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M-Audio Axiom Pro 61 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller

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The M-Audio Axiom Pro 61 keyboard controller builds on the acclaimed Axiom 25, delivering premium TruTouch action, proprietary HyperControl MIDI-mapping technology, and other cutting-edge enhancements... Click To Read More About This Product

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The M-Audio Axiom Pro 61 keyboard controller builds on the acclaimed Axiom 25, delivering premium TruTouch action, proprietary HyperControl MIDI-mapping technology, and other cutting-edge enhancements in a compact model perfect for fitting in even the smallest of workspaces. HyperControl automatically maps the keyboard's 65 controls to commonly accessed parameters in digital audio workstations including Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic and Reason, as well as software instruments. The constant 2-way link with your host DAW means the keyboard's controls are always in sync with your software's active parameters. The MIDI controller'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 61. Save settings to 50 memory locations”each with 4 profiles of quick recall via the intuitive graphic LCD. Now you can control your entire music-writing session right from your Axiom Pro 61.

Enhanced DAW Integration with HyperControl Technology

Thanks to revolutionary M-Audio HyperControl technology, your Axiom Pro 61-key MIDI controller will automatically map to commonly used parameters of popular software instruments and digital audio workstations including Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic, and Reason systems (see below for more DAW compatibility). HyperControl updates the virtual instrument or track parameter mappings of each control in real time as you sequence”it doesn't get any easier.

The HyperControl Difference
While other MIDI controllers offer mapping, the M-Audio Axiom Pro 61 line has HyperControl technology. HyperControl synchronizes Axiom Pro with your DAW, ensuring that your hardware and software collaborate to form a single work environment. The technology utilizes the Axiom Pro 61 graphic LCD to group software controls together in a modular fashion. Similar controls are organized in named groups and accessed via 4 dedicated softkeys, which are continually updated to reflect the mapped parameters. A dedicated button toggles between Mixer and Instrument modes for instant hands-on control of all of your software's functionality. Dedicated Track buttons allow sequential navigation of your mixer and instantaneous mapping of software instruments within the selected track. The M-Audio Axiom Pro lets you even control software instruments without opening them.

DAW Transport and Track Navigation
The 6 dedicated transport buttons on the Axiom Pro 61 controller give you immediate hands-on access to all of your host DAW's playback and recording controls. Unlike other all-or-nothing systems, Axiom Pro 61 also features a transport-only mode. This option lets you access DAW transports and track navigation via HyperControl technology, while creating and controlling your own custom MIDI assignments for the trigger pads, buttons, and encoders.

Expressive Playability
With great feel in a lightweight chassis, the Axiom Pro 61 controller provides a new level of creative inspiration. The M-Audio TruTouch keybed combines professional semi-weighted action with advanced high-speed keybed scanning technology for an ultra-expressive playing experience. Assignable Aftertouch adds an extra measure of expression and control.

The Ultimate Pro Tools Keyboard Controller
Whether you are working on a Pro Tools M-Powered, Pro Tools LE, or Pro Tools|HD system, the Axiom Pro MIDI controllers set a new standard for Pro Tools keyboard control. Advanced M-Audio HyperControl technology puts instant access to all of your Pro Tools parameters at your fingertips”including mixing, individual track functionality, and unparalleled control of virtual instruments such as Xpand!, Strike, and Hybrid.

Different Strokes
The Axiom Pro keyboard controller line is the first to combine MIDI control with ASCII keystrokes. You can assign any button on Axiom Pro 61 to send ASCII messages accessing any of the available QWERTY keyboard shortcuts within your host DAW. Imagine the possibilities with Copy, Paste, Duplicate, New Track”anything you want to assign.

