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Axiom Line User Guide 2 English
Axiom Line User Guide Introduction Congratulations on the purchase of your M-Audio Axiom MIDI controller keyboard. Please register your product today to ensure full warranty coverage and receive free product updates. Register online at www.m-audio.com/register Your new keyboard provides extensive control of virtual instruments, DAWs, hardware synthesizers, samplers and any other MIDI- compatible device. The eight fully assignable pads give you the ability to trigger samples and loops separatel
Axiom Line User Guide Section 1: Getting Started 1.1 Axiom Keyboards Overview 1.1.1 Top Panel Overview 1.1.2 Back Panel Overview 1.1.3 Control Deﬁnitions These controls are referred by name throughout this manual. 1: LCD display 9: Octave buttons 18: DC power socket 2: Sliders (Axiom 49/61 onl y) 10: Pitch Bend wheel 19: Power switch 3: Encoders 11: Modulation wheel 20: Kensington Lock Hole 4: Transport buttons 12: Keyboard with Aftertouch 5: Assignable buttons (Axiom 13: Expression ped
Axiom Line User Guide 1.2 Setup If you intend to connect your Axiom keyboard to a computer, please read sections 1.2 and 1.3 ﬁrst. If you only intend to use your Axiom keyboard to control a sound module or synthesizer using the external MIDI OUT you should skip to section 1.4. 1.2.1 Minimum System Requirements If you are using your Axiom with a computer, the following minimum system requirements apply: Windows Mac OS Pentium 3 800 MHz or higher Macintosh G3* 800/G4* 733 MHz or higher (CPU re
Axiom Line User Guide 1.5 Power Supply If you are using your Axiom with a computer via its USB port, there is no need for an external power supply. Your Axiom will draw its power from the computer. However, if you are intending to use your Axiom without connecting to a computer’s USB port, then you will need to use an external power supply. No power supply is included in the box, so please select one that meets the following requirements: < 12V DC < 250mA – 300mA < Center positive Secti
Axiom Line User Guide Advanced A number of advanced functions on the Axiom 25 are accessed from the keyboard itself. These functions are listed above the keys on the front panel of the unit. To use any one of these functions, ﬁrst press the Advanced button. The button will light indicating that the keyboard is now in Advanced Function mode. The keys can now be used to select the functions shown above them, instead of sending MIDI notes. Here is a list of the advanced functions that ar
Axiom Line User Guide 2.1 The Keyboard When you play the keyboard, MIDI note messages are sent. These messages are read by your computer software or external MIDI gear and used to generate sound accordingly. 2.1.1 Velocity Curve 140 140 140 120 120 120 100 100 100 80 80 80 60 60 60 40 40 40 20 20 20 0 0 0 14 0 14 0 14 0 12 0 12 0 12 0 10 0 10 0 10 0 80 80 80 60 60 60 40 40 40 20 20 20 0 0 0 14 0 14 0 14 0 12 0 12 0 12 0 10 0 10 0 10 0 80 80 80 60 60 60 40 40 40 20 20 20 0 0 0 Every time you pr
Axiom Line User Guide To change the velocity curve: 49- and 61-note versions: < Locate the label Vel Curve. Press the two buttons above this label. < The LCD will show the currently selected velocity curve, preceded by a ‘C’ if a curve is selected, or ‘F’ if a ﬁxed velocity is selected. < Enter the new curve number using the numeric keypad or use the -/+ keys to select a different curve. 25-note version: < Press the Advanced button. This sets the keyboard to control data entry.
