When it comes to producing music, one of the essential pieces of gear you will need is a MIDI controller. Using a MIDI controller, you can play keyboard and piano line, add drums beats, lay down some fat bass lines, maybe even some horns to fatten up your tone.
If you were to poke around any studio that takes itself seriously, you are guaranteed to find a MIDI controller somewhere. Of course, like with most things, not all MIDI controllers are equal.
Over a Decade of Innovation
M-Audio pioneered the portable MIDI controller market with the Oxygen series of keyboard controllers. If you want uncompromising quality and a board that will last, you should check out the M-Audio Oxygen IV range. The Oxygen range has been described as a no-nonsense, plug-and-play controller to start creating instantly.
Thanks to M-Audio’s continued innovation over nearly a decade, the new Oxygen series controllers offer more control and deep hardware/software integration. Thanks to the auto-assign feature, the Oxygen IV range can easily integrate with all major DAWs.
M-Audio Oxygen 25 Performance Keyboard
Using Direct, the Oxygen will auto-map key parameters with your chosen DAW. That means that you can plug-in the controller and immediately start to play around.
Thanks to the USB connectivity, you can plug the controller directly into your computer. And for those using iOS, you can rest assured knowing that the Oxygen 25 fully supports iOS connectivity using the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit.
M-Audio Oxygen 49 MIDI Controller Keyboard
The 8 velocity-sensitive trigger pads are ideal for playing in percussion, or for playing samples.
The assignable knobs and faders will allow you to manipulate virtual instruments, DAW parameters and plugins. A nice addition is that the onboard LCD screen provides instant parameter feedback. The Oxygen 49 comes pre-packed with Ableton Live Lite, SONiVOX Twist and AIR Music Tech Xpand 2 so that you can start making music the from day one.
M-Audio Oxygen 61 MIDI Controller Keyboard
While 61-keys is the standard for keyboard players, sometime you will require a better range. Usually, you could grab your mouse and change the octave. Of course, that is not practical half-way into a song. That is why the 61 has dedicated octave up and down buttons.
These will allow you to increase the keyboard to the full melodic range, while the transport buttons let you control your DAW directly from the keyboard. The Oxygen 61 also comes pre-packed with Ableton Live Lite, SONiVOX Twist and AIR Music Tech Xpand 2 so that you can start making music the from day one.