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M-Audio Axiom 49 USB MIDI Controller

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You Pay: $299.99
Product Highlights
  • 49 Semi-Weighted Keys
  • USB Bus Powered
  • 8 Dynamic Pads
  • 8 Assignable Knobs
  • 9 Assignable Buttons with LEDs
  • 9 Sliders
  • Mapping with Presets
  • Includes Free Software
  • Backlit LCD Display

The M-Audio Axiom 49 USB MIDI Controller features 49 piano-style, semi-weighted keys with aftertouch, designed to provide you with a realistic performance feel. It has eight dynamic Trigger Finger pads for programming beats. The pads can be MIDI assigned or automatically linked with your DAW via DirectLink. The Axiom 49 can be used as a USB MIDI input device, a MIDI interface, and a control surface.

Using M-Audio's DirectLink technology, the Axiom 49 controls can be automatically mapped to common DAW parameters, enabling you to use its eight knobs, nine buttons, and 9 sliders for hands on control of your software. Axiom Instrument mode provides you with automatic mapping and control of the parameters of DirectLink compatible virtual instruments. With its backlit LCD display, the Axiom 49 can provide on-screen displays of parameters, settings, and track names from your compatible DAW software.

The Axiom 49 features standard five-pin MIDI inputs and outputs for controlling external MIDI hardware. It can also act as a MIDI interface.

Six dedicated transport controls
Angled top panel with centered LCD display for easy viewing in any situation
Four zone buttons for stacking and splitting sounds on up to four MIDI channels
20 memory locations for storing custom setups
Four keyboard velocity curves and three fixed velocity settings
Four pad velocity curves, three fixed settings, and unique 'step' velocity curves
Class-compliant with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Mac OS X
Octave up/down and transpose up/down
MIDI assignable pitch bend and modulation performance wheels
Power supply jack for optional 9VDC power supply when controlling external MIDI hardware

Note: An external power supply is not to be used when the Axiom is connected to a host computer via its USB port
Ignition software download; available early 2013
Compatibility DirectLink supported by:

  • Ableton Live 8.1.5 and later
  • Apple GarageBand 2009
  • Apple Logic Pro 9 and later
  • Pro Tools M-Powered 8.0.4 and higher
  • Pro Tools LE 8.0.4 and higher
  • Pro Tools SE 8.0.3
  • Propellerhead Reason 4
  • Propellerhead Record 1
  • Steinberg Cubase 5.5.1


Logic Pro 9.1 is only supported when launched in 32-bit mode; 64-bit mode is not currently supported. Logic Express does not go through the qualification process. Reason 5 & Record 1.5 are not currently supported. Only the full version of Cubase is supported; other versions such as Cubase Studio, Essential, LE, and Nuendo do not go through the qualification process.
System Requirement (Minimum)
Mac OSX 10.5.8 or 10.6.1
CPU: Intel Core Duo
RAM: 1 GB
USB port

G4 accelerator cards not supported; CPU may be higher for laptops
Windows Windows XP (SP3)
CPU: 800 MHz Intel or AMD
RAM: 256 MB
USB port

Home and Professional Edition only. Windows Media Center Edition is not supported. CPU may be higher for laptops

Windows Vista 32/64-bit (SP1) / Win7 32/64-bit
CPU: 1 GHz Intel or AMD
RAM: 1 GB RAM
Video: DirectX 10 or higher
USB port

CPU may be higher for laptops.
MIDI
MIDI I/O 1x USB
2x 5-pin DIN connectors
Size and Weight
Dimension L x W x H 31.4 x 11.7 x 2.9" (79.7 x 29.6 x 7.3 cm)
Weight 10.6 lbs (4.8 kg)
M-Audio Axiom 49 USB MIDI Controller
  • Drivers CD-ROM
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    M-AudioAxiom 49 - USB MIDI Controller (Version 2)
     
    4.4

    (based on 7 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    86%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (3)
    • Responsive / good action (3)
    • Touch sensitive keys (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • MIDI (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (3)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (3)

      Reviewed by 7 customers

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      5.0

      Well worth the price

      By MrMarty

      from Burlington, VT

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • No bundled power cord

      Best Uses

      • MIDI

      Comments about M-Audio Axiom 49 - USB MIDI Controller (Version 2):

      The keyboard is sturdy and durable. The keys feel strong and weighted and have a wonderful pop. The sliders look cheap, but they have good action. The only disappointment for me is it doesn't come with a power cord. But for the low price, I wouldn't buy a different keyboard.

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      5.0

      Works for me

      By Charlie

      from Los Angeles

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Responsive / Good Action
      • Touch Sensitive Keys
      • Works great with Logic Pr

      Cons

      • Poor Instructions

      Best Uses

      • MIDI

      Comments about M-Audio Axiom 49 - USB MIDI Controller (Version 2):

      Pure and simple. I wouldn't buy another keyboard at any price.

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      4.0

      Very good

      By Dean

      from Nj

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
      • Easy to Customize
      • Easy to Navigate
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Multimedia

        Comments about M-Audio Axiom 49 - USB MIDI Controller (Version 2):

        It does what it says. It's a great bang for ur buck. Keys are really nice. Would recommend to anyone

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac

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        2.0

        Good luck with the documentation.

        By Scoops1

        from New York

        Pros

        • Huh

        Cons

        • Ridiculous Documentation

        Best Uses

        • Live is OK
        • Studio probably better

        Comments about M-Audio Axiom 49 - USB MIDI Controller (Version 2):

        I use this controller for LIVE performance, which means I have to CONTROL external modules. You would think an explanation of programing the units 9 buttons would be FRONT AND CENTER in the documentation. Its not. Its not even IN the manual. I was lucky to find the 17 step process under an online FAQ: "Setting Pads & Buttons to send combinded Program & Bank Change messages".
        Is this not Keyboard Controller Course 101?!! Tell that to the morons at AVID.
        I dont mind a 17 step process because theoretically you only have to do it ONCE. Well, docs about saving the presets were also in a relatively obscure location.
        The POINT: Good luck, chuck. Hopefully you KNOW someone who has figured out how to program it.
        Only PRO: This is a solid well-built piece of hardware, with great weighted keys, which is the only reason I can recommend it.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC

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        5.0

        M Audio Axiom 49

        By Robert M

        from Austin, Texas

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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            Best Uses

              Comments about M-Audio Axiom 49 - USB MIDI Controller (Version 2):

              I love this keyboard. Plugged it into my Macbook Pro and Logic Pro 9 immediately recognized it. No need to download drivers, etc.

              The semi-weighted full size keys feel great. This is very nice 49 key controller for a home recording set-up.

              Highly recommended.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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              5.0

              Better than Version 1

              By Dragonfyre

              from Chicago, IL

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Responsive / Good Action
              • Touch Sensitive Keys

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • MIDI

                Comments about M-Audio Axiom 49 - USB MIDI Controller (Version 2):

                I'm using this keyboard to control Logic and works exactly as expected. The new Direct Link works great. Keyboard feels much better than the older version and everything feels solid. No complaints yet.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Solid MIDI Keyboard for Studio

                By Oliver Kalen

                from Columbus, OH

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about M-Audio Axiom 49 - USB MIDI Controller (Version 2):

                  I do not use this device for live performances. Nor have I aggressively utilized the programmable controls. The USB MIDI implementation works flawlessly. Once configured, the playback has nearly no latency (about 10ms). The percussive pad is a nice addition.

                  For an experienced musician, the keys will feel a bit sticky, and they should probably be looking at a higher-end device. However, for studio sessions, and MIDI editing, the Axiom 49 is a great tool to have.

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