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M-Audio Axiom AIR 25 MIDI Controller

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The Axiom AIR 25 is the 25-key version of M-Audio's AIR series of highly evolved keyboard controllers which feature exclusive Hypercontrol automatic-...Click To Read More About This Product

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Innovative 25-key MIDI controller and software combo simplifies your music creation process.

The Axiom AIR 25 is the 25-key version of M-Audio's AIR series of highly evolved keyboard controllers which feature exclusive Hypercontrol automatic-mapping technology and groundbreaking Ignite software from Avid to provide you with an instant, fully immersive music creation experience. Everything, from their ultra-responsive keys and pads to their multi-color buttons and built-in cradle for an iPad, has been crafted to provide a seamless evolution for your ideas, from conception to expression.

Ignite
Ignite is a unique music creation software built from the ground up for one purpose: to energize your creative process. It’s not another DAW with complicated controls and menu after menu of features to learn. In fact, it’s not a DAW. Ignite works along side whatever music software you’re already using, unlocking your creative energy with a musician-centric workflow, so you can capture your musical ideas, develop songs, and collaborate with other musicians. It’s a simple and seamless creative partner that empowers your ideas and brings them to life.

FEATURES
  • 25 synth-action keys with aftertouch; plus pitch and mod wheels
  • 16 velocity- and pressure-sensitive trigger pads
  • Assignable controls include 8 knobs and 1 slider
  • Dedicated transport and navigation buttons
  • Ignite music creation software

Order this powerful, affordable hardware/software pairing today!

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M-AudioAxiom AIR 25 MIDI Controller
 
3.5

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (3)

64%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (7)
  • Good quality (6)
  • Functional (4)

Cons

  • Not functional (3)

Best Uses

No Best Uses
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Mixed Views

I bought this controller to interface its pads with Akai's iMPC pro App for iPad, and other iPad Apps. I had to do a little digging into the manual, no problem, it was...Read complete review

I bought this controller to interface its pads with Akai's iMPC pro App for iPad, and other iPad Apps. I had to do a little digging into the manual, no problem, it was easy to program for sure. Matter of fact programming setups and saving them is very easy compared to any controller I have ever used. In order to use it with my iPad Air, I purchased the Focusrite itrack dock from Musicians Friend. These two pieces of gear make a great combo for lightning iPads. There are cons however to this beauty of a keyboard controller, namely the Pots or knobs. Oh boy are they bad. M-audio used endless pots that either value up/down at a very slow rate, or in big spurts when you get frustrated. So forget about controlling cutoff and resonance in your EDM. Not sure if firmware can fix the Pot problem? Other than that, it is a cosmetically attractive board, with quality construction (keys, pads, display).

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Software not compatible with Logic Pro X

I was excited to receive the Axiom Air 25, but ended up returning it because the HyperControl software was incompatible with Logic Pro X running on the latest Mac OS X, despite what was...Read complete review

I was excited to receive the Axiom Air 25, but ended up returning it because the HyperControl software was incompatible with Logic Pro X running on the latest Mac OS X, despite what was indicated in the product description. After updating firmware, software, etc., and checking the M-Audio forums, it quickly became clear (and disappointing) that this was only going to work by manually programming everything--doable, but definitely not what I was expecting and made the product less valuable to me. Responses from the manufacturer on the forum seemed to indicate that an update would be forthcoming at some point in the future, but that was many months ago. There were reports of some workarounds, but nothing seemed to work for me.

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(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Axiom Air Is Awesome!

By Rob Mitchell/Rob Solo1

from Richmond, CA.

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Seemless Intergration
  • Solid build

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Composing
    • Dj Accessory
    • Live Performance
    • Practicing

    Comments about M-Audio Axiom AIR 25 MIDI Controller:

    Fantastic midi controller! Does everything you could ask for your personal work flow! Design and functionality are outstanding! Playability is something out of this world! The keys play smooth as butter, and the pads are the best for making beats. It integrates seemlessly with most DAWs like Pro Tools, Logic, and Ableton Live. But it really shines in the included Ignite Software. Excellent product! Way to go Musicians Friend on getting them super fast! I love it!

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Known Issue Freezes CHECK M-AUDIO FORUMS

    By Flesch

    from Tulsa

    About Me Novice

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Poor Quality

      Best Uses

        Comments about M-Audio Axiom AIR 25 MIDI Controller:

        First of all the encoders (knobs) are incremental. Meaning they will work nice asmixer fader channel controls or volume controls, but that is it. They have two sensitivities, slow (increments of ONE) or fast (snaps to 0 or 127). Useless. Also, There is no windows 8.1 drivers, you have to use the Win8 drivers and they dont work right. I have had two Axiom Air 25's. PLEAS READ THE M-AUDIO FORUMS BEFORE BUYING THIS THING, then, do yourself a favoer and buy a MPK25 or MPK49 and save yourself the headache.

