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M-Audio Axiom Pro 61 - Advanced 61 Key USB MIDI Controller

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Product Highlights
  • Automatic MIDI Mapping with DAW Software
  • Expressive Semi-Weighted Keys
  • Graphic 128 x 64 Pixel LCD Display
  • 8 Pressure-Sensitive Drum / Trigger Pads

The Axiom Pro 61 from M-Audio is an extremely powerful USB MIDI controller that features 61 semi-weighted keys, a useful set of trigger pads & controls, and custom software called "HyperControl" that runs within the device itself that automatically maps its hardware controls to Pro Tools and other popular DAW programs. The idea behind the Axiom Pro is to get the user away from their computer keyboard and mouse, and to keep their focus on the creative act of making music. The HyperControl software plays a huge part in allowing the user to constantly follow their inspiration-- rather than constantly click through menus with a mouse. HyperControl seamlessly syncs the Axiom Pro's knobs, pads, display, and controls with DAW software and plug-ins running on your computer. You use buttons on the Axiom Pro to navigate to different virtual instruments and screens in your audio software. The graphic LCD display on the Axiom Pro will follow along as you work with your DAW, updating any necessary information about the current task being carrying out.

The Axiom Pro is the next generation of the popular Axiom series of keyboard controllers from M-Audio. In an effort to outdo themselves once again, the designers paid great attention to the playability of the keys. After all, one of the most important aspects of a MIDI keyboard controller is its ability to perform as an emotive musical instrument. The result of this effort is the Axiom Pro's piano-style "TruTouch" semi-weighted keys. Featuring a professional playing action designed to satisfy the most seasoned of musicians, even beginners will appreciate this keyboard's ability to translate the emotional subtleties of a simple melody.

When recording studios quickly transitioned from traditional hardware to being almost entirely computer based, it wasn't long before users longed for tactile, hands-on control. Dedicated MIDI control surfaces soon appeared on the market to fill in this gap. The Axiom Pro gives you all of the hands-on control you need for your studio, with a first class piano-style keyboard built-in. The eight velocity-sensitive pads are perfect for sequencing beats, or for firing off samples and keystrokes. The transport buttons and function keys combined with the powerful HyperControl software make the Axiom Pro the ultimate all-in-one keyboard controller for Pro Tools, Logic, Ableton Live, Reason, and Cubase.

Internal HyperControl Software for Ultimate DAW Integration
Expressive 61 Key TruTouch Keyboard with Assignable Aftertouch
USB Bus-Powered
8 Velocity-Sensitive Trigger Pads
8 Rotary Encoders Send Out Many Kinds of MIDI Commands
Dedicated DAW Transport Control with 6 Illuminated Buttons
Ergonomic & Responsive Pitch Bend and Modulation Wheels
Multiple Function Buttons for Accessing Menu Pages and Various Other Features of the Axiom Pro
Octave Shift Buttons for Data -/+ or User Defined Commands
Map QWERTY Keystrokes to Buttons for Copy, Paste, New Track, and More!
9 x 40 mm Faders with Auto-Mute to Prevent Jumping and the Ability to Scroll to Every Track in a Session
9 x Illuminated Buttons Underneath the Faders that Toggle Between 4 Functions
Keyboard 61 Semi-weighted, velocity-sensitive keys with assignable aftertouch
Presets 50 onboard memory locations
Controllers 65 MIDI-assignable Controls
Pitch bend and modulation wheels
Aftertouch
8 x rotary encoders
8 x velocity-sensitive trigger pads
6 x transport buttons
1 x data octave button
1 x sustain pedal socket
1 x expression pedal socket
9 x 40 mm faders with auto-mute to prevent jumping and the ability to scroll to every track in a session
9 x illuminated buttons underneath the sliders
12 x buttons in the keypad area
7 x function keys
Output 1 x MIDI for external connectivity
1 x USB (shared with input)
Input 1 x MIDI for external connectivity
1 x USB (shared with output)
1 x 1/4" sustain pedal
1 x 1/4" expression pedal
Zones 4 x programmable keyboard zones
Display 128 x 64 pixel graphic LCD
Power Bus-powered via USB
AC power supply sold separately
Weight 16.58 lbs (7.5 kg)
Dimensions 38.19 x 3.15 x 11.22" (97 x 8 x 28.5 cm)
Minimum System Requirements PC:
Windows XP (SP2) Home and Professional Edition only
800MHz or higher, 256MB RAM
DirectX 9.0b or higher

Windows Vista (32-Bit)
1GHz or higher, 1GB RAM
DirectX 10 or higher

Mac:
Mac OS X 10.4.9
G4 (native USB port required), 733MHz, 512MB RAM

Mac OS X 10.5.0
G4 (native USB port required), 867MHz, 768MB RAM

Specialties Proprietary HyperControl software for automatic MIDI mapping and host control
"Controller Mute" function mutes controller output to avoid parameter jumps
Ability to map QWERTY key commands (ASCII messages) to buttons
PC and Mac compatible

