M-Audio Oxygen 49 (Blue)
M-Audio Oxygen 49 (Blue)

MIDI Keyboard Controller belonging to the Oxygen (Blue) model

User Reviews: 4.411

All user reviews for the M-Audio Oxygen 49 (Blue)

Average Score: 4.4 ( 4.4/5 based on 11 reviews )
  6 reviews 55 %
  4 reviews 36 %
  1 user review 9 %
Value For Money: Excellent
JoeW1 03/25/2013

JoeW1's review

Some of the features that motivated my choice were the 49 velocity sensitive keys, the DirectLink technology that creates a quick connections to your DAW functions.

There are two type of controls , both midi and pedal based.


The general configuration and setup is quite simple , nothing really advanced for the configuration stage , thanks to the technology that comes with this product , you get an instant connection with your working DAW trough the Direct Link feature.

The manual is a saver , very easy to follow starting from the basic to the more complex.


What I like most about this product , is the great price , the powerful design by M-audio , the eight assignable knobs and nine assignable sliders, the Direct Link mode and may other cool features.

You get also 6 dedicated transport controls , a bend wheel , and some dedicated track up/down buttons which take you away from your qwerty keyboard.

What I don't like about it , is the lack of drum pads , if you would get at least 8 drum pads , this would be a perfect product , also another thing that I found quite disturbing , is the feeling of the keys , they feel like a toy , not really high quality.

However, my opinion about the price is great , this is a very cheap product , and probably one of the best in this quality price range , you can get it for 120$.

Precision and quality of the sound is very good , no issues found in this area.

I've tried several midi controllers , this would be probably the easiest to work it , the faster to setup doe to its Direct Link Mode , and the cheapest , good midi controller for amateurs.

Knowing what I know, I would buy this midi controller.
BeyondR 09/03/2012

BeyondR's review

M-audio oxygen 49 is a midi controller, pretty cheap but yet very high quality for it's price.
Characteristics that motivated my choice was the eight assignable knobs and nine assignable sliders, also I did enjoy the direct link mode.
It has a midi connection that works really great with Pro Tools and other daw's also a sustain pedal input.


The general configuration of the program it's very simple, yet very very fast.
The manual has a nice description regarding the knobs, slides, velocity sensitive keys, and also about the unique Select buttons for on-the-fly step-through of presets, program changes and MIDI channels.
The patch selection is easy to follow even for an amateur, it's very straight-forward and sensitive.


What I like most about are the 49 velocity-sensitive keys , I also enjoy 8 MIDI-assignable knobs
9 MIDI-assignable sliders, 6 dedicated transport controls, dedicated track up/down buttons, and many other cool features, like DirectLink and full compatibility with Windows XP, Windows Vista
and Mac OS X.

The prices is just around 150 $ , check on amazon, I really think you couldn't find something better for this price, and generally you can do some great things with a small controller like Oxygen 49.

I do enjoy how the keys feel, however it's not the greatest velocity sensitive keyboard out there, but it works pretty decent for it's money, quality of sound is on a high level and I like the material of the midi.

I tried several models, some more expensive, some less, however M-audio made me a fan, I really think they create a nice balance between price and quality.

Keys are quick, velocity sensitive, the controllers work great, it's bad it doesn't have some drums features, however if you're looking something for your own studio, this is your best choice for a small amount of money.

I would buy this product again and again, even just for fun, and it works pretty good if you're on the road a lot, check it out.

ericthegreat 09/25/2011

ericthegreat's review "Great midi keyboard"

The M-Audio Oxygen 49 is a good keyboard controller with Direct link technology, the transport buttons are very useful for recording MIDI and playback, touch sensitive control gives the realism of playing in a soft or in a hammer keyboard and is not expansive. I like it too much. You can compare this too the other boards A audio makes that are midi keyboards.


Works great and didn’t have any problems getting it set up and running. I ran it on a mac computer and went into the midi connections to set it up. I didn’t even need a manual. Very easy and straight forward. Everything with this board makes your whole set up easier, not to mention its small and compact incase you have to carry it where ever you go!


