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Review MIDI keyboard M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32. Where to buy it?

M-Audio is a business unit of inMusic Brands that designs and markets digital audio and MIDI interfaces, keyboards and MIDI controllers, synthesizers, speakers, studio monitors, digital DJ systems, microphones and music software. I’ll tell you how this post is built. First I’ll list the features of this M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32 keyboard. Then you have a video or two, shopping links, and helpful comments from other users, and then you have one of the most useful parts; comparison charts with similar keyboards for you to compare.

  • 32 sensitive mini keys
  • 8 Pads
  • 8 rotary controllers
  • Pitch, modulation and sustain controls
  • Navigation and transport keys
  • Supports HyperControl
  • MIDI-Mapping Technology
  • Automatic recognition of most DAW’s
  • Includes Software Suite (online download): Pro Tools First (M-Audio Edition) and VIP 3.0 Software

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This MIDI keyboard is usually priced at around €59/£51/$60 and offers 32 speed-sensitive (MIDI language intensity) mini keys that will allow you to play or compose different musical performances.

It also offers 8 sensitive pads, 8 assignable knobs, pitch bend, modulation and sustain controls that will allow you to have moderate control on your DAW of choice and thus also automatically recognize most audio software on the market.

It is USB powered, so no external power supply is needed. It supports HyperControl (M-Audio’s own technology) which means that the computer automatically “maps” a function to each control on the MIDI keyboard, allowing for true plug-and-play.

Finally, the M-Audio Axiom Mini 32 comes with the following software packages (online download): Pro Tools First (M-Audio Edition) and VIP 3.0 Software.

Now that we’ve seen the features of this M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32 keyboard, watch these related videos to learn more.

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M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32 vs Akai MPK mini MK2

The M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32 MIDI Keyboard is priced at €59/£51/$60 and the Akai MPK mini MK2 is priced at €79/£70/$81, with a difference of £24 between them. Let’s take a look at the face-to-face:

  • The M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32 offers 32 sensitive mini keys, while the Akai MPK mini MK2 offers 25 synthesizer action mini keys.
  • The M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32 offers 8 assignable pads, 8 assignable knobs, pitch bend, modulation and sustain controls, plus navigation and transport keys.
  • The Akai MPK MK2 features a 4-way thumbstick for dynamic pitch/modulation control, 8 MPC (MIDI Production Center) pads with note repeat, an arpeggiator button, and 8 assignable control knobs.
  • Both are USB powered, so no external power supply is needed. The Akai has a sustain pedal input.
  • The M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32 includes a software package (online download): Pro Tools First (M-Audio Edition) and VIP 3.0 Software and the Akai MPK mini MK2 includes a full production software package (downloads): Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech, SONiVOX Wobble and Akai Pro MPC Essentials.

Let’s put the features of these keyboards in a table so you can compare

M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32

Akai MPK mini MK2 white

  • 32 sensitive mini keys
  • 8 Pads
  • 8 rotary controllers
  • Pitch, modulation and sustain controls
  • Navigation and transport keys
  • Supports HyperControl
  • MIDI-Mapping Technology
  • Automatic recognition of most DAW’s
  • Includes Software Suite (online download): Pro Tools First (M-Audio Edition) and VIP 3.0 Software
  • 25 mini synthesizer action keys
  • New 4-way ‘thumbstick’ for dynamic tone/modulation control
  • 8 MPC pads with note repetition
  • Arpeggiator
  • 8 assignable control knobs for mixing, adjusting plugins and more
  • The ultra-compact design allows you to create anywhere
  • Additional inputs: 1 x 6.3 mm jack for sustain pedal
  • Powered by USB
  • No power adapter required
  • Full size sustain pedal input jack
  • Includes complete production software package (downloads): Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech, SONiVOX Wobble and Akai Pro MPC Essentials
  • Dimensions: 317 x 181 x 44 mm
  • Weight: 748 g
  • Color: White

In our first comparison, the M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32 offers 32 keys, 8 pads, 8 knobs, and controls for pitch bend, modulation and transport, plus it supports HyperControl, which is a great advantage over the competition. The Akai MPK mini MK2 offers 25 keys, 1 4-way thumbstick for pitch and modulation, 8 MPC (MIDI Production Center) pads, 8 assignable knobs, and an arpeggiator button. While both are good controllers, the M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32 has certain advantages over the Akai, thanks to its 32 keys and HyperControl support, for a few euros more.

