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M-Audio Axiom A.I.R. 61 - Keyboard and Pad Controller

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Product Highlights
  • 61 Keys
  • 9 Faders
  • 12 Trigger Pads
  • 8 Knobs
  • Transport Buttons
  • Automatic MIDI Mapping
  • Music Creation Software
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP/Vista/7/8

Axiom A.I.R. 61 from M-Audio is a 61 key USB/MIDI controller that features semi weighted keys, nine long-throw faders, twelve back-lit trigger pads, eight knobs and transport/navigation buttons. Additionally, the keyboard uses HyperControl automatic control mapping technology to quickly map the controller to most popular DAWs.

The controller ships with AVID Pro Tools Express and Ignite recording software, allowing the user to start creating out of the box.

Sixty-one TruTouch semi-weighted piano-style keys with aftertouch
Twelve trigger pads respond to pressure and velocity
Roll button aids in creating realistic drum parts
Assignable controls offer front-panel programming
Eight rotary encoder knobs
Nine long-throw 70 mm faders
Nine buttons
Three banks of pad and knob assignments with color-coded illumination
HyperControl automatically maps controllers to popular software
Drum Pad Learn feature and Identify button allow you to work quickly
Dedicated transport and navigation buttons make recording easy
Octave/Transpose buttons access the entire note range, in any key
Assignable pitch bend and modulation performance wheels
MIDI I/O
Selectable velocity curves to match your playing style
128 memory locations for saving custom settings
Functional design provides backlit LCD plus under-keyboard cable routing
Keyboard 61 full-sized TruTouch semi-weighted keys
Controllers 1 x Pitch bend wheel
1 x Modulation wheel
12 x Drum pads
9 x Long-throw 70 mm faders
8 x Rotary controls
9 x Buttons
6 x Transport controls
Connectors 2 x 15-pin DIN MIDI (input/output)
1 x 1/4" TRS expression pedal input (pedal not included)
1 x 1/4" TS sustain pedal input (pedal not included)
Display Backlit LCD
Power Requirements USB bus powered or 9V via optional external power adapter
System Requirements Mac
Pro Tools Express Minimum Requirements
Avid-qualified Mac computer
OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard), 10.7 (Lion)
2 GB (4 GB recommended)
5 GB hard drive space for Pro Tools Express
Pro Tools-compatible audio interface
Available USB port for iLok authorization (iLok 2 included)
Compatibility: Core Audio

Ignite Minimum Requirements
Intel Core 2 Duo 2 GHz processor
OS X 10.7.5 or 10.8
2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
4 GB hard drive space
5400 RPM hard drive
Available USB port
Compatibility: Core Audio

PC
Pro Tools Express Minimum Requirements
Avid-qualified Windows computer
Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate (32- or 64- bit)
2 GB (4 GB recommended)
5 GB hard drive space for Pro Tools Express
Pro Tools-compatible audio interface
Available USB port for iLok authorization (iLok 2 included)
Compatibility: ASIO (Windows)

Ignite Minimum Requirements
Intel Core 2 Duo 2 GHz processor
Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate (Service Pack 1), Windows 8, or Windows 8 Pro
2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
4 GB hard drive space
5400 RPM hard drive
Available USB port
Compatibility: ASIO or WASAPI (Windows)
Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
Weight Not specified by manufacturer
M-Audio Axiom A.I.R. 61 - Keyboard and Pad Controller
  • USB Cable
  • Software
  • iLok Authorization Key
  • One (1) Year Limited Warranty
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    M-AudioAxiom A.I.R. 61 - Keyboard and Pad Controller
     
    4.0

    (based on 3 reviews)

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    4.0

    Solid keyboard with Nice Features

    By Jim4good

    from Costa Mesa, CA

    Verified Buyer

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          Comments about M-Audio Axiom A.I.R. 61 - Keyboard and Pad Controller:

          Where to begin? This keyboard is being used for two purposes, so I will review from each perspective.

          The first perspective is from my wife with her purpose of playing classical music. This keyboard allows responsive play with good resistance. The semi-weighted keys are not nearly as good as hammer action, but it allows for fast play without the keys feeling too light or cheap. The Ignite software is easy to use if you want to jump right in and play.
          Her only complaint is that there is no sheet music holder built in to the keyboard.

          The second perspective is from myself with the purpose of creating music through this MIDI controller. The keyboard was easy to set up with just a device driver install followed by a firmware update. Ableton Live (not included) was able to recognize the device, and I was ready to create music. I enjoy the plethera of sliders, knobs, trigger pads, and assignable buttons. Each is illuminated to show which are active with your current setup.
          My complaint is that the pads feel too stiff. Maybe they will become easier with enough use. For now, I use the corners which are easier to press.

          Overall, this is a solid keyboard with many nice features. I am very happy with this purchase.

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          5.0

          Great MIDI!

          By Pam

          from NJ

          Comments about M-Audio Axiom A.I.R. 61 - Keyboard and Pad Controller:

          I wanted for quite some time now. I found it cheaper here and it exceeded my expectations.

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          3.0

          If I knew then, what I know now!

          By NoobBlaster

          from Australia

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Faders
          • Feeling Of The Keys

          Cons

          • Bugs
          • Lack Of Hypercontrols
          • M-audio Support
          • Pitch Bend Deadzone

          Best Uses

            Comments about M-Audio Axiom A.I.R. 61 - Keyboard and Pad Controller:

            I bought the A.I.R 61 to replace an older Yamaha 61key keyboard for my DAW (Propellerhead Reason)

            Having a smaller M-Audio Oxygen8V2 I thought I couldn't go wrong with M-Audio's new Top range keyboard.
            It's not that it is a bad keyboard, but it has some extremely bad features that should not have made it on to this keyboard (Rotary's). (There is hope that firmware upgrades could improve this, but M-Audio is dragging its feet on this).

            I haven't used it with Ignite (included DAW), but from what I've heard everything works fine.

            However, most people already have there own DAW & this is where the problems begin.

            The biggest issue is the lack of Hypercontrol support of different DAWs meaning you might be using the keyboard in a simple GM Midi mode until M-Audio add futher support (if & when?).

            The second major issue with this keyboard is the 'Rotary encoders'.
            They are completely useless in almost all DAW's other than there own.

            To explain, say to set one of your rotary's to volume (0-127), when you turn the 'rotary' slowly the volume may change from 0-16, if you turn it faster the rotary will suddenly jump to 127. There is simply no consistency to its behaviour.
            I can only hope that this can be fixed with firmware?

            Apart from those two major problems, the rest of the keyboard functions as your would expect.
            The pads are ok, nothing special but function ok.

            I was having some issues with the Pads(no releasing)& also a bug with the keyboard randomly freezing.
            However, M-Audio did just release V1.2 firmware which addresses those issues.

            So far the freezing has gone (but I haven't tested extensively).
            The Pads also seem somewhat better in that they no longer hang on a sample (as much).

            The only really good thing I can say about the Axiom A.I.R 61 is that the feeling of the keys are very nice.
            Certainly one of the best feeling keys I've ever felt.
            It is enjoyable to play & really helps capture your playing style.

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