Overall, I needed something with more keys than the Axiom 25 so was looking at this very hard. Arrived and found it to be everything I wanted and more. The Axiom has high side plates that make playing the lowest and highest notes difficult. The Oxygen has low side plates and you can play it with no difficulties at all. The Oxygen doesn't have MIDI input, output or thru but I don't need as I'm using the usb connection without problems. I also didn't need the drum pads that the Axiom comes with. These items where not of importance to me. What is important is the ability to use the sliders like drawbars on the vintage organ b3 and the transport buttons that work with most any daw. I have stand alone keyboards I could use as controllers but this is lightweight, small footprint on my computer desk. Really haven't found a thing wrong with this purchase and would recommend to anyone looking for an easy to use and affordable controller. The only reason for the 4.5 versus 5.0 is anything can be improved.
moosers 08/04/2011

moosers's review

The 2009 version of the M-Audio Oxygen 49 is the newest version of this popular MIDI Controller. It comes in black as opposed to the original models which are gray. It's got a 1/4" output in the back for a sustain pedal as well as a USB port for hooking it up to your computer, which will also power it up. It's very simple, but it gets the job done and then some.


The feel of the M-Audio Oxygen 8 2009 isn't great, but it's still enough to lay down parts and play it easily enough, just don't expect it to feel like a real piano or anything since the keys aren't weighted. Obviously, the keyboard has 49 keys, but it also features nine sliders and eight programmable knobs for assigning parameters, as well as transport buttons, a pitch and modulation wheel, and track and transpose buttons. It's all pretty simple to use even if you're new to the world of MIDI controllers.


The 2009 version of the M-Audio Oxygen 49 is the perfect choice for anyone looking for a budget conscious MIDI controller for any purpose. While I do not own one of these myself, my room mate does and I've used it a bunch in his home studio here. I also used to have the original Oxygen 49, so I've got something to compare it to. I definitely think this version is a big upgrade as you've not only got more parameters and options to work with, but also a sleeker looking design. The price is really the best thing about the 2009 M-Audio Oxygen 49 as it won't cost you much at all to get a full fledged MIDI studio here. This is great for any DAW owner, even if you're not using MIDI all the time, as having the capability this day and age is a must. If you want a MIDI controller but don't want to spend too much, the Oxygen 49 is the way to go.
MisterCanette 06/09/2014

MisterCanette's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " Rather good"

I had just acquired my sound card (quad capture) and I need a MIDI keyboard altogether. So I chose this one because thomann cheap and provided a cover.


The touch is light, the velocity is difficult to control at first, but by asking, you get there without too much trouble .. classic master so the manual is not useful keyboard. Cubase DirectLink works but I created my own mapping very easily after some trial and error.
You can not configure the keyboard directly to the PC, and it took me a while to learn how to configure it via the internal program.


I use it for a short year and a half. The Knobs are not spaced enough for me but for studio use it works well.
The value for money is exceptional. If I had to buy a MIDI keyboard, I will not repeat it here because I changed my way of working and I gained a Basque keyboard, but with a heavy hit.
It is relatively small and stand perfectly on my office studio. It is lightweight, which allows easy transport.
I would not recommend it either, because the Novation (impulse) are really good. But it satisfies me perfectly for the use that I have. If you have more questions, feel free to send me an email or a PM.
nicotinedu44 11/22/2013

nicotinedu44's review (This content has been automatically translated from English)

Giving me more and more in the computer music, I wanted a midi keyboard to get the best set of software that I use (Ableton Live, and other vsti) because making music with keyboard letters is when even really limited!


Mollettes: Pitch Bend - Modulation
Octave Shift
Change track (technology Direct-link maudio can automatically map the DAW controllers keyboard, whose keys change of track that can move from one track to another by activating the recording case a midi track)
9 faders
9 buttons
8 rotary faders
A transport bar (loop back, forward, stop, play, rec)

49 .. and typed keys synth!

USB connectivity, and a pedal => Now I have another instrument equipped noon, this is where I regret the abscence DYN plug - you have to go through the computer!
Being totally beginner in keyboard in general, I wanted something not too expensive, that makes sense, and scalable (with many controllers, there's plenty to do)


The feel is nice for me, anyway being in the beginning when I bought it, I was not shocked or anything.
Direct-link mode is really handy, I am pretending not need to edit or even midi controls, except for some special cases when I want to order a vsti synth, but it's very quick (at cases from live, other DAW I do not know)
I read the manual the first time (which is in pdf, -1 point for this live!), Which has not enlightened me more than that, except for direct-link map correctly, but the rest it is especially at the advanced features, I do not know, and I did not need at the moment, maybe one day it will take me, but I prefer to make music!


