M-Audio Axiom 61 (2nd Generation)
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- 61 piano-style, semi-weighted keys
- 9 mixer-style faders and 8 smooth rotary encoders
- Angled top panel and centrally positioned lcd
- Directlink mode
- Axiom instrument maps
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Description for M-Audio Axiom 61 (2nd Generation)
The M-Audio Axiom 61 controller combines all the production power and performance you need to get the most from your music software and MIDI gear. More than just a “data entry” controller, the Axiom 61 features piano-style, semi-weighted keys for a musically satisfying playing experience. Large dynamic trigger pads make it easy to program beats and trigger one-shot samples—while the encoder knobs, faders, and buttons deliver complete real-time control over your software. DirectLink mode provides easy, automatic access to common DAW functions including transport, mixer, track pan, and virtual instrument parameters—no complicated setup required. Axiom 61 even features a sleek, angled top panel for easy viewing in any environment. Get Ignite Ignite provides a refreshingly original and musician-centric way to craft music. Quickly capture, combine, and arrange your musical ideas. Ignite offers seamless integration with your M-Audio keyboard controller, with no set-up chores to perform.
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I am new to midi. Midi looked very very complicated but the more I learn about midi, the more I learn, it isn't as complicated as it seems. You can use this keyboard to use the VST instruments stock, or you can program the buttons the way you prefer. If you're using guitar software such as amplitube 3, you can even use this midi keyboard to turn pedals on and off and change amps and even set the knobs on the keyboard to turn certain knobs on the amps down.
I am not entirely new to midi. Before I had an M-Audio key rig 25 but since I wanted to play real piano riffs, that didn't work for me. So then I got the Yamaha 235 which is a nice keyboard that also is a midi controller. But when the lion update came out it quit working as a midi controller. So I decided to get a dedicated midi controller.
I put this right on my computer desk in front of my i mac and it helps that it allows me to select the track I want and arm it and hit record, play and stop, all without touching the mouse. That comes when you download the axiom integrated software for logic or any DAW it supports. Everything I buy from M-audio is top notch. I never have had a problem with any M-audio product. And I use a lot of them. Including M-audio interfaces.
Logic pro comes with a ton of VST's on it's own so I'm able to use the m-audio Axiom 61 to play the "Steinway piano" for example or use many synth's that are already installed. Logic also has a good drum machine.
I use Superior Drummer 2.0 for drums. It also works well with the Axiom 61. It maps out and remembers what keys I want for what drums. You can install multiple midi controllers if you need to, but I simply am just down to using the axiom 61 and the others are sitting around. The axiom 61 does everything I need.
I do not make electronic music, this is a helpful tool for guitar players using superior drummer and using amplitube or something similar. It controls all of it. And it's very easy to program. You just click midi, learn, hit the button you want or dial on the amplitube program, and then the button you want it assigned to on the midi controller and it's learned, forever.
This helps a lot with affects as you can imagine. Need to turn your delay pedal on amplitube a little different? NO reason to click over to the delay pedal and do it with the mouse, just do it with the 8 rotary knobs on the axiom.
If you're not a keyboard player you can get the small version of this and it will do just the same. If you want to put piano riffs I suggest getting the 61 at the least. I am used to using more keys than even the 61 but the 61 works fine. The smaller keyboards, like the 61 has an octave button, so you still get the full piano.
I use mac, so I installed no drivers to get it to work, I plugged it in and logic 9 pro automatically knew it. When I went to m-audio and installed the direct connection app, then Logic 9 already knew the faders where for using the faders in the mixer and the rotary knobs were for panning.
I just can't say enough good stuff about this thing. It came in very fast. I paid for 2 day shipping I believe. I have it plugged into a USB hub and it is now an essential tool in my home studio.
Finally, rereading the owner's guide, I found the part about installing the DAW drivers and a link on the website to do so. Once the small install was completed, and I reconfigured my software to see the Axiom, BAM! Magic! Everything worked without any extra configuration. Sure, you can tweak things, but most things you want are auto-mapped via DAW standards. Even the patch names were dispalying on the Axiom's screen. I could easily change patches, tracks, and control the mixer and transport. I think I could start liking this!
As a Keyboard: After playing my non-weighted SY-22 Yamaha, which felt like a synth, and my M-Audio M49 which felt like a toy, the semi-weighted full sized keys are great. I haven't used it much yet, but the after-pressue feel is much more destinct that on my Yamaha, and I like that too!
Anyway, it wasn't cheap, and it doesn't feel or perform cheap either. Just make sure you set it up right! There are many entries I found on the web like "I can't get my faders or knobs to work and I have given up!" Well, don't, just be sure to install the DAW drivers available on-line at M-Audio. Cheers!
The drum pads are a bit too firm, making it hard to do subtle pressure. It's not very user friendly as you have to read the manual before you can figure out how to program its buttons and knobs, but it does have good instructions and is supported by software.