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M-Audio Axiom 25 25-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with Assignable Control Surface, 2nd Gen

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  • 25 piano-style, semi-weighted keys>musically satisfying playing experience
  • 8 smooth rotary encoders and 1 mixer-style fader>hands -on control over your DAW
  • angled top panel and backlitLCD screen>better ergonomics on stage and in the studio
  • DirectLink mode>automatically map onboard controls to DAW mixer parameters-no complex setup required
  • Axiom Instrument Maps>instant access to virtual instrutment parameters for a hardware synth-like experience
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Product Description

AVID
M-Audio Axiom 25

Advanced 25-Key Semi-Weighted
USB MIDI Controller

M-Audio Axiom 25

The compact M-Audio Axiom 25 mobile controller combines all the production power and performance you need to get the most from your music software and MIDI gear. More than just a “data entry” controller, the Axiom 25 features piano-style, semi-weighted keys for a musically satisfying playing experience—yet it’s small enough to fit in a backpack. Large dynamic trigger pads make it easy to program beats and trigger one-shot samples—while the encoder knobs and buttons deliver complete real-time control over your software. DirectLink mode provides easy, automatic access to common digital audio workstation (DAW) functions* including transport, mixer, track pan, and virtual instrument parameters—no complicated setup required. The Axiom 25 controller even features a sleek, angled top panel for easy viewing in any environment.

M-AUDIO AXIOM 25 AT A GLANCE

  • 25 piano-style, semi-weighted keys—musically satisfying playing experience
  • 8 smooth rotary encoders and 1 mixer-style fader—hands-on control over your DAW
  • Angled top panel and backlit LCD screen—better ergonomics on stage and in the studio
  • DirectLink mode—automatically map onboard controls to DAW mixer parameters—no complex setup required
  • Axiom Instrument Maps—instant access to virtual instrument parameters for a hardware synth-like experience

Complete Hands-On Control of Your Music Software

DirectLink: Streamlined Session Control

DirectLinkBuilding on the best-selling MIDI keyboard controllers of all time**, the updated Axiom series features DirectLink, which automatically maps the onboard controls to common parameters in DAWs* like Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Live, and Reason. Take control over your software studio—directly from the keyboard. Use the fader and encoder knobs to fine-tune the mix. Easily navigate through sessions using the Transport buttons. Interfacing a MIDI controller with your software doesn’t get any easier than this.

Serious Production Power

Production PowerWhen inspiration strikes, you need a keyboard controller that can translate ideas into killer tracks. That’s why Axiom 25 is equipped with an ultra-expressive semi-weighted keyboard and eight Trigger Finger pads for programming beats with incredible feel. Automatically map Axiom 25 to your DAW with DirectLink—or delve deeper by assigning the pads, encoders, and fader to whatever controls you wish. Each controller can map to just about any MIDI message available, along with independent channel addressing for each. The possibilities are as endless as your imagination.

* For a complete list of compatible DAW applications and a description of how DirectLink mode works, visit www.m-audio.com/directlink.
** The Axiom series is the best-selling MIDI controller line in the U.S. (MI SalesTrak: January 2007 – December 2009).

Axiom Instrument Mode

Instrument ModeWith other MIDI keyboards, assigning controls to virtual instruments has never been easy. Now thanks to the Axiom 25 controller’s new Instrument mode, a single button instantly maps the fader, buttons, and encoders to any virtual instrument inside your DirectLink-compatible host*. You get direct access to synthesis parameters such as filter cutoff, LFO rate, and envelope settings—without having to manually configure anything. It’s almost like turning Axiom 25 into a dedicated hardware synth.

Intuitive Design

Whether you’re on stage or in the studio, your keyboard controller should fuel your creativity—providing all the right information and controls at your fingertips. That’s why we designed Axiom 25 with a sleek angled top panel for easier viewing of the display and improved ergonomics. Smooth rotary encoders deliver precise, continuously variable parameter changes, giving you a hands-on feel for the mix. The backlit LCD screen provides informative feedback from DAW hosts, including on-screen display of parameters, settings, and track/VI names. It all adds up to intuitive control over your MIDI software and hardware.

