M-Audio Axiom 49 2nd Gen 49-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller 889406667266

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The M-Audio Axiom 49 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 49 ... Click To Read More About This Product

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The M-Audio Axiom 49 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 49 features piano-style, semi-weighted keys for a musically satisfying playing experience. Large dynamic trigger pads make it easy to program beats and trigger one-shot samples”while the encoder knobs, faders, 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 49 also features a sleek, angled top panel for easy viewing in any environment.

Serious Production Power
When inspiration strikes, you need a keyboard controller that can translate ideas into killer tracks. That's why Axiom 49 is equipped with an ultra-expressive semi-weighted keyboard and 8 Trigger Finger pads for programming beats with incredible feel. Automatically map Axiom 49 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 other MIDI keyboards, assigning controls to virtual instruments has never been easy. Now thanks to the Axiom 49 controller's new 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 49 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 we designed Axiom 49 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 all models are powered directly from your computer's USB bus. Choose the size that's best for your needs, then take your music anywhere you want to go.

Features
  • 49-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
  • 9 assignable faders
  • 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
  • Fully programmable to MIDI controller number and channel
  • Controller Mute function mutes controller output to avoid parameter jump
  • Snapshot function transmits all current controller settings
  • Package Contents
  • Axiom 49 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 those above.

    Specifications:
    Dimensions, Boxed: 31.4" x 2.9" x 11.7" / 79.7cm x 7.3cm x 29.6cm
    Weight: 10.6lb. / 4.8kg
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M-AudioAxiom 49 2nd Gen 49-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller
 
4.0

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Axiom 49- Excellent MIDI Controller

I recently upgraded to this from my Axiom 25, first gen. I was considering buying an Axiom 49 Pro, but decided against it due to the price. The first thing I noticed about...Read complete review

I recently upgraded to this from my Axiom 25, first gen. I was considering buying an Axiom 49 Pro, but decided against it due to the price. The first thing I noticed about it is, it felt like a real keyboard. Not just a lightweight piece of plastic. The faders, knobs, and pads felt very authentic, and I liked the performance of each. The LCD screen was useful in supplying information I needed. I really liked the DirectLink functionality. The semiweighted keys were where my issues started, though the issues were tiny ones. I felt as if the keys were sticky, not wieghted, but breaking them in a bit fixed that. I also don't like the sensitivity of them, as the velocity is an issue. This may be a DAW problem as Pro-Tools had no issue. It is a really fine controller, supplying both the functionality and design I have come to expect from M-Audio products. Kudos, M-Audio. Another great product is sitting on my desk.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not the best choice for rack modules

I bought this unit and thought I can have most of the control as Motif keyboards with Motif Rack unit.

This controller can only control CC's and there are only handful of...Read complete review

I bought this unit and thought I can have most of the control as Motif keyboards with Motif Rack unit.

This controller can only control CC's and there are only handful of CC controls. I really needed to control the volume of each parts with faders but the CC's are not sufficient to control. You need 'SysEx' Control to fully control just about anything. Well this doesn't have that feature. If you want to really control a rack unit like its original keyboard, try Novation SL MKII. As they can configure each controls with SysEX syntax.

If your need was only for DAW, this is a very good unit. But still somewhat difficult to configure.

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5.0

excellent,excellent,excellent

By fatcanadian

from brooklyn ny

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about M-Audio Axiom 49 2nd Gen 49-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

excellent and compatible with mac operating system no down loads needed...

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Value!

By Part-time Rocker

from Omaha

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daw Controller

    Comments about M-Audio Axiom 49 2nd Gen 49-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

    This is a great keyboard. I use it with CronoX 4 VST and the key action is wonderful. My primary DAW is Studio One Pro 2 and although Presonus doesn't support DirectLink, I've been able to map the transport controls and faders to it.

    We're also planning on using it as a live keyboard connected to a notebook.

    It feels very solid. All knobs and faders feel good and as mentioned before, the key action is tight and responsive. It looks, feels, and performs at a professional level.

    I looked at several keyboard controllers before settling in on this one. Considering buid wuality and price I think it is a great buy.

     
    3.0

    Not the best choice for rack modules

    By Sang Kim

    from New York, NY

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Control Knobs Faeders
    • Easy To Use
    • Keys

    Cons

    • Design
    • Lack Of Midi Syntax
    • Screen

    Best Uses

    • Daw Operation

    Comments about M-Audio Axiom 49 2nd Gen 49-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

    I bought this unit and thought I can have most of the control as Motif keyboards with Motif Rack unit.

    This controller can only control CC's and there are only handful of CC controls. I really needed to control the volume of each parts with faders but the CC's are not sufficient to control. You need 'SysEx' Control to fully control just about anything. Well this doesn't have that feature. If you want to really control a rack unit like its original keyboard, try Novation SL MKII. As they can configure each controls with SysEX syntax.

    If your need was only for DAW, this is a very good unit. But still somewhat difficult to configure.