Here’s a video of the Akai MPK mini MK2 keyboard

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Akai MPK mini Mk2 review

M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32 vs Arturia MiniLab MKII

The M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32 MIDI Keyboard is priced at €59/£51/$60 and the Arturia MiniLab MKII is priced at €91/£82/$91, with a difference of £27 between them. Let’s go face-to-face:

  • The M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32 offers 32 sensitive mini keys, while the Arturia MiniLab MKII offers 25 synthesizer-action mini keys.
  • The M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32 offers 8 assignable pads, 8 assignable knobs, pitch bend, modulation and sustain controls, plus navigation and transport keys.
  • The Arturia MiniLab MKII offers 16 rotary encoders (two of which are clickable), two banks of eight-speed and pressure-sensitive pads with RGB backlighting, touch-strips for pitch bend and modulation.
  • Both are USB powered, so no external power supply is needed, the Arturia offers a sustain pedal input.
  • The M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32 includes a software package (online download): Pro Tools First (M-Audio Edition) and VIP 3.0 Software and the Arturia MiniLab MKII includes the Analog Lab Lite software license with five hundred sounds in V-Collection Five quality, Ableton Live Lite and UVI Grand Piano (software requires a download from manufacturer’s site).

Let’s put the features of these keyboards in a table so you can compare

M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32

Arturia MiniLab MKII

  • 32 sensitive mini keys
  • 8 Pads
  • 8 rotary controllers
  • Pitch, modulation and sustain controls
  • Navigation and transport keys
  • Supports HyperControl
  • MIDI-Mapping Technology
  • Automatic recognition of most DAW’s
  • Includes Software Suite (online download): Pro Tools First (M-Audio Edition) and VIP 3.0 Software
  • 25 speed-sensitive mini keys
  • 16 rotary encoders (two of them are clickable)
  • 2 banks of eight-speed and pressure-sensitive pads with RGB backlighting
  • Touchstrips for pitch bend and modulation
  • Connection for sustain pedal
  • USB connection
  • Powered by USB
  • Dimensions: 355 x 220 x 50mm (width x depth x height)
  • Weight: 1,5kg
  • Includes Analog Lab Lite software license with 500 sounds in V-Collection Five, Ableton Live Lite and UVI Grand Piano quality (software requires a download from manufacturer’s site)

In this comparison, we have the M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32 which we discussed earlier, and the Arturia MiniLab MKII which offers 25 speed-sensitive mini keys, 16 rotary encoders, 2 banks of eight sensitive pads with RGB backlighting and touch strips for pitch bend and modulation. As in the previous comparison, both are good controllers, with a slight difference that the M-Audio has 32 keys, 8 pads, 8 knobs and on the other hand, the Arturia has 25 keys, and 16 pads, and 16 knobs. This makes for a very interesting comparison. If you need 3 octaves, go for the M-Audio, and if you need more pads and knobs, go for the Arturia MiniLab MKII.

And here’s a video of the Arturia MiniLab MKII

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Arturia MiniLab MKII review.

M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32 vs Akai LPK 25

The M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32 MIDI Keyboard is priced at €59/£51/$60 and the Akai LPK 25 is priced at €42/£37/$42, with a difference of $22. Let’s move on to the face-to-face:

  • The M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32 offers 32 sensitive mini keys, while the Akai LPK 25 offers 25 synthesizer-action mini keys.
  • The M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32 offers 8 assignable pads, 8 assignable knobs, pitch bend, modulation and sustain controls, plus navigation and transport keys.
  • The Akai LPK 25 offers an Arpeggiator Button, a Sustain Button, Octave Up/Down Buttons, and Tap Tempo.
  • Both are USB powered, so no external power supply is needed.
  • The M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32 includes a software package (online download): Pro Tools First (M-Audio Edition) and VIP 3.0 Software and the Akai MPK 25 includes an included Mac and PC software editor.

