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M-Audio Axiom 49 2nd Gen 49-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller  

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OVERVIEW

Advanced 49-key semi-weighted USB MIDI controller with assignable aftertouch, 8 MIDI trigger pads, and more.

The M-Audio Axiom 49 controller combines all the production power and performance you need to get the most from your music software and MIDI gear. More than just a data entry controller, the Axiom 49 features piano-style, semi-weighted keys for a musically satisfying playing experience. Large dynamic trigger pads make it easy to program beats and trigger one-shot samples—while the encoder knobs, faders, and buttons deliver complete realtime control over your software. DirectLink mode provides easy, automatic access to common DAW functions including transport, mixer, track pan, and virtual instrument parameters—no complicated setup required. Axiom 49 also features a sleek, angled top panel for easy viewing in any environment.

Serious Production Power
When inspiration strikes, you need a keyboard controller that can translate ideas into killer tracks. That's why Axiom 49 is equipped with an ultra-expressive semi-weighted keyboard and 8 Trigger Finger pads for programming beats with incredible feel. Automatically map Axiom 49 to your DAW with DirectLink—or delve deeper by assigning the pads, encoders, and fader to whatever controls you wish. Each controller can map to just about any MIDI message available, along with independent channel addressing for each. The possibilities are as endless as your imagination.

Axiom Instrument Mode
With other MIDI keyboards, assigning controls to virtual instruments has never been easy. Now thanks to the Axiom 49 controller's new Instrument mode, a single button instantly maps the fader, buttons, and encoders to any virtual instrument inside your DirectLink-compatible host*. You get direct access to synthesis parameters such as filter cutoff, LFO rate, and envelope settings—without having to manually configure anything. It's almost like turning Axiom 49 into a dedicated hardware synth.

Intuitive Design
Whether you're on stage or in the studio, your keyboard controller should fuel your creativity—providing all the right information and controls at your fingertips. That's why we designed Axiom 49 with a sleek angled top panel for easier viewing of the display and improved ergonomics. Smooth rotary encoders deliver precise, continuously variable parameter changes, giving you a hands-on feel for the mix. The backlit LCD screen provides informative feedback from DAW hosts, including on-screen display of parameters, settings, and track/VI names. It all adds up to intuitive control over your MIDI software and hardware.

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.

FEATURES
  • 49-key velocity-sensitive semi-weighted-action keyboard with assignable aftertouch
  • DirectLink mode automatically maps controls to common DAW and virtual instrument parameters
  • Dedicated Instrument mode button lets you instantly switch between controlling mixer and virtual instrument parameters
  • 4 zone buttons for stacking and splitting sounds on up to 4 MIDI channels
  • 8 assignable trigger pads
  • 8 assignable rotary encoder knobs
  • 9 assignable faders
  • 6 dedicated transport controls
  • 6 edit buttons
  • Dedicated track up/down, bank , mute, and solo buttons
  • Dedicated patch +/- buttons
  • Assignable pitch bend and modulation wheels
  • Octave up/down; transpose up/down
  • Factory presets map controls to popular music software: Xpand!2, Hybrid, Velvet, Strike, Oddity, ImpOSCar, and Minimonsta:Melohman
  • 20 non-volatile memory locations
  • Memory dump via SysEx
  • 4 keybed velocity curves and 3 fixed velocity settings
  • 4 pad velocity curves, 3 fixed settings, and unique 'step' velocity curves
  • 2 assignable pedal inputs
  • Class-compliant with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Mac OS X
  • Powered via USB or optional power supply
  • Built-in USB MIDI interface including standard MIDI In and Out jacks
  • Fully programmable to MIDI controller number and channel
  • Controller Mute function mutes controller output to avoid parameter jump
  • Snapshot function transmits all current controller settings
Package Contents
  • Axiom 49 keyboard controller
  • USB cable
  • Printed quick start guide
  • PDF user guide
  • Installer CD-ROM
  • Ableton Live Lite authorization card*

Put MIDI keyboard performance at your fingertips when you order the compact Axiom 49 today.

SPECIFICATIONS

Axiom 49 2nd Gen 49-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller

  • Minimum System Requirements
  • Windows XP (SP3)*, 800 MHz Intel or AMD**, 256MB RAM
  • Windows Vista 32 (SP1) or Vista 64 (SP1), 1 GHz Intel or AMD**, 1GB RAM, DirectX 10 or higher
  • Windows 7, 1 GHz Intel or AMD**, 1GB RAM, DirectX 10 or higher
  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 or 10.6.1, Intel Core Duo, 1GB RAM
  • * Home and Professional Edition only. Windows Media Center Edition is not supported.
  • ** CPU may be higher for laptops. Please check the minimum system requirements for your software, as they may be greater than those above.
  • Specifications:
  • Dimensions, Boxed: 31.4" x 2.9" x 11.7" / 79.7cm x 7.3cm x 29.6cm
  • Weight: 10.6lb. / 4.8kg
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M-AudioAxiom 49 2nd Gen 49-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller
 
4.0

(based on 6 reviews)

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67%

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  • Easy to use (3)

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      5.0

      excellent,excellent,excellent

      By fatcanadian

      from brooklyn ny

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about M-Audio Axiom 49 2nd Gen 49-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

      excellent and compatible with mac operating system no down loads needed...

