M-Audio Axiom Series
The M-Audio midi control is by far one of the easiest pieces of gear you will every have to configure and/or set up. Just hook it up to your computer through midi or through usb. Insert the disk (it comes with the keyboard) and load the drivers up, you only have to do this the first time you set up. Go into your program and enable it, and you are good to go. It is compatible with almost any daw/program you can think of. There is a blue screen on the face of the keyboard so you can see what octave you are on, or to work your way through the programs and options.
Overall this is a great board, I love how easy it is to use this board and it works perfect with pro tools and fl studio. I am extremely happy with my purchase of the M-Audio 61 controller. This is a very sturdy board, it has good weight to it and it doesn't feel cheap or like plastic. A lot of midi controllers feel like toys and are very cheap. This one will last you for a long time without a doubt and work with any daw and/or computer you have in your setup. I am glad I chose this board to go with for my second time around. My first board was extremely cheap, and this one makes you feel like a pro!
Using the M-Audio Axiom 61 didn't prove to be too hard for me, as everything is pretty easy to follow. There is a whole lot that you can do with the controller, so I must admit I haven't yet explored all the features with the Axiom 61 as I haven't had an immediate use for it all. Either way, I think that most people will be able to navigate their way around the controller rather easily. I didn't have the manual, but it would probably be a good thing to have around if you're new to MIDI controllers with this sort of make up.
If you are seeking a MIDI controller that has a bit more than the basics and a lot of versatility with still maintaining a reasonable price, the M-Audio Axiom 61 is the controller that I would recommend for sure. I'm honestly surprised that this is priced the way it is, as it really isn't that much more expensive than the M-Audio Keystation MIDI controllers. I love having the triggers on here, as it makes it easy to get down a beat. I've never been a big fan of doing on the keyboard, so having the triggers is alone enough of a reason to spend the extra dough in my opinion. The M-Audio Axiom 61 is the perfect mid level MIDI controller for both home and professional studio owners...
This keyboard controller has made writing and mixing music so much easier, you can pretty much do a whole project without touching your computer keyboard or mouse, it speeds up your workflow infinitely. Another great attribute is that the keyboard is its on midi interface, meaning you could connect another keyboard or drum pad to it if you wanted to. I personally love that you don’t have to connect a midi cable from the keyboard to an interface, less cables equals less mess. The axiom’s keyboard is equipped with after touch, meaning you can hold a note, and then push harder and the note will get louder, which is especially awesome for pad sounds. The Axiom i bought was used so it never did come with a manual, but i learnt everything i needed to know about it from the M-Audio website.
I have been using the Axiom for just under 5 months now and i love it. I use it with Abelton live 7 and it works amazing, that is my faovrite thing about it. I’m not sure about other software companies, but I can make a guess that in will work flawlessly with all major ones. The Axiom 61 retails at about $300 and I have no doubt that is the absolute best midi controller for the money. I mean sure, there are better controllers out there, but for the price nothing beats the Axiom. If you are leaning towards buying the Axiom id say jump towards it, it is a purchase you will never regret.
As for connection types you have all the standards. One midi out for hooking up sound modules and other keyboards, one usb for hookup to the computer which by the way will power you keyboard off the computer, very nice!!! and a sustain jack 1/4", expression jack 1/4", a ac plug input (ac adapter not included) and a on/off switch. They thought of everything on this board.
If you are looking for something "meaty" in the way of action, this is not for you. These are waterfall style semi-weighted synth keys. I love playing leads and organ sounds on this keyboard, but I always go to a 88 weighted key controller for my piano stuff. You just don't get the "bounce" that is necessary for piano feel. When I do need to play piano on this board its always out of convenience because this thing is so light compared to my 88keyboard. This thing is plug and play all the way. I have recently purchased a mac laptop and have not fully gotten into the midi button assigning stuff, but everything except the trigger pads and the twisty knobs do what I would want them to do by simply plugging the keyboard in, no hassles. The channel/patch selection is set up right in front of you with a telephone style keypad, so its real easy to use. There are also a lot of program features but I have not gotten into those yet either. I primarily used this for sound module control and also patching it into my Triton keyboard so I could have triton sounds on top of my rhodes without adding all the weight of a workstation. It is shipped with a cdrom manual, but so far, I have not needed to look at it and I have had this keyboard for awhile. Now that I have a computer though, I am sure I will need to study it.
I have been using this unit for a year and have had no problems thus far.
The thing I like most is the trigger pads, they are a lot of fun. Some modules I own would auto assign drum samples to the pads so I could be beating on "drums" right away. FUN!! Plus the waterfall keys are a nice touch.
I can't say anything I don't like about this keyboard honestly.
I tried EMU keyboards first, but didn't care for the action on those, more springy than semi weighted in my opinion. I am happy with this board, it is so great for practicing with people. I now just bring my laptop and this board and I have all sorts of sounds at my fingertips at a 1/4 of the size and weight.
I got mine new from fullcompass for $280, I definitely recommend those guys, they will usually work with you on the price. In the end, I wish I didn't have to spend so much, but it seems like getting good quality stuff with lots of options, you need to spend the cash.
Yes, I would buy this keyboard again.
- Manufacturer: M-Audio
- Model: Axiom 61
- Series: Axiom
- Category: 61-Key MIDI Keyboards
- Added in our database on: 02/20/2006
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Other names: axiom 61, axiom61