M-Audio AXIOM Pro 61 USB MIDI Controller Review
This is an excellent Keyboard Controller!! But be careful, don’t get confuse, there are 3 MIDI Controllers with the name Axiom 61:
- Axiom 61 (2006).
- Axiom 61, 2nd gen (2010).
- Axiom Pro 61 (2009).
You can check the review of the Axiom 61 here. And now let’s talk about the top-class MIDI Controller from M-Audio: Axiom Pro 61.What I have to say about this Keyboard Controller, is quality. Not only has semi-weighted keys, but also has its technology TruTouch. The Axiom Pro 61 is really great for those who care a lot about expressive playing.
More over, with the HyperLink functionality, you can control almost EVERYTHING in your DAW (ProTools, Reason, Cubase). Just imagine, you can access the shorcuts of these software packages, like copy-paste, save, etc. It also includes the ability of two-way sync, so, when you adjust the pan of your instrument in your DAW, it also gets updated in the Axiom Pro.
And, of course, you have all the features of the Axiom 61, 2nd gen. I recommend to buy it in Amazon… As always, they have the better prices. Just click here.
Let’s check the main features:
- 61 semi-weighted keys with aftertouch and multiple selectable velocity response curves.
- Eight programmable “endless” knobs featuring non-détented encoders with customizable acceleration curves. These knobs can be configured to use any of seven popular increment/decrement methods to ensure compatibility with virtually any application that supports “endless” encoders. The knobs can also function as standard MIDI controllers with a range of 0 to 127.
- Eight Velocity or pressure sensitive trigger pads that can be programmed to send MIDI note, Continuous Controller (CC), and other useful messages. Additionally, these pads feature multiple selectable velocity response curves.
- Six Transport control buttons.
- Nine 40mm sliders.
- 128×64 Graphic LCD.
- 50 Memory Locations to store customized patches.
- Quick recall of 4 “profiles” of knobs and pads, effectively providing fast access to 32 knobs and 32 pads.
- HyperControl Mode for bi-directional communication allowing synchronized control over major DAW applications, virtual instruments, and plug-ins.
- ASCII keystroke messages can be sent from the controller for extended control of your applications.
- Sustain and Expression Pedal inputs.
- Four user definable keyboard zones.
- MIDI input and output ports on rear panel for connecting hardware MIDI devices.
- USB 2.0 compatible (also supports USB 1.1 and 1.0).
- USB powered operation, or DC Adapter (sold separately).
- 38.4 x 11.2 x 2.6 (inches); 97.6 x 28.5 x 6.6 (cm)
- 20 lbs; 10 Kg.
Supported DAWs for HyperControl
- Ableton Live 7.0.15 and later
- Apple Logic Pro 8.02 and later (Apple Logic Pro 9.1 only 32-bits. Logic Express not supported)
- Pro Tools M-Powered 7.4 and higher
- Pro Tools LE 7.4 and higher
- Propellerhead Reason 4.x
- Propellerhead Record 1.0.1
- Steinberg Cubase 4.x
- Steinberg Cubase 5.x (only full version)
Look what people say about this great Keyboard Controller:
I chose the Axiom Pro 61 mainly for its portability since I will soon have a surgery with a long recovery period and I wanted to still be able to play music even when I’m stuck in bed. I particularly like the sliders, they provide smooth action with enough resistance for good feel. The knobs, pads, and buttons are completely satisfactory ad the semi weighted keys are great. The fact that it can be powered through USB means that I can grab my laptop and Axiom Pro and make music anywhere I please.