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M-Audio Oxygen 25 25-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller
- Bus-powered 25-key USB MIDI controller - Ultra-mobile design
- 8 MIDI-assignable knobs - control DAW and virtual instrutment parameters
- DirectLink mode - instant controller mapping to DAW functions
- Dedicated ransport and track skect buttons - sreamlined session control
- Assignable slider - quick to Masster Volume. Pro Tools compatible - extends industry-standard functionality
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The Oxygen 25 USB MIDI controller delivers next-generaion functionality from M-Audio, the leading innovator in mobile music production technology. The Oxygen 25 features eight assignable knobs, plus dedicated transport and track select buttons. DirectLink mode automatically maps these controls to common DAW functions including transport, mixer, track pan and plug-in parameters. Built-in factory presets offer support for popular virtual instruments right out of the box - no complicated setup required. Velociy-sensitive keys and a sleek, compact design round out a portable keyboard that's perfect for lapop production, live DJ performance, triggering samples or composing on the go. No other MIDI controller in this price range has so much functionality while remaining easy to use.
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It -does- come with a MIDI to USB cable, which is something the product description really doesn't elucidate upon.
Power is obtained straight through USB.
The key action is non-weighted, organ-style. The key action could possibly feel slightly more solid, but for non-weighted keys, it's about average. All knobs, the fader, and the mod and pitch wheels all have a nice amount of resistance to them...not too tight, but not so loose that it feels cheap or in any way risks losing your settings easily. The buttons have a nice click to them.
Using it with WinXP SP3 and FL Studio 11, and it is -the- most plug-and-play experience I've ever had, short of my Blue Microphones Yeti mic. Considering everything it does, this controller is dead simple in terms of plug-and-play. Plug it in, turn it on, and you're ready to go.
I did have some velocity curve issues at first. That turned out to be an amplification issue, whereby the DAW velocity mapping was set in such a way that you'd get lower velocities more of the time. A simple tweak to the DAW velocity map curve fixed the issue, and it's really not a controller issue at all. In fact, you get six different velocity curve settings in the unit.
The unit is extremely easy to re-program and tweak.
I bought the unit new, and the packaging was entirely new, including the plastic over the numeric display. That said, the MIDI CC values were not the same upon arrival as after a factory reset that I performed while learning how to use it and having to revert to reset something I shouldn't have changed. I therefore suggest a factory reset as the first step in using it.
Another nice feature...the keys being held keep their position until release, even if you transpose octaves in mid-note, making octave shifting transparent as you play, if you're coordinated enough to do it. :) (More of a practise/coordination issue than anything technical about the keyboard...it's a simple button press.)
The manual is actually well-written, which is a pleasant surprise in this day and age.
I'm entirely satisfied, and you cannot beat this controller for the price point.
Size was very important to me. It's always hard to tell on pictures how big something actually is.. But it's smaller and more compact than I thought. The build quality is also very very good.. just like the axiom 61. I even prefer the knobs on the oxygen 25 because they turn smoothly (like on a dj mixer) and not like on the axiom where they click.
I was thinking about getting the akai pro lpk25 because that seems to be really good for mobile use. Already tried out the korg nanokey which is in my opinion a joke. Akai pro doesn't have full size keys either so I went for the oxygen 25. Of course the oxygen can't compete with the akai/korg size-wise but it's still really compact. It'll fit in a normal sized backpack, no problem.
So overall it's a great midi controller. For at home or on the go. I assume it would be pretty awesome for live use/djing as well.
One thing extra I would have liked would be one or two more faders... But you can't have everything : )
I've used this at a couple of live shows, djing using ableton. It works great! Of course more knobs and faders would be preferable (and of course you can't compare it with 2cdjs/mixer) but if you're on the go and need a small but effective keyboard this is it. Plug it in, map it with ableton and you're ready to go.
Then again I use it mainly for producing. And for that purpose it's more than perfect. For at home it's not too small and for on the go it's not too big. Highly recommend!
Update : I've been using this controller for awhile....still love it. The Avid software is available ...all you have to do is go to MAudios website and find your keyboard ( in this case oxygen 25) and you will see in fine print to download avid and ableton light live 8 I believe. Anyhow, this MIDI device is awesome and well worth the money.
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