Complete MIDI Control
With an amazing 65 MIDI-assignable controls, the Axiom Pro 61 puts complete session control in one place. The 8 velocity-sensitive trigger pads integrate acclaimed M-Audio Trigger Finger technology for laying down rhythm tracks or triggering loops and samples. Smoothly control parameters like filters, EQ, and panning with the 8 rotary encoder knobs. The 9 - 40mm sliders (each with its own fully assignable button) feature auto-mute to prevent jumping”ideal for controlling mixes, virtual organ drawbars, and more. The keyboard's extensive controllers also include a data/octave button, pitch bend, and mod wheels, aftertouch and dual assignable pedal jacks. In addition to USB connectivity, you'll also find traditional MIDI In and MIDI Out ports for connecting external MIDI devices.

Total Recall
The M-Audio Axiom Pro 61 keyboard has 50 memory locations”each with 4 quick-access profiles of controller assignments”allowing you to easily create and manage your own extensive library of presets with unprecedented power, ease, and flexibility.


  • 61-note, TruTouch semi-weighted, piano-style, professional-action keybed
  • ASCII messages for software keyboard shortcuts
  • 50 onboard memory locations
  • USB bus-powered
  • MIDI Out and MIDI In ports for extended external connectivity
  • 4 programmable keyboard zones
  • 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 digital audio workstations Compatible with the following DAWs: Pro Tools|HD 7.4 and above, Pro Tools LE 7.4 and above, Pro Tools M-Powered 7.4 and above, Reason, Cubase, Logic
  • 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
  • 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
  • aftertouch
  • 1 sustain pedal socket
  • 1 expression pedal socket
  • 1 data/octave button
  • Pitch bend and modulation wheels
Minimum System Requirements (PC)
  • Windows XP (SP2), 800MHz or higher (Home and Professional Edition only. Windows Media Center Edition is not currently supported.)
  • 256MB RAM
  • DirectX 9.0b or higher
  • Windows Vista (32-Bit)
  • 1GHz or higher
  • 1GB RAM
  • DirectX 10 or higher
  • M-Audio recommends you also check the minimum system requirements for your software, as they may be greater than the above.
Minimum System Requirements (Mac)
  • Mac OS X 10.4.9
  • G4, 733MHz 512MB RAM
  • Mac OS X 10.5.0
  • G4, 867MHz, 768MB RAM
  • (Native USB port required; G3/G4 accelerator cards not supported.)
  • M-Audio recommends you also check the minimum system requirements for your software, as they may be greater than the above.
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M-AudioAxiom Pro 61 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller

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Excellent board

By ScottB

from Illinois

Comments about M-Audio Axiom Pro 61 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller:

This portable controller is fabulous. Great key feel with not a lot of springy bounceback, smooth and consistent knobs with also a great feel, and mapping to Logic was automatic and smooth and the control work great. USB communication with my Mac Powerbook means no latency and controlling the various soft synths that I have with the knobs and buttons and sliders on the controller has been transparent and effortless. Great size and weight for lugging around also. Highly recommended.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Sustained Notes Stick When Switching Midi Channels

By Chris

from Portland, OR

Comments about M-Audio Axiom Pro 61 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller:

This controller does not send a Midi Note Off (CC64=000) to sustained notes when switching Midi channels via the "Zones" feature...a very risky proposition for performance use. A "panic" key combination was put in place to cover this obvious error instead of creating a toggle function that filtered the message for those desiring that effect. NO OMNI MODE EITHER??? M-Audio, now Avid, requires you pay for support on this product and after a 4 call process ultimately provided no solution. Hypercontrol worked very well but in the end requires that you choose between your DAW and other software like Reason- otherwise its detects and controles both at the same time generally causing undesired effects. Midi maps cannot be edited with hypercontrol "engaged". Thus for some controls to work with your DAW, and others with rewired software,(faders vs knobs) you cannot use the hypercontrol bus thus defeating the benefit of the software layer and the extra $160 vs. the 2nd gen Axiom. Returning product and also shipping back the NOT INCLUDED power supply I had to purchase directly from Avid for non-bus powered use.

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