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M-Audio Axiom 61 61-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller

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Advanced control and enhanced playability.

The M-Audio Axiom 61 is a mobile USB MIDI controller with 61 keys featuring semi-weighted action and assignable aftertouch. 9 sliders, 8 rotary controls, 15 MIDI-assignable buttons (include 6 transport controls), assignable wheels, and connections for sustain and expressions give you total control of the music. 8 rubberized trigger pads are perfect for creating drum and percussion tracks or triggering samples. A backlit LCD screen and dedicated keypad provide front-panel programming. The 62-key MIDI controller has 20 memory locations for onboard storage, while included Enigma editor/librarian software lets you manage unlimited setups and all your creative output on your computer.

FEATURES
61-key velocity-sensitive, semi-weighted action keyboard with assignable aftertouch
8 MIDI-assignable trigger pads
8 MIDI-assignable rotary encoder knobs
9 MIDI-assignable sliders
15 assignable buttons including 6 transport buttons
Assignable pitch bend and modulation wheels
Octave up/down; transpose up/down
4 independently configurable keyboard zones
10-button keypad and backlit LCD screen for total front-panel programming
Sustain and expression pedal jacks
USB MIDI interface with standard MIDI in and out jacks
Powered via USB port or optional power supply
Class-compliant with Windows XP and Mac OS X
20 non-volatile memory locations
Memory dump via SysEx
Included Enigma librarian/editor software lets you organize and store setups on computer
All controlls fully programmable to MIDI controller number and channel
Controller mute function mutes output to avoid parameter jumps
Snapshot function transmits all current controller settings
Includes Ableton Live Lite music production software
SPECIFICATIONS
Dimensions: 38-1/2"W x 3-1/2"H x 11-1/4"D
Weighs only 12 lb.
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M-AudioAxiom 61 61-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller
 
4.0

(based on 20 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Well worth the price

When my old keyboard finally gave out, I tried a number of MIDI controllers before finally settling on the M-Audio Axiom 61.The programmability of the sliders, knobs and buttons is indispensable, since...Read complete review

When my old keyboard finally gave out, I tried a number of MIDI controllers before finally settling on the M-Audio Axiom 61.The programmability of the sliders, knobs and buttons is indispensable, since I use various sample libraries which use different MIDI commands to control the same functions; by creating a preset for each library, it was easy to set up so that the same slider or knob always controls the same function.The transport controls are also handy, since there's not enough empty space on the top of the keyboard to rest my wireless DAW controller like I used to.The "semi-weighted" keys don't feel very weighted at all to me, but ultimately that turned out to be a good thing; since there's not too much inertia to overcome, it's easy to play with very low velocity values (it was difficult to get a velocity below 40 on my previous keyboard, which was fully weighted).The aftertouch took a little getting used to; once the key "hits bottom", it'll continue to move, albeit with greater resistance, as the aftertouch value increases. As my previous keyboard provided no such tactile feedback, this made the keys feel mushy or bendy at first.It would be nice if they made an 88-key version, but the transpose buttons make it fairly easy to work around the 61-key limit.I love the fact that it's powered by USB - no wall wart taking up an outlet. My only real complaint about the hardware is that the pitch wheel has a center detente, making it nearly impossible to move the wheel smoothly from one extreme to the other, without a little "hitch" in the middle.On the software side, Windows and Mac are fully supported, but as usual there is no Linux driver provided (not even a beta driver on M-Audio's Web site). However, the MIDI ports make the unit usable with Linux, as long as you have a supported card with MIDI I/O.Overall, I'm quite happy with it, and would buy it again.

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Touch Sensitivity Is HORRIBLE

I bought this controller on sale for a decent price. Even though I don't use them much, the sliders, knobs, and pads are better to have and not need then need and not...Read complete review

I bought this controller on sale for a decent price. Even though I don't use them much, the sliders, knobs, and pads are better to have and not need then need and not have. The semi-weighted keys were a big factor in my decision as well.My main complaint and it's what I consider a MAJOR one, is that the touch sensitivity on this controller is the worst I've ever seen. There are 12 total velocity curve settings and 3 are fixed. Out of the nine others there's not much difference. Light pressure makes a very audible sound and any harder is WAY too loud. It's unacceptable. I have mine fixed at 127 and that's really the only way you can use this thing. Given that fact this controller might as well not have velocity sensitivity.I will NEVER buy another M-Audio controller or product again. Total junk. Stay away and go for something better even if it does cost more. You'll be glad you did.

