M-Audio Oxygen 25 IV USB MIDI Keyboard Controller, 25-Key

M-Audio Oxygen 25 IV USB MIDI Keyboard Controller, 25-Key

Put 25 full-size keys, 8 pads, and DAW control on your desk! The M-Audio Oxygen MIDI controller's knobs and buttons automap to Ableton, Pro Tools and more.

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

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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.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 401-658-5765
(230 ratings)
Submitted January 6, 2004 by a customer from yahoo.com
"Not a bad unit if one lands in your lap"
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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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