M-Audio Keyboard Controllers

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At the 2013 Winter NAMM show, M-Audio announced three new keyboard controllers that continue the company’s tradition of providing fully featured but affordable tools for musicians. Available in 61-, 49- and 25-key versions, all three of these Axiom A.I.R. series keyboards feature enhanced control mapping, back-lit drum pads, eight rotary knobs, dedicated transport controls, along with the obligatory modulation and pitch wheels.

The Axiom A.I.R. 25 is a hybrid keyboard/pad controller that gives beat makers and groove creators space-efficient and comprehensive control over the creative process. It features twenty-five velocity and aftertouch sensitive synth-action keys and sixteen drum pads; a programmable fader provides for extensive real time sound manipulation. A built-in cradle allows for music creation with an iPad or virtually any other tablet computer, while the illuminated LCD screen provides detailed operational feedback.

The Axiom A.I.R 49 controller increases the key count to forty-nine keys, while adding nine 70mm long-throw faders, nine assignable buttons and twelve drum pads. In common with all three models, the A.I.R. 49 has a Drum Pad Learn feature and Octave/Transport buttons that provide access to the entire note range in any key. Under-keyboard cable routing is also available on all models to help control cable clutter.

The Axiom A.I.R 61 adds sixty-one TruTouch semi-weighted piano-style keys with aftertouch for a more expressive keyboard feel, along with the nine faders, nine buttons, eight rotary controls, dedicated transport controls and twelve drum pads. As with all the models, three banks of pad and knob assignments with color-coded illumination add further control possibilities, and selectable velocity curves can be set up to mirror individual playing styles.

Aside from a very distinct appearance makeover, all controllers include a copy of Avid’s Pro Tools Express and Ignite software, allowing the user to begin music creation right away after adding a computer—speaking of which, the included software is both Mac and PC compatible. An iLok software authorization key is included.

  Axiom A.I.R. 25  Axiom A.I.R. 49  Axiom A.I.R. 61 
Keyboard 25 synth-action keys with aftertouch 49 synth-action keys with aftertouch 61 TruTouch semi-weighted piano-style keys with aftertouch 
Controllers 16 x Drum Pads
1 x Long-Throw 70mm Fader
8 x Rotary Controls
6 x Transport Controls
12 x Drum Pads
9 x Long-Throw 70mm Faders
8 x Rotary Controls
9 x Buttons
6 x Transport Controls
12 x Drum Pads
9 x Long-Throw 70mm Faders
8 x Rotary Controls
9 x Buttons
6 x Transport Controls
Modulation/Pitch Wheels Yes Yes Yes
Connectors 2 x 5-pin DIN MIDI (input/output)
1 x 1/4" TRS Expression Pedal Input
1 x 1/4" TS Sustain Pedal Input
2 x 5-pin DIN MIDI (input/output)
1 x 1/4" TRS Expression Pedal Input
1 x 1/4" TS Sustain Pedal Input
2 x 5-pin DIN MIDI (input/output)
1 x 1/4" TRS Expression Pedal Input
1 x 1/4" TS Sustain Pedal Input
Display Backlit LCD Backlit LCD Backlit LCD
Power Requirements USB bus power
9VDC via external power adapter (optional)
USB bus power
9VDC via external power adapter (optional)
USB bus power
9VDC via external power adapter
(optional)
Included Software Avid Pro Tools
Express Ignite
Avid Pro Tools
Express Ignite
Avid Pro Tools
Express Ignite