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M-Audio AXIOM PRO 61 Keyboard Controller

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The M-Audio Axiom Pro 61 is an extremely powerful USB MIDI controller that features 61 semi-weighted keys, a useful set of trigger pads & controls, and custom software called "HyperControl" that runs within the product itself that automatically maps its hardware controls to Pro Tools and other popular DAW programs. The idea behind the M-Audio Axiom Pro 61 is to get the user away from your computer keyboard and mouse, and to keep your focus on the creative act of making music. The HyperControl software plays a huge part in allowing the user to constantly follow your inspiration-- rather than constantly click through menus with a mouse. HyperControl seamlessly syncs the Axiom Pro's knobs, pads, display, and controls with DAW software and plug-ins running on your computer. You use buttons on the M-Audio Axiom Pro 61 to navigate to different virtual instruments and screens in your audio software. The graphic LCD display on the M-Audio Axiom Pro 61 will follow along as you work with your DAW, updating any necessary information about the current task being carrying out.

The Axiom Pro is the next generation of the popular Axiom series of keyboard controllers from M-Audio. In an effort to outdo themselves once again, the designers paid great attention to the playability of the keys. After all, one of the most important aspects of a MIDI keyboard controller is its ability to perform as an emotive musical instrument. The result of this effort is the Axiom Pro's piano-style "TruTouch" semi-weighted keys. Featuring a professional playing action designed to satisfy the most seasoned of musicians, even beginners will appreciate this keyboard's ability to translate the emotional subtleties of a simple melody.

When recording studios quickly transitioned from traditional hardware to being almost entirely computer based, it wasn't long before you longed for tactile, hands-on control. Dedicated MIDI software controllers soon appeared on the market to fill in this gap. The Axiom Pro gives you all of the hands-on control you need for your studio, with a first class piano-style keyboard built-in. The eight velocity-sensitive pads are perfect for sequencing beats, or for firing off samples and keystrokes. The transport buttons and function keys combined with the powerful HyperControl software make the Axiom Pro the ultimate all-in-one keyboard controller for Pro Tools, Logic, Ableton Live, Reason, and Cubase.

Enhanced DAW Integration with HyperControl Technology

Thanks to revolutionary M-Audio HyperControl technology, your Axiom Pro 61-key MIDI controller will automatically map to commonly used parameters of popular software instruments and digital audio workstations including Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic, and Reason systems (see below for more DAW compatibility). HyperControl updates the virtual instrument or track parameter mappings of each control in real time as you sequence - it doesn't get any easier.

The HyperControl Difference
While other MIDI controllers offer mapping, the M-Audio Axiom Pro 61 line has HyperControl technology. HyperControl synchronizes Axiom Pro with your DAW, ensuring that your hardware and software collaborate to form a single work environment. The technology utilizes the Axiom Pro 61 graphic LCD to group software controls together in a modular fashion. Similar controls are organized in named groups and accessed via 4 dedicated softkeys, which are continually updated to reflect the mapped parameters. A dedicated button toggles between Mixer and Instrument modes for instant hands-on control of all of your software's functionality. Dedicated Track buttons allow sequential navigation of your mixer and instantaneous mapping of software instruments within the selected track. The M-Audio Axiom Pro lets you even control software instruments without opening them.

DAW Transport and Track Navigation
The 6 dedicated transport buttons on the Axiom Pro 61 controller give you immediate hands-on access to all of your host Digital Audio Workstations playback and recording controls. Unlike other all-or-nothing systems, Axiom Pro 61 also features a transport-only mode. This option lets you access DAW transports and track navigation via HyperControl technology, while creating and controlling your own custom MIDI assignments for the trigger pads, buttons, and encoders.

Expressive Playability
With great feel in a lightweight chassis, the Axiom Pro 61 controller provides a new level of creative inspiration. The M-Audio TruTouch keybed combines professional semi-weighted action with advanced high-speed keybed scanning technology for an ultra-expressive playing experience. Assignable Aftertouch adds an extra measure of expression and control.

