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M-Audio Oxygen 49 Key USB-MIDI Controller Keyboard

Stock code: 68097

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  • Bus-powered 49-key USB MIDI controller
  • Ultra-mobile design
  • Velocity-sensitive keys
  • 8 MIDI-assignable knobs
  • 9 MIDI-assignable sliders
  • 6 dedicated transport controls
  • Assignable slider

The Oxygen 49 USB MIDI controller provides an excellent MIDI solution for home and pro-studios alike. With 49 touch-sensitive keys, you have a great range for performance and composition without compromising portability. The Oxygen 49 features eight assignable knobs and nine assignable sliders, plus dedicated transport and track select buttons. There is a 'DirectLink' mode, which automatically maps these controls to common DAW functions (See below for compatible software) including transport, mixer, track pan and plug-in parameters. Built-in factory presets offer support for popular virtual instruments right out of the box, no complicated set-up required. Velocity-sensitive keys and a sleek, compact design make the Oxygen 49 perfect for both production and performance. The Oxygen 49-key USB MIDI controller offers features that exceed even the highest expectations for controllers in its price range.

Streamlined Session Control

Featuring eight assignable knobs, nine assignable sliders, dedicated transport controls and track up/down buttons, the Oxygen 49 gives you total control over your session—allowing you to stay engaged in the creative flow of recording and mixing music rather than being interrupted by the constant back and forth between QWERTY keyboard and MIDI controller. DirectLink mode automatically maps Oxygen 49 controls to common DAW parameters—while factory presets provide instant mapping to popular virtual instruments including Xpand!™2, Hybrid™, Velvet®, Strike®, Oddity, ImpOSCar and MiniMonsta. Use the dedicated Select buttons to quickly switch MIDI channels and presets for deep tactile control over multitimbral hardware and software instruments. Interfacing a MIDI controller with your software doesn’t get any easier than this...

Professional Quality

M-Audio pioneered the category of mobile MIDI keyboard controllers, and they continue to be the best-selling name in the game. In fact, M-Audio controllers are used by more professional producers and players than any other brand on the market. Thanks to continued innovation over the course of nearly a decade, you’ll find that the Oxygen 49 controller has a solid, reliable build—and puts as much musicality into the keyboard as it does into the complement of other MIDI controls.

Pro Tools Compatible

The Oxygen 49 MIDI controller offers out-of-the-box integration with Pro Tools® software—the industry standard DAW found in professional, project and personal studios around the world. With DirectLink, the Oxygen 49 controls instantly map to key parameters on the Pro Tools Mixer, Edit and Transport windows—as well as the powerful suite of virtual instruments bundled with Pro Tools. Together, Oxygen 49 and Pro Tools software provide streamlined workflow in a formidable system with tons of interface options and industry-standard file compatibility.

DirectLink Mode

The latest M-Audio Oxygen MIDI controllers feature DirectLink mode, which automatically maps onboard controls to common DAW functions including transport, mixer, track pan and plug-in parameters. See below for a list of audio software currently compatible with DirectLink.

ModelOxygen 49 USB MIDI Controller
(H x W x D)
94 x 737 x 239 mm
MIDI Data From Variable Controllers MIDI Control Number
Program, Bank LSB, Bank MSB
Pitch Bend
GM/GM2/XG SysEx Messages
MIDI Data From Buttons/Switches Note On
Note On/Off toggle
MIDI CC On/Off toggle
Program, Bank LSB, Bank MSB presets
MIDI Machine Control functions
GM/GM2/XG SysEx messages
Full Features 49 velocity-sensitive keys
8 MIDI-assignable knobs
6 dedicated transport controls
MIDI-assignable slider
Dedicated track up/down buttons
DirectLink mode automatically maps controls to common DAW parameters
Unique Select buttons for on-the-fly step through of presets, program changes and MIDI channels
4 velocity curves and 3 fixed velocity settings
Sustain pedal input
Class-compliant with Windows XP, Windows Vista and Mac OS X
USB bus powered
Inbuilt Factory Presets Xpand!2

  • Excellent product for the price

    Overall Rating
    Posted on 24/10/2012 by

    I've had the M-audio oxygen 49 for a few months now and so far I have had no problems with it. The versatility of this product is amazing. It's suitable for home production but also great for gigs every now and then. I am currently running it on FL Studio and setting the keyboard up was no problem at all. FL studio recognised the keyboard straight away, however if you want to assign the play / stop buttons etc. this could take a few minutes but it's nothing to complain about. The velocity-sensitive keys are a bonus, as I usually like to compose little piano pieces, so it really gives it that natural feel to my compositions. The sliders and knobs are easy to assign to any parameter.

    I would say the key features are:
    USB-powered, so you only need the one cable from your PC / laptop to your midi interface
    Very easy to set up
    Easy to figure out what every bit of the MIDI keyboard does
    Keys are comfy, so it's easy to play on

    Overall if you looking for a MIDI device that offers professional features when working at home but also flexibility, such as playing in the studio and at gigs, then I would recommend this one. It offers many professional features and the price is respectable too.

  • Good for the Price, but still a few small issues

    Overall Rating
    Posted on 04/10/2012 by

    I’ve had this keyboard for a few months now, and its pretty great! I’ve been using it in conjunction with GarageBand, NanoStudio and Cubase Elements 6. The keyboard itself doesn't come with anything, just a USB cable and a Disk with a PDF manual on. Packing is kind of meh...

    The one thing I've found is that although the keyboard function works fine, there are issues with the assignable keys. I haven't been able to get them to work properly in anything. It also has lots of connection issues, meaning I have to turn it on and off a few times to get it all working, which could be a software issue. I’m running it on OS X 10.8, which is technically not supported.

    For the price it’s great, and it’s a comfy keyboard to play on as well :)

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