Avid has announced that new versions of its M-Audio Axiom USB MIDI keyboard controller series are now shipping. Designed for live performance and software-based music production, the Axiom 25, Axiom 49, and Axiom 61 have some interesting new features :
• DirectLink technology: Provides dedicated control surface functionality that automatically maps keyboard controls to common mixer and virtual instrument parameters, giving users hands-on control over their mix and their music, without any complicated set up or user configuration required. DirectLink works with popular DAWs, including Pro Tools®, Ableton Live, Apple Logic Pro and Steinberg Cubase.
• Enhanced keybed: An updated semi-weighted piano-style keyboard delivers a musically satisfying playing experience—ideal for playing software and hardware instruments.
• Redesigned user interface: Offers better ergonomics for the studio and stage with an angled top panel that makes controls easier to access and view in any environment. New low-profile mixer-style faders (Axiom 49 and Axiom 61 only) enable a hands-on mix experience, while smooth rotary encoders provide precise control over software and MIDI parameters. All models provide informative feedback via a graphic LCD, which is centrally positioned on the Axiom 49 and Axiom 61 for easy viewing.
The Axiom 61 is £300/€360; the Axiom 49 is £270/€320; and the Axiom 25 is £200/€230 at USMSRP.