        Bottom line, It is a known issue that the AXIOM AIR's freeze and M-Audio hasnt done and will not do anything about it. Just go read their forum. PLEASE go read their forum. Then Never buy an M-Audio product.

        Get the AKAI MPK25 or the MPK49. Do. Not. Buy. This.

        You have been warned.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Mixed Views

        By MetalTechOrchestra

        from Watertown, NY

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Quality
        • Programability

        Cons

        • Limited Functionality

        Best Uses

        • Edm
        • Pads

        Comments about M-Audio Axiom AIR 25 MIDI Controller:

        I bought this controller to interface its pads with Akai's iMPC pro App for iPad, and other iPad Apps. I had to do a little digging into the manual, no problem, it was easy to program for sure. Matter of fact programming setups and saving them is very easy compared to any controller I have ever used. In order to use it with my iPad Air, I purchased the Focusrite itrack dock from Musicians Friend. These two pieces of gear make a great combo for lightning iPads. There are cons however to this beauty of a keyboard controller, namely the Pots or knobs. Oh boy are they bad. M-audio used endless pots that either value up/down at a very slow rate, or in big spurts when you get frustrated. So forget about controlling cutoff and resonance in your EDM. Not sure if firmware can fix the Pot problem? Other than that, it is a cosmetically attractive board, with quality construction (keys, pads, display).

        (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        software won't download

        By pillar2prod

        from fairmont, wv

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Unknown

        Cons

        • Not Functional
        • Software Wouldn't Downloa

        Best Uses

          Comments about M-Audio Axiom AIR 25 MIDI Controller:

          Good looking product but the software would not download from the site. Very frustrating. I don't understand why the software needed for the product to operate is not included in cd format. This will be a return.

           
          1.0

          software sucks

          By alabama slammer

          from north alabama

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Improves Sound

          Cons

          • Difficult To Use
          • Not Functional

          Best Uses

          • Backup

          Comments about M-Audio Axiom AIR 25 MIDI Controller:

          Don't bother , the copy of ignite wont work, air the company that makes the software have not answered the phone since christmas day, i downloaded a free trial version and it comes with ilok license manager that slows my computer way down, this is not what it is supposed to be, but i dont really blame it on m-audio , i own several things made by them and its always the software that is the problem

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          great for the price

          By Musicalwonder26

          from New York, NY

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Quality

          Cons

          • Not Functional

          Best Uses

          • Portable
          • Studio

          Comments about M-Audio Axiom AIR 25 MIDI Controller:

          Very good for the price, keys feel really good, pads as well

           
          5.0

          Perfect for DAW

          By Sinewave

          from Illinois USA

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daw Recording
            • Midi Trigger

            Comments about M-Audio Axiom AIR 25 MIDI Controller:

            I bought this to use as a midi trigger for Virtual Instruments in REAPER recording. It works great as a trigger, but I am also using it as control surface. It has a small footprint and can switch to higher or lower octaves at the touch of a switch. It is easy to assign the pads, faders and encoders.
            The drum pads are a bit tricky to use as far as velocity control, so I tend to just use the ivories instead.
            Great controller in general. Works great with REAPER.

             
            5.0

            Nice Controller!

            By Rex

            from South Florida

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about M-Audio Axiom AIR 25 MIDI Controller:

                I bought this keyboard to use when I can't sit at my normal keys and play. I'm disabled and always want to play, but it's not always an option. This little portable has nice keys, the knobs & stuff all immediately recognized by every app I use: Massive, Kontact, FL Studio, etc., the display is nice. Good controller for the price!

                 
                5.0

                So far, so good

                By cavila

                from BOGOTA, COL.

                About Me Novice

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Learning
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about M-Audio Axiom AIR 25 MIDI Controller:

                  beautiful, cheap, easy to use, good quality.

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great idea maker!

                  By Chuck007

                  from Elgin, Texas

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Good Quality
                  • Improves Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about M-Audio Axiom AIR 25 MIDI Controller:

                      You won't go wrong with this keyboard. The keys have a nice feel to them and the controls and pads are infact very useful. Here's the best part for me, Ignite. Ignite lets you lay down ideas right out of the box. Well not right out of the box because you have to download it, but when you do you get a free addition to this control board that alone is worth the price of admission.

                      The keyboard doesn't come with a power supply. I thought this was a problem at first but when I realized it doesn't need one for it to work perfectly with a computer, I got a big smile on my face. After watching the videos and downloading the software, I was up and running. Creating songs is easy and the instruments are great.

                      Buy one, buy two, heck buy one for everyone.

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