M-Audio Axiom 49
M-Audio Axiom 49

MIDI Keyboard Controller belonging to the Axiom model

User Reviews: 4.322

All user reviews for the M-Audio Axiom 49

Average Score: 4.3 ( 4.3/5 based on 22 reviews )
  11 reviews 50 %
  9 reviews 41 %
  2 reviews 9 %
Value For Money: Excellent
ericthegreat 09/25/2011

ericthegreat's review "Good midi board for a starter"

The M audio axiom 49 is a great keyboard for your midi production system. With enough knobs and sliders to program to all of your functions that you program has. I have used this will Logic and fl studio and had no problem doing so.


I like being able to mute, solo, play, stop, rewind, forward, and record without ever touching the mouse and the fact that pressing stop twice brings the marker to the beginning of the session or loop point. The new keybed is also nice too. It's not as stiff as the first Axiom controllers. It kinda has this extremely light piano feel but yet the keys aren't so heavy where you'll still feel comfortable whether you're playing pianos, synth, or expressive drum parts. The pads are cool as well. Even though M-Audio could make em' a tad bit "fatter" like MPC style pads, they still feel good when i'm doing drums from Ultrabeat or my own personal sounds in the EXS24. The only thing I have against it is that when you're "slam-dancin" on the pads to much, they tend to blank out a little but it dosen't happen that often. Not to mention i'm sure that M-Audio will work out the minor bugs in future versions of the OS. Above all else it's a great feeling controller and my next move will probably be the 61 key version when I install Logic on my new MacBook Pro. I recommend it for flawless workflow in sequencing or recording on Logic, or anything else for that matter. New buyers don't forget to download the HyperControl protocol for whatever software you're using from m-audio.com


Overall its great, it comes in the 49 and a few other versions, I must say the feel of it is great. Like I said before the keys arent too heavy so you can still play your leads on it well. But when you first get it if you buy it brand new the keys will be kinda stiff. But they will loosin right up for you after a few uses.
ElectronikPromo 06/26/2011

ElectronikPromo's review "Very Satisfied!"

The M-Audio Axiom 49 has a TON of features which makes me very happy with it, it comes with 8 knobs, 9 faders, 8 drum pads, a pitch bend wheel, a mod wheel and of course 49 semi weighted piano keys.

On the back it has plug-ins for an expression pedal and a sustain pedal, MIDI out, MIDI in, USB, 9v power and a on/off switch.


This product can be very confusing to a new user of MIDI keyboards. The manual can be a little vague on some points and the customization of the MIDI controllers is very tedious and frustrating. For some this can be a good thing or a bad thing but if you get confused easily and aren't very "computer savvy" then you might want to reconsider your choice.


I like the amount of customization it offers and the feel of the keys. I dislike how confusing the interface can be. It was a great deal for the price. There was a little bit of latency in my DAW but that was taken care of by using ASIO for my audio driver.
MGR/ctargia 06/02/2010

MGR/ctargia's review "M-AUDIO Axiom 49 Key MIDI"

Axiom 49 - Advanced 49-Key Semi-Weighted USB MIDI Controller

I set up a student music studio/computer lab in college, the lab had these keyboards hooked up to them. I have experience setting up and playing with this keyboard for Garage Band, Logic Pro, and Albeton Live

This is a great keyboard. I love the way the keys feel, the semi-weighted keys play just as I want them to. It reads velocities correctly, some other keyboards I have played will play either too soft or too loud of a velocity compared to what you are actually playing. It comes with a driver disk, but I never needed to use them. However I never tried to use it on a windows machine. But for Macs it will work no problem. All of the knobs on the keyboard can be customized to different midi functions depending on what software you are using. Channel pressure, pitch bend, modulation, etc. Its a great keyboard and will work well and with minimal setup for many programs.

I honestly can't think of any cons, It is big and not as easy to carry around as a smaller 25-key midi controller, but if you want more keys you need a bigger keyboard. Although the top and low ends of the pitch bends kind of maxed out before you extend them all the way. The best way for me to explain it is, when I go to bend the pitch up, about 1/8' before the pitch bend knob reaches its end, The controller reaches the highest point. So basically you don't have as much control of your pitch bends as you had ought to. Hope that makes sense.

Great quality, durable construction.

It is a great keyboard, and is no that expensive. You can do a lot with it and is a great addition for your studio, or for performance if you play through a laptop, the possibilities are endless depending on what software you use.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
RickD 04/17/2008

RickD's review

- What technical features/characteristics motivated your choice?
I had previously owned the O2, also from M-Audio, and so what i really wanted here was a keyboard that worked...with no latency...with velocity curves you can choose...and keys that actually had some sort of touch to them.
Well, the Axiom has all that and more, although i'm not sure the 25 model has the adjustable velocity...check before buying cos that is one hell of a feature.

- What connection types are there (MIDI, pedals...)?...
USB, MIDI out, MIDI In, Expression jack, Sustain jack, power in, on-off switch, all on rear.


