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M-Audio Axiom 61 2nd Gen 61-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller

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The M-Audio Axiom 61 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 61 ... Click To Read More About This Product

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The M-Audio Axiom 61 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 61 features piano-style, semi- weighted keys for a musically satisfying experience. Large dynamic trigger pads make it easy to program beats and trigger one-shot samples”while the knobs, sliders, 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 61 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 61 is equipped with an ultra-expressive semi-weighted keyboard and 8 Trigger Finger pads for programming beats with incredible feel. Automatically map Axiom 61 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 61 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 61 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 61 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.


  • 61-key, velocity-sensitive, semi-weighted action keyboard with assignable aftertouch
  • DirectLink mode automatically maps faders, buttons, and encoders 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
  • 9 assignable buttons with LED lights for DAW feedback
  • 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 61 keyboard controller
    • USB cable
    • Printed quick start guide
    • PDF user guide
    • Installer CD-ROM
    • Ableton Live Lite authorization card*
    • * Ableton Live Lite M-Audio Enhanced software requires download
    Minimum System Requirements
    • Windows XP (SP3)*, 800MHz Intel or AMD, 256 MB RAM
    • Windows Vista 32 (SP1) or Vista 64 (SP1), 1 GHz Intel or AMD, 1GB RAM, DirectX 10 or higher
    • Windows 7, 1GHz 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.
    • Dimensions: 38" x 2.9" x 11.7" / 96.6cm x 7.3cm x 29.6cm
    • Weight: 13.7lb. / 6.2kg
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    M-AudioAxiom 61 2nd Gen 61-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller

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    (10 of 29 customers found this review helpful)


    slapback bounce tempo keyboards

    By Brad

    from STL MO

    Comments about M-Audio Axiom 61 2nd Gen 61-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

    For some reason my unit didn't work with Ableton as stated in the literature. Midisync DirectLink didn't work, I was able to get some functionality using AxiomPro setting, and just using the midi in, but never maped any knob or fader to Ableton. If this was the only problem I would have exchanged for a different unit. But the real problem is with the keyboard. the Key bounce has its own tempo. It is like playing music in a room with slapback echo, after a while you adjust your songs tempo to the slapback of the room. Well this keyboard, when the keys return to up, they bounce at the top of their travel. This bounce has its own tempo. In fact I was jammin and was feeling real good but I didn't want to change tempo, the key bounce was directing my tempo. Sorry guys, if I buy it, I tell it what to do. If you have spent any time developing musical expression transmitted out your finger tips and into a keyboard, stay away from M-Audio and their built in slapback bounce tempo keyboards. If you twist knobs and poke at keys it should be ok.

    (10 of 21 customers found this review helpful)


    Great product; Horrible Service

    By Ovid O.

    from San Francisco, CA

    Comments about M-Audio Axiom 61 2nd Gen 61-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

    If you're planning to buy this online, you're in for a great product. The keys are wonderful and it's really easy to use. However, if you plan to buy one instore, read this warning before you do. I came into Guitar Center yesterday hoping to try out one of these keyboards knowing that I wanted to buy this particular brand. I tried it, loved it, and decided to purchase it. Problems arose however. The associate who was helping us was very aloof and quiet. We actually felt as though we were boring him. When he had gone to ring us up, he overcharged us for a ukulele that he almost got away with if we hadn't asked him about it. But that was the least of my problems. When I got home, I noticed that the Axiom they had given me, the one I paid their "new" price for, was not new at all. It was used. And moreso it was disgusting. The keys were dirty with something and there was dust and even hair left on the interface. It may have been a model on display but they could have at least tried to clean it before selling it to us. It was the first thing I noticed when I took it out of the box. The screen is scratched up and there are a few scratches and imperfections. I can't go back to return because I have a huge project I need to finish and going back and exchanging this will take too much out of my already busy schedule. HAVE THEM OPEN THE BOX AND SHOW YOU THE PRODUCT BEFORE YOU WALK OUT OF THE STORE WITH IT. Otherwise, you'll end up buying a used product for its "new" price.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


    Quality made controler, cumbersome programing

    By Tobi

    from Los Angeles

    Comments about M-Audio Axiom 61 2nd Gen 61-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

    It's a great keyboard overall. Some presets are shipped with it for reason, protools transport and some virtual instruments. The custom programing of it however is not easy. The enigma programing software is not that great either. I leave it in 1 or 2 programs (15 for protools transport control, 13 for the B4 plugin), and work around because trying to program it messes up my workflow. Thought it was doubling notes on input which was frustration until I did some reading and found that I had to set all my daw inputs to only ch 1 of the axiom input 1 since they merged inputs and the axiom sends on 2 midi banks at once. problems solved. I sometimes use 2 of these live too with the B4 plugin on a laptop and the preset for the B4 (13) in the axioms, works great.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


    Worth It

    By Joshua Garcia

    from Mcallen, Texas

    Comments about M-Audio Axiom 61 2nd Gen 61-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

    This is a really good keyboard and a must have. Its especially good if you will be using it with pro tools for the reason that you can control the mixers with the keyboard. Than again you shouldn't trust my opinion because everyone has different taste but it really did the job for my home studio. All I can say is go try it out and see for yourself. You will like!!!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    Excellent keyboard, but some QC/interface issues

    By Sean O'Brien

    from Lake Arrowhead, CA

    Comments about M-Audio Axiom 61 2nd Gen 61-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

    Purchased online from The first Axiom 61 I received had multiple bad keys. All keys would trigger, but a few had different height, travel and sensitivity than the others, making the keyboard unplayable. Return experience was not great. Order support told me to check local stores. Local manager said he'd look for a replacement then never called back. Eventually (after several weeks and three calls), the Guitar Center RMA department took care of me and sent a replacement. The second Axiom I received is fantastic. Keys feel "real" and are perfectly playable across the range. Obviously, it doesn't compare to a piano action, but we're talking $400. My last $400 controller had all the responsiveness of a laptop keyboard. Basic DAW functions (transport, sliders, track/patch controls) all worked instantly with Ableton. I haven't tried DirectLink with other DAW software yet, but programming for use with non-Directlink software is non-intuitive, bordering on stupidity. The on-screen display and group icons initially tell you little and it takes too many steps to assign a function. The manual is also filled with statements like "Select a button as described earlier" or "Select the active control as described in the next section"... What? Are we trying save paper? It's not terribly difficult after you read the manual and do the same thing a dozen times, but there's no reason a basic midi controller assignment should take 15+ button presses to accomplish! All that said, the stuff which works "out of the box" is excellent and I can easily recommend this keyboard for anyone using Ableton or other DirectLink (Pro Tools, Cubase, etc.) DAWs.

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