dynamic performance. You won't feel like you're controlling your computer because you'll be playing it like an instrument, and you'll notice the difference in your music right away. In addition to velocity sensitivity, the Axiom's keys feature aftertouch, a feature not found on most keyboards under $1000. Aftertouch adds an additional level of playability to the Axiom: once a key is struck, it can be held for sustained notes, but press even harder, and you can effect an extra layer of control. Make strings go from simple sustain to vibrato, activate additional filters on a synth patch, give any instrument a little gain boost after the initial note attack. . . the possibilities are near endless. As if that weren't enough, the Axiom 49 provides you with eight rubberized drum trigger pads, perfect for programming beats, or just thinking about basslines in a different way. It's a whole studio's worth of musical gadgetry in a lightweight, compact, and dare we say handsome USB controller.

Use It With Standalone Synth Modules, Too!
because the Axiom 49 has real MIDI in and out ports, you don't even need a computer to enjoy its expressive keys. Just route it into a hardware synthesizer module and you're off and running. While most common functions will auto-map to your sound modules (pitch bend, modulation), Axiom keyboards also let you get deep into MIDI programming geekery. Preset editing tasks are made easier thanks to the generous--and brightly back-lit--LCD display, and clearly labeled programming buttons make advanced functions easily accessible. The M-Audio Axiom 49 lets you get as deep as you want into your music.

You use your mouse and keyboard for emails, spreadsheets, accounting. . you know, work. Treat your music like the art form it is with the M-Audio Axiom 49 Keyboard Controller.
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PC Requirements
Available USB Port
DirectX 9.0b or higher
Windows XP (SP2) or higher
Windows 98, Me, NT, or 2000 not supported

Macintosh Requirements
Native USB Port
Mac OS X 10.3.9 w/ 256 MB RAM, OS X 10.4.2 or greater w/ 512 MB RAM

Power Supply
If you are using your Axiom with a computer via its USB port, there is no need for an external power supply. Your Axiom will draw its power from the computer.
However, if you are intending to use your Axiom without connecting to a computer's USB port, then you will need to use an external power supply.
No power supply is included in the box, so please select one that meets the following requirements:

12V DC
250mA - 300mA
Center positive
For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 401-658-5765

M-Audio Axiom 49 Keyboard Controller

Get Into the Action
The Axiom series of mobile USB MIDI controllers has everything it takes to get the most from your MIDI software and hardware. Semi-weighted action complete with aftertouch gives you great feel and expression for both synth parts and pianistic passages. Eight rubberized trigger pads put your drums at your fingertips for programming with feel or easy fire samples or visual effects.

Total MIDI Control
Assign the eight rotary encoders to mixer controls like panning and effects sends, or to any synth parameters you want to control. Map the nine sliders to software mixer faders or drawbars on your virtual organ. 15 buttons*, pitch and mod wheels, and sustain and expression pedal jacks round out a tour de force of MIDI domination. Assigning controllers is simple, yet has the power to let you delve as deep as you want. Each controller can map to just about any applicable parameter in the MIDI spec, including independent channel addressing for each. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.
* six buttons on the Axiom 25

Intuitive Front-Panel Programming
M-Audio Axiom MIDI controllers all feature a large backlit LCD screen for visual feedback--and the 61-key and 49-key models also place a 10-key pad right on the front panel for direct, intuitive programming. You'll also find 9 dedicated front-panel function buttons to easily access common operations like preset / program change or MIDI channel +/-, octave +/-, and transpose +/-. Use the Controller Mute button to prevent parameters from jumping when you change them, for example, then press Snapshot to transmit all current settings. 20 non-volatile memory locations instantly save and recall your favorite presets' and you can manage an entire preset library on your computer via SysEx dumps and the free Enigma software editor/librarian for PC and Mac.

Mobile Operation
The Axiom series is extremely compact and lightweight and all models are powered directly from your computer's USB bus. Choose the size that's best for your needs, then take your music anywhere you want to go.
(44 ratings)
Submitted August 13, 2007 by a customer from gmail.com
"Great for beginners and intermediate."
Verified Customer zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.
Currently, I don't have any need for a different keyboard. It has plenty of keys, enough pads for Ableton, sliders (though fine tuning is difficult), and assignable nobs for different things. You may still need additional nobs in the future as this only includes 8.

Sound
There's not much to say about sound considering the device doesn't necessarily make it's own sound.

Features
Comes with Ableton Live Lite (version 6 upgrade free on ableton.com). Assignable faders, nobs, pads, etc. The faders are a little... floppy... if you will. They are also a little laggy, it takes a second for them to move in software. Nobs feel good. Pads have a "sweet spot" directly in the center. If you hit them on the sides, it isn't as "loud". Keys feel lightly weighted. Bright blue backlight.

Ease of Use
Enigma software needs better documentation. Axiom documentation a little lacking for a beginner. Installation is a severe pain. DO NOT DISABLE THE INSTALLER SERVICE AFTER IT'S INSTALLED! Also, the documentation says to turn on the axiom after the drivers are installed. Don't do that, turn it on THEN install or your computer won't recognize it. Faders are laggy (as stated above), pads have sweet spot (as stated above). Number pad makes switching presets faster than the 25-key version. More dedicated buttons than 25-key.

Quality
Overall the product looks fantastic. The only REAL disappointment is the read more faders. They tilt slightly when you move them (not too much, but annoying), the nobs are dubious (I'm not sure if too much use will make the firm notches wear down), the pads would be better if the sides and the center were more uniform, the keys still have a "plastic" feel, but not necessarily cheap or flimsy. All other buttons feel very nice.

Value
Compared to many other devices in this range, you get a lot of control for the price.

Manufacturer Support
Never had to use them (though you might need to call them if you run into installation problems).

The Wow Factor
This product looks very nice. It was designed well and I wouldn't might being seen with it.

Musical Background:
Active Musician

Musical Style:
Rock, Metal, Progressive, Experimental
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