Axiom Line User Guide 2.2 MIDI Channel MIDI messages can be sent on any of 16 channels. If you are connected to a computer, the MIDI software will be receiving on all channels in most cases. However, when you are connected to external MIDI synthesizers, sound modules and some virtual instruments, you need to match the transmit channel of your keyboard with the receiving channel of the MIDI device for the connection to work properly. To set the channel of your keyboard: 49- and 61-note vers
Axiom Line User Guide < Press the Advanced button. < Press the Program button. < Enter the program change in the range of 0-127 on the numeric data entry keys. < Press the Enter key to conﬁrm the entered value To send a bank change: 49- and 61-note versions: < Press the Bank LSB or Bank MSB button. < The LCD will ﬂash the bank number that was last sent out. < Enter the new bank number in the range of 0-127 on the numeric keypad. 25-note version: < Press the Advanced button. <
Axiom Line User Guide 2.4.1 Extra Messages – 128 To 131 You may have noticed that although we have stated there are 128 MIDI controller messages (0 – 127), Appendix C shows 132 assignable controller messages. This is because messages 128 – 131 are a different type of MIDI message, deﬁned in the General MIDI Speciﬁcation as RPN messages. You can assign these to the controls on your Axiom keyboard in exactly the same way as any other MIDI controller message. The RPN messages control the follo
Axiom Line User Guide 25-note version: < Select the physical controller for programming using method 1 or 2 above. < Press the Advanced button. < Press the Ctrl Assign key on the keyboard. < The LCD display will show the currently assigned MIDI controller number The physical controller you are programming is displayed in the bottom left hand corner of the LCD display for clarity. < Use the numeric data entry keys or the -/+ buttons to enter the MIDI controller 0-131 as deﬁned in A
Axiom Line User Guide Section 3: Advanced Features In section 2 we saw how to use the keyboard, send program and bank changes, and assign MIDI controllers to the various controls on your Axiom. These basic skills allow you to perform with many software applications, sound modules and synthesizers. However, the Axiom has some more advanced features that allow you to take your performances even further. In this section we look at these features and how you can make use of them. (If you have
Axiom Line User Guide 3.1.2 Drawbar Mode Drawbar mode is a quick method of reversing the direction of the nine sliders on your Axiom 49 or 61. If you are controlling an instrument that makes use of drawbars rather than faders—the MB-3 electric organ on Key Rig for example—then you should use drawbar mode. The Drawbar function is not available on the 25-note version. Press Data 3 and Chan Assign together to enable Drawbar mode. When Drawbar mode is active, this will be indicated by the Drawb
Axiom Line User Guide To recall any memory you have stored: 49- and 61-note versions: < Press the Recall button. < Enter the number of the memory location (1 to 20) using the numeric keypad. 25-note version: < Press the Advanced button. < Press the Recall button. < Enter the number of the memory location (1 to 20) using the numeric data entry keys. < Press the Enter key to conﬁrm. or < Press the Recall button. < Use the -/+ buttons to increment, decrement the currently select
Axiom Line User Guide For example, if you want to store the settings for the trigger pads only: 49- and 61-note versions: < Press the Store button. < Press group button C to activate group C only. < The LCD display will now only ﬂash the Group C symbol. < Use the numeric keypad to enter the memory location to store the Pad settings. 25-note version: < Press Advanced. < Press the Store key. < Press the REC button to activate group C. < The LCD display will now only ﬂash the
Axiom Line User Guide 3.3 How To Avoid Jumping Parameters A common problem with MIDI controllers occurs when you move a physical controller and the receiving parameter on your external MIDI gear or software jumps from its present setting to the position of the knob or fader that you are using. The result can be a volume spike, a vibrato effect suddenly engaging or a pan position jumping from one side to another. The Axiom is well equipped to avoid this situation. 3.3.1 Mute The Mute button
Axiom Line User Guide In order to program one of these methods to the rotary encoders on your Axiom, you should assign the MIDI controllers given below: MIDI CC Endless Data Method Increment Decrement 145 Program Change Increment/Decrement — — 146 2’s Complement from 64 / Relative (Binary Offset) 065 to 127 063 to 000 147 2’s Complement from 0 / Relative (2’s Complement) 001 to 64 127 to 065 148 Sign Magnitude / Relative (Signed Bit) 065 to 127 001 to 063 149 Sign Magnitude / Relative (Signed B
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