Summary: THE AXIOM PRO IS A VERY POWERFUL TOOL! IT LITERALLY ELIMINATES THE NEED FOR A MOUSE AND KEYBOARD! I AM RUNNING IT WITH PRO TOOLS 8 AND REASON 5.0, THE DRIVERS ARE ALREADY PROGRAMMED FOR YOU. ITS AS CLOSE TO PLUG AND PLAY AS YOU WILL EVER GET. I LOVE THIS CONTROL SURFACE. IF YOU HAVE ANY DOUBT ABOUT THIS PRODUCT, IGNORE IT, YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.
Summary: This is not a synth. It's a midi keyboard and control surface. You must have synth software in your computer to use this. It is well designed, a little "plastic" feeling, but rugged enough. Some people had issues with sticky keys. My unit does too, but, not so that I care about it - it plays just fine. You can map the sliders and dial buttons to software components.
Summary: My first MIDI controller, I'm using protools 8 and an IMac, you don't need to install anything if you are a mac user, just plug it via USB and is ready to go, with the octave bottom option is good to have access to the whole piano scales if you are not playing something like Franz Liszt this option is very handle, otherwise you may want 88 keys, very happy with the purchase and 100 dls cheaper than any other store on the web.
Summary: As a music producer i personally love the customization and flexibility of this product. I can't tell you more than what the specs already tell you. This product is especially amazing with ableton since you can set keys to every part of the keyboard and ok with other things for Midi and basic bending, drumpad, etc. uses.
Summary: I chose the Axiom Pro 61 mainly for its portability since I will soon have a surgery with a long recovery period and I wanted to still be able to play music even when I'm stuck in bed. I was concerned about not having hypercontrol with FL studio which is the main DAW that I use, but setup was a breeze. I particularly like the sliders, they provide smooth action with enough resistance for good feel.
Summary: Great keyboard except-- Hypercontrol does not work with 64 bit Cubase. Since Hypercontrol is a major feature of the unit and the biggest reason for its increased cost over other units, I expected it to work. Kind of shocking reading M-Audio forum posts going back YEARS with users complaining about the lack of 64 bit support, buggy drivers etc. Even MORE shocking to read responses from M-Audio reps-- it worked for them so why do YOU have a problem?
Summary: its a great midi controller especially the Hypercontrol is great time use, makes things much easier to use in the Reason Daw. However, the keys are abit sticky initially which can be quite annoying at times. Overall great keyboard !