Summary: If you're looking for a good midi-keyboard/controller (knobs, sliders) and need a few more keys to hammer out those scales, but don't care about the quality of the keys then get this. Personally I would pay extra for better quality keys as even my yamaha midi has better responsiveness however, I use this everyday and never get tired of it.
Good controller, marginal quality control this time
Todd S., amazon.com
3 December 2011
Summary: I'm sure this was once in a million, but one of the keys on mine is not flush with the others, like its spring is slightly stretched out... Not enough a problem to send it back, but bummed its not perfect. I'll probably fix it myself later, but... I would still recommend the keyboard, but if anyone at M-Audio reads this, turn the lights on over there, it's easy to see this problem.
Summary: I got this keyboard for use with Reason 5, and it works wonderfully. The only downsides are that the keys are not fully weighted (which is fine considering the price) and there is a bit of a delay between the keypress and sound.
Summary: Appearance: ----------- M-Audio apparently invested something to make their bendy, noisy and flimsy cheap keyboards appear stiffer and sturdier. With success - the new v3 design probably has as much stiffness you can get out of plastic. The knobs, switches and not so much the faders have a quite solid and damped feel to them (which is successfully faked by particularily cheap parts today, time will tell of which kind they are) and the "wheels" are almost too heavy (but...
Summary: It looks nice, keys feel professional. All the knobs are useless unless you are using compatible DAW software. I also wish it had a standard MIDI out as in the old model. If I equate with any other plastic input device(such as PC keyboard) with good responding keys, then I guess I'm happy. Beware of power issues when hooked to a laptop (even when plugged into the wall).
Summary: The Oxygen-49 is a 49-key synth-action MIDI controller with 9 sliders, 8 knobs, a transport control section and 9 generic buttons. You'll never be fooled into thinking it's a real piano keyboard, but that's not what it is for. (A StudioLogic 990XP feels much more like a hammer-action weighted piano keyboard.) Of all the buttons, the ones I use most are the transport controls.
Summary: I conducted a LOT of research before purchasing my first midi keyboard. I checked out all of the ones in my price range of 100 to 300 on various websites, craigslist, ebay, etc. After all of my work I settled on this lower-end keyboard because it had solid reviews and didn't look too complicated to figure out for a noob. I must say it works great so far, flawlessly connected to Ableton and I'm off and running. Now I just have to master Ableton..
Summary: I bought this at an in-store location on sale, not online. As far as quality, you get what you pay for. You should not be looking for grand piano feel & action from a controller a little over $100. If it had a few pads for playing beats that would be better. I know there is a controller, M-Audio AXIOM 49 Advanced 49-Key Semi-Weighted USB MIDI Controller, made by the same company that has that feature, but I guess I'm just looking for more for my dollar.
Summary: I use the Oxygen to control a separate sound module via MIDI, as well as to interact with Reason and Pro Tools (via MIDI and USB connections). USB power lets you take in on the road, with just a laptop. All controls are programmable, and the companion software provide a way to save numerous different contoller banks and settings.
Pros: Free Software, Touch Sensitive Keys, USB powered, Versatile