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Old 14-02-2013, 07:48 AM   #1
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So I'm going to be buying my first midi keyboard soon and I am thinking of getting an M-Audio Oxygen 61 but am curious and what the great knowledgeable community as to say. My max budget for a keyboard is $300 at the max. Anybody have objections to the keyboard I've been looking at? Someone know a better one for my buck?

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Old 14-02-2013, 11:03 AM   #2
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Re: Midi Keyboards

Hi Angels, I'm new to all this forum chat stuff, but been makin music a while.. Essentially any MIDI keyboard will work as a controller. It just depends what software you're controlling and how many faders, dials and pads you want. The novation stuff is good for reason, cubase.. but will auto map to all other daws as well. You can't go much wrong with the m-audio stuff its good all round.. It'll work on virtually all computers with all major daws..
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I've never really like the look of the Oxygen keyboards. The Axiom looks much better, and has semi-weighted keys if that's something you'd like...it's got pads as well and a much nicer interface. Going for $245 on Amazon. But eh - depends how much control you want from it. Are you after knobs / faders / pads or just the keys?
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I'd personally look for a real synth with midi for that price.

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I'd personally look for a real synth with midi for that price.
2nd hand Roland Gaia? Played on one earlier in the week and I really liked it.
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I'd look at Akai MPK series or Novation.

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Re: Midi Keyboards

I got the m audio keystudio from the best buy near my house for like 50 or 60$? Works great. You might be disappointed if you're looking for something with all the bells and whistles though.

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2nd hand Roland Gaia? Played on one earlier in the week and I really liked it.
Good recommendation man, very cool easy to use synth to start off with yeah. I owned one for a few months. What I liked about it was there was no menu or LCD screens anywhere and the layout was very nice. Overall I wasn't able to get what I wanted sound wise out of it and wasn't too hot about it's filter. Got my money back for what I paid when I re-sold it. Bought a Korg MS2000 with the money.

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Old 14-02-2013, 08:12 PM   #9
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m audio makes some great products for affordable. i payed 150(on amazon) and got a keyboard that has 1o programable knobs and 10 sliders.
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Old 15-02-2013, 09:59 PM   #10
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Re: Midi Keyboards

I've got the Axiom 25. I'ts keys are semiweighted, its got 8 knobs and 8 pads and the keys' got aftertouch. All M Audio products come with a software called Enigma that lets you change the cc message of etch note. Cheers!

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Re: Midi Keyboards

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So I'm going to be buying my first midi keyboard soon and I am thinking of getting an M-Audio Oxygen 61 but am curious and what the great knowledgeable community as to say. My max budget for a keyboard is $300 at the max. Anybody have objections to the keyboard I've been looking at? Someone know a better one for my buck?

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Dont get it, i got a oxygen 8 , its not responsive at all
m audio is a cheap brand when it comes to midi products
but all in all they all do the same thing its just like work flow prefrence
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Re: Midi Keyboards

The axiom pro line is supposed to be decent. I have an ancient m-audio radium 49 which I would not recommend if they still made it. The knobs/sliders send random midi data sometimes that will cause a filter or whatever to move on you without your knowing. It was cheap though.
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I've never liked the keys on the Oxygen myself, they're mushy. If possible, go to a local store and try out different controllers, the important thing with a controller is how the keys feel to you.
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Old 17-02-2013, 01:29 AM   #15
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Re: Midi Keyboards

Wow!!! I did not think I would get this much reception from this thread!! Thank you all for your thought and ideas for my first keyboard. I'm(at the moment) just looking for a keyboard to help make my music because I absolutely HATE making music with a mouse. :killme: By the sound of it the one I was looking at wasn't the best choice so thank you guys for swaying my against that one! It looks like a lot of you are saying Axiom is a good brand to go with so I think I'll look into those now. I'm not too concerned about load of doodads on the keyboard since I'm still new to making music this way but having some would be nice to try out for future time if I ever decide to publicly show my music at any small venues around Austin.

Again, thank you guys so much for all of your input it's really appreciated!
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Re: Midi Keyboards

Axiom is a model, not a brand, but yes, it is definitely a step up from the the oxygen, I used to have an oxygen 8, it felt like a toy. The Axiom is a decent entry level controller, though people have differing opinions about the keybed, though if I recall correctly, the second generation ones are supposed to have a different build in that regard.
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Re: Midi Keyboards

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I'm not too concerned about load of doodads on the keyboard since I'm still new to making music this way but having some would be nice to try out for future time if I ever decide to publicly show my music at any small venues around Austin.!
In most studio shots you'll see a pretty standard midi keyboard, and lots of people, when rattling off their list of gear, will end it with: "...and a shitty midi keyboard" . Personally I'd rather have a pretty plain midi keyboard, then buy additional control surfaces like a Launchpad or pad controllers or knobs and faders. I'm not so keen on everything being tied to one controller - seems a bit less flexible that way. Dunno...the Axiom just seems a little too expensive. A simpler keyboard and a controller would be a better buy, or even a synth as has been previously suggested...you get a midi keyboard and get to learn about synthesis.
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I have novation impulse, the keys are great on it, but it has the worst knobs, pitch wheel and modulation I have ever used. Very cheap and plastic feeling. Which is a shame as I think it looks great, but I can't complain about the keys.
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I really can't stress enough how much I use and appreciate the X-station series.

I own the 49-Key version and It really get's used in everything. It is also a decent synthesizer as well as a MIDI controller (with tons of assignable knobs and faders, you know, the fun stuff). If you don't mind the 25-Key model you can usually find them for under 300 bucks, and it'll easily fit into a backpack.

If you really don't need the synthesis aspect, I would go for a M-Audio Keyboard, they feel great and are highly reviewed.

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I just purchased a M-Audio Axiom Pro 49-Key off of ebay. This is my first keyboard so I can't compare it to anything, but I really like it.

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