M-Audio Oxygen 49 MK IV
M-Audio pioneered the portable MIDI controller market with the Oxygen series of keyboard controllers. Today, M-Audio continues to be a leader of this technology by developing intuitive controllers for software-based music production and performanc... read more
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I first purchased an M-Audio Keystation25 back in 2008 and immediately fell in love with it because of the size and functionality. I had no idea that I would end up using that same controller for 5 years, Sometimes under very extreme circumstances. At last the time had finally come to retire it and look for a new controller, Hence this beast, The M-Audio Oxygen49. All I can say is that this controller practically performs every function I need it to. I especially love the fact that the only time I even have to reach for the mouse is to load a VST. Amazing piece of hardware and I imagine it will be sticking around for quite some time.
I bought this as my first MIDI controller, and I got mainly because it had a bit of spotlight since it was a major update. Only problem is that FL hasn't updated to include the pads (haven't gotten 11.1 but whatever), but I'm pretty sure it works with Ableton (ships with Live Lite)
Feature-packed MIDI keyboard
I picked one of these up because it has a lot of features for not a lot of money. There is a slight trade-off in quality. The sliders feel pretty cheap, and the knobs feel a little fragile. But it all works, so if you take care of it, I think it will last a long time.
Does more than I need, but feels a bit plastic
I chose this because I saw Imogen Heap use it. It does everything I need... almost too much. I never use the pads, and I don't use the faders as much as I expected to - since they're not motorized, they're always in the 'wrong' position when you load a project. The keys are velocity sensitive but not weighted, so it has a plastic feel. If I was buying again, I'd prefer the key feel of the NI Komplete Kontrol A25. The 49 keys has also turned out to be bigger than I need, so I always have to clear my entire desk & move my wireless keyboard & trackpad when plugging it in. But it's affordable, pretty good for playing VSTi synths & pianos, and I have the same MIDI keyboard as Imogen Heap so I can't blame my gear for any lack of productivity & creativity.
Direct Link w Logic have problems...
Great keyboard for moving around, sliders and knobs great for controlling fx and modulation... But I think M-Audio (and AVID) should pay more attention to the relations between their controllers and the DAWs, this should be no installing at all, and Direct Link for me is a total disappointment...
Has everything for any situation
Whenever i start a new project or struggle to create new melodies i just plug it in and experiment. Each time has payed off and i have enjoyed my time with it. Problem is that i don't find myself using it ever that often. This puts me in a weir position where, even when i've owned this for a long time, i haven't explored all the possible uses of it. But i guess it's more my problem :P
M-Audio pioneered the portable MIDI controller market with the Oxygen series of keyboard controllers. Today, M-Audio continues to be a leader of this technology by developing intuitive controllers for software-based music production and performance. Thanks to continued innovation over the course of nearly a decade, the new Oxygen series controllers offer more control, deep hardware/software integration, and come equipped with a reliable build that enables you to make music on the go or implement these controllers into any studio.
With an array of assignable knobs, pads, and faders, 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 nine assignable faders for mixing tracks together and controlling the master output. 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.
Use Your Favorite DAW
The Oxygen 49 MIDI controller offers out-of-the-box integration with popular DAWs including Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, and many more. Oxygen 49's controls instantly map to key parameters in your favorite DAW, enabling you to immediately tweak the mixers, editors, and transport windows. Additionally, Oxygen 49 has built-in customizable mapping presets that quickly interface Oxygen 49 with your favorite effect plugins and virtual instruments. The factory presets map Oxygen 49 to the bundled software, SONiVOX Twist, so you can plug in and start making music right out of the box. Setting up a MIDI controller with your software doesn't get any easier than this.
Ableton Live Lite
Ableton Live Lite is included with Oxygen 49 for immediate music creation. One of the most popular performance and production programs available in the world, Ableton Live Lite is a powerful music creation tool that enables musicians and producers to spontaneously compose, record, remix, improvise, and edit musical ideas in a fluid audio/MIDI environment. Host plugins and use Oxygen 49 to produce, compose, or perform all within Ableton Live Lite. When you are satisfied with your work, Ableton Live lets you save it or mix it down.
SONiVOX Twist is a spectral morphing synthesis virtual instrument. Comprised of a dynamic interface, an advanced pattern generator, and onboard effects, Twist lets you create serious sounds using simple controls. Two swirling sound layers provide unique harmonic controls and form the basis of every patch. Sculpt your sound with a multi-mode filter, independent amp and filter envelope generators, and a LFO that can be sync'd to tempo.
The Oxygen Series keyboard controller gets a refreshing update.
- 49 full-size, synth-action velocity-sensitive keys
- 8 velocity-sensitive trigger pads for beat production, clip launching, and more
- 8 assignable knobs for manipulating virtual instruments and plugins
- 9 assignable faders built in so you can mix with ease
- Transport buttons let you control your DAW without reaching for the mouse
- Automaps to popular DAWs: Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, and more
- LCD screen provides instant parameter feedback
- USB-powered, plug-and-play support, and USB-MIDI connectivity
- Sustain pedal input for further creative control
- Ableton Live Lite is included for immediate music creation
- Includes SONiVOX Twist, a powerful spectral morphing synthesizer