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

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    M-Audio

    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

    Own the M-Audio Axiom 61 and enjoy full creative control.

     

    Axiom 61 61-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller Specifications:

    • Dimensions: 38-1/2"W x 3-1/2"H x 11-1/4"D
    • Weighs only 12 lb.
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    4.0

    (based on 20 reviews)

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    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

    Works great with Reason!

    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!

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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.

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    3.0

    stopped working in less than a month

    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.

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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

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    5.0

    Excellent

    By nada

    from KC

    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.

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    5.0

    Finally M-audio

    By drvenom

    from los angeles

    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.

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    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.

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    4.0

    Great Keyboard for the Home Studio

    By GonotheBrave

    from Oklahoma

    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.

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    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.

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    5.0

    Great Purchase

    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.

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