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5.0

Great buy! Small problem

By Blacksun

from Boston

Comments about M-Audio Axiom 61 61-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

I have owned this keyboard for a while now and I use reason 4.0, It works like a charm besides one small thing, You cant sync the record buttons in reason 4. You can sync anything else, I have friends that have the same problem

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Keyboard for the Home Studio

By GonotheBrave

from Oklahoma

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Comments about M-Audio Axiom 61 61-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

I bought this keyboard while I was buying the rest of my home studio equipment. So far I will say that I am generally pretty satisfied with my purchase. I use it primarily within apple's logic and main stage. And not a problem. Works Great. Doesn't feel to cheap. Like some of the lesser expensive controllers feel like. The after-touch is lovely. The usb cable that came with it feels pretty heavy duty although not that terribly long.2 cons: (that I notice)The trigger pads are not sensitive enough and just over all not super useful. The USB port on the back looks like it could break easily. (Gotta be careful)Great little keyboard. I wouldn't think twice about buying this sturdy little keyboard.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Trigger Pad Malfunction

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about M-Audio Axiom 61 61-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

I bought the Axiom-61 brand new and the 2nd trigger pad on the top row (from the left) did not respond. I got a refund and went to another store, assuming I just had bad luck. The second Axiom-61 had THE SAME PROBLEM!!! The same trigger pad did not work. I emailed and called M-Audio but received no help. They told me I just had a run of bad luck. Lightening doesn't strike on the same pad twice...

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Broke after 6 months due to known problem

By Josef-Egh3K

from Atlanta

Comments about M-Audio Axiom 61 61-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

My A and D# keys stopped working - across all octaves - after 6 months of use. This is apparently a known problem with this keyboard according to the M-Audio customer support forum.I tried to get support from M-Audio but it's nearly impossible to get any responses from them. Would definitely not recommend anybody buy this. I will not be buying any more products from M-Audio after dealing with their customer support.

 
5.0

Does it all...

By Stalevocals

from NJ

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Comments about M-Audio Axiom 61 61-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

I was looking for a keyboard MIDI controller to round out my recording studio. Something that would allow me to control key functions in my DAW remotely. I also wanted seemless access to, and control of, my virtual instruments. I found the Axiom 61 and was not disappointed. If you are a Pro Tools user, like myself, call M-Audio and get them to email you the presets that allow you to control various key components like playback and record control and slider/encoder usage. After that, you'll be watching you're faders move on screen, and tracks get muted, soloed, or record enabled without even touching the mouse, and without spending $1000+ on a Mackie HUI. That plus the ability to add drums, piano, synth, or any other instument you want with the push of a button....priceless.

 
5.0

Great Purchase

By Matt Slone

from KY

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Comments about M-Audio Axiom 61 61-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

I purchased this midi controller around a week ago and so far I haven't had a complain. Everything works like a charm and it was completely plug and play for me. The keys feel really nice and so do the pads. Everything also feels like it was placed in the perfect position. To be honest, there's really nothing I can complain about. I honestly suggest this product for anyone wanting a good midi controller with lots of options. I really can't see any reason that I would want any other midi controller in the future.

 
5.0

Well worth the price

By Jeff-JuS-3

from Lafayette, Indiana

Comments about M-Audio Axiom 61 61-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

When my old keyboard finally gave out, I tried a number of MIDI controllers before finally settling on the M-Audio Axiom 61.The programmability of the sliders, knobs and buttons is indispensable, since I use various sample libraries which use different MIDI commands to control the same functions; by creating a preset for each library, it was easy to set up so that the same slider or knob always controls the same function.The transport controls are also handy, since there's not enough empty space on the top of the keyboard to rest my wireless DAW controller like I used to.The "semi-weighted" keys don't feel very weighted at all to me, but ultimately that turned out to be a good thing; since there's not too much inertia to overcome, it's easy to play with very low velocity values (it was difficult to get a velocity below 40 on my previous keyboard, which was fully weighted).The aftertouch took a little getting used to; once the key "hits bottom", it'll continue to move, albeit with greater resistance, as the aftertouch value increases. As my previous keyboard provided no such tactile feedback, this made the keys feel mushy or bendy at first.It would be nice if they made an 88-key version, but the transpose buttons make it fairly easy to work around the 61-key limit.I love the fact that it's powered by USB - no wall wart taking up an outlet. My only real complaint about the hardware is that the pitch wheel has a center detente, making it nearly impossible to move the wheel smoothly from one extreme to the other, without a little "hitch" in the middle.On the software side, Windows and Mac are fully supported, but as usual there is no Linux driver provided (not even a beta driver on M-Audio's Web site). However, the MIDI ports make the unit usable with Linux, as long as you have a supported card with MIDI I/O.Overall, I'm quite happy with it, and would buy it again.

