M-Audio Axiom 49
M-Audio Axiom 49

Axiom 49, 49-Key MIDI Keyboard from M-Audio in the Axiom series.

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Average Score:4.2( 4.2/5 based on 23 reviews )
 11 reviews48 %
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beatsbyclos's review"Axiom 49 Review by C-Los"

M-Audio Axiom 49
M-Audio’s Axiom 49 MIDI keyboard controller is a great board! In my opinion, it’s probably one of the best out there. Producers who are skilled in playing piano gravitate toward this controller for the semi-weighted keys alone. I’ve seen many people from bedroom producers to long-time professionals utilize this controller in their studio, and I definitely understand, and agree, with their weapon of choice.

The Axiom was my second MIDI keyboard controller. I bought it used from a user on Ebay. It served it’s purpose well and though I do not have it hooked up to use in my studio anymore, it is still capable of getting the job done should I need it again. During its time of service, I used this controller for everything from school projects, to commercial productions, and a lot of practicing, all within Logic Pro, Maschine, or a combination of the two. Before I bought the Maschine hardware, I also used the Axiom 49 to program my drums and different instruments I created using vocal samples I recorded. This board also has faders and knobs that useful for setting volumes or automation. I also would use the board to control basic functions within Logic.

The Axiom 49 is very sturdy weighing six pounds. Like many boards this size, the Axiom 49 has nine faders, and rotary knobs, and eight soft drum pads. There’s also a modulation wheel and pitch-bend controller. The thing I like best about this keyboard is the semi-weighted keys. I now use a Nektar Impact controller and I wish I could take the keys of my Axiom and put them on the Nektar controller! I love the feel of playing a real piano no matter what instrument I’m actually playing. It just feels right. The faders are nice to have, but they are limited to being programmed to control one track. If you wanted to control another track you would have to reprogram it to do so. The transport bar is very convenient. Without having to go back and forth in between my keyboard and computer, I can play, stop, rewind, fast forward, cycle, and record right from my keyboard. The other thing I wish I can salvage from this keyboard is the rotary knobs. I love them because they are infinite not having a start and stop point. Because of this, I am able to automate any parameter I come across while producing and mixing music. The only board I know that offers this is Nektar’s Panorama series. The only reason I do not use this board now is because the sensor alignment for my pitch-bend wheel is off and it hinders what I play when creating music. It was so bad at one point, before I realized the real problem, I literally transposed and entire song I did song I made a while ago because I thought that key was off somehow, when in fact the pitch-bend knob was not resting in the “neutral” position when not being touched. Though I can turn it off, I am finding that I desire to use the wheel more often, but it would come at the expense of constantly adjusting.

The Axiom 49 is a great controller, especially for experienced keyboard players. The price is not as competitive as others, but you will get more of the features that you need (and maybe want) by investing in this controller. Forty-nine keys may not be enough for some, but for most this board will exceed expectations.

Semi-weighted keys
Infinite rotary knobs

Be careful when using knobs not to move unwanted parameters

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

M-Audio Axiom 49
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's review"Very Satisfied!"

M-Audio Axiom 49
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.

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

M-Audio Axiom 49
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's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

M-Audio Axiom 49
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.

Leulapin's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

M-Audio Axiom 49
I was looking for a keyboard not too expensive, programmable, with connections noon. In fact I use it in USB.

For the price I'm not sure what they could add


The touch is nice, that's what made me decide against yamaha that had a built-in arpeggiator.

The manual is clear but the general configuration, even for someone accustomed to the south is not so simple. Especially for the pads, besides, I could not get them to work as I wanted (on a different channel Canal General synth pads for drums / samples, piano ... piano) at the beginning.
In fact a lot of parameters are stored in different places in their software settings which means that we never know which one outweighs the others. You end up using their grid rather than the visual mode finally.

The selection of presets is unclear and I find switche not fast enough for my taste. Kind you're forced to wait for the master keyboard in your piece ...

There is no way learn (the keyboard controller assigns to what he receives as a signal as a learn mode is activated which, like the control surfaces are super behringer on this point). I tried not too but I think it does not handle sysex level potentiometers. Personally I'm doing but for someone who has an absolute need to control a synth beware.

Then we will not moan too much either, by spending time one gets his way and saw its price can not wait for a microcontroller that switches with the millisecond.