HyperControl features are only compatible with the following production software:

  • Ableton Live 7.0.15, Live 8 and up
  • Logic
  • Pro Tools HD 7.4 and above
  • Pro Tools LE 7.4 and above
  • Pro Tools M-Powered 7.4 and above
  • Reason
  • Cubase
Note: HyperControl capability is only compatible with specified production software
M-Audio Axiom Pro 61 - Advanced 61 Key USB MIDI Controller
  • 1-Year limited warranty
  • Printed quick start guide
  • USB cable
  • Software DVD
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    M-AudioAxiom Pro 61 - Advanced 61 Key USB MIDI Controller
     
    4.7

    (based on 15 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (12)
    • Versatile (8)
    • Good audio (6)
    • Lightweight (5)
    • Compact (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (8)
      • MIDI (5)
      • Performances (5)
      • Amateur recording (4)
      • Professional recording (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (7), Professional musician (5)

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love my Axiom Pro 61!

      By JaiMusic

      from New York, NY.

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Electronic Music
        • MIDI

        Comments about M-Audio Axiom Pro 61 - Advanced 61 Key USB MIDI Controller:

        I'm using the Axiom Pro as my "Out-Of-Town/Away-From-The-Studio" controller for Logic Pro 9. This is the perfect solution for my work in terms of portability, reliability, and versatility...it does everything I need it to do when I'm away from my main studio gear. The keyboard action is light and nimble. Certainly not seriously weighted, but not as light as synth action. Sliders feel nice and solid with good resistance, as do encoders. I can see myself getting quite a bit of use out it. I wish the keybed was quieter, but am still very satisfied overall.

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        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Awesome

        By E

        from Los Angeles, ca

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Portable

        Cons

        • Poor Action

        Best Uses

        • MIDI

        Comments about M-Audio Axiom Pro 61 - Advanced 61 Key USB MIDI Controller:

        Great for pro tools 10

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Just what the doctor ordered

        By Happy Papa

        from Syracuse, NY

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Portable
        • Realistic Sound
        • Responsive / Good Action
        • Touch Sensitive Keys

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Electronic Music
          • Learning
          • MIDI

          Comments about M-Audio Axiom Pro 61 - Advanced 61 Key USB MIDI Controller:

          The Axiom Pro 61 was purchased as a Christmas gift for my son. He is early in his personal journey of creating music. The host of capabilities allows him to fully express himself through the music he is writing. The Axiom Pro 61 and his Line 6 X3 Live Pod are an incredible duo. The Two greatest things about this product are 1)I was able to gift it to my son. I am not great for giving it to him, I am just happy I was able to; and 2) B&H had an exceptional price point and fast and efficient service.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Love the axiom pro

          By Biggs

          from Rockledge FL

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Realistic Sound
          • Responsive / Good Action
          • Touch Sensitive Keys

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about M-Audio Axiom Pro 61 - Advanced 61 Key USB MIDI Controller:

              This is such a wonderful midi controller. I currently use it with Reason and I literally feel like im playing on a baby grand piano when I load the presets. The keys are very comfortable and I could not be happier with my purchase this is well worth the money.

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              5.0

              Axiom Pro 61.

              By Curt

              from Del Rio, TX

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Responsive / Good Action
              • Touch Sensitive Keys

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Accompaniment
                • Concerts
                • Electronic Music
                • MIDI

                Comments about M-Audio Axiom Pro 61 - Advanced 61 Key USB MIDI Controller:

                I use my Axiom Pro with 5 different DAWs. The Axiom performs flawlessly with each.
                To me the great thing about the Axiom is the drum pads. The pads are programmable, so I can punch in samples as if I were using an MPC. I have found nothing wrong with this controller. Every group is programmable, from the key pad to the faders. The learn mode on this controller is the best I've ever seen and used

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                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Better than Advertised

                By Flash

                from Mobile,AL

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about M-Audio Axiom Pro 61 - Advanced 61 Key USB MIDI Controller:

                    The Axiom Pro 61 works flawlessly with Reason. It is definitely worth the extra money to buy the Pro version of this keyboard. The only con I would have to say is definitely the touch pads. They are pretty sensitive but are very hard at the same time. They don't have any give at all. Feel really weird. They are just extra's though. I really don't think anyone is buying this for the touch pad.

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Excellent purchase!

                    By RKWeblog

                    from Temecula, CA

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about M-Audio Axiom Pro 61 - Advanced 61 Key USB MIDI Controller:

                      I use this live and in my recording setup. It is great to take Mainstage settings to the stage with the sounds that I use in recordings. The control surface for my apps works flawlessly. I am still trying to get Abelton Lite to run without crashing, however. Also, I wished they had a 76 note version.

