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M-AUDIO ANNOUNCES NEW AXIOM AIR KEYBOARD/PAD CONTROLLERS

Fri, August 31, 2012


M-Audio, the industry leader in keyboard controllers, has announced the Axiom® AIR line. Rich in features, these advanced models will serve as the flagship on the M-Audio line, and will also introduce Ignite™ software, a revolutionary new music creation platform. The name is derived from both the M-Audio Axiom line and from A.I.R. Music Technology, the German-based developers of acclaimed, industry-standard virtual instruments, and the creators of A.I.R. Ignite. M-Audio will present the Axiom A.I.R. controllers and AIR Ignite music creation software in Booth 126, Hall1.2, at IFA Berlin from August 31, 2012 to September 5, 2012.

Axiom AIR controllers are equipped with square-front piano-style keys, drum & trigger pads, assignable knobs, and even dedicated transport and software navigation buttons. Octave shift keys allow full access to the entire note range. The sleek, black bodies feature channels for routing cables beneath the keyboard. The illuminated controls provide easy visibility in any environment. All models (except the portable Axiom A.I.R. Mini 32) include sustain and expression pedal inputs; MIDI IN and OUT jacks for use with other MIDI gear; and an external power port for use with an optional AC adaptor. A single USB cable conveniently provides both power and a connection to the computer.

Each Axiom AIR controller comes complete with the revolutionary new AIR Ignite music creation software. Built from the ground up to spark ideas, AIR Ignite provides a totally fresh method of computer-aided music making; one that mirrors the creative process. Ideas can be captured quickly, before the moment passes. Individual recordings can be easily combined and arranged to explore new directions or to create a finished work. In addition, AIR Ignite provides seamless integration with M-Audio controllers for a satisfying experience.

“M-Audio Axiom AIR series takes an instrument-focused approach that makes it easier than ever before to create, capture, and share your best musical ideas.” said Hiro Shimozato, M-Audio Product Manager. “With improved control mapping and integration with AIR Ignite music creation software, we're providing total control over your music tools while removing many of the barriers that slow down the creative process.”

AIR Ignite instantly recognizes any M-Audio keyboard, automatically mapping the keyboard’s controllers to their appropriate functions, and eliminating any set-up headaches. When using other common recording software, M-Audio’s exclusive HyperControl® can automatically map controllers to these titles as well. Custom controller assignments can be made from the front panel—no editing software required. The unique M-Audio Pad Learn function and Identify button offer aid in creating these custom setups. While all of the Axiom AIR controllers share their unique styling and offer similar performance, each models has a unique feature set to answer the needs of a different player.

Axiom AIR Mini 32 (Q4 2012)

This mini-keyboard is small enough to set in front of a laptop or throw in a backpack, yet offers enough keys to enjoy two-handed playing.

  • 32 low-profile, velocity-sensitive mini keys
  • 8 velocity sensing drum pads
  • 8 assignable knobs deliver immediate control
  • Dedicated buttons for transport control
  • Sustain, bend, and modulation buttons add expression
Axiom AIR 25 (2013)

An expanded pad set makes this compact model ideal for the modern musician creating beats and grooves, triggering samples, etc.

  • 25 expressive, synth action keys with aftertouch
  • 16 illuminated, dynamic pads provide pressure and velocity sensitivity
  • Assignable controls: 8 rotary knobs; 9 buttons; 1 longer throw 70mm fader
Axiom AIR 49 (2013)

This model offers a popular configuration for the musician who does it all.

  • 49 expressive, synth action keys with aftertouch
  • 12 illuminated, dynamic pads provide pressure and velocity sensitivity
  • Assignable controls: 8 rotary knobs; 9 buttons; 9 longer throw 70mm faders

Axiom AIR 61 (2013)

M-Audio’s TruTouch® keyboard provides a responsive feel for the demanding keyboardist.

  • 61 expressive, TruTouch semi-weighted keys with aftertouch
  • 12 illuminated, dynamic pads provide pressure and velocity sensitivity
  • Assignable controls: 8 rotary knobs; 9 buttons; 9 longer throw 70mm fader