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Better built then version 1 (Axiom 25 MKII)

By PaulyPaul, 15/10/2012
The Axiom 25 key MIDI controller 2nd Generation has been upgraded from the original one that came out. The Axiom 25 2nd Generation will let you get the most out of your MIDI controller and your software or DAW. It has 8 pads on board to use for your drums or to use to trigger samples or sound effects. The pitch and MOD wheels are very good and have a nice feel to them. You will need to read in the manual in order to understand how all of the banks and stuff work with this MIDI controller. It is a lot more in depth than just the regular 25 key MIDI controller is. For this to be just a small 25 key controller , it sure is well built. It is even pretty heavy to be such a small MIDI controller. The knobs and slider are well built and don’t feel cheap and like plastic. I see this controller lasting a lot longer then the first generation of the Axiom 25. The original Axiom 25’s used to have what we call the “blue screen of terror”. It was when it would just completely lock up on you and the blue screen would show but nothing else would. This would just happen at a random time and there was no way to fix it unless you sent it in. But if you sent it in, the cost to fix it was about what it cost brand new so there was no purpose in sending it in.


After you load the drivers for the Axiom 25 you will be able to use it right away. Just connect the USB cord or you can go with connecting it via MIDI. It does have 8 different encoder knobs that can all be assigned to whatever function you want it to control on your software and the same thing with the 1 slider which I just use for master volume. The Axiom 25 2nd Gen will work with all of your Windows systems and your Mac computers. You can use it in any DAW or software as a standard generic controller or some DAW programs have a preset for the Axiom line of controllers.


If you want to be able to take total control over your workflow then the Axiom 25 2nd Generation is what will help you. To me there really isn’t much of a difference between the first and the second gen. The main difference is that they 2nd Gen is built better and won’t crash and give you the stuck blue light. Make sure you don’t purchase the first version of this. Get the 2nd version and take control of your studio set up.

A great compact MIDI keyboard to lug arond (Oxygen 8)

By sacchetta, 02/10/2014
I actually got this as part of a college program and used it everyday. I know it's plastic, but this thing is durable. The Oxygen 8 V2 is perfect for somebody that wants to make MIDI music on the go. Bring it to your favourite jam space just incase, it will fit easily on almost any desktop, use it to control your DAW or even hook it up to a synth and play on.

-25 velocity sensitive keys
-Pitch bend and modulation wheel
-8 MIDI control knobs
-6 MIDI transport buttons
-5 MIDI function buttons
-Octave up/down or transpose up/down button
-3 digit LED screen
-MIDI output
-Optional DC power jack
-Sustain pedal jack
-On/off switch
-Kensington lock hole
-Ableton Live Lite 4 included


The set up for general use was very simple. On my mac I didn't have to install any drivers and I was able to use keys, pitch bend and the octave problem with no problems. Getting it to work with your DAW is another issue. Now I'll be honest, I didn't know much about MIDI keyboard/controllers when I first tried to get it to work. And I may have gotten frustrated and learned to live without the knob control feature. I found that I really didn't use synths in a way that required me to have the midi control so it was no problem to not have. Lets also note that the MIDI knobs are not infinity (you they have a limit to how far they can be turned either way. This means that when you try to adjust one of your on screen settings using the knob, it will automatically snap to where the physical knob is. This is a pain when you can't remember what exact setting you had had on before. When you adjust on screen it will change the value, however once you touch the physical knob again it will snap to wherever the knob is pointed.

I don't remember much about the manual. And unfortunately it's currently unavailable on the m-audio website. It is very similar to other competing MIDI keyboards so if you are familiar with those you won't have a problem. If you are still unsure there are plenty of videos on youtube to help you out!

The buttons are moderately easy to use. There are enough buttons to preform certain functions (sometimes you get units with lots of dual use buttons and things can become a pain when you have to a lot of adjustments). The layout of the keyboard is well thought out. The double stacked midi knobs definitely save some space compared to having them all in one row.


What I liked the most was the compact design. Granted, things have gotten smaller since the release. But at the time this was a lot more compact than others. I'll confess that I have accidentally dropped it once or twice, but the unit was fine with no noticeable marks. Unless it was a fluke this thing is not going to fall apart on you.

I can't really comment on MSRP because mine was included in a college program. However I've seen used ones online for around $80 and refurbished price of $85. At those prices the M-Audio Oxygen 8 V2 is an excellent choice.

The 25 keys were sensitive to pick up a fine touch and will not buckle if you hammer them. The key response was alright, without weighted keys what can we expect right? It would be nice if the keys were slightly lower to the surface it is sitting on.

This was my first model and was my only choice. I later moved onto a Novation Nocturne 49 but still keep my Oxygen 8 V2 in my work studio. It's one of those pieces of gear that I couldn't bring myself to sell. And it's good that I didn't sell because I end up using it all the time.

-LED Display
-Pitch bend and modulation wheels

-Keys aren't solid
-Knobs aren't infinity
-No beat pads
-The colour shows marks easily (something darker would be better)
-No DC adapter included

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