M-Audio Axiom AIR 61 MIDI Controller 888365212487

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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 g... Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

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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
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M-AudioAxiom AIR 61 MIDI Controller
 
1.3

(based on 6 reviews)

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Terrible

By Neo

from Florida

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use
    • Not Functional
    • Poor Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about M-Audio Axiom AIR 61 MIDI Controller:

      Does not work at all. Upgraded the firmware and it still freezes. Its a shame the keybed is really nice but its simply a paper weight if it does not work. And I bought it on clearance. As is and it cant be returned. M audio wont replace or offer me a refund.. Terrible move along

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      BUYER BEWARE!!!

      By Jorge

      from Los Angeles, CA

      Comments about M-Audio Axiom AIR 61 MIDI Controller:

      No matter how many knobs, encoders, and sliders you pack into this beautifully styled keyboard, it is all rendered pretty much useless by the buggy firmware. My unit came with version 1.01 of the Air firmware and pretty quickly it became evident that something was wrong. The keyboard would freeze randomly while using Mainstage, Ableton, Logic Pro, and even Native Instruments Kore. I did notice that the keyboard would freeze the most while playing the B3 simulations and I would start to grind. Hypercontrol is the main selling point of this keyboard at this price point. However, that part of the package falls short of the marketing hype. Hypercontrol works OK with Ableton Live but it does not work with Logic Pro X, nor does it work with ProTools 11. I found a way to get Logic Pro X to recognize the keyboard but even when it did, Hypercontrol simply did not work. This may have been a workable problem if the controls would be accessible in normal MIDI mode but the keyboard simply refuses to leave Hypercontrol mode when Logic Pro X or ProTools 11 are loaded and therefore, you lose all of the functionality of the sliders, rotary encoders, and the pads. Essentially, you are left with a very expensive keybed. Additionally, the freezes in Hypercontrol mode happen quite frequently as well, sometimes pressing a single key will cause the keyboard to freeze. A quick search on Google revealed that these problems are not unique to my specific unit but rather a greater problem affecting the entire Oxygen and Axiom line of controllers. And if you read all of the comments posted online by other owners of these boards, you will see that M-Audio has not stood behind their products at all. The company has failed to address the problems mentioned above and it has had more than two years to do so. This leads me to believe that either a) the problems described above are impossible to fix with a firmware update or b) M-Audio is planning on shutting down operations soon and that is the reason they don't seem to care. I have decided to return the unit to Guitar Center and will never again buy an M-Audio product. It is very unfortunate because the Air 61 is a beautiful keyboard with a fantastic action and a very complete set of controls. If only it worked as advertised, this would have been a home run for M-Audio. Their continued refusal to stand behind their products make this a losing proposition at any price point.

      (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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

      (9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Very Disappointed

      By George

      from Katy, Texas

      Comments about M-Audio Axiom AIR 61 MIDI Controller:

      I got this keyboard to use Hyper Control with Pro Tools 11 which I purchased also. Needless to say, it doesn't work. Even after seeing the post from M-Audio's site stating new drivers were finally available and works with Pro Tools. And yes, I updated the firmware too (v1.2). Works fine with Ableton though. I was intending on trying out the Air Instrument pack to start with a new approach but that's out of the question.I guess I'll go back to using Propellerheads' Reason to compose my music. I thought the days of waiting a couple of years to get the bugs out was over.

      (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Poorly finished and buggy.

      By Drew Alexander

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Professional Musician

      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.

        (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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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