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M-Audio Oxygen 49 3rd Generation 49-Key USB MIDI Controller

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  • Bus-powered 49-key usb midi controller
  • 8 assignable knobs, 9 assignable sliders
  • Directlink mode automatically maps controls to common daw parameters
  • Dedicated transport and track select buttons
  • Pro tools compatible
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Technical Details
Item Weight2.9 Kg
Product Dimensions73.7 x 23.9 x 9.4 cm
Item model numberOxygen 49
Scale Lengthinches
Number of Keyboard Keys49
Country Produced Inchina
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 15,162 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight4 Kg
Date First Available23 Dec. 2009

Product Description

Product Description

The Oxygen 49 USB MIDI controller delivers next-generation functionality from M-Audio, the leading innovator in mobile music production technology. Oxygen 49 is a bus-powered 49-key USB MIDI Controller, with easy computer connectivity.

Streamlined Control

Oxygen 49 features eight MIDI-assignable knobs and nine MIDI-assignable sliders, plus 6 dedicated transport and track up/down select buttons for streamlined session control.

DirectLink mode automatically maps these controls to common DAW functions (see list below) including transport, mixer, track pan and plug-in parameters. Built-in factory presets offer support for popular virtual instruments right out of the boxÑno complicated setup required.

Velocity-sensitive keys and a sleek, compact design round out a portable keyboard thatÕs perfect for both production and performance. No other MIDI controller in this price range has so much functionality while remaining easy to use.

Pre-mapped to popular music software

Oxygen 49 factory presets map controllers to popular music software:

  • Xpand!2
  • Hybrid
  • Velvet
  • Strike
  • Oddity
  • ImpOSCar
  • Minimonsta

MIDI Controller maximum flexibility

Oxygen 49 is Pro Tools compatible, which extends industry-standard functionality. It is also compatible with a wide range of industry standard MIDI software including Cubase, Ableton Live, GarageBand, Logic and more, allowing you the flexibility to make music the way you want.

M-Audio DirectLink Technology

The latest M-Audio Axiom and Oxygen MIDI keyboard controllers feature DirectLink technologyÑoffering easy, instant mapping to your DAW software (see list of supported DAWs below). With DirectLink enabled, the keyboard's faders, knobs, and transport buttons are automatically mapped to software controls in DirectLink-compatible DAWs, giving you intuitive, hands-on control over your sessions.

M-Audio Oxygen 49 DirectLink Technology
DirectLink mapping to the most popular DAW software

With the Oxygen series, DirectLink gives you easy hands-on control over your mix without any user configuration: Knobs are automatically mapped to pan control; Transport buttons map to your DAW transport and the Sliders map to your DAW mixer faders.

Oxygen 49 DirectLink Supported DAWs

  • Ableton Live 8.0.9 and later
  • Apple GarageBandÊ '08 &Ê'09
  • Apple Logic Pro 8.x and later*
  • Pro Tools M-Powered 8.0.1 and higher
  • Pro Tools LE 8.0.1 and higher
  • Pro Tools SE 8.0.3
  • Propellerhead Reason 4.x**
  • Steinberg Cubase 4.5.2
  • Steinberg Cubase 5.x***
Logic Pro 9.1 is only supported when launched in 32-bit mode; 64-bit mode is not currently supported.Ê Logic Express does not go through the qualification process.?** Reason 5 & Record are not currently supported.?*** Only the full version of Cubase is supported; other versions such as Cubase Studio, Essential, LE, and Nuendo do not go through the qualification process. Windows Users

Your music, your way

Oxygen 49 features unique Select buttons for on-the-fly step-through of presets, program changes and MIDI channels. 4 velocity curves and 3 fixed velocity settings are included for expressive playing and thereÕs also a sustain pedal input.

Class Compliant

Oxygen 49 is class-compliant with Windows XP, Windows Vista and Mac OS X, no drivers required.