Let’s put the features of these keyboards in a table so you can compare

M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32

Akai LPK 25

  • 32 sensitive mini keys
  • 8 Pads
  • 8 rotary controllers
  • Pitch, modulation and sustain controls
  • Navigation and transport keys
  • Supports HyperControl
  • MIDI-Mapping Technology
  • Automatic recognition of most DAW’s
  • Includes Software Suite (online download): Pro Tools First (M-Audio Edition) and VIP 3.0 Software
  • Works with virtually all audio software
  • 25 mini-format speed-sensitive keys
  • Arpeggiator
  • Sustain button
  • Octave Up/Down and Tap Tempo buttons
  • Plug&Play USB socket on Mac and PC without drivers
  • Fits neatly into a laptop bag or backpack
  • 4 programmable memory banks
  • Editor Software for Mac and PC included
  • Powered by a USB port, no mains power cable required
  • Size: 9,65 x 34,04 x 2,79 cm
  • Weight: 0.635 kg

In this comparison, we have the M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32, which we have already analyzed, and on the other hand, the Akai LPK 25 which offers 25 mini-sensitive keys, an arpeggiator button, sustain button, octave up/down buttons and tap tempo, a somewhat minimalist controller but also with great compatibility to different DAWs and is very portable. If you need a controller with more than two octaves, and more features, the M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32, and if you choose the Akai LPK 25, will serve you well if you need a more minimalist controller.

Here’s a video of the Akai LPK 25 keyboard

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Akai LPK 25 review.

M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32 vs Miditech Midistart Music 25

The M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32 MIDI Keyboard is priced at €59/£51/$60 and the Miditech Midistart Music 25 is priced at €58/£51/$60, but the difference is so small that this may vary depending on which shop we ask. Let’s take a look at the face-to-face:

  • The M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32 offers 32 sensitive mini keys, while the Miditech Midistart Music 25 offers 25 full-size keys with sensitivity.
  • The M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32 offers 8 assignable pads, 8 assignable knobs, pitch bend, modulation and sustain controls, plus navigation and transport keys.
  • The Miditech Midistart Music 25 features joysticks for pitch bend and modulation, and octave +/- buttons.
  • Both are powered via USB, so no external power supply is required.
  • The M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32 includes a software package (online download): Pro Tools First (M-Audio Edition) and VIP 3.0 Software and the Miditech Midistart Music 25 includes a Magix Samplitude SE software editor.

Let’s put the features of these keyboards in a table so you can compare

M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32

Miditech Midistart Music 25

  • Thirty-two sensitive mini keys
  • Eight Pads
  • Eight rotary controllers
  • Pitch, modulation and sustain controls
  • Navigation and transport keys
  • Hold on to HyperControl
  • MIDI-Mapping Technology
  • Automatic recognition of most DAW’s
  • Includes Avid Ignite Music Creation Software
  • 25 large keys with sensitivity
  • Joystick for Pitchbend and Modulation
  • Octave buttons +/-
  • MIDI output
  • USB port
  • Includes USB cable
  • Magix Samplitude SE
  • Size: 380 x 80 x 240 mm
  • Weight: 2.3 Kg

In this comparison, we have two controllers with similar prices, but notable differences between them. On the one hand, the M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32 already analyzed before, and on the other hand, the Miditech Midistart Music 25 that offers 25 large keys with sensitivity, a joystick for pitch bend and modulation, and octave up and down buttons. If you need a 3-octave range, you’ll go for the M-Audio, and if you’re more comfortable with large keys and two octaves are enough for you, the Miditech will be your choice.

Here’s a video of the Miditech Midistart Music 25 keyboard

 

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Miditech Midistart Music 25 review.