I've had more than a year. I'm pretty happy - I do not say very happy because I have a fader (the first), which when put to 127 or 0, sending control change alone! This was not the case at first, but others take the nikel road so good, it's not too distracting, but if someone an explanation that I'm interested
And yes still happy because thanks to him, I started to learn to play the keyboard, so all good!
Good value for money I think from what I see in competition today with the experience, I will turn may be closer to a axiom 61 keys, but can be a good choice I would do ^ ^

PS: One day in a bad mood, I broke a key, disassembly-rebonding-nikel it works, but if anyone knows of a plan to buy games new keys (octave), please let me jus ^ ^
tom.saouz 02/14/2011

tom.saouz's review (This content has been automatically translated from English)

All the features have already been said in other opinions


Touch keyboard is nice despite its lightweight plastic when you press hard on it

The manual is clear and sufficiently

The General Setup is super simple! No need to go through the menus etc. .. to change the program and another preset


I use it for a month, and I'm thrilled!
I leaned Oxygen 49 for its price and for the presence of knobs and other controllers
What I like most and least?? I have only this to say "I love"
The value for money is super compared to some keyboards masters
With experience, I would do this choice!
mossmo 12/26/2010

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

What characteristics have motivated your choice? Having the volume pot and fader assignable


The touch keyboard is it nice? Should your use?
I'm playing guitar for over 10 years, I seek a master keyboard easy to use to create zik through fruity loops, cubase, ableton, yet apart from the small galley at startup to configure the keyboard to the software I use but once the whole set no pb, I'll hit the ample, my wife is a pianist who loves a little less, but I'll use it myself, especially since it is still better than what this fiat in this range Price

The general configuration is simple? I knew nothing when I bought this keyboard, but at the software I use (apart from cubase, and I managed to set up fairly simply

The manual is clear and sufficient? Manual download m audio via the website, nothing to say, is relatively well explained


For how long have you been using it?
For over a week

Did you try many other models before getting this one? No, this is my first

What is your opinion about the value for the price? Very good, for 100 euros I have a master keyboard fairly comprehensive and amply sufficient for my use

Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice? I think yes, although there's no harm competition in the market because it is my expectation
pololemineur 05/31/2010

pololemineur's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " Ouch Ouch Ouch"

Nothing to say about the previous review just a little clarification on the soft

This new release of oxygen 49 is not compatible with Enigma and M-Audio has no plans to he developed a version of enigma for this keyboard, the software owner of M-Audio midi controllers to configure his. which removes much of the interest of a midi controller.


the keyboard is almost without fault for its price, very well done, hit "synth" but not unpleasant. the faders and pots are solid nothing to say. but the fact of not being able to configure it through software makes this obsolete product has many applications. require the programmer to pass through the keyboard is a "happiness" ...


short I do not do it again this election and I intend to sell my keyboard
V4r!@x 01/15/2010

V4r!@x's review (This content has been automatically translated from English)

What characteristics have motivated your choice?

The presence of assignable knobs and faders.
I am not a pianist or keyboard player and I needed a simple keyboard to make small nap, drum loops ...

What connector (MIDI pedals ...)?
Connectivity is simple enough: USB for the transfer, an on / off button, an input jack for a sustain pedal


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The touch keyboard is it nice? Should your use?


Touch keyboard (plastic) enough for me.

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The general configuration is simple?


Yes, Plug & Play for basic functions ie noon. Tested only on Mac
For integration into your favorite DAW is the site of M-Audio as it happens. Several drivers are available.
I currently only tested the driver logic and garage band.
Some assignments do not work in garage band "out of the box"
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The selection of MIDI channels, patches is easy?



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The manual is clear and sufficient? ...


NO, ridicule.La paper manual pdf provided in the cd driver is suffisante.Le cd only contains drivers for protools for MacOSX and WindowsAucune software offering.


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For how long have you been using it?


1 day, the first review out of the box. I nuance later

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What thing do you like most/least about it?


Most buttons, faders and assignable transport function in this price range

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Did you try many other models before getting this one?


No, the first keyboard to commencer.Je does not become a keyboardist so ...
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What is your opinion about the value for the price?


Very satisfactory 100-120 €
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Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice?


We'll see
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