M-Audio OXYGEN 8 V2 25-Key USB MIDI Controller 9900-41392-00
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- 25-note velocity-sensitive synth-action keyboard with USB MIDI interface
- 8 fully assignable MIDI controller knobs
- 6 transport buttons also assignable to any MIDI parameter
- Assignable pitch bend and modulation wheels
- Includes Ableton Live Lite 4 music production softwareso you can make music right away
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Escaping from my local retailer with M-Audio Oxygen 8 v2 in hand, I rushed home to see if these bells and whistles really mattered. Skipping the dated CD-ROM that came in the package, I downloaded the current M-Audio drivers using the World Wide Web. Driver installation was painless, and then I connected the hardware. After windows carefully chewed on three different hardware wizards it was all done. Not bad, although I have some sympathy for anyone who is not familiar with the Windows "Found New Hardware" wizard. Fortunately the documentation describes the procedure in detail. The creative session that unfolded over the next few hours is what prompted me to write this review. Long ago it was very difficult to pass "special" information over Midi. Users were forced to map out keyboards, sift through menus, and spend hours on configuration. Those days are over! With this current technology, mapping a function to a dial or button is a simple matter. Software like Cubase and Reason just ask for you to touch the dial you want to use. After you give the dial a little twist the software detects it and maps it to the function of your choice. I could not be more pleased with how well this works.Read more ›
Besides being easy to set up and use, I've been impressed with the quality. It really is a heavy-duty instrument. The whole thing just as a very sturdy, substantial feel to it. The key-action is decent. It does register how hard you press the keys pretty well. The one thing I don't like is that I have a fairly "light touch" and it fails to register some of my keystrokes. It really wants you to pound the keyboard apparently. I've gotten used to it, and it's fine for putting together little tunes at home, but it's no piano replacement, that's for sure.
Another bonus: incredibly easy to setup. Put the CD in the drive, load the drivers, plug it into a USB port, fire up your software. It worked perfectly the first time.
As I stated in the title of this review - it works great in Linux. I use Ubuntu 12.04 Dream Studio.
It's compatible with Ardour 3, in fact - it's the default Generic MIDI controller for it. Although, MIDI and Ardour still don't mesh too well together. It's a perfect match for LMMS (Linux MultiMedia Studio), and offers the sort of MIDI control I WISH Ardour 3 could muster up. It's also a great little controller for Phasex and AMSynth. Basically, JACKd will recognize it out of the box without any drivers or other Windows nonsense. In my MIDI set up, Jack puts it in my ALSA tab and allows me to connect it with anything I've tried it with so-far.
As a comparison - I also own a Behringer UMX-250 - a similar type of 25-key controller. The Oxygen8 won't replace it for certain things, mainly because I like the layout of the Behringer better - the knobs are laid out more intuitively, with more room with the UMX-250. The knob layout on the Oxygen feels cramped. The Behringer also has the more logical layout for the pitch and mod wheels - plus they're bigger, and with my big, clunky hands, the Behringer's design and layout win out for me in the usefulness category. Then again, I've also owned the UMX-250 for a while, and I've become very accustomed to it.
I also have a VERY cramped-up workspace, and the Oxygen8's smaller footprint can make it more practical for me when working with my DAW's. I also like the red digit MIDI message LED, which the Behringer lacks.Read more ›
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one of the best midi controllers you can buy at this price range. the knobs and keys feel great with good build quality. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jade P Feliciano
I use this controller for travelling. I'm afraid plastics are becoming cheaper and cheaper, keys are becoming yellowish, even I don't play it very often and no sunshine over it...Published 6 months ago by G. F. Rojas
So simple and easy to use, it kind of changed my life -- or at least, my relationship with music.
I'm not anybody's idea of a musician, but this plug-and-play USB... Read more
Just about anything by M-Audio is great. I got this for two reasons. One for playing left handed bass lines when recording and another to act as a "keyswitch" also when... Read morePublished on October 15, 2013 by 19six9
This controller does everything it said that it was going to do. I have used very few of the features that it has. Read morePublished on January 6, 2013 by Old Viking
M-audio has proven to be a quality manufacturer and this item is yet another example of that. Everything worked without a hitch and easy plug and play make this a great buy. Read morePublished on February 13, 2012 by herman blount
I actually use this dude for strings on stage, plugged into my EMU Proteus 2000 - it's really dependablePublished on March 30, 2010 by John L. Francis
I own a previous version of this keyboard, and it worked OK though the pitch-bend wheel stopped working after a year. Read morePublished on December 30, 2009 by TJ LA
When I purchased this product I was looking for an entry level midi controller with more than just a keyboard. The Oxygen 8 V2 was exactly what I needed. Read morePublished on November 25, 2009 by HNelson