The Ultimate Pro Tools Keyboard Controller
Whether you are working on a Pro Tools M-Powered, Pro Tools LE, or Pro Tools|HD system, the Axiom Pro MIDI controllers set a new standard for Pro Tools keyboard control. Advanced M-Audio HyperControl technology puts instant access to all of your Pro Tools parameters at your fingertips - including mixing, individual track functionality, and unparalleled control of virtual instruments such as Xpand!, Strike, and Hybrid.

Different Strokes
The Axiom Pro keyboard controller line is the first to combine MIDI control with ASCII keystrokes. You can assign any button on Axiom Pro 61 to send ASCII messages accessing any of the available QWERTY keyboard shortcuts within your host DAW. Imagine the possibilities with Copy, Paste, Duplicate, New Track - anything you want to assign.

Complete MIDI Control
With an amazing 65 MIDI-assignable controls, the Axiom Pro 61 puts complete session control in one place. The 8 velocity-sensitive trigger pads integrate acclaimed M-Audio Trigger Finger technology for laying down rhythm tracks or triggering loops and samples. Smoothly control parameters like filters, EQ, and panning with the 8 rotary encoder knobs. The 9 - 40mm sliders (each with its own fully assignable button) feature auto-mute to prevent jumping - perfect for controlling mixes, virtual organ drawbars, and more. The keyboard's extensive controllers also include a data/octave button, pitch bend, and mod wheels, aftertouch and dual assignable pedal jacks. In addition to USB connectivity, you'll also find traditional MIDI In and MIDI Out ports for connecting external MIDI devices.

Total Recall
The M-Audio Axiom Pro 61 keyboard has 50 memory locations - each with 4 quick-access profiles of controller assignments - allowing you to easily create and manage your own extensive library of presets with unprecedented power, ease, and flexibility.

M-Audio Axiom Pro 61 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller Features:
61-note, TruTouch semi-weighted, piano-style, professional-action keybed
ASCII messages for software keyboard shortcuts
50 onboard memory locations
USB bus-powered
MIDI Out and MIDI In ports for extended external connectivity
4 programmable keyboard zones

Proprietary HyperControl MIDI mapping and host control:
Automatically maps controllers to popular DAWs and software instruments - and maintains a constant live link between them
Compatible with digital audio workstations Compatible with the following DAWs: Pro Tools|HD 7.4 and above, Pro Tools LE 7.4 and above, Pro Tools M-Powered 7.4 and above, Reason, Cubase, Logic
Graphic LCD groups and names controls modularly with 4 dedicated profiles per group for easy recall
Dedicated button toggles between Mixer and Instrument control modes
Transport-only mode option enables DAW transport control and track navigation combined with user MIDI controller mappings

65 MIDI-assignable controls in total:
9 sliders, with auto-mute to prevent jumping
9 buttons complementing the sliders
8 rotary encoders
8 velocity-sensitive trigger pads
12 buttons in keypad arrangement
6 transport buttons
7 function keys
1 sustain pedal socket
1 expression pedal socket
1 data/octave button
Pitch bend and modulation wheels

M-Audio Axiom Pro 61 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller Specifications:
Minimum System Requirements (PC)
Windows XP (SP2), 800MHz or higher (Home and Professional Edition only. Windows Media Center Edition is not currently supported.)
DirectX 9.0b or higher
Windows Vista (32-Bit)
1GHz or higher
DirectX 10 or higher

M-Audio recommends you also check the minimum system requirements for your software, as they may be greater than the above.

Minimum System Requirements (Mac)
Mac OS X 10.4.9
G4, 733MHz 512MB RAM
Mac OS X 10.5.0
G4, 867MHz, 768MB RAM
(Native USB port required; G3/G4 accelerator cards not supported.)

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M-Audio warrants its products to be free from defects for 1 year from the date of purchase.