M-Audio Axiom 49 MKII
M-Audio Axiom 49 MKII

Axiom 49 MKII, 49-Key MIDI Keyboard from M-Audio belonging to the Axiom MKII model.

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BeyondR 03/09/2012

M-Audio Axiom 49 MKII : Recensione di BeyondR (content in English)


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Characteristics that motivated my choice was it's great price and 49-key velocity-sensitive semi-weighted-action keyboard with assignable aftertouch, DirectLink mode automatically maps faders, buttons, and encoder knobs to common DAW and virtual instrument parameters,9 assignable faders,
Intuitive custom LCD display, centered on keyboard for optimum visibility and many other cool features like 8 assignable trigger pads, Assignable pitch bend and modulation wheels, etc.
It has a midi connection and also 2 assignable pedal inputs.


The general configuration of the program it's very simple , it has a printed quick start guide, also a PDF Guide.
The manual it's well structured, it builds a great understanding of the controller, and it's build-in features, like 8 assignable trigger pads, 8 assignable rotary encoder knobs, 9 assignable faders, and other features.

The channel selection is quite simple, however you should really get into the details from manual so that you can use it more freely and getting faster and better results.

General setup is quite fast, the great benefit of M-audio Axiom 49 2nd generation is the DirectLink feature.


What I like most about are the 49 piano-style, semi-weighted keys, that provide a great feel, I like the knobs, the drum pads,assignable pitch bend and modulation wheels,the LCD display centered on keyboard for optimum visibility that makes the creative flow to happen much more faster.
It's compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Mac OS X.
I really like that it's usb powered but you can use also an external source.

Quality and precision of the sounds is beyond good, I really feel like I'm playing a real piano, how the keys feel, the sound that they provide, it works for me and the price it's great also.

There are several type of midi controllers, however if you're willing to give more less 300$ you should try this controller, it's really handy and Pro.