M-Audio Axiom AIR USB Pad/Keyboard Controller

M-Audio has introduced a trio of new USB pad/keyboard controllers – the Axiom AIR series.

Available in 25, 49 and 61-key versions, they also feature a range of illuminated trigger pads, knobs, faders and transport/navigation buttons.

The 25 and 49 key models have synth-style keys, where the 61-key model features semi-weighted keys. All keyboards have aftertouch. Other features vary in number as the size of the keyboard increases.

Here’s a quick comparison of the main features:

Feature Axiom AIR 25 Axiom AIR 49 Axiom AIR 61
Number Keys 25 49 61
Type Keys Synth Synth Semi-weighted
Aftertouch Yes Yes Yes
Trigger Pads 16 12 12
Roll Button Yes Yes Yes
Encoder Knobs 8 8 8
Long-throw faders 1 9 9
Transport/Navigation buttons Yes Yes Yes
Pitch Bend Wheel Yes Yes Yes
Modulation Wheel Yes Yes Yes
Other 3 banks of pad and controller assignments with color-coded illumination
Selectable velocity curves
Ignite software and Ableton Live Lite included

Pricing and availability to be confirmed.