I use it for a year and a half.

Before I had a synth yamaha psr such low range for beginners, I tested the akai, yamaha and so on. before choosing MAUDIO to his touch that I found most natural (guitar today, I started with the "real" piano and am more comfortable with buttons the size of those of a piano) . I'm glad to have taken akai seen the quality that has usb sync my buddy ...

The value for money is good but not too much to want to be programmed. Must not play musical styles that need to go too fast on the break pads like core, metal, industrial etc.. because they follow not (to my knowledge no competitor is really better on this point) with the same velocity curves limit set in binary:)

With experience I will ever be the choice I think but I'll take a careful look at the speed of switch from one memory to another and that there is a way learn from the competition. Yamaha pTet genre was not so bad actually:) The arpeggiator or a few presets or simple as a click on the isp I miss more than I thought actually, just to complete a riff as we get the idea head without having to open the sequencer and make the battery to the pads.

gundz's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

M-Audio Axiom 49
- What type of keyboard (synth, piano ...)? How many octaves?
Keyboard Master


- The general configuration is it simple?
Yes just plug in, start building software is preferred (Reason / fl studio / ableton) and it works!
Be careful though, if you have a USB 5.1 hercules there may be trouble with the drivers
- The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
Manual as a PDF available on the M-Audio
comprehensive, but complicated enough towards the end (especially the part about MIDI)


- How long have you use it?
Two months

- How would you rate the quality / price?
very good place to start without breaking the bank

[/ B] - What is so special that you like the least? [/ B]
Touch a little weird at first but you'll quickly get used

ur-quell's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

M-Audio Axiom 49
This keyboard has the strength to offer a variety of controls:
49 key "semi weighted" (rather like special touch)
buttons / faders / pad / knob and endless

Powered by USB it can also be used in Midi With external power supply.
It can also act as a MIDI interface for the PC with 3 plug in / out / Tru

j I bought this keyboard because I was looking for an all in one solution to get started.
in this price range it is he who offers the most.


Semi heavy touch is quite pleasant. but compared to a real piano is very bad.
I personally had no Jamis tested before I must admit that a period of adaptation is necessary.

the config is pretty simple I'm playing with Live. one branch, the assignment is done in seconds and plays 3O

can regerter that there have no factory to live Since a lite version of the software is included with the keyboard.
but given the facility to configure the keyboard is not very very serious

the endless knob reagisent acceleration c is that by turning knob on the fast faster Increment value.
So it's hard to touver a happy medium.
it will be very fast (the style ON / OFF) or very slowly (but very precise) over the controller is notched at the beginning is a confusing can.

Another small problem is that the pad is very close to the knob or may accidentally touch and make notes for any


I for 1 month
I like the variety and quantity of available controls.
something disappointing: the output of the low C carton did not already it is a disappointing thing to buy an already repaired.
Personally I do not think it did look very solid.
but in this price range there is a good keyboard.

Edit After 6 months I fader caps that have been crossed, it does not take

rumbabaji's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

M-Audio Axiom 49
What technical specifications motivated your choice?
49 keys .. neither too small nor too large
the pad fader controllers DIFFERENT knob
- What connector (MIDI pedals ...)?...


The touch keyboard is it enjoyable? Should you use?
yes, but at the same time I am not pianioste, supposedly sensitive semi heavy c ... c not clear that a clavinova
The select MIDI channels, patches is easy?
everything is very easy at hand without going into 12 million sub-menu, pav numrique apprci


- How long have you use it?
4 months
- What is the particular feature you like best and least?
very easy to use, good looks ... and it does what you say
- Have you tried many other models before acqurir?
yes ... master keyboard controller without basic
- How do you report qualitprix?
to my friends, everything is CHRE in life (and I find a CHRE), but good all the same I think comparing it to other good value quality price
- With the exprience, you do again this choice? ...
for the same price I think yes

Miclam's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

M-Audio Axiom 49
I can not use my MIDI cable to the connected to my map, then once finished the recording of Cubase SE, I record the sound at the microphone. For midi and audio mixing is not possible!


The keyboard has a response time that can be annoying! Must play ahead to keep the tempo
The other buttons, I do not use them, over the play button, stop recording and are not usable.


Having four octaves is good, the more you can change to go to the grave or the treble.
Otherwise it is a keyboard, it is useless to have settings that are already on the computer