     
    5.0

    Excellent - The blue screen of death is gone

    By NICOLAS APARICIO

    from Bogota - Colombia

    Comments about M-Audio Axiom 49 2nd Gen 49-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

    I think everyone keeps thinking the axiom's always have the blue screen of death but that's why M-audio made the 2nd generation out of it. For me, it is an amazing controller, very nice feel on the keys, all the faders and buttons work and feel perfect. It just took me a few seconds to download the directlink for cubase 5 which worked perfectly and inmediately. I can control anything for whatever virtual instrument I am using. Just give a nice read to the manual and you'll be riding this baby. No regrets, awesome price, awesome design, incredible machine. GO FOR IT

    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Cooled down

    By Loki Dolo

    from Hong Kong

    Comments about M-Audio Axiom 49 2nd Gen 49-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

    to be a bit more fair (after the echoes of profanity have dispersed) this is actually not that bad of a product. i've read reviews of ppl saying other keyboards were built feeling cheap. i Will say this keyboard is built pretty dam sturdy. the keys feel great, always even responce, the knobs n sliders (once u manage to preset them) work nicely to and are built well. the pads WHEN WORKING are very sensitive.however, the cons previously listed still stand strong. if u get this, get the diod fixed, and don't try midi yoke-ing around with it cuz its not built for that type of innovative shyt n youll blow ur pads (why for the love of god i dont know but it just does, atleast for me) so thats why im heated about it. whatever though, this as my keys/knobs and an akai mpd on the side should do the trick. would've been nice to have it all in 1package though as intended. life is full of workarounds.

    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    WOULD've be great, BUT...

    By Loki Dolo

    from Hong Kong

    Comments about M-Audio Axiom 49 2nd Gen 49-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

    i was looking for a simple midi control center, with semi-weighted keys to give me that piano-ish feel, and pads for my beats, so i got this VS the akai mpk because of the price differential. MY LOSS. 1st off, the 1st generation of this series has a KNOWN PROBLEM by m-audio they won't tell you about, nor do they attempt to recall any of their products to fix: in a matter of time, one day this device's screen will go blank, and fail to register midi. problem: the midi diod was built like crap, n needs to be replaced. you hope this happens under warrenty, otherwise it'll cost for the repair(#1).secondly, if ever you'd like to use midi yoke, or midi translator programs, expect that your pads will suddenly stop working. This happened to me twice, the 1st time, i took it in to repair, they fixed it with no explanation why it happened. I took it back home, used it with my progz, a week later (last night) pads died out again. Thank god i don't go live with this. Conclusion: buy the akai mpk instead. it costs a bit more, but will save you time, money, and headaches in the end. the "new generation" is way over-priced for a color change/bugg fix that shoulda been done in the first place.

    (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    thumbs down for M-Audio

    By Joe

    from State College, PA

    Comments about M-Audio Axiom 49 2nd Gen 49-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

    I got the first generation of this keyboard. It was awesome at first, all the features made it pretty attractive for the price. After about 2 months I got the "blue screen of death" and it stopped working entirely. I called the guitar center that i got it from and they said to contact m-audio. After checking out the forum on the maudio site I realized that a lot of people were having this problem. I sent emails and complaints but heard nothing back. I am a broke college student so im pretty angry that i blew my money on this. M-audio screwed me and a lot of other people over. Don't fall for it.

    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Powerful controller great features

    By Scott

    from Elburn, IL

    Comments about M-Audio Axiom 49 2nd Gen 49-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

    The M-Audio Axiom 49 2nd generation is a great little controller for those times when you don't need your real keyboards. This thing is complex and sends/receives midi messages of all kinds and flavors. The DirectLink auto mapping feature is cool. Push one button, you have control of your DAW's mixer section - I use Logic - push another button and your software instrument pops up on the screen. Push another button and the Ax automatically maps to controls like filter, resonance, etc. on the instrument. It does not map perfectly to non-Apple software instruments, but it does ok and can always easily be reassigned. Easy to read and multiple messages LCD display, also. The keys feel OK, they say they are "semi-weighted" and they are, but it's obviously spring activated. They feel good though, and the octave switches allow you to set the range up or down a few octaves with only a very slight pause. Sliders, buttons, knobs and wheels are all rubberized, as are the pads. The controls feel great and they don't feel cheap. The Ax is USB bus powered and does not need an external power supply for operation. I installed the drivers and such, went to the M-Audio website for the correct Direct Link software for Logic, and installed that. Plugged in the USB cable, turned on the Ax, and began playing with no further set-up required. Highly recommended!

    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Axiom 49- Excellent MIDI Controller

    By William Alsup

    from Bellevue, KY

    Comments about M-Audio Axiom 49 2nd Gen 49-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

    I recently upgraded to this from my Axiom 25, first gen. I was considering buying an Axiom 49 Pro, but decided against it due to the price. The first thing I noticed about it is, it felt like a real keyboard. Not just a lightweight piece of plastic. The faders, knobs, and pads felt very authentic, and I liked the performance of each. The LCD screen was useful in supplying information I needed. I really liked the DirectLink functionality. The semiweighted keys were where my issues started, though the issues were tiny ones. I felt as if the keys were sticky, not wieghted, but breaking them in a bit fixed that. I also don't like the sensitivity of them, as the velocity is an issue. This may be a DAW problem as Pro-Tools had no issue. It is a really fine controller, supplying both the functionality and design I have come to expect from M-Audio products. Kudos, M-Audio. Another great product is sitting on my desk.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    New to MIDI, upgraded to 2nd generation.

    By BDC

    from San Diego

    Comments about M-Audio Axiom 49 2nd Gen 49-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

    As the title says, I am new to midi. I initially bought the first Axiom 49, but didn't want to spend forever learning to map and all the tech stuff just yet. This integrated great with Logic 9, and I'm nuts deep in sounds that I couldn't get before. I love this big hunka-hunk of tough plastic. Seems well built, I don't anticipate problems. M-Audio did well. Thanks!

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