M Audio Oxygen 49 IV | 49 Key USB/MIDI Keyboard With 8 Trigger Pads & A Full Consignment of Production/Performance Ready Controls
- Compact, ultra portable performance keyboard controller with 49 full size, synth action velocity sensitive keys and on board pitch bend and modulation wheels for expressive performances
- 8 velocity sensitive trigger pads for beat production and clip launching; 8 assignable knobs and 9 assignable faders for manipulating virtual instruments, daw parameters and plugins on board lcd screen provides instant parameter feedback
- Dedicated octave up and down buttons increase the keyboard to the full melodic range and transport buttons let you control your daw without reaching for the mouse
- Innovative directlink automatically maps controls to popular daws including ableton live, pro tools, logic, cubase and more
- Class compliant, plug and play functionality and USB powered specification for simple user friendly setup
- Comprehensive production software package for mac and pc worth over $100 included; ableton live lite, sonivox twist and air music tech xpand 2
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Premium Synth-Action Response
Your performance demands the right tools for the job. M-Audio's Oxygen 49 features a synth-action keybed with action that is adaptable, clean and precise. The natural profile keys are both velocity- and pressure-sensitive, for maximum expressive capability, guaranteeing to replicate every subtlety and nuance of your performance. With the inclusion of conveniently-located, Octave Up and Octave Down buttons, accessing the entire note range has never been easier - whether you're playing intricate melodic lines, chords or basslines, Oxygen 49 is the ideal, ultra-portable production and performance control solution.
Premium Software Suite Included
ProTools | First | M-Audio Edition - Based on the same music creation and audio production tools that artists, musicians, producers, engineers, and mixers rely on every day.
Eleven Lite - The ultimate plugin for in-demand guitar amp & cab modelling.
Ableton Live Lite - Produce, perform create - edit your musical ideas in a seamless audio/MIDI environment.
Twist - Combining a dynamic interface, an advanced pattern generator, and onboard effects, Twist 2 is your toolkit for serious sound design using simple, time-saving controls.
Eighty Eight Ensemble - Add an exceptional recreation of the Steinway 9-foot CD 327 grand piano to your productions.
Xpand!2 - Premium multitimbral workstation offering four active sound slots, or parts, per patch.
Welcome to the World of VIP Music Software
Experience expanded control of your VST instrument and effect collection with Oxygen 25 MKIV and VIP3.1.
VIP3.1 provides you with unparalleled access to your virtual instrument and effect collection, seamlessly integrating the hardware / software experience and grants the unrestricted freedom to create in a user-friendly, intuitive format.
The combination of VIP and Oxygen 25 MKIV maximizes workflow and ensures a playing experience that feels natural and enhances creativity - the natural, tactile feel of hardware fused with the unrivaled processing capability of virtual Instruments.
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Based in Los Angeles and London, Touch Loops equips customers with the most cutting-edge sound elements, instruments, hardware, and software recordings, expertly curated by a team of professional music producers and sound designers.
Now included with Oxygen 49, this 500+ sound library provides everything from must-have one shot drum hits to sultry melodic loops and deep, driving bass - whatever your project demands, this expertly curated sample content arms you with cutting-edge content to realize it!
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With an array of assignable knobs, pads, and a fader, Oxygen 49 gives you total control over your software, allowing you to stay engaged in the creative flow of recording and mixing music without ever reaching for the mouse. It features 49 velocity sensitive keys for playing chords, bass lines, and melodies; eight assignable knobs for tweaking effect plugins and virtual instruments; eight velocity sensitive pads for triggering samples or finger drumming; and an assignable fader that is ideal for controlling the master output or mixing tracks together. Oxygen 49 also has dedicated transport controls and track up and down buttons that allow you to initiate play, stop, and record in the DAW environment right from your keyboard controller.