 
5.0

Perfect Action Weight

By Dave S

from Austin, TX

Comments about M-Audio Axiom 61 61-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

I have had this for 3 weeks and used it live 3 times so far. Wow, I really like this keyboard. Specifically, the action is perfect. I normally use an M-Audio 88 Key weighted keyboard for my main work, but I wanted a 2nd keyboard specifically for lead work. Sorry, but a weighted keyboard for lead work is a bit too hard for me. And the typical non-weighted synth-like keyboards feel like a TOY, which makes me feel sick. Fortunately, I think M-Audio designed this keyboard JUST FOR ME! Yay! The snappy kickback-action is wonderful, no kidding.Also, the keyboard is so light, and because of that, I can get by with a lightweight bag for toting it (something I wouldn't try with my 88 key keyboard).The things I would like, however are:1.) More buttons which I can use for patch-changes. Like maybe 50 buttons just for that!2.) I'd like to be able to transmit on more than 4 channels simultaneously. Why not all 16? What are we trying to do: save some trees or something?3.) I'd also like to have a THRU connection. The fact that M-Audio has nixxed these is a mystery to me. I guess they don't think anyone plays live anymore ... only in their home studios?4.) Along with the 16 channels output of MIDI, I'd like to have multiple midi-outs, and the ability to program which channels go to which MIDI out.5.) Hey, while we're fooling with MIDI connectors, how about giving us 2 or more MIDI in's which do a MERGE, so we don't need to have a merge box when using another keyboard with this one?Overall, I like this keyboard!

 
5.0

Excellent

By nada

from KC

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Comments about M-Audio Axiom 61 61-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

This board works excellent with pro tools and all of the virtual instruments. Priced right to. If you need a controller for your virtual instruments, there is no reason to hesitate. I actually bought the axiom 25, then upgraded to the 61 because it was so useful and pleasant to play.

 
5.0

Bang For Your Buck!

By Austin-nUmCv

from Richmond, Va

Comments about M-Audio Axiom 61 61-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

I brought the Axiom 49 which is the exact same keyboard, just a 49 key version. This is the best midi controller for those who want to save money but enjoy the full features of more expensive equipment. The need for multiple midi devices is gone, the trigger fingers work great, the keys are weighted and feel great! I use FL Studio 8 and Reason 4 with this controller. I love how it can be used for mixing/mastering, recording with keys and trigger fingers, get it all in one device. Though it does not support FL8 out of the box it is easy to program to work perfectly with a few extra steps. Visit M-audio.com to download the enigma tool to do this. Out of the box it only includes the installation CD and USB cable, so you will need to purchase a sustain pedal, keyboard stand and a DC adapter if you choose to power it independently of your computer.

 
5.0

A solid controller

By Asimplecomplexx

from Chicago/Phoenix

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Comments about M-Audio Axiom 61 61-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

This is my first MIDI controller but I wanted something that could do it all and last me a while. The Axiom has so many features and levels of control that it eliminates the need for so many other controlers. If you're looking for a one shot bargin, this is it. The keys have a good responsiveness and the trigger pads are great as soon as you get used to the velocity. The sliders though do feel a little flimsy and the knobs are very clicky, which I wasn't expecting, but still allow for fluid sweeps. Overall the Axiom is a good buy if you want a work horse that will last you awhile and do everything you need all in one place.

 
3.0

stopped working in less than a month

By nathan_main_man

from cali

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Comments about M-Audio Axiom 61 61-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

For the price, this keyboard has a good feature set. Basically, anything you could want.In terms of usability, it is almost as good as the feature set -- ie, the pads are not as good as those on many dedicated controllers, but in a pinch they will work for rhythm, and they are fine for triggering samples.But clearly this device is built to a price point, and the fact that it stopped working for me in less than a month is an indication of what is going on. Caveat emptor.

 
5.0

Works great with Reason!

By earthday47-lM8g9

from NY

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Comments about M-Audio Axiom 61 61-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

I bought the Axiom 61 as a second midi controller to perform with Reason 4, and I love it. The keys feel good, closer to an organ than a piano, and easy to do rakes. Sliders feels great, mod and pitch wheels have a little more resistance than others, but feel great. The knobs are incremented, but you get used to it. It is a little heavier than I expected, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.The fact that Reason has built-in presets for the Axiom 61 makes it a great complement. Setup on the board itself is a little complicated, so I recommend reading the manual!I haven't used too many of the advanced features, but for emulating an organ and as a second keyboard, it works fantastic!

