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M-Audio Axiom Pro 49 USB/MIDI Controller
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The M-Audio Axiom Pro 49 keyboard controller builds on the acclaimed Axiom 49 with premium TruTouch action, proprietary HyperControl MIDI mapping tec...Click To Read More About This Product
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49-note USB MIDI controller with HyperControl for automatic MIDI mapping of your DAWs.
The M-Audio Axiom Pro 49 keyboard controller builds on the acclaimed Axiom 49 with premium TruTouch action, proprietary HyperControl MIDI mapping technology, and other cutting-edge enhancements. HyperControl automatically maps the keyboard's 65 controls to commonly accessed parameters in DAWs such as Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic, and Reason, as well as software instruments. The constant 2-way link with your host DAW means the USB keyboard's controls are always in sync with your software's active parameters. The M-Audio Axiom's intuitive graphic LCD constantly updates the current values, which ensures seamless editing and prevents parameter jumps”even when plug-ins are closed. Toggle instantly between Mixer and Instrument control modes. Map buttons to send QWERTY key commands right from the Axiom Pro 49 keyboard controller. Save settings to 50 memory locations”each with 4 profiles of quick recall via the intuitive graphic LCD.
- 49-note, TruTouch semi-weighted, piano-style, professional-action keybed
- Proprietary HyperControl MIDI mapping and host control
- Automatically maps controllers to popular DAWs and software instruments, and maintains a constant live link between them
- Compatible with DAWs including Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic, and Reason systems (others available too)
- Graphic LCD groups and names controls modularly with 4 dedicated profiles per group for easy recall
- Dedicated button toggles between Mixer and Instrument control modes
- Transport-only mode option enables DAW transport control and track navigation combined with user MIDI controller mappings
- ASCII messages for software keyboard shortcuts
- 65 MIDI-assignable controls in total:
- 9 sliders with auto-mute to prevent jumping
- 9 buttons complementing the sliders
- 8 rotary encoders
- 8 velocity-sensitive trigger pads
- 12 buttons in keypad arrangement
- 6 transport buttons
- 7 function keys
- 1 sustain pedal socket
- 1 expression pedal socket
- 1 data/octave button
- Pitch bend and modulation wheels
- 50 onboard memory locations
- USB bus-powered
- MIDI Out and MIDI In ports for extended external connectivity
- 4 programmable keyboard zones
- Package contents:
- Axiom Pro 49 controller
- Printed Quick Start Guide
- PDF User Manual
- USB cable
Axiom Pro 49 USB/MIDI Controller
- System Requirements
PC: Windows XP (SP2) (Home and Professional Edition Only) 800MHz or higher, 256MB RAMDirectX 9.0b or higher,
Recommended: Windows Vista (32-Bit) 1GHz or higher, 1GB RAM, DirectX 10 or higher
Mac: Mac OS X 10.4.9 G4 (Native USB port required; G3/G4 accelerator cards not supported), 733MHz, 512MB RAM
Recommended: Mac OS X 10.5.0 G4 (Native USB port required; G3/G4 accelerator cards not supported), 867MHz, 768MB RAM
Dimensions: 32.28"W x 3.15"H x 11.22"D
Weight: 16.58 lb.
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Comments about M-Audio Axiom Pro 49 USB/MIDI Controller:
There is no way I could possibly recommend this item to someone. It is plagued with faults and poor construction. While it looks sleek and inviting on the outside, it really is just buggy. If you are like me and need a quality, reliable, efficient device to speed up and inspire your audio production, look elsewhere. The M-Audio Axiom Pro 49 is certainly not where you will find your answer.
I chose this MIDI keyboard out of all the others because of the features. I knew what I wanted: 49 keys, realistic feel comparable to real piano, and enough knobs/sliders/buttons to efficiently control DAWs. I figured the Axiom Pro had everything I wanted and, for the most part, I was right. HyperControl is a great feature, with knobs automatically mapping to all of the common DAWs and their plugins. Unfortunately, it can be extremely buggy and doesn't always work correctly. Lots of little irritating glitches and freezes that render this product unreliable and unusable (read on for details).
I had this keyboard for about three months. During those three months it really only saw about four weeks of use, because I headed off to college and had no time to play. When it was in use, it sat on a flat table in a room with my other music equipment, with a cover on it when it wasn't used. When I left for college, I put it in the box it came with (full of foam, packing peanuts) where it sat for about two months. When I finally got a chance to play I plugged it in and it refused to be recognized by the computer and I suffered from a "Blue Screen of Death". Come to find out, this issue has plagued both the Axiom and Axiom Pro since their inception. The problem is caused by a failure of the main board, a problem that they say is covered under warranty. However, this means you have to pay to have it shipped there.
If the hardware failure wasn't enough, when it was actually working, the HyperControl was extremely iffy. Sometimes it would work, sometimes it wouldn't. Random freezes would occur and sometimes it would just quit working and I would have to restart it. Not only that, when OS updates come, I couldn't update because the Axiom wouldn't work. Even upgrading from OS X 10.7.1 to 10.7.2 caused problems.
Considering the problems I've had, this is definitely not a well priced piece of equipment. If it was functioning perfectly, it would still be somewhat expensive.
Comments about M-Audio Axiom Pro 49 USB/MIDI Controller:
This product will do what it says and is a good value for the money. I bought mine on that site that makes the kindle, you know that reputable site that seems not to be an authorized dealer according to this site and hence would not price match. But other than that, its a great product.