M-Audio Oxygen 25 MKV USB MIDI Controller, 25-Key

M-Audio Oxygen 25 MKV USB MIDI Controller, 25-Key

Get hands-on control of your instruments, plug-ins, and DAW functions with M-Audio's Oxygen 25 MKV, a MIDI controller with powerful music creation features.

M-Audio Oxygen 8 v2 25-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller

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8 assignable knobs. 1 assignable slider. 6 transport buttons.

Total MIDI Control
MIDI isn't just about triggering notes -and the Oxygen series has what it takes to access all those deep parameters in your software and hardware so you can get the most out of them. Map the eight knobs to any synth parameters you want to program or perform with -or to mixer controls like volume, panning and effects send. Assign the buttons to trigger samples and anything else that is MIDI-programmable. Assignment 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.

Easy Programming
Oxygen controllers feature dedicated front-panel function buttons to easily access common operations like preset, program or channel up/down, octave up/down, and transpose up/down. Use the Controller Mute button to prevent parameters from jumping when you change them, then press Snapshot to transmit all current settings. The Advanced Function button allows the keyboard to serve as a data-entry device for controller assignment and similar setup functions. The front-panel 3-segment LCD gives you the information you need for programming parameters at a glance. 10 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.

Free read more Enigma Editor/Librarian Software
Download Enigmaa powerful software editor/librarian for Mac and PC that lets you easily program, store and load setups for M-Audio and Evolution USB MIDI controllers. Enigma includes a huge library of files for your favorite VST plug-ins, instruments and host apps. Programming is as simple as dragging the software parameter you want to control onto the graphic representation of the controller on your screen. With Enigma, your library of controller presets is virtually unlimited.

Mobile Operation
The original Oxygen8 defined a new era of mobile keyboard controllers-and now there's an entire line to choose from. The entire Oxygen 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.
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PC Requirements
Available USB Port
DirectX 9.0b or higher
Windows XP (SP1) or higher
Windows 98, Me, NT, or 2000 not supported

Macintosh Requirements
Native USB Port
Mac OS X 10.2.8 w/ 256 MB RAM, OS X 10.3.4 or greater w/ 512 MB RAM

Dimensions: 15.8 x 9.8 x 2.9 in.

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 401-658-5765

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars. (230 ratings)
Submitted January 6, 2004 by a customer from yahoo.com
"Not a bad unit if one lands in your lap"
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
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Verified Customer zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.
Ah. I got it as a bundle for less than the software alone normally costs, so I can't complain one bit. But at the market price, I don't think I'd buy one, I'd have to go for something bigger and test it out first to see how the keys respond. But the bigger ones cost as much as used synths that still have dynamite sounds, like the Korg M1 and a lot of new, low-end Yamahas that still have midi in/out. So I can't really justify buying just a midi controller.

Sound
Makes no sounds of its own, except a slightly plastic percussive sound when you hit it with something.

Features
Pretty feature-packed for such a small keyboard. 8 knobs for midi controls, a data entry slider, and each key on the keyboard can be assigned as a midi controller at the push of a button -- then back to being a key again. In the back it has two midi outs for controlling computer gear and tone modules separately, and a USB interface as well. It also has THREE power options, 9v wall wart, 6 AA batteries or USB power from your computer. It is at its most useful as a midi controller, though, and less as a playable keyboard. Its very stiff plastic keys are not comfortable to play, the pitch bend and modulation wheel are in a strange place to save space, and the 21-key range is uncomfortably tiny.. even smaller than my old Moog Prodigy and Roland SH-101! But it does have a couple of lightning-fast response Octave Down/Up buttons. Still, just keep in mind read more that 21 keys is really small and buy it for the midi control features and you'll be happy.

Quality
It's pretty solid. It's plastic, but make no mistake it's not a flimsy thin plastic. The rubber feet had fallen off mine during shipping, but they stuck right back on and haven't moved since. I've got no complaints about its ruggedness. The keys just respond pretty stiff.

Value
I got mine as a bundle with the FM7 (no longer available). As a standalone, I think it's a little pricey for such a small keyboard. It's real value is as a midi controller, but you're paying for the additional feature of the keys.

The Wow Factor
Let's be honest, it looks like a toy. It looks out of place next to my other gear. My 4-year-old thinks it looks cool and can't understand that I didn't buy it for him. If it doesn't prove a bit more useful soon, I'll probably go ahead and give it to him for his own computer.

Musical Style:
Rock, Pop, Jazz, New Age, Techno
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