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Axiom 25 2nd Gen 25-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller

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The compact M-Audio Axiom 25 mobile controller combines all the production power and performance you need to get the most from your music software and MIDI gear. More than just a data entry controller... Read More

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Overview

The compact M-Audio Axiom 25 mobile controller combines all the production power and performance you need to get the most from your music software and MIDI gear. More than just a data entry controller, the Axiom 25 features piano-style, semi-weighted keys for a musically satisfying playing experience—yet it's small enough to fit in a backpack. Large, dynamic trigger pads make it easy to program beats and trigger one-shot samples—while the encoder knobs and buttons deliver complete realtime control over your software. DirectLink mode provides easy, automatic access to common DAW functions including transport, mixer, track pan, and virtual instrument parameters—no complicated setup required. Axiom 25 also features a sleek, angled top panel for easy viewing in any environment.

DirectLink: Streamlined Session Control
Building on the one of the best-selling MIDI keyboard controllers of all time, the updated Axiom series features DirectLink, which automatically maps the onboard controls to common parameters in DAWs like Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Live, and Reason. Take control over your software studio—directly from the keyboard. Use the fader and encoder knobs to fine-tune the mix. Easily navigate through sessions using the Transport buttons. Interfacing a MIDI controller with your software doesn't get any easier than this.

Serious Production Power
When inspiration strikes, you need a keyboard controller that can translate ideas into killer tracks. That's why Axiom 25 is equipped with an ultra-expressive semi-weighted keyboard and 8 Trigger Finger pads for programming beats with incredible feel. Automatically map Axiom 25 to your DAW with DirectLink—or delve deeper by assigning the pads, encoders, and fader to whatever controls you wish. Each controller can map to just about any MIDI message available, along with independent channel addressing for each. The possibilities are as endless as your imagination.

Axiom Instrument Mode
With the Axiom 25 controller's Instrument mode, a single button instantly maps the fader, buttons, and encoders to any virtual instrument inside your DirectLink-compatible host. You get direct access to synthesis parameters such as filter cutoff, LFO rate, and envelope settings—without having to manually configure anything. It's almost like turning Axiom 25 into a dedicated hardware synth.

Intuitive Design
Whether you're on stage or in the studio, your keyboard controller should fuel your creativity—providing all the right information and controls at your fingertips. That's why the Axiom 25 was designed with a sleek, angled top panel for easier viewing of the display and improved ergonomics. Smooth rotary encoders deliver precise, continuously variable parameter changes, giving you a hands-on feel for the mix. The backlit LCD screen provides informative feedback from DAW hosts, including on-screen display of parameters, settings, and track/VI names. It all adds up to intuitive control over your MIDI software and hardware.

Mobile Operation
The Axiom series is extremely compact and lightweight, and powered directly from your computer's USB bus.

Features
  • 25-key velocity-sensitive semi-weighted-action keyboard with assignable aftertouch
  • DirectLink mode automatically maps controls to common DAW and virtual instrument parameters
  • Dedicated Instrument mode button lets you instantly switch between controlling mixer and virtual instrument parameters
  • 4 zone buttons for stacking and splitting sounds on up to 4 MIDI channels
  • 8 assignable trigger pads
  • 8 assignable rotary encoder knobs
  • 1 assignable fader
  • 6 dedicated transport controls
  • 6 edit buttons
  • Dedicated track up/down, bank , mute, and solo buttons
  • Dedicated patch +/- buttons
  • Assignable pitch bend and modulation wheels
  • Octave up/down; transpose up/down
  • Factory presets map controls to popular music software: Xpand!2, Hybrid, Velvet, Strike, Oddity, ImpOSCar, and Minimonsta:Melohman
  • 20 non-volatile memory locations
  • Memory dump via SysEx
  • 4 keybed velocity curves and 3 fixed velocity settings
  • 4 pad velocity curves, 3 fixed settings, and unique 'step' velocity curves
  • 2 assignable pedal inputs
  • Class-compliant with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Mac OS X
  • Powered via USB or optional power supply
  • Built-in USB MIDI interface including standard MIDI In and Out jacks
  • All controllers fully programmable to MIDI controller number and channel
  • Controller Mute function mutes controller output to avoid parameter jumps
  • Snapshot function transmits all current controller settings
Package Contents
  • Axiom 25 keyboard controller
  • USB cable
  • Printed quick start guide
  • PDF user guide
  • Installer CD-ROM
  • Ableton Live Lite authorization card*
Specifications
  • Minimum System Requirements
  • Windows XP (SP3)*, 800 MHz Intel or AMD, 256MB RAM
  • Windows Vista 32 (SP1) or Vista 64 (SP1), 1 GHz Intel or AMD**, 1GB RAM, DirectX 10 or higher
  • Windows 7, 1 GHz Intel or AMD, 1GB RAM, DirectX 10 or higher
  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 or 10.6.1, Intel Core Duo, 1GB RAM
  • *Home and Professional Edition only. Windows Media Center Edition is not supported.
  • **CPU may be higher for laptops. Please check the minimum system requirements for your software, as they may be greater than the above
  • Specifications:
  • Dimensions: 18.7" x 2.9" x 11.7"/47.5cm x 7.3cm x 29.6cm
  • Weight: 7.1lb. / 3.2kg
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4.4

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5.0

Don't believe the other reviews, this is one of the best purchases I've ever made.

By Ryan Slack

from Greensboro

This controller does wonders, and the mapping is simple for anyone who has the least bit of experience with the program they're using. Honestly, what genius can't right click and assign in Reason? But really, it's a wonderful product, and everything works beautifully. I use a Mac, so maybe it's PC that has trouble with it.

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Great Product While it lasted

By rando

from Victorville, CA

The axiom WAS a great protable controller, very solid, pads felt great and were sensitive, knobs are very sturdy and turn infinitley, nice large display, and the keys felt heavy(in a good way) and also the transport controls are a great addition. Until suddenly one day it just wants to stop working. It just doesnt talk to my computer anymore, and ive tried it on several PC's. Turns out its a common problem. If you buy one, be warned.

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(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Product, Don't Believe the Negative Feedback

By That Axiom Guy

from Springfield, VA

If you're into digital music production, you should have a Mac. If you have a Mac, the integration of the M-Audio Axiom is flawless. I use the onboard controls to adjust the transport, mixer channel volumes, and synth parameters all within Logic Express. Nice responsive keys. Simple integration. Flawless product for the price. If you're having problems, it's mostly likely because you're using a PC. Sorry about your luck. Buy a Mac.

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome!

By Nick

from Santa Monica, CA

As a beginning electronic musician, this was exactly what I needed. Complicated enough to keep me interested and do what I needed, plus more, but simple enough that I didn't have a nervous breakdown trying to figure out how to use it.

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(21 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMAZING!!!

By Wade

from Rochelle Illinois

I've played a few b4 I came across this one and its definately worth the money. The pads and keys have a nice feel to them while still being velocity sensitive like the 1st Gen. ones.No need to type a whole story about it, it's amazingly easy to use and set up. Well worth it!

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