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M-Audio has added three new Axiom AIR models to the upper echelons of their popular Axiom USB/MIDI keyboard and pad controller lineup: the M-Audio Axiom AIR 61, M-Audio Axiom AIR 49, andM-Audio Axiom AIR 25.

Take command of your studio while achieving higher levels of musical expression with Axiom AIR 25 from M-Audio. Offering unprecedented control, Axiom AIR 25 brings together unmatched ease-of-use plus empowering software to form the ultimate studio centerpiece. Program beats, loops, and grooves using 16 easily assignable trigger pads and 25 solid, responsive keys. Experience hands-on control of your sessions using illuminated knobs, a long-throw fader, plus an array of dedicated transport and software navigation buttons. HyperControl unites your hardware and software* by automatically mapping the controllers—with no set up chores to perform—so you can start working faster. Completing this powerful package is Ignite™—the music creation software from AIR**—providing the fastest path for capturing ideas and making music.

Created in conjunction with AIR Music Technology, these keyboards were designed to deliver a high level of integration with a broad array of music software titles. These new models join the previously released and compact M-Audio Axiom AIR Mini 32.

Unlike other keyboard controllers that include trial and demo versions of music software, M-Audio's strong partnerships with AIR Music Technology and Avid allow each Axiom AIR 61, 49 and 25 model to come complete with two exclusive and complementary music creation applications: Ignite by AIR and Pro Tools Express from Avid. By removing many of the hurdles associated with computer-based music-making, Ignite delivers the most streamlined means to quickly capture your best musical ideas. According to AIR Product Manager Samara Winterfeld,

"Ignite was designed from the ground up to provide instant integration and controller mapping with Axiom AIR and every M-Audio keyboard. This is one less thing a musician has to worry about when inspiration strikes."

From Ignite, musical ideas can be easily migrated to the included copy of Avid Pro Tools Express, providing customers with access to the production capabilities of the industry- leading DAW software. Avid Pro Tools Express has the required iLok USB key - a $49.99 retail value. The bold white and brushed metal design of the Axiom AIR series features many aesthetic and ergonomic enhancements not found in previous generations of controllers. These features include illuminated knob and pad controls, angled backlit display, longer-throw faders, and clearance under the body providing a path for cabling, keeping studio and workspace tidy.

Pitch bend and modulation wheels allow for spontaneous expression, while octave/transpose buttons allow the keyboard to cover the entire note range, in any key. In addition to measuring how hard you strike, the pads also respond to pressure for enhanced control. Both keys and pads feature a wide range of touch curves to match any playing style.

The pads, buttons, and rotary encoder knobs feature three banks of controller assignments; the current bank is indicated by tri-color illumination. All controller assignments can be freely made from the front panel and easily identified using the dedicated Identify button.

The unique Pad Learn function makes it easy to assign instrument sounds to pads. Best yet, each Axiom AIR model features M-Audio's HyperControl to automatically map the controllers to popular recording software and virtual instrument titles.

Although all three Axiom AIR models share some family traits, each one is designed with a specific user in mind:

M-Audio Axiom AIR 25
Ideal for the modern beat-making musician, the Axiom AIR 25 offers a generous 16 pads and 25 synth-action keys—with aftertouch. Assignable controls include 8 rotary encoder knobs and 1 long-throw 70mm fader.

M-Audio, the industry leader in keyboard controllers, has announced the M-Audio Axiom AIR 25 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 Axiom AIR 25 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 to be used with other MIDI gear; and an external power port to be used with an optional AC adaptor. A single USB cable conveniently provides both power and a connection to the computer.

Each M-Audio Axiom AIR 25 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 M-Audio Axiom AIR 25 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 M-Audio Axiom AIR 25 controllers share their unique styling and offer similar performance, each models has a unique feature set to answer the needs of a different player.

M-Audio Axiom AIR 25

An expanded pad set makes this compact model perfect 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


M-Audio warrants its products to be free from defects for 1 year from the date of purchase.