Mobile Operation

The Axiom series is extremely compact and lightweight and all models are powered directly from your computer’s USB bus. Choose the size that’s best for your needs, then take your music anywhere you want to go.

M-Audio Axiom 25—Feature Recap

  • 25-key velocity-sensitive semi-weighted-action keyboard with assignable aftertouch
  • DirectLink mode automatically maps controls to common DAW and virtual instrument parameters*
  • Dedicated Instrument mode button lets you instantly switch between controlling mixer and virtual instrument parameters*
  • Intuitive custom LCD display, centered on keyboard for optimum visibility
  • Angled top panel for easy viewing in any environment
  • 4 zone buttons for stacking and splitting sounds on up to 4 MIDI channels
  • 8 assignable trigger pads
  • 8 assignable rotary encoder knobs
  • 1 assignable fader
  • 6 dedicated transport controls
  • 6 edit buttons
  • Dedicated track up/down, bank </>, mute, and solo buttons
  • Dedicated patch +/– buttons
  • Assignable pitch bend and modulation wheels
  • Octave up/down; transpose up/down

* For a complete list of compatible DAW applications and a description of how DirectLink mode works, visit www.m-audio.com/directlink.

  • Factory presets map controls to popular music software:
  • Xpand!2
  • Hybrid
  • Velvet
  • Strike
  • Oddity
  • ImpOSCar
  • Minimonsta
  • 20 non-volatile memory locations
  • Memory dump via SysEx
  • 4 keybed velocity curves and 3 fixed velocity settings
  • 4 pad velocity curves, 3 fixed settings, and unique ‘step’ velocity curves
  • 2 assignable pedal inputs
  • Class-compliant with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Mac OS X
  • Powered via USB or optional power supply
  • Built-in USB MIDI interface including standard MIDI In and Out jacks
  • All controllers fully programmable to MIDI controller number and channel
  • Controller Mute function mutes controller output to avoid parameter jumps
  • Snapshot function transmits all current controller settings
  • On/off rocker switch
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Minimum System Requirements

Windows XP (SP3)*
  • 800 MHz Intel or AMD**
  • 256 MB RAM
Windows Vista 32 , 64bit (SP1) / Win7 32, 64bit
  • 1 GHz Intel or AMD**
  • 1 GB RAM
  • DirectX 10 or higher
Windows 7
  • 1 GHz Intel or AMD**
  • 1 GB RAM
  • DirectX 10 or higher
Mac OS X 10.5.8 or 10.6.1
  • Intel Core Duo
  • 1 GB RAM

* Home and Professional Edition only. Windows Media Center Edition is not supported.
** CPU may be higher for laptops.
Please check the minimum system requirements for your software, as they may be greater than the above.

Specifications

Size/Weight:
  • 8.8 x 11.6 x 3.5 (inches) 6.9lb; 47.7 x 29.5 x 90 (cm) 3.15Kg

What’s in the Package?

  • Axiom 25 keyboard controller
  • USB cable
  • Printed quick start guide
  • PDF user guide
  • Installer CD-ROM

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 11 x 15 inches ; 7 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 8.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B003V34WIY
  • Item model number: Axiom 25 (2nd gen)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,535 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 8, 2010

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Luke on December 1, 2011
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My first keyboard controller. Took a couple minutes to get it working but it wasn't too hard. I see a lot of people saying it doesn't have documentation or it has bad documentation: complete crap. There is an extensive manual on the included disc. Like I said, it's been my first controller and I was programming the pads to play different drum sounds after just a couple minutes of reading the manual. I use Propellerhead Reason 6 and it works great. It actually shows the name of the instrument I have selected or the name of the parameter the knobs are affecting. Very intuitive (once you know what you're doing). You may have to go to M-Audio's website to install something based on what software you will be using with your controller. Pretty simple.