M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32 vs M-Audio Oxygen 61 Mk4

The M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32 MIDI keyboard is priced at €59/£51/$60, while the M-Audio Oxygen 61 Mk4 is priced at €155/£133/$154, with a significant difference. This is the face-to-face one:

  • The M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32 offers 32 sensitive mini keys, while the M-Audio Oxygen 61 Mk4 offers 61 full-size keys with sensitivity and synth action.
  • The M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32 offers 8 assignable pads, 8 assignable knobs, pitch bend, modulation and sustain controls, as well as navigation and transport keys.
  • The M-Audio Oxygen 61 Mk4 offers 8 speed-sensitive trigger pads, 8 assignable knobs, 9 assignable faders and transport buttons for DAW control.
  • Both are USB powered, so no external power supply is required. The M-Audio Oxygen 61 Mk4 has a sustain pedal input.
  • The M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32 includes a software package (online download): Pro Tools First (M-Audio Edition) and VIP 3.0 Software and the M-Audio Oxygen 61 Mk4 includes a SONiVOX Twist (Software), Ableton Live Lite (Software), USB cable, Quick Start Guide, Warranty and Safety Manual.

Let’s put the features of these keyboards in a table so you can compare

M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32

M-Audio Oxygen 61 Mk4

  • 32 sensitive mini keys
  • 8 Pads
  • 8 rotary controllers
  • Pitch, modulation and sustain controls
  • Navigation and transport keys
  • Supports HyperControl
  • MIDI-Mapping Technology
  • Automatic recognition of most DAW’s
  • Includes Software Suite (online download): Pro Tools First (M-Audio Edition) and VIP 3.0 Software
  • 61 full-size speed-sensitive synthesizer action keys
  • 8 speed-sensitive trigger pads
  • 8 assignable knobs
  • 9 assignable faders
  • Transport buttons for DAW control
  • Automation for popular DAWs: Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, and more
  • LCD screen
  • USB powered
  • Plug-and-Play Support
  • MIDI-USB connectivity
  • Input for sustain pedal
  • Included software: Ableton Live Lite and SONiVOX Twist Synth
  • The box also includes: SONiVOX Twist (Software), Ableton Live Lite (Software), USB cable, quick start guide, warranty and safety manual
  • Dimensions: 977 x 243 x 94mm (width x depth x height)
  • Weight: 3.4kg

In the last comparison we have two M-Audio brand controllers, the Axiom Air Mini 32, which we have already discussed, and the Oxygen 61 Mk4 which offers 61 full-size velocity-sensitive synthesizer action keys, 8 velocity-sensitive trigger pads, 8 assignable knobs and 9 assignable faders. These are two very different controllers, so if you need a more portable 3-octave controller, the M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32 will be your choice, and if you want comfort and a wider range, the M-Audio Oxygen 61 MK4 will be a better option, of course at a higher price.

Here is a video of the M-Audio Oxygen 61 Mk4 keyboard

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the M-Audio Oxygen 61 Mk4 review.

What is the best of these MIDI keyboards if I am a beginner on a budget?

While the answer to this question lies mostly in what specific need you have, for example, if you want to have a keyboard with the widest possible note range, or if you want to have as many control features as possible, or perhaps a mix between the two, that is without leaving behind the different connections and software licenses offered by most MIDI controllers, we will give an objective opinion according to our experience in music production and thus also with the price demanded by the controllers, a kind of value for money.

In this post, we find inexpensive MIDI controllers with moderate functions, and as the best MIDI controller for beginners, we can mention the M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32 that offers 32 keys in mini format and pad and rotary control functions, as well as automation and other functions, making it a great choice of controller for beginners.

Where to buy the M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32 keyboard

Amazon

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Jaime Echagüe

Hi! I'm Jaime Echagüe, a musician and an authentic fan of musical instruments. With this blog I want to give general information about musical instruments in an easy, direct and honest way. I hope you enjoy my website and that you find it very useful.

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