- Macintosh: 1.25 GHz G4/G5 or faster (Intel Mac recommended), 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended), Mac OS X 10.4.11 (10.5 or later recommended)
- Windows: 1.5 GHz Pentium 4 or Celeron compatible CPU or faster (multicore CPU recommended), 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended), Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP, Windows compatible sound card (ASIO driver support recommended), QuickTime recommended
- Available USB Port.
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The buttons require more pressure to engage than on older M-Audio models. That is not good. Especially since the nature of midi control workflows are click-and-button-press-intensive. You actually have to put more force behind the press and wait for a 'click'. Before on the KeyStation series, they felt more rubberized and required less pressure. Disappointing on the DE-evolution of this feature. The KeyStation series also had better fader(s). The faders don't have 'true' response like on a real mixing board. This is to be expected for a midi controller, so the user has to engage the fader to get the DAW to respond and give control. With this Oxygen 49 MKIV, it again requires more movement of the physical fader to get the DAW to respond. It just isn't as sensitive as the KeyStation series. Again disappointing. Especially since the cost is more. The buttons and faders feel cheaper too. If I had known this, I would have just purchased something else. M-Audio should publicly rate the grade level quality of such items, and keep that standardized throughout the life time of all their products and model lines. Transparency is the key to happy customers.
Another major flaw, is that the mapping is convoluted with my DAW (Logic Pro X - 2017). The whole reason I purchased a 9-fader midi controller was to have plug and play control over the first 8 channels for mixer volume plus the master stereo fader. The user has to set this and it does not hold from session to session. Highly disappointed on this. It may get returned for another model/brand. Most if not all the hardware feel cheaper than my 2005 model KeyStation 49. That one had better response from the moving parts (fader, wheels, octave buttons), and doesn't feel like a child's toy.
This is my first "mini" MIDI keyboard, as my other is an 88-key Yamaha. The form factor of the 25 key layout was the primary need. After several weeks of use, I can report this unit has been rock solid. From the first time moment I connected via an USB3 port, it neatly integrated with FL Studio, and has worked without a hitch. Here are a few of my thoughts:
- Pads are nice, and seem to respond to velocity with aggressive tapping
- Session control buttons: loop, play, record, stop are positioned perfectly over center of keyboard, and make using the DAW a dream
- Keys have decent tactile feel
- Minor nitpick, but it seems the touch sensitivity could be re-calibrated.. I find myself banging on the keys at times :)
- No other issues.. I really enjoy using this keyboard
Overall I feel that I made the right choice going this route over the Akai or Novation Launchkey
The included 3rd-party software left me disappointed, because both Ableton Live and ProTools First focus more on copying & pasting someone else's loops than on helping you make your own music. But since this is a class compliant MIDI controller, you can use your MIDI software of choice. I've had no problems using the Oxygen 49 with Sekaiju, Anvil Studio, as well as ACID Music Studio 10 and the latest ACID Pro 8.
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InMusic engineering support stated that this is a known manufacturing fault that occurs when the keyboard is shipped to either the warehouse or the customer due to the fragile nature of the keyboard sensors that do not always survive shipping.
This keyboard is clearly not fit for purpose if it it not designed to survive shipping or delivery.
The merchant wants to charge £25 to ship back to them for a repair which is an insult considering that the product has a known manufacturing defect which is common across multiple units and present from day one of testing the unit. Exact same fault as reported by other Amazon buyers. The manufacturer should have recalled the faulty batch rather than risk tainting their brand and making many customers unhappy.
If Amazon A-Z can not help, this will be a case for Office of Fair Trading as manufacturer and merchant appear to be knowingly selling products not fit for purpose.
Some keys don't play. Others play multiple notes, sometimes endlessly. Tested on Mac and PC. It is a hardware issue and unfixable.
Before purchasing, look at the number of people whose keyboard arrived in this condition. The company needs better QA for this model.
- Easy to install, simply plug n play.
- Easy to configure with Studio One Artist, took a few Google searches to initially find out how but it's one of those things that once you know, you know.
