M-Audio Debuts New Oxygen Keyboards

M-Audio's Oxygen range of keyboards are a mainstay of many a production studio setup. So, how do you go about making a popular series better? Velocity sensitive trigger pads might do it!  

Cumberland, RI, USA"March 11, 2014. M-Audio (m-audio.com), a leading manufacturer of keyboards and recording studio solutions, introduces the new Oxygen controller series. Created for musicians and producers, they introduce a host of controls, an intuitive layout, and a cutting- edge software suite for making music.

The new M-Audio Oxygen 25.

The new M-Audio Oxygen 25.

Available in 25-, 49- or 61-key models, the Oxygen series combines a velocity-sensitive keybed with a series of 8 trigger pads. Used for launching audio clips, triggering percussion sounds and more, the pads also provide velocity-sensitive response and illuminated feedback. Control capabilities expand with 8 assignable knobs " perfect for adjusting plugin parameters and mixing tasks. The Oxygen 25 features an assignable master fader while the Oxygen 49 and 61 provide 9 total faders for virtually limitless MIDI manipulation. Each keyboard in the series features an LCD screen and transport controls for seamless operation with digital audio software. A 6.3mm (1⁄4-inch) sustain input jack is built in for expressive performances.

The new M-Audio Oxygen 49.

The new M-Audio Oxygen 49.

Every keyboard in the Oxygen series includes a powerful software package for creating music right away, starting with Ableton Live Lite " a dynamic music creation software, that lets musicians develop songs with extensive MIDI and audio processing tools. Twist, an acclaimed spectral-morphing software synthesizer from SONiVOX, creates swirling sonic textures that come to life with inspiring depth and motion.

The new M-Audio Oxygen 61 (the largest of this family of controllers.

The new M-Audio Oxygen 61 (the largest of this family of controllers.

Oxygen Series Highlights:

  • 25, 49 or 61 full-size, synth-action velocity-sensitive keys
  • 8 velocity-sensitive trigger pads for beat production, clip launching & more
  • 8 assignable knobs for mixing and tweaking plugins
  • 9 assignable faders (Oxygen 49, Oxygen 61)
  • Transport controls let you operate your DAW without reaching for the mouse
  • Auto-maps to popular DAWs: Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase
  • LCD screen provides instant parameter feedback
  • USB powered; a single cable provides power and MIDI connectivity
  • Works with Apple's iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately) for use with iOS devices
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite for immediate and powerful music creation
  • Includes SONiVOX Twist spectral morphing synthesizer

“We wanted to give musicians and producers more tools, more control, and thus more capability,” said JC Sutherland, M-Audio Product Manager. “The Oxygen series features the most in-demand hardware and software for making compelling music without restrictions.”

The new M-Audio Oxygen 25, Oxygen 49, and Oxygen 61 will be available in Summer 2014 with a $99, $149, and $199 USD street price, respectively. M-Audio will showcase the Oxygen series at Musikmesse, Hall 5.1, Booth B45, March 12-15 in Frankfurt, Germany. For more information, visit: m-audio.com/messe2014.

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