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                      5.0

                      Completely Satisfied

                      By Andrew

                      from Woodstock, GA

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • Bulky/Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about M-Audio Axiom Pro 61 - Advanced 61 Key USB MIDI Controller:

                      I always like my reviews to rip the brand/company that produced the item a new one. However, that was rather hard to do so in this case. The M-Audio Axiom Pro 61 is actually everything I thought it would be. The keys have a natural weighted feel, unlike my prior Oxygen 8. Transport controls are functional in all the DAWs I used them in (Pro Tools, Reason, even FL Studio). Set up is as simple as connecting a USB cable - although in Reason, I did have to configure the midi settings for literally a minute or two to have transport and keyboard work together. The parameters for the knobs and faders are all near perfect - some very small 'learn from control surface' edits, and you're good to go. The LCD screen in the top right of the keyboard is also very helpful at times. The drum pads are, well hmm, they are what they are. Either the keyboard is still so new - or they're not quite as response as say an MPC or such - but I don't see myself using them all too often. Again, I can't seem to find anything bad to really say about this keyboard. I'm thoroughly satisfied with it!

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                      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Review of the Axuim Pro 61 Keyboard

                      By GeneR

                      from San antonio, Texas 78233

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Studio

                        Comments about M-Audio Axiom Pro 61 - Advanced 61 Key USB MIDI Controller:

                        Gentlemen,

                        Although my keyboard could not play I saw how it is played in the internet and it does lots of things so well.

                        For the prcei of the keyboard there isn't another keyboard that compares with it.

                        I'm extremely happy with this keyboard.

                        Gene eROdriguez

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                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great Buy

                        By K-Dawg

                        from Morgan City, LA

                        About Me Child

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Studio
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about M-Audio Axiom Pro 61 - Advanced 61 Key USB MIDI Controller:

                          I use my Axiom pro 61 with Reason 6 and I'm having a blast. Easy to set up and start making music. No complaints!

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                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Excellent Controller

                          By jdoo

                          from Sacramento, CA

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Home Studio
                            • Performances

                            Comments about M-Audio Axiom Pro 61 - Advanced 61 Key USB MIDI Controller:

                            Hypercontrol works as advertised. I loaded the drivers for Logic Pro, connected up - and the Axion Pro was fully in control of Logic. Setting up a Mainstage concert with control from the Axiom Pro was quite easy as well. If you're looking to step up to a midi controller that doesn't just have control surfaces - but has software (Hypercontrol) to make it all 'just work' -- then this is something to look at.

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                            4.0

                            Great Keyboard

                            By Liberty

                            from Canada

                            About Me Professional Musician

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Realistic Sound
                            • Responsive / Good Action
                            • Touch Sensitive Keys

                            Cons

                            • Heavy
                            • No Speakers

                            Best Uses

                            • Learning
                            • MIDI

                            Comments about M-Audio Axiom Pro 61 - Advanced 61 Key USB MIDI Controller:

                            Loved every aspect of this keyboard [...]

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                            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            M-Audio Axiom pr0 61

                            By Randall Paul

                            from Oregon

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Compact
                            • Lightweight
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Events
                              • Home Studio
                              • Mobile DJ
                              • Performances
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about M-Audio Axiom Pro 61 - Advanced 61 Key USB MIDI Controller:

                              Excellent quality and feel. Well laid out intelligent design. The keys feel great and are responsive. Cons: Learning to use it is a bit of a task but it is a complicated machine which I believe once mastered will take the place of everything. Can't say enough!

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                              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Simple for a beginner, Powerful for an

                              By ksohn

                              from san francisco

                              About Me Experienced

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording
                                • Home Studio
                                • Mobile DJ

                                Comments about M-Audio Axiom Pro 61 - Advanced 61 Key USB MIDI Controller:

                                I currently use Apple's garageband to make music. I wanted to get an axiom to control alot of garageband's features. Unfortunaly garageband doesn't have many advanced features and I can only use the keys, pitch and modulation wheels, drumpad, 1 slider, 1 knob, and the transport controls on the axiom for garageband. This isn't m-audios fault garageband just not good. Other than that I have loved it ever since. The keys feel great although not entirely weighted, and it is very easy and fun to play.

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                                (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Hyper about Hyper Control

                                By Dmacpro

                                from East Islip, NY

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Home Studio
                                  • Mobile DJ
                                  • Performances

                                  Comments about M-Audio Axiom Pro 61 - Advanced 61 Key USB MIDI Controller:

                                  This is an outstanding controller that maps itself to your DAW. I am running Snow Leopard and using ProTools 8 and Reason 4. The Axiom Pro maps to ProTools (with Update Digi's 8.0cs1) out of the box. All I had to do was tell protools it was there. Most actions that I normally would use my ASCII keyboard for I can now do with the onboard controls of the Axiom. After loading the Reason file supplied by M-Audio I had the same great experience. Every instrument I loaded was immediately mapped and ready to go. After a short acclimation period the controller becomes the instrument and the need for a mouse and keyboard practically goes away. This unit replaced three devices (keyboard, control surface and pad controller) freeing up desk space and USB ports. An excellent addition to any home studio for recording and mixing.

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