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Value!

      By Part-time Rocker

      from Omaha

      About Me Professional Musician

      Ask me a question

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daw Controller

        Comments about M-Audio Axiom 49 2nd Gen 49-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

        This is a great keyboard. I use it with CronoX 4 VST and the key action is wonderful. My primary DAW is Studio One Pro 2 and although Presonus doesn't support DirectLink, I've been able to map the transport controls and faders to it.

        We're also planning on using it as a live keyboard connected to a notebook.

        It feels very solid. All knobs and faders feel good and as mentioned before, the key action is tight and responsive. It looks, feels, and performs at a professional level.

        I looked at several keyboard controllers before settling in on this one. Considering buid wuality and price I think it is a great buy.

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        3.0

        Not the best choice for rack modules

        By Sang Kim

        from New York, NY

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Control Knobs Faeders
        • Easy To Use
        • Keys

        Cons

        • Design
        • Lack Of Midi Syntax
        • Screen

        Best Uses

        • Daw Operation

        Comments about M-Audio Axiom 49 2nd Gen 49-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

        I bought this unit and thought I can have most of the control as Motif keyboards with Motif Rack unit.

        This controller can only control CC's and there are only handful of CC controls. I really needed to control the volume of each parts with faders but the CC's are not sufficient to control. You need 'SysEx' Control to fully control just about anything. Well this doesn't have that feature. If you want to really control a rack unit like its original keyboard, try Novation SL MKII. As they can configure each controls with SysEX syntax.

        If your need was only for DAW, this is a very good unit. But still somewhat difficult to configure.

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        (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Cooled down

        By Loki Dolo

        from Hong Kong

        Comments about M-Audio Axiom 49 2nd Gen 49-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

        to be a bit more fair (after the echoes of profanity have dispersed) this is actually not that bad of a product. i've read reviews of ppl saying other keyboards were built feeling cheap. i Will say this keyboard is built pretty dam sturdy. the keys feel great, always even responce, the knobs n sliders (once u manage to preset them) work nicely to and are built well. the pads WHEN WORKING are very sensitive.however, the cons previously listed still stand strong. if u get this, get the diod fixed, and don't try midi yoke-ing around with it cuz its not built for that type of innovative shyt n youll blow ur pads (why for the love of god i dont know but it just does, atleast for me) so thats why im heated about it. whatever though, this as my keys/knobs and an akai mpd on the side should do the trick. would've been nice to have it all in 1package though as intended. life is full of workarounds.

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        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        WOULD've be great, BUT...

        By Loki Dolo

        from Hong Kong

        Comments about M-Audio Axiom 49 2nd Gen 49-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

        i was looking for a simple midi control center, with semi-weighted keys to give me that piano-ish feel, and pads for my beats, so i got this VS the akai mpk because of the price differential. MY LOSS. 1st off, the 1st generation of this series has a KNOWN PROBLEM by m-audio they won't tell you about, nor do they attempt to recall any of their products to fix: in a matter of time, one day this device's screen will go blank, and fail to register midi. problem: the midi diod was built like crap, n needs to be replaced. you hope this happens under warrenty, otherwise it'll cost for the repair(#1).secondly, if ever you'd like to use midi yoke, or midi translator programs, expect that your pads will suddenly stop working. This happened to me twice, the 1st time, i took it in to repair, they fixed it with no explanation why it happened. I took it back home, used it with my progz, a week later (last night) pads died out again. Thank god i don't go live with this. Conclusion: buy the akai mpk instead. it costs a bit more, but will save you time, money, and headaches in the end. the "new generation" is way over-priced for a color change/bugg fix that shoulda been done in the first place.

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        5.0

        New to MIDI, upgraded to 2nd generation.

        By BDC

        from San Diego

        Comments about M-Audio Axiom 49 2nd Gen 49-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

        As the title says, I am new to midi. I initially bought the first Axiom 49, but didn't want to spend forever learning to map and all the tech stuff just yet. This integrated great with Logic 9, and I'm nuts deep in sounds that I couldn't get before. I love this big hunka-hunk of tough plastic. Seems well built, I don't anticipate problems. M-Audio did well. Thanks!

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