 
2.0

not for 64 bit

By Paul Slovarp

from Texas

Comments about M-Audio Axiom 61 61-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

M audio does not make a 64 bit driver for this, and sounds like it has no plans to provide one on their website. Sending it back. Customer Service was poor.

 
5.0

Finally M-audio

By drvenom

from los angeles

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Comments about M-Audio Axiom 61 61-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

M-audio always has great ideas, but they usually execute them poorly. Finally, they are able to do a great job in the execution of this idea. Great keyboard, controls, and value. This keyboard is wonderful at such low price.

 
5.0

Badass MIDI Controller

By dj JOKeR

from Cincinnati, OH

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Comments about M-Audio Axiom 61 61-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

I bought this brand new from a certain guitar store. After a few plays on it I really realized the full potential of this product. It works well with REASON (but is only has 8 pads while REDRUM uses 10) and is basically married to Ableton Live's features. The velocity of the keys matches that of any piano I've played and surpasses MOST if not ALL the other MIDI keys on the market, even the other M-Audio keys. Everything can be saved in memory and it comes loaded with presets to work in the popular MIDI programs today. The only con of this unit is that sometimes the drum pads are a little shady; displaying full velocity on one hit and barely any on another (even though you hit the same on both)... But that is just a learning curve for this great board.

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1.0

Touch Sensitivity Is HORRIBLE

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about M-Audio Axiom 61 61-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

I bought this controller on sale for a decent price. Even though I don't use them much, the sliders, knobs, and pads are better to have and not need then need and not have. The semi-weighted keys were a big factor in my decision as well.My main complaint and it's what I consider a MAJOR one, is that the touch sensitivity on this controller is the worst I've ever seen. There are 12 total velocity curve settings and 3 are fixed. Out of the nine others there's not much difference. Light pressure makes a very audible sound and any harder is WAY too loud. It's unacceptable. I have mine fixed at 127 and that's really the only way you can use this thing. Given that fact this controller might as well not have velocity sensitivity.I will NEVER buy another M-Audio controller or product again. Total junk. Stay away and go for something better even if it does cost more. You'll be glad you did.

 
1.0

M-Audio usb keyboards are a waste of money

By JD-4HIKt

from Portland, OR

Comments about M-Audio Axiom 61 61-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

So I upgraded my computer to 64-bit Win XP pro to use more than 3GB's of ram it is a requirement.The m-audio axiom wouldn't work because m-audio STILL has not released any 64-bit drivers for it.The reason I bought this one is because I had emailed tech support about my M-audio Radium 61 asking them when they were going to make drivers for 64-bit and their reply was "That driver development is on a lower priority as it is a discontinued device"... so first they force you to throw your old keyboard out because they don't feel like making drivers for it and then the new ones don't even have drivers.Edirol and Novation are on the ball... I returned the axiom and got a novation instead (way better quality and company). I think this is the reason Ableton live moved its product over to novation.. to get away from a stinky company like m-audio.

 
4.0

Great keyboard feel.

By Kelly James

from Weslaco, TX

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Comments about M-Audio Axiom 61 61-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

I was raised on a Steinway piano, a Hammond B3, and a real church pipe organ and this thing feels great to me compared to other "plastic keyboards".

 
5.0

This thing is awesome!

By Ed-Oz9n4

from Woonsocket, RI

Comments about M-Audio Axiom 61 61-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

This controller has a TON of features, and can do pretty much anything you dream up. There is a pretty big learning curve however if you have never delved into the world of MIDI before, so maybe not for the faint of heart.I'm still learning new things and coming up with new ideas to try with this every day. Currently using this for live performance with my band. Running VSTs in a host, with the Axiom's presets set to different midi channels, but splits pads, and knobs can all be assigned to seperate midi channels so the possibilities are almost limitless.I Rated Quality a 9 because I've managed to break the knobs off 3 sliders so far when traveling with the board. It could be avoided by packing it in a case for travel, but the slider knobs are compression fit to plastic posts, and the post itself snaps off, so its pretty much an unrepairable thing without taking the whole board apart. Thats the only weak point I've noticed. Other than that for the light weight it is built like a tank.Bottom line: I like this keyboard so much that I bought a second one.

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