- Takes up very little space on my desk.
- Keys feel like the real deal, nice and responsive
- Portability 2* - technically super portable, it's so light. However, when you're using it, do not move it. The device in Windows will corrupt and you maybe have to turn it off and on, and even move it to a different USB port. If you are like me and happy to just leave sitting where it is, 95% of the time you'll have no issue. The other 5% you can just flick it off and on by the switch on the back if the DAW has stopped registering your key strokes.
- Initially this took me a while to work out how to program the knobs etc. in. I haven't used the DAW that came with the keyboard yet, I believe this is more plug and play. My advice would be to forget any of the features that look like they are available on the keyboard and follow instructions from Studio One on setting up the keyboard as a MIDI controller. Once I did this it all became much easier.
Generally I would recommend this device to a friend, but I haven't tried any others. If this died and it was out of warranty I may be tempted to try another model purely because of the device corrupting when you move the keyboard around. However it's kind of good that this happens as I'm sure the USB cable and input will last a lot longer not being dragged around by me moving the keyboard from the desk to my lap. I just assume that people who may like to use this sitting on an unstable surface (like on their bed) may have problems. This might not be the same if you are using a Mac, I can not vouch for this as I haven't tried.
I don't like the feel of the action. It's not bad (in fact, good for the price) but I have a Clavinova, a real piano, Korg Triton and often play other keyboards and in comparison it just feels 'plasticy' or 'springy'. I am aware that comparing a cheap keyboard controller to a real piano is not fair but when you are playing it is the action itself that you interact with.
Second criticism is so specific that it probably won't bother anyone - I recently switched to using Cakewalk (Sonar) as my DAW to break old habits and freshen up. Unfortunately, I found the relationship between the two when setting up the M-Audio dials, buttons etc. was not intuitive. To be fair I think other DAWs that I have used in the past (Logic, Ableton or Cubase) would be fine so it is more a fault of the software rather than the keyboard.
Other than that, so far the keyboard has been reliable and the dials and levers are nicely responsive for editing virtual instruments or moving elements of the mixing desk.
The downside is the software if that's important to you. It seems to be mainly attempts to get you to buy useless stuff you don't want by offering trials and "discounts". This is one of the least useful software bundles I've seen; I will be trying Ableton Lite but otherwise nothing. This might be enough to put you off when other products give really good bundles and part of me wishes I'd gone with the more expensive NI line, but I am probably going to keep it due to the hardware being quite good value so swings and roundabouts.
I feel that on balance this is worth 4 stars due to a good price point and full - size keys. The action isn't like a piano of course but none of them are and for a midi controller I'm fine with it.
The second reason is compatibility. MAudio wanted to make sure that the Oxygen 49 MKIV operates as intended with just about every major DAW out there. That means no need for painful syncing of devices, it works perfectly with GarageBand on my Mac – just plug it in and you are good to go.
MAudio’s Oxygen 49 MKIV may not be the flashiest controller out there, nor one that has too many bells and whistles. Yet, it brings something much more valuable to the table: consistency. If you are looking for a reliable controller – with a good build, ease of use and solid controls – then this is a great choice.
Unfortunately there are probably better options on the market to justify buying this one.
One thing I did find was the keyboard kept dropping out and losing connectivity when plugged into a USB 3 socket. I don't know if this is a universal problem but changing over to USB2 sorted it out. It's also worth remembering the keyboard is USB powered. So if you're running other USB powered devices like external hard drives etc, the standard 500 watt power supply on some PC's can be a problem. If you have the time, the money and the inclination, I would suggest at least a 750 watt PSU when running any USB powered MIDI device.
As a piece of home studio kit, the overall performance of this Keyboard offers decent value for money. Not sure I would trust it in a live situation though. Like most keyboards in this price range the materials are cheap and the construction probably wouldn't stand up to being hefted about too much. Still better than many others I've tested. Definitely worth 4 stars.