M-Audio AXIOM 61 USB MIDI Controller Review
This is an excellent Keyboard Controller!! But be careful, there are three different models with the name Axiom 61:
- Axiom 61 (2006).
- Axiom 61, 2nd gen (2010).
- Axiom Pro 61 (2009).
We are going to leave the Axiom Pro 61 review for another post. But let’s just say that is the top-class m-audio Keyboard Controller, and the more expensive (but, yet, you can find it at great price in Amazon)
Axiom 61, both, first and second generation, is one of the best in class Keyboard Controller. It has all that you will need to get the most from your music software and from your MIDI gear: beginning with semi-weighted keys, lots of knobs and sliders, and also drum/trigger pads.
This Axiom USB MIDI Controller is full of cool stuff: 9 velocity curves, 10 trigger pad sensibility options, 4 knob acceleration options, assignable after touch, and a lot, a lot more.
These are the main features of the Axiom 61 (1st and 2nd generation):
- 61-note keyboard versions.
- 8 fully programmable endless rotary encoders, MIDI re-assignable. Rotary encoders can be programmed to use any of six popular increment/decrement methods for compatibility with virtually all software with encoder support. The encoders can also function as standard MIDI controllers with a range of 0 to 127.
- 8 fully programmable sample trigger pads, MIDI re-assignable. Trigger pads respond to velocity or pressure and can be programmed to either send MIDI note data or controller messages, allowing for full control over all your software samplers, for triggering loops and much more.
- 9 fully assignable 40mm sliders, MIDI re-assignable.
- 9 Fader buttons, MIDI re-assignable.
- Pitch Bend and Modulation wheels; MIDI re-assignable.
- Octave/Transpose buttons.
- 6 Transport buttons; MIDI re-assignable.
- 4 programmable Keyboard Zones.
- Expression pedal socket (expression pedal not included).
- Sustain pedal socket (sustain pedal not included).
- Fully programmable monophonic aftertouch.
- A range of different acceleration curves for the encoders for realistic dial control.
- Null mode – for full parameter recall with each preset.
- Controller Mute – reposition controllers without affecting your software.
- Easy to program controls can be assigned to a vast range of MIDI messages including MIDI controller messages, GM/GS/XG SysEx messages, NRPN/RPN messages, channel aftertouch, program/bank changes, note messages and more.
- Class-compliant with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Mac OS X
- LCD Screen.
- USB 1.1 port to connect the Axiom to a computer. The keyboard can also be powered from the USB port, so no additional power supply is required.
- MIDI IN and MIDI OUT ports for connecting external MIDI gear.
- Size: 38.4 x 11.2 x 2.6 inches; 97.6 x 28.5 x 6.6 (cm)
- Weight: 11.7 pounds; 5.3kg
And these are the main features added in Axiom 61 2nd gen.
- DirectLink – Automatic mapping of top panel controls to qualified DAWs:
- Ableton Live 8.1.4
- Apple GarageBand ‘09
- Logic Pro 9.1 (only 32 bits)
- Pro Tools M-Powered 8.0.4 and higher
- Pro Tools LE 8.0.4 and higher
- Propellerhead Reason 4
- Propellerhead Record 1.x (not 1.5)
- Steinberg Cubase 5.5 (full version only)
- USB 2.0 port to connect the Axiom to a computer. The keyboard can also be powered from the USB port, so no additional power supply is required.
- Better feeling in keys, sliders and knobs.
You can buy, on-sale, M-Audio Axiom 61 USB MIDI Controller 2nd gen, in Amazon, just click here. I don’t know how, but Amazon has always great prices.
Also, you can find, Axiom 61 (2006) at an incredible price, in this link.
Look what people say about this great Keyboard Controller:
I bought this so I could use it for controlling midi in a sequencer, which I have never done before getting this, and also for learning to play the keyboard. It works as advertised with ableton live lite 7, it is pretty easy to figure out how to setup the controls. The velocity sensitive keys work good, the sliders that people say feel cheap do in fact feel cheap but it doesnt really affect their performance, they work just fine. The knobs work well for controlling the pan of the channel, and the drum pads work for controlling drums, although I dont find them to be necessary as this can also be done using the velocity sensitive keys. Overall the keyboard feels pretty solid, I am glad I went with this one instead of a cheaper one.