After my disastrous experience with the O2, i wanted to check this one out thoroughly and went round stores asking a lot of questions...and demanded to try it.
I tried some other keyboards in the process, of course, some of which were top of the range very expensive synths...none were as good as this except this with a proper heavy piano touch. But you can't compare them, really: this was the best of all the semi-weighted ones.

Haven't used it extensively yet but everything seems simple.

The endless rotary knobs are a plus. You even have pads! Loads of buttons all over the place...you also have faders! The array of assignable switches is virtually perfect.


I got this second hand for 160 €...instead of 250 € new. So the value is amazing (for me) ;-) . I haven't used it much yet but it's a pleasure every time i do.

The only thing that could make it better? More keys (get the 61 model then!) and a proper weighted touch.

Is this the best MIDI keyboard of this size/price? Most probably, yes! Would definitely buy it again!
tiossan 04/10/2013

tiossan's review (This content has been automatically translated from English)

The keyboard is semi-weighted and has a number of controllers important. connnectique standard (USB + midi pedal +)


Touch on a semi-weighted midi keyboard compact keyboard makes it a very satisfying studio.


I use it for 2 years. This is my fourth midi keyboard and it satisfies me.
Purchased OCCAZ but robust, so good value for money.
I am not using key pads but against the slides or slides are really nice, it was a newTee for me and I appreciate it.
charlototo 03/13/2013

charlototo's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " yuck"



this keyboard is noisy, I'm really disappointed, managing noon is the worst I've ever seen .. Giving errors in my incessant dawn: (


I used a few months .. but it is really unusable (this is only my opinion ... big mistakes are twelve o'clock Detuner notes .. no .. put a short day go your way.
OctaPhell 04/14/2012

OctaPhell's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " Strong and versatile"

The number of buttons, knobs, faders and potards.La possibility of producing layers directly on the keyboard.


For the Mao should be fine, the keys on the other hand tend to "stick" a little when they are not used. but a quick press with your hands and let's go for 24 hours.

Nevertheless there are still quite low compared to a keyboard heavy.

The south part is very simple and very well managed, I use it with Fl studio 10 it passes wonders for all functions.


I've been using 3/4 months before I had a 32 key lower bill and the change was felt!

I recommend for a pianist who wants mao kind of a good size not too expensive.
NfDG 09/15/2011

NfDG's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " Very nice!"

What characteristics have motivated your choice?
The next full (pads, faders, knobs! And semi weighted keyboard with aftertouch!
I plug in USB on the PC and I added a sustain pedal.


The touch keyboard is it fun? Should your use?
not really a pianist, the keyboard is fine with me. However, I would buy a keyboard 88-key hammer to the piano and electric piano parts, or the sensation of weight I need (I am not a pianist but I play piano on a real piano ...). but for everything that uses synths, samples and others, this keyboard is fine with me.
The pads are fun to play and pleasing to the touch faders, despite a slight lack of strength in their manipulations. endless knobs slightly notched I like least. the side have notched their sensitivity and certainly configurable, but that does not suit me too. does not stop me to use it all the same!


How long have you use it?
Just over three years now.
What is so special that you like most and least?
most: the next full
the least: the knobs
How would you rate the quality / price?
the report is very good!
With experience, you do again this choice? ...
Yes, perhaps in 61 keys. though ...
flegmatize 07/11/2011

flegmatize's review (This content has been automatically translated from English)

The many controllers, pads, and hit motivated my choice, and the trust I place on the brand.


Touched semi weighted unusual, we like we like it, I like.
Configuration very simple if you know to use its MIDI sequencer.
Channel selection and easy thanks to the small screen.


I use it occasionally for 3 years and it suits me ample (use computer music). I tested some other models midi keyboard later.
The price / quality ratio and correct, but over time I think I made a simple type Keystation keyboard, often not using the controllers in the end ...
I think the most: the pads, the possibilities of settings and presets offered by the screen.
magic_pop_corn 05/10/2011

magic_pop_corn's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " Excellent and comprehensive!"

What motivated my choice: all checks pm: I used both keyboard and controller! (And the bargain price that I had ...)
She can connect two pedals, it connects both midi in usb, if it is usb the computer detects it immediately, and via the internet, installs the drivers without incident.


The touch is nice for this type of device, nothing to do anyway with the heavy touch of my Roland, himself, has the last few steps to climb to compare to a real piano ...

The manual is quite clear and complete.

The general configuration is simple, since it allows a lot of things: if we want to push the beast into a corner, he will study it for a while!


I use it for 2 years. This is my first midi keyboard.

The feature I like most: all of these controls noon, pads, knobs, faders ... All parameters as desired (see article for details). Besides programming opportunities that I have not yet used.
The feature I like least: no m-audio axiom in 88 keys! Damage. More seriously, the pads are really limited to playing the drum. but as triggers, they add much to this keyboard already full!

I had OCCAZ so enjoyable value for money! Today, we can get it for even cheaper: for those who want acquire a very good keyboard, midi controller for only a hundred euros, there's no hesitation.

With experience, I do it again so this choice I eagerly awaits the release of the axiom 88!