M-Audio Axiom 61 MKII
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M-Audio Axiom 61 MKII

Axiom 61 MKII, 61-Key MIDI Keyboard from M-Audio in the Axiom series.

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vipmusicos 05/08/2014

M-Audio Axiom 61 MKII : vipmusicos's user review

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61 keys springs, clear screen, faders, buttons, pads, a pitch bend and modulation wheel ... even if it is light, it is very solid!
A good compromise as an additional keyboard, relatively (trans) portable, in any case much more easily than my Tyros4 and Korg Kronos ...
Direct link mode announced not too motivated me, since I do not use Cubase and other typical platforms computer music = I bought used for driving and Kontakt Engine2 on my computer (this is a pure machine "mechanical", "physical" driving my boxes sounds) ...

UTILIZATION

I had a little trouble getting used to the touch through, however, it allows very pretty shades (attack and aftertouch) when it suits his game instrument that is controlled and the most subtle nuances of animated pads certain Kontakt collections are well restored ...

Manual included no or virtually ... you have to go download the UG (User Guide), pdf 50 pages in French, on the site of M-Audio = absolutely necessary if we want to draw something the beast!
Configuration not too complex but requires real learning (see above question in the user manual) ...
For my part, I program areas in splits and layers (4 in total) each with isolation function pitch one octave + / - and a midi channel (which you can stack a lot of progs / voices / arpegios / loops) Kontakt and Engine2 ...
Faders dedicated zones and buttons select / deselect each zone allow a live mix and fade in / out very easy ...
The ModWheel more useful to go chopper inflections complex nuances progs, is very responsive and precise as the assignable aftertouch (a real treat for the nuanced playing) ...
A true flat so we must wrestle = learning function keys and programming READING manual (download) ... if you want to play directly by connecting a USB cable to your computer, you may be disappointed have paid dearly for immediate use and not not a priori obvious!

OVERALL OPINION

A few months of use and I discovered the possibilities ... As I also edited the UG (pdf) paper version linked) ...
This is my first USB master keyboard (because I was using my arranger and my WS = Contact for this purpose and Engine2 led me to consider a concept at hand, WS = two pieces trigger a keyboard and a PC heart / motor with two players / samplers) ...
This keyboard fulfills my expectations very clear and there is a safe bet that I will still find two or three programming tips to help my driving both players ...
Purchased for less than 150 euros in almost new Cygnus, it seems to me an excellent investment!