Avid Unveils Updated M-Audio Axiom Keyboard Controller Series

(ShackMan | Posted 2010-07-16)

Avid Unveils Updated M-Audio Axiom Keyboard Controller Series

M-Audio controllers have always been all about having a simple, easy to use interface on the surface, but with in-depth design features for tweakers who like to edit to their heart's content. Their updated controllers mainly feature changes for the former crowd. Of the new 25, 49, and 61 key models, John Krogh, Axiom audio segment marketing manager, said this: "With out-of-box integration with the industry’s most popular music software, an enhanced keybed, and a modern, ergonomic interface, players and producers can elevate their performance using an affordable, flexible, easy-to-use solution in the studio and on stage."

To enhance the ease of use factor for each of the keyboards, M-Audio has added their DirectLink technology to the new models. This sets up automatic key-mapping for the board whenever it is used in conjunction with some of the most popular titles, including Avid's own Pro Tools®, Ableton Live, Apple Logic Pro and Steinberg Cubase. Users can, of course, edit the presets to their liking from there or turn off the automatic presets entirely.

The M-Audio Axiom Controller also features a redesigned user interface and an angled top for better ergonomics through those long days in the studio. Sure, it may seem like a small update, but I'm happy for any chance to keep my hands healthy. Ever heard of tendinitis or carpel tunnel syndrome? On the 49 and 61 key versions, the M-Audio now features nine low-profile faders for an even more hands-on mix experience, and all models (including the 25-key version) boast eight rotary knobs as well. For precision control, an LCD screen shows exactly where your knobs and faders are at and allows to track them at-a-glance.

Although many of the new features are meant for the plug-n-play crowds, any fans of M-Audio and newcomers to the brand will all appreciate the addition of a semi-weighted keyboard for added expression and realism when playing software or hardware instruments.

The 61, 49, and 25 key M-Audio Axiom Controllers carry a street price of $299, $249, and $179, respectively, making them a rather affordable bunch.

James Rushin is a bassist, keyboardist, writer, and composer living and working in the Greater Pittsburgh area. He has performed with Selmer artist Tim Price, Curtis Johnson, guitarists Ken Karsh and Joe Negri, and his compositions have been featured at West Virginia University and Valley Forge Christian College. His contest winning essays and short stories have seen publication in and around the Tri-State area.

Feel free to e-mail James with comments, questions, concerns, at james.rushin@musicgearreview.com.

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