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M-Audio Axiom AIR 61 MIDI Controller  

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Overview

  • 61 TruTouch semi-weighted piano-style keys with aftertouch
  • 12 velocity- and pressure-sensitive trigger pads
  • 8 x rotary encoders, 9 x 70mm sliders, 9 x buttons
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    $599.95
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Innovative 61-key MIDI controller and software combo simplifies your music creation process.

The Axiom AIR 61 is the 61 full-sized TruTouch semi-weighted keyed version of M-Audio's AIR series of highly evolved 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 long-throw faders, 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

  • 61 TruTouch semi-weighted piano-style keys with aftertouch
  • 12 velocity- and pressure-sensitive trigger pads
  • 8 x rotary encoders, 9 x 70mm sliders, 9 x buttons
  • Dedicated transport and navigation buttons

Order this powerful, affordable hardware/software pairing today!

 
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M-AudioAxiom AIR 61 MIDI Controller
 
1.0

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1.0

Locks Up - Cannot be used Live

By Tyler

from New York

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Nice Feeling Keys
  • Usable Drum Pads

Cons

  • Freezes Constantly
  • Rotary Knobs Unusable

Best Uses

  • Practicing At Home

Comments about M-Audio Axiom AIR 61 MIDI Controller:

Keyboard cannot be used live as it locks up frequently with the Ver 1.2 firmware. 3 to 4 times an hour. It needs a complete reboot to be functional with Hypercontrol. Had a nightmare experience where it locked and notes hung at a gig with 800 people watching. Last firmware update was about a year ago so I assume it will never be fixed before M-Audio move on to their next series of controllers. Widely discussed in M-Audios own user groups but never fixed. AVOID

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1.0

Poorly finished and buggy.

By Drew Alexander

from Los Angeles, CA

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Good Playability
  • Looks good

Cons

  • Bad Drums Pads
  • Control Knobs Are Useless
  • Drum Pads Are Useless
  • Freezes At Random
  • Not Pro Tools Compatible

Best Uses

    Comments about M-Audio Axiom AIR 61 MIDI Controller:

    M-audio should recall this keyboard. I am a professional music producer, and this is about the worst piece of gear I've ever bought. Take a look on m-audio's help forum, and you will find an entire community of furious customers and a company that is unmoved by their dissatisfaction.

    First off, if you need a MIDI keyboard for live performance, DO NOT BUY THIS MODEL. Period. It freezes randomly, and odds are it will freeze in the middle of your set, and you'll have to flip the power on and off. It's annoying when it happens in the studio and unacceptable on stage. It takes 10 seconds to finish the power cycle.

    From what I can gather on M-audio's help forum, this is a very common problem. No one is sure what causes it. The firmware upgrade this year did not fix it.

    If you report this problem to M-Audio, they will ask you to have it serviced or they might send you a new one. Several people on M-Audio's forum received brand new controllers which had the same problem.

    Now that that's out of the way, i'll just do a brief pros and cons list

    Pros:
    1. Looks great
    2. Lots of controls
    3. Key feel is solid. I give the playability a B+ as long as you don't bother with the pads.
    4. I'm told it communicates well with some DAWs... Logic, Ableton, Reason

    Cons:
    1. Many (if not all) models freeze, sometimes several times per session.
    2. Compatibility with Pro Tools is poor.
    3. I'm told compatibility with Mainstage is poor. This is moot, because live players should never take this onstage.
    4. The drum pads are bad - very bad. They feel stiff, and you are reduced to pounding on them. They transmit your intended velocity almost at random (quiet, loud, quiet). Worst of all, they transmit data DELAYED. Not by a lot, but enough to ruin your performance and sense of rhythm. Most keyboard pads are bad. These are totally useless.
    5. I just reached down to hit the pads a couple times, and sure enough, the keyboard is frozen. It is a vegetable.

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    1.0

    Not Compatible with Pro Tools

    By Walker

    from Saskatoon, Canada

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Quality

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use
    • No Hypercontrol For Pt
    • Not Functional

    Best Uses

      Comments about M-Audio Axiom AIR 61 MIDI Controller:

      If you work in Pro Tools then this midi controller will be extremely limited in its usefulness because M-Audio has not released the syncing software called HyperControl for Pro Tools DAW. Check their website before purchasing because now I have to send mine back. Very disappointed. Below is a list of their supported DAWs to date.

      Supported DAWs

      Ableton Live - Available in version 9.0.5
      Pro Tools - Under Development
      Cubase - Available Now
      Cubase - v1.0
      Apple Logic Pro 9 - Available Now
      Logic Pro - v1.0
      GarageBand - Available Now

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