M-Audio Axiom 49 (2nd gen) by mahasandi
49 piano-style, semi-weighted keys > musically satisfying playing experience
I got used to the action of this keyboard and its the best part about the unit.
9 mixer-style faders and 8 smooth rotary encoders > hands-on control over your DAW
I found it hard to use any of the encoders. The set-up is not that intuitive and I just never dug into this .
I got used to the midi control and screen ui but it was not the strong point maybe the new model which supposedly has a more intuitive connection to software is worth it.
However the build quality of this thing was a little in question, not just from my experience but from others I have spoken to.
But in my case I dropped it and thats on me. And otherwise it performed rather well so eh ...I guess it could go either way.
I mean things break.
so all in all not a bad controller on the cheap but if I had to do it again I would get the akai model or a higher up model from m-audio
I felt that the keyboard itself was the best thing here.
The unit once dropped and the usb cord broke the input.
It was a fall I caught but not fully .
it was my fualt but, the repair shop was very familiar with taking in broken m-audio stuff. Hhmmm well it worked fine after I fixed it.
I did sell it when I got a synth with a better keyboard.
But it never reall stuck out at me as a bad set of keys.
Now the drum pads were not right, for me. Not responsive enough to firm , and while you can adjust the velocity curves the feel was not there to inspire me YMMV.