The Oxygen 61 (MKV)
Welcome to the brand-new Oxygen Series from M-Audio, the Oxygen Series (MKV). In today’s world of music production, controlling your digital music environment is important. It is not only how the pros improve their workflow, but also how they create unique cutting-edge signature sounds. M-Audio has updated the most iconic series of MIDI keyboard controllers on the market for software-based music production and performance. The new Oxygen Series (MKV) keyboard controllers offer innovative advancements in hardware control enabling you to create modern cutting-edge music on stage or in the studio.
Professional Producer Features
The Oxygen 61 (MKV) controller includes powerful features essential for creating and producing music such as Note Repeat (a staple mark in beat production), Full Velocity Control of keys and 8 pads, 8 assignable knobs for controlling effect plugins and virtual instruments, and 9 assignable faders for mixing: all opening a world of precise music creation techniques making your signature sound professional and modern.
Note Repeat allows you to hold down any of the 8 custom-made M-Audio velocity-sensitive performance pads in 2 available pad banks to hear a repeated rhythmic pattern at a selectable note division. The Note Repeat feature can be activated momentarily or can be used in Latch mode. If you choose Momentary, holding the Note Repeat button will make the note played by the pad automatically repeat. If you choose Latch, pressing any pad will cause its assigned note to repeat without having to hold down the Note Repeat button.
Arpeggiators help add excitement and movement to music quickly and easily. The built-in Arpeggiator on the Oxygen 61 (MKV) with Type, Octave, Gate and Swing controls will creatively affect anything you are playing on the keys from any virtual instrument in your DAW. When the Arpeggiator is activated, the keyboard will repeatedly play the keys that are pressed in the selected sequence. The arpeggiator’s timing and rhythm is based on the keyboard’s time division setting in either the keyboard’s tempo, or your DAW’s tempo setting. Each note in the arpeggio will be the length selected for the time division setting. For example, if you select 1/4, each note in the arpeggio will be audible in quarter note increments. This powerful tool can operate in Latch or Momentary mode, making it easy to unleash your creativity.
Smart Chord and Smart Scale technology are the bridges between your musically creative mind and your final productions. The Smart Chord feature helps bring out your inner musical genius by playing full chords with a single key press, and with the Smart Scale feature, the Oxygen 25 (MKV) keys transform into a perfect scale, playing the exact notes within a chosen scale. With Smart Chord and Smart Scale technology, creating music and unleashing your unlimited creativity has never been easier.
With Smart Chord activated, pressing a single key will play a full chord rather than just one note. The key you press will determine the root note in the chord. The rest of the chord’s properties (Major, Minor, and Voicing) are determined by the settings you choose. Smart Chord also has a Custom Mode which lets you determine the chord structure that will be assigned to each key by manually playing it. For example, if you select Custom Mode, and play a 1-b3-5-b7 chord, every key will then be assigned to play this chord structure. The note of the key you press will serve as the root of the chord and all the parameters can be edited right on your Oxygen keyboard controller.
The Oxygen series also features intelligent Smart Scale technology. With Smart Scale, you can set the keybed so that only notes in the selected scale are able to be played. This allows you to play within a chosen scale without the risk of playing any wrong notes. You can choose from over 15 different scale variations when assigning a scale to the keyboard. With Smart Scale controls right on the keys, you will have easy access to set and change Smart Scale parameters on the fly, keeping you focused on what is most important, creating music.
Auto-Mapping for Creative DAW Control
Using the Oxygen 61 (MKV) controller with any DAW is incredibly easy. The controls such as Transport, Faders, Pan, Record Arm, Solo, Mute, Select and many more, are automatically mapped to most DAWs for a fluid workflow. The Oxygen 61 (MKV) works with all major DAWs—including Ableton, Pro Tools, MPC Beats, Cubase, Logic, Studio One and many more. By simply selecting your DAW on the Oxygen 61 (MKV) keyboard controller and configuring your DAW’s preferences to the keyboard, a new world of creative production is at your fingertips. The Oxygen 61 (MKV) keyboard also includes presets for all the virtual instruments and plugins that are included (Mini Grand and Hybrid 3). These world-class plugins can be fully controlled by the Oxygen 61 (MKV) keyboard controller and used in real-time as you create, mix, and bring your music productions to the next level.
Premium Software Suite
Whatever your production discipline, Oxygen 61 (MKV) includes everything for immediate creative potential from the get-go. Record, sequence, arrange and mixdown your tracks with a choice of two professional DAWs including MPC Beats and Ableton Live Lite. Adding to the arsenal of DAWs are two incredible virtual instrument plugins, the critically acclaimed Hybrid 3 multi-oscillator synthesizer, and Mini Grand—an Acoustic Piano virtual instrument offering a wide array of the most realistic piano tones available on the market. Finally, dive into a world of cutting-edge sound content with a collection of Expansion Packs from Akai Professional’s legendary MPC Series – from hard hitting kicks to snares that snap, everything you need to add that professional polish to your production is here.