M-Audio Oxygen Series 61 Ignite MIDI Controller
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- bus-powered 61-key USB MIDI controller - east computer connectivity
- 8 assignable knobs, 9 assignable sliders - control DAW and virtual instrument parameters
- DirectLink mode - instant controller mapping to DAW functions
- dedicated transport and track slected buttons - streamlined session control
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The Oxygen 61 USB MIDI controller delivers next-generation functionality from M-Audio, the leading innovator in mobile music production technology. Oxygen 61 features eight assignable knobs and nine assignable sliders, 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. Velocity-sensitive keys and a sleek, compact design round out a portable keyboard that’s perfect for both production and performance. No other MIDI controller in this price range has so much functionality while remaining easy to use.
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Overall the M-Audio Oxygen 61 controller is an excellent choice for the musician or producer on a budget. It can hang with the Roland and Korg boards that are at least double it's price and it is built like a tank. I love Roland and Korg's synths and controllers, but in this day and age of economic turmoil it's great that M-Audio provides a quality product at an affordable price for everyone. In the studio or on stage, you just can't beat the bang for your buck that M-Audio provides. I will write a follow-up review in three months to detail the wear and tear of playing on it daily, but as long as I refrain from elbow dropping it during performances it seems like it should hold up nicely.
Con's: The sliders are the only part of the controller that doesn't feel tight and precise, so it's an odd contrast going from the excellent knobs and wheels (which feel like something much more expensive!) to using the sliders and spiraling back down to the reality that you're still playing an entry-level controller. They feel slightly awkward and flimsy, but for the price of the controller, they technically are average, I guess. Still completely functional, though, and perform as expected.
UPDATE: after 3 solid years of ownership, the keyboard eventually went insane and started sending phantom pitch bend signals, even offsetting the neutral position to ~-2,000 rather than 0. Very annoying, but after 3 years I would feel foolish to say it was a waste of money. Still, from what I've read, this is a very common problem on this keyboard and I was lucky it took me this long. This shouldn't happen ever, but my Oxygen 61 and I had a good run before retiring. Probably will not be buying another M-audio.
I like the feel of the keys compared to my last board, they're a little bit softer.
Just look for videos on youtube, programming is relatively easy.
I do have two complaints which I feel are relatively minor:
1. The sliders and knobs have no type of "notch" to stop you at 0. This is not a big deal with the sliders because they seem more precise than the knobs. The knobs... you can't get them to 0 if you tried. You actually can only get to 2% left or right, then you have to use the mouse. I have to think it would have cost M-Audio maybe like .02 to put notches on the board? Come on.
2. I may be wrong about this: You can't program it to mute/unmute a specific channels (at least not in FL, maybe other DAW's?)
But at the same time I paid $160 for it so how much can I really complain?
If you can find it cheap it's an amazing deal.
For its price This is a great MIDI board, however keep in mind that it doesn't come with any software; so I would suggest looking into a DAW or already have one before buying this board.