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

Oxygen 49 (Blue), 49-Key MIDI Keyboard from M-Audio belonging to the Oxygen (Blue) model.

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Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 16 reviews )
 7 reviews44 %
 8 reviews50 %
 1 user review6 %
Value For Money:Excellent

JoeW1's review

M-Audio Oxygen 49 (Blue)
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.

sw80's review"Works good, cheap feeling keys though"

M-Audio Oxygen 49 (Blue)
There are 61 velocity sensitive keys on the M-Audio Oxygen 61. It has 9 sliders, transport controls and it is compatible with just about any DAW you can name. It is very affordable and well built. I have been using this MIDI controller since 2010 and I used it for about 6 months and don’t have a complaint about it. I chose to go with this MIDI controller because it had some sliders that I could assign to different options in my DAW and it was well built. At the time I wanted more than my 49 key controller so I started looking at 61 key Controllers and came across this one. It was affordable and made by M-Audio so I knew it would be well built.


It does come with a manual but there really isn’t a need for it unless you are having compatibility problems with a program or your computer. I used it on my Windows 7 desktop and a Windows Vista computer and it has not caused a problem. Actually on my Windows 7 machine I didn’t even have to install anything I just plugged it in and it worked automatically.


If you use the Oxygen 61 with Pro Tools then you will notice that it has some instant controls over it. Some of the sliders are pre mapped to options in Pro Tools automatically you don’t even have to do anything. You can go in and re assign things the way you want them later or if you don’t like the way they are when you get it. Also notes this with Reason, it was pre mapped to control certain aspects of Reason which I ended up mapping it the way that I wanted later down the road.

The keys on the Oxygen 61 really don’t have much weight to them, but I figured that it wouldn’t since it only cost less than 200 dollars. The keys do feel like plastic and cheap but that’s what you get for this price range. If you are really into playing the keys and need weight and a good feel to the keys then do not get the Oxygen 61 you will feel helpless and it will affect your playing.

BeyondR's review

M-Audio Oxygen 49 (Blue)
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's review"Great midi keyboard"

M-Audio Oxygen 49 (Blue)
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's review

M-Audio Oxygen 49 (Blue)
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.

Anonymous 's review

M-Audio Oxygen 49 (Blue)
The M Audio Oxygen 61 is a very affordable and capable 61 key MIDI controller. It has 9 faders, 8 knobs, transport controls, pitch bend and modulation wheels, and a bunch of programmable presets for different DAWS.

The M Audio Oxygen 61 also feels very solid, and I would not feel afraid to hit a misbehaving friend on the head with one of these (would not feel afraid for my keyboard, that is).

The Oxygen 61 is very sparse on the connections in the back; there is no dedicated MIDI out, so forget using the Oxygen 61 to do any work with outboard MIDI gear. It only has a USB connector, and a power switch. It is some kind of wonder that M Audio decided to give the Oxygen a sustain pedal input at all.

While the Oxygen 61 has plenty of controls, its selection of connections is quite painfully sparse.


Everything with the Oxygen seems to work perfectly, and it is an enjoyable MIDI controller to use for the most part. The simple fact that one feels faders and knobs in his or her hand instead of dragging a mouse across a table is already reason enough to buy the Oxygen.

The problem in it lies in the keys. Unfortunately, M Audio has decided that all controllers in the lines below the Axiom line of controllers must resign themselves to a fate of having springy keys.

That, I could get used to, if it weren't for the fact that this generation of the Oxygen controllers happens to register a keystroke in the wrong place. Most pianos and controllers make sound when the key is about half depressed, but the key has to be pressed almost all the way down with these keyboards. It's very upsetting to be going through an intimate string section (because we all strike keys gingerly when playing strings on a keyboard) and having them just not sound.


The Oxygen is, don't get me wrong, a joy to have, but it certainly is not one of those products that you can own and evangelize to everyone else. It's not perfect by a long shot, and anyone who really wants a comprehensive MIDI controller ought to look a bit deeper into the sea of MIDI controllers to find one good enough.

For me, however, the Oxygen simply acts as a control surface and occasional replacement for my piano.

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

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

M-Audio Oxygen 49 (Blue)
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 ^ ^

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

M-Audio Oxygen 49 (Blue)
I am totally beginner in computer music, this is my first midi keyboard, so beginners opinion.
Connectivity: USB only, and can connect a sustain pedal. That's all, and that's enough.
I chose this keyboard because it has enough buttons, knobs (8) and fader (9) to no longer use the mouse. And also for its 5 octaves. I'm not a pianist, but I needed a minimum anyway. We can obviously go up or down from one to three octaves easily.


Touch is clearly not a piano touch, but once again, I'm not a pianist, so it suits me. Velocity management is very good.

I have not even care if there was a manual or not. I went two or three times on the M-Audio website, for minor issues. Otherwise, no need for separate manual functions more complicated, but I'm not there yet.

Ultra simple configuration software compatible. I use Reason 5 and Ableton Live 8. It goes into assigning keys, you click on what you want to monitor from the keyboard, you press a button or move a fader / knob and finished. Same for all the rest. After longer need the mouse, one passes easily from one track to another for the keyboard and rule whatever you want (almost) from the keyboard. The faders and knobs may lack precision, but it does not bother me so far.

There's things more complicated than I have not explored yet because I did not need.


I use it for 6 months, rather occasionally, especially when I want to make me delirious noise / ambient. But I will surely be brought to me to use a lot more soon and explore what remains to be explored.

This is my first keyboard and I have tried no other.
Feature that I like most: easy to use for all the basic functions.

I bought this keyboard € 150 Used, but like new. I was not a great thing because I do not know if I was going to use it much. But I did not a keyboard that gives me no pleasure. I wanted to enjoy a minimum. And € 150, you win! For my current use (small delusions from time to time), it's perfect and I remake this choice. I have against me by much use now, and very versatile. I will publish this notice function.

spidermgf's review(This content has been automatically translated from French)" M-Audio Keystation 61 es"

M-Audio Oxygen 49 (Blue)
Food and USB cable connection, so simple at the time, now standard on a lot of piano equivalent. extended keyboard, more than enough for a home studio. small footprint.
its weight is reassuring.


touch correct some black keys with spring noise, but not bad.
had no need of the manual.


I use it since the acquisition in 2007. no problem, not down.
at the time the quality / price was unbeatable.
yes I redo the same purchase without problem.