The M Audio Ozonic is a pretty good midi controller, its one of the first ones that I had a chance to use. There are enough sliders that you can program all of your knobs in your digital audio workstation to them and be good too go. This keyboard is like all of the other thousands of midi controllers on the market, the only thing that stands out is that it has a lit up LED screen to navigate with and set up your programs with. You don’t have to set up programs in order to use it though, so if your just looking to hook it up and play look at some midi controllers without a screen because you don’t have to have it to use it. Its for more advanced users.
I prefer the 88 over the smaller sizes for no restrictions on creativity! Just make sure you do research on what OS you have (ex: win7 64bit, win vista, etc) even if it says there are no drivers available on their site for Win 7, windows 7 has a built in midi driver. It works good, just do research on your ASIO stuff as well!
The feel of the semi-weighted keys is different than a regular piano, but easy to get used to. I didn't even bother to read the manual I just hooked it up to my Mac right out of the box and started playing in Garage Band. It's serviced me very well and I would recommend it to anyone who wants an 88-key midi controller and uses programs like Garage Band, FL Studio, Reason,
There are still (as of 11/2011) no 64bit windows drivers available from the M-Audio site. Which basically means, the device still works, but with only one program at once. So if that is a limitation you care about, maybe check on the M-Audio site to see if these drivers are available yet. This limitation is apparently not a factor on OSX.
(Originally written by Techno-iD.com/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
Portable, all-in-one solution, the Ozonic is the perfect tool for real mobile musicians. It's ideal to work with Reason (and the setup with this software is very quick). In the beginning I had some doubts regarding the reliability of the device, but I've been taking it everywhere with me for one year (even on a sailboat!) and I haven't had a problem. The sound card is ok and it offers the same performance as the Audiophile, for example: XLR mic input with phantom power, guitar input and stereo input. I only miss an S/PDIF input, but you can't always have everything.
The playing feel is a bit soft but better than competitor products (Photon, eVolution, etc.). Very good global configuration, rotary controls, sliders, etc. Plus a joystick. It's works sweet with Reason. The display could be better. It's large enough but it only displays numbers whose meaning is hard to understand. It would be nice to at least give a name to the setups (one point off).
Very good product with a very compact size. Your laptop and the Ozonic are enough to play anywhere, even out in the open see...
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Having a keyboard ergonomic matre twelve o'clock, not too big in fire wire (powered by the PC), with Sufis of keys to play notes and to control MIDI. An old fantasy
Touch correct keyboard (playable) a little above average in this price CATEGORY. After touch through many difficult CONTRL, but it works
Gnrale config without problem
Select MIDI channels (etc..) Very easy
Manual print (pdf) Fransi, but incomplete. Probably a little difficult for beginners. No problem for the other
1 month, unwanted
Special apprciable most: a real all in one machine without vritable weakness. Good audio quality. The concept, while an almost matches what I was looking for. parr compared to other machines I've tried the Ozonic is a bit heavier and bulkier, but 37 keys are idispensables to play and contrler.rtuels The 25 keys (the O2) or less ca complicates the control of virtual intruments even if it is not a good player clave.
If the concept a while (on firewire) you should report qualitt trs price is good.
In use, but I do not regret 300mtres of cables between the audio / MIDI interface, the keyboard that controls more or less functions noon, the outlet (in the Ozonic fire wire is powered by PC) etc ...