M-Audio AXIOM 25-Key Semi-Weighted Keyboard USB MIDI Controller
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- 25-key velocity-sensitive semi-weighted action keyboard with assignable aftertouch
- All controllers fully programmable to MIDI controller number and channel
- Snapshot function transmits all current controller settings
- Built-in USB MIDI interface including standard MIDI In and Out jacks
- Includes Ableton Live Lite 4 music production software so you can make music right away
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OK so like many of you, you probably done seen every single youtube video about this keyboard and read every written review you possibly could before buying it. That is what I did.
This keyboard does everything I need i expected of it and works perfectly in Reason 4.01
I did not have the "sticky keys" problem that some people complained about. The keys feel very good semi-weighted and are much easier to press if youre hitting the same note. Ive tried this along with the novation and the novation feels very cheap, I would neverrrrr even consider a regular key that isnt semi weighted now.
The LED is so got damn bright the first time i turned it on i had to turn my head (and this is a good thing)
Transport buttons, pitch/mod wheel, knobs all feel very sturdy, the keyboard itself feels very sturdy not like a cheap toys r us keyboard.
but ill wrap it up here, youve probably heard all of this stuff already.
I wish I would have gotteh nthe 49 simply because when doing samples on the 25 some notes make be on octave 1 and some all the way on octave 3 and you obviously have to go up/down octaves alot and i really regret getting the 25 now because of this but I guess ill get used to it
if i get money off of making music from this ill definately upgrade to 49/61
Before I get started, I want to mention that I DO read the manuals for devices and software to try and get started on the right foot. The problem(s) I had, however, involved mostly the lack of a comprehensive manual and the lack of good tech support for the Axiom, and the non-intuitive way some of the software and settings work. If you have any trouble setting it up, and you go the M-Audio forums for help, you're likely to get a response along the lines of "you can do _______ in the Enigma software" but there will be no explanation as to how you go about doing it, just that you theoretically can, somehow. The manual that you can print out is only about 30 pages long and really doesn't have much in it that's useful other than listing some of the pre-loaded settings and things like that. With many devices like this, you have to read the manual to get anywhere, but when the manual's as short and vague as this, it's hard to get where you're going! I'm using the Ableton Live Lite software that came with it, as I'm assuming many people new to digital recording will (and I don't plan on purchasing recording software until I know damned well exactly what I want out of it, so I'm giving Ableton a whirl to see if I like it better than Cubase), and it took some time to get things working the way I wanted them to. If you're new to digital recording and Midi, as I am, you'll probably be pulling your hair out for a while with this thing. The Enigma software, by the way, isn't as easy as M-Audio and some users claim - I'm finally getting somewhere just using Ableton and the Axiom to "steer" things. Maybe this will change in the future as I learn more, but I kinda doubt it. The biggest hurdle I had was in just figuring out how to get the pads and keys to play separate instruments - I knew that they had to be/were set to different Midi channels and I needed to set the software the same way, but it took quite a while of playing around and doing some of the tutorials in Ableton to figure it out (and even they didn't answer a lot of my questions but they definitely got me pointed in the right direction). Again, I'm a "noob" when it comes to this stuff, so I'm probably worthy of condescension from more experienced users (at least that 's what I've experienced!), but it seems to me like there should be better answers to common problems like these out there!
So, I guess all in all that this seems to be a nice, solid piece of home recording equipment, and for my use I'm pretty sure that it's got lots of things that I'll either come to use as I progress or won't be useful to the style of music that I make (but be glad that I've got the versatility should I need it), and that I'll be happy with it for the foreseeable future (at least until I move into a bigger house!) but, fellow "noobs" be warned - you're going to be doing A LOT of tinkering, looking around on-line, and mumbling swear words to yourself before some functions start to make sense!
I must say the construction of the Axiom is amazing. I am not easy on equipment. I drag this thing out to play shows and to band mates houses and it very durable. The thing feels solid as a rock and weighs almost nothing.
The keys feel really nice and are very wide. I don't like semi-weighted keys but that is personal preference. The LCD screen is bright and very easy to work with in the dark. When using the knobs or pads at the top it gives you a numerical rating so you know where you are. However, I will talk about the knobs and pads in the con section.
Overall, this thing plays better than I imagined. Feels much better than any other product I have used in this price range.
I don't like the knobs on the top. When you turn them it clicks. It reminds me of the board game Life spinner. They are not at all smooth and there is something like 64 clicks to make one rotation (never counted). It makes doing quick adjustments in Reason very difficult to impossible. At least in reason I have to make a full two rotations before I reach 0 or 127 (max).
The pads seem like a good idea but they don't work for me. The pads are actually sliders. Since you press on them they go from 0 to 127, based on velocity. However, unlike a slider, it changes back to 0 when released. In reason it makes the product useless. I though this would sync or work well for drumming, it doesn't. I am a drummer more so than a keyboardist, there are much better products to do it better.
The Nice to haves:
It would be nice if it came with the required power supply to plug in. It was clearly designed for the basement studio, but I don't always want to run everything off of USB. My MPC 1000 for example. Or if I want to connect this to a real synthesizer. I will need to the power cable separate. Most people won't ever need this but it would be nice to have.
It is a really good product and I see this lasting for years. It has its problems but I think it is the best product in this price range. I would not be afraid to take this out on stage.
Most recent customer reviews
Few months after I bought it got the famous BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH!!!
The support is terrible...not worth the headache...