The device:
It's compact, actually just about the same length as my computer keyboard. That makes it portable, however, it's not exactly lightweight; it's about 7 pounds. Not really that bad but it was a bit heavier than I expected.

The keys feel pretty good. They're advertised as "semi-weighted" and I guess that means, well a lot of keyboards just have plastic keys and it doesn't feel like a traditional piano with ivory keys, this feels better. I'm not much of a keyboard player (yet) but they seem good to me. The pitch and mod wheels feel good. The buttons feel alright...

The knobs take a bit getting used to. If you rotate them slowly they increment slowly. If you do it fast it increments fast. They call this acceleration. You can edit the settings to make this less or more effective. Or even change it to linear (it changes at the same rate regardless of speed). As far as I can tell there isn't a simple "sensitivity" setting to just make the linear mode more sensitive...
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By samurA.I. on February 14, 2011
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To preface, being a hardware nut (previous owner of a Korg Triton Studio, several Access Virus keyboards, etc.), the M-Audio Axiom 25 was actually the first pure midi-driven keyboard that I've ever owned.

First impressions: the unit is light weight, compact, and stores easily in my computer desk. very easy to setup, and I can't tell you how wonderful it is having a keyboard that can be powered directly through the USB. the semi-weighted keys are a nice touch which allow for more expressive playing, but are still a far cry the feel of a real piano or high end keyboards. the touch pads have a little bounce to them, which provides great response for tapping in drum/percussion patterns. Knobs and mod wheels feel about the same as any other keyboard I've use, no surprises there. obviously with a 25 key range you are sacrificing playability for compactness, and to this effect you'll have to be creative when composing outside of that range (e.g. recording each hand independently, etc.). However, for most electronica producers, it is perfectly suitable working within a 2 octave range.

Preliminary Review: The main feature that drew me to the Axiom was directlink, but as of today (to the best of my knowledge) this feature is broken in Ableton Live 8.2 and 8.2.1 (though it may be fixed when the next patch is released). For those using 8.1.4, you should be fine. However, the unit still works in Ableton for playing midi and tweaking parameters...it just lacks the instant mapping that is achieved through directlink. The pads work great with Battery, and the 8 knobs has made playing Massive and some other soft synths much easier. Overall I've been about 15x more productive since I'm not bogged down with my mouse for tweaking parameters. I'm very happy with this purchase, and I'm looking forward to seeing how well directlink works once the patch is out.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By AmazonAudiophile89 on March 19, 2011
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First let me start by saying this, the transport controls alone are worth the price! The transport controls have expedited my songwriting process and has actually motivated me to write more music. Works well with Protools 8 and Native Instruments Komplete. Semi-Weighted keys are nice and the pads are almost as responsive as my Korg PadKontrol, which is saying alot. Easy to setup via midi cable to my audio interface(profire 2626). Did not want to spend the extra money on an adapter and did not want to use USB, so I grabbed an old 1Spot (by visual sound) adapter I had lying around and it works perfectly. Adapter with needed rating is very difficult to find at any store such as target, walmart, radioshack, best buy so just go with the maudio one or the 1spot.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Antman on March 7, 2014
This keyboard shows that m-audio knows quality when it comes to hardware. The keys are weighted and feel almost like real piano keys, the beat pads are really sleek and work well, the knobs are cool because they are not fixed meaning they can twist all the way around and act as faders or whatever you want them to. The display is bright and shows really useful information like current volume, the name of the track your working on and the key you are hitting.

As for the drivers.. if you are running the latest Mac OS, there are none. If you are running the latest version of logic, there are none. If you have any combination of the two there are NO drivers. You have to download OLD drivers and than patch them in yourself.

THIS IS INEXCUSABLE ON M-AUDIO's PART. Mac OS 10.9 and Logic X have been around long enough. Its as easy as doing it yourself so why haven't they put out an installer? Laziness. Pure lazy.

Here is a link to a video that will help you set up the drivers if you are running logic X. Good luck!

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