Box Contains

USB cable
software download

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This is the latest model from the oxygen series by M-audio. I think the product is perfect for any home studio, or professional studio for that matter. It can be played just like a keyboard or used to input data however the keys are not weighted and the design is strong but not particularly durable so its implications from live use are somewhat limited. The quick learn function works great with pro tools but does not function with any other DAW. It can still be programmed however and does not take long to set up.

This is the best midi keyboard i have found for the price.
A must buy for any studio.

I give the product 4 stars. Its favoritism towards pro tools is understandable but combined with the lack of weighted keys robs its of the fifth star
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Super bargain. Well constructed!

- Requires almost no power. Can be daisy-chained off a Mac keyboard if you like.
- Presets for all major DAW workstations.
- On-board transport controllers for rapid retakes
- Great range of faders and channel selectors

- Does not have aftertouch or weighted keys, but it plays very well. Move up to the Axiom series if you intend to play live or need better keys.
- Remember to install DirectLink for full DAW functionality..
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I needed a largish MIDI keyboard for my DAW software that would also allow me to practice keyboard and perhaps learn to play some songs. I compose a little, but can't play keyboard, only classical guitar. I needed something with more than the two or three octaves available on small MIDI keyboards, but which could still sit on my desk and not need a separate keyboard stand as space is limited and I'd not be able to use the PC properly any other way.

I chose this as it looked great, had four octaves, and was apparently not too large. M-Audio have achieved this by placing the pitch bend and mod wheels above the keyboard, rather than directly to the left. This has shaved a good three or four inches off the width and so this keyboard sits nicely on my desk. All I have to do is push my computer keyboard back a few inches (I'd recommend investing in a dinky wireless / bluetooth PC keyboard to really optimise desk space - you can then pick up and move the whole keyboard if need be).

When it arrived I found it connected immediately to Windows 7 with no drivers (as it should, being class compliant) and Windows 8 too. The software I use is Mixcraft 6, which worked immediately. The Oxygen 49 has a proper on-off switch which is great. Some keyboards with no on-off switch don't get detected by music software unless you unplug and re-plug a few times but that's usually down to the cheaper keyboard, not Windows or the software. With the Oxygen 49, absolutely no problems in this regard.

One small issue that I had to refer to the online manual for was that although I could easily map all the knobs and sliders to perform specific in-program tasks, the nine buttons that sit below the slider bank all acted like one button.
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I use the keyboard with my iMac and Logic Express, and also with my Windows laptop and Sibelius. With both computers it was simply a matter of plugging and playing, however with the laptop (being Windows) it is necessary to set it up in Sibelius every time I start up: however this only takes a few seconds.
The setup software provided does not work with Logic, however using Logic's 'Learn' feature I have set up the basic controls to start, stop, record etc. - this is probably all I need, as with the Garritan instruments I use the volume is controlled by the Mod wheel; as long as I can record modulation, pitch bend (and of course the notes!) all is well. Seems a pity to waste all the other knobs and sliders, maybe I will eventually find a use!

The keyboard transmits velocity very accurately and has 3 sensitivity settings. I have it plugged into my usb hub, which is not powered and has various other things attached, but this works fine.

Being quite small and light I can have it on my lap when sitting at my Mac, and if I wish to compose at my ease with the laptop can just stick it on the bed next to me!

I would give it 5 stars if the software worked with Logic. However, it does everything I want at the moment.
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By Rambo on 20 Mar. 2013
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I needed a little midi keyboard to use with my DAW software. Being quite new to music production I wanted something good but not to over the top and out of my price range. I first looked at a 25 key version, but thought that I may as well go for something a little bigger so that I could play music that is a little bit more complex, so I decided on a 49 key version.

Item arrived withing two days and was well packaged. Plugged it in and my DAW (FL Studio) recognized it straight away, so no fiddly setup needed. It does come bundled with software but you have to download it and it's very basic, great for just playing and basic recording but you need something more in depth for anything else.

Keyboard fits perfectly on my desk...with just half an inch left on either side so I picked one the right size!
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