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Review M-Audio Oxygen 49 Mk4 MIDI keyboard. 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 will list the features of this M-Audio Oxygen 49 Mk4 keyboard. Then you have a video or two, purchase links and useful comments from other users, and then you have one of the most useful parts; comparison tables with similar keyboards for you to compare.

  • 49 Sensitive Keys
  • 8 Sensitive Pads
  • 8 freely assignable rotary knobs
  • 9 freely assignable sliders
  • Transport button e.g. for DAW control
  • LCD screen
  • Powered by USB port
  • USB Midi
  • Sustain pedal connection
  • Includes USB cable, Quickstart Guide, Ableton Live Lite (Software) and Sonivox Twist (Software)
  • Dimensions: WxDxH 814 x 243 x 94 mm
  • Weight: 2.9 kg

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This MIDI keyboard is usually priced at around €122/£105/$122 and offers 49 responsive keys, allowing you to tune and compose different musical ideas on your favourite DAW.

This MIDI controller also offers the control functions 8 sensitive pads, 8 freely assignable rotary buttons, 9 freely assignable sliders, 4 transport buttons for DAW control, pitch bend and modulation wheels.

When connected, the M-Audio Oxygen 49 MK4 features an integrated USB connection and a sustain pedal input. Also included are the Ableton Live Lite (Software) and Sonivox Twist (Software) licenses.

Now that we have seen the features of this M-Audio Oxygen 49 Mk4 keyboard, watch these related videos to learn more.

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M-Audio Oxygen 49 Mk4 vs M-Audio Keystation 49 MK3

The M-Audio Oxygen 49 Mk4 MIDI Keyboard is priced at €122/£105/$122 when the M-Audio Keystation 49 MK3 is priced at €88/£75/$87. Let’s move on to the face-to-face:

  • Both MIDI controllers offer 49 speed-sensitive keys.
  • The M-Audio Oxygen 49 MK4 offers 8 sensitive pads, 8 freely assignable rotary buttons, 9 freely assignable sliders, 4 transport buttons for DAW control, pitch bend and modulation wheels. The M-Audio Keystation 49 MK3 offers an assignable fader, 3 transport buttons (stop, play, rec) for DAW control, octave up/down buttons, keys for movement, and modulation and pitch bend wheels.
  • Both integrate a USB connection and a sustain pedal input.
  • The M-Audio Oxygen 49 MK4 includes the Ableton Live Lite (Software) and Sonivox Twist (Software) licenses. The M-Audio Keystation 49 MK3 includes the Pro Tools First M-Audio Edition, Ableton Live Lite, AIR Mini Grand, AIR Velvet and AIR Xpand!2 licenses.

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

M-Audio Oxygen 49 Mk4

M-Audio Keystation 49 MK3

  • 49 sensitive keys
  • 8 Sensitive Pads
  • 8 freely assignable rotary knobs
  • 9 freely assignable sliders
  • Transport button e.g. for DAW control
  • LCD screen
  • Powered by USB port
  • USB Midi
  • Sustain pedal connection
  • Includes USB cable, Quickstart Guide, Ableton Live Lite (Software) and Sonivox Twist (Software)
  • Dimensions: WxDxH 814 x 243 x 94 mm
  • Weight: 2.9 kg
  • 49 speed-sensitive keys
  • Pitch bend and modulation wheels
  • Octave switch
  • Transport buttons for DAW control
  • A fader
  • 6.3 mm jack input for optional sustain pedal (not included)
  • USB bus-powered
  • Plug&Play for Mac and PC
  • Includes Pro Tools First M-Audio Edition, Ableton Live Lite, AIR Mini Grand, AIR Velvet, and AIR Xpand!2
  • Dimensions: 822 x 189 x 68 mm
  • Weight: 2.1 kg

In our first comparison, we have on the one hand the M-Audio Oxygen 49 Mk4 which features 49 velocity-sensitive keys, 8 sensitive pads, 8 freely assignable rotary buttons, 9 freely assignable sliders, 4 transport buttons for DAW control, pitch bend wheels and modulation. The M-Audio Keystation 49 MK3 offers 49 speed-sensitive keys and an assignable fader, 3 transport buttons (stop, play, rec) for DAW control, octave up/down buttons, movement keys, and pitch bend and modulation wheels.

As we can see, the M-Audio Oxygen 49 MK4 is a superior model due to the greater number of control functions it offers, such as pads, knobs, faders, and others. Due to its small difference in price, we advise you to look for the M-Audio Oxygen 49 MK4, it is a better controller.

Here is a video of the M-Audio Keystation 49 MK3 keyboard

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the M-Audio Keystation 49 MK3 review.

M-Audio Oxygen 49 Mk4 vs M-Audio Code 49 Black

The M-Audio Oxygen 49 Mk4 MIDI Keyboard is priced at €122/£105/$122 and the M-Audio Code 49 Black is priced at €199, making a difference of $74. Let’s move on to the face-to-face:

  • Both MIDI controllers offer 49 speed-sensitive keys. The ones on the M-Audio Code 49 have an aftertouch function.
  • The M-Audio Oxygen 49 MK4 offers 8 sensitive pads, 8 freely assignable rotary buttons, 9 freely assignable sliders, 4 transport buttons for DAW control, pitch bend and modulation wheels. The M-Audio Code 49 offers assignable XY control pad for HID control, 16 fully assignable velocity-sensitive trigger pads, 8 assignable 360 encoders, 9 assignable faders, 9 assignable buttons, and pitch bend and modulation wheels.
  • The M-Audio Oxygen 49 MK4 features an integrated USB connection and a sustain pedal input. When the M-Audio Code 49 integrates MIDI output and input, two pedal inputs (sustain and expression), USB connection and power supply input.
  • The M-Audio Oxygen 49 MK4 includes the Ableton Live Lite (Software) and Sonivox Twist (Software) licenses. The M-Audio Code 49 includes the Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 3.0 and Loom by Air Music Technology licenses.

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

M-Audio Oxygen 49 Mk4

M-Audio Code 49 Black

  • 49 sensitive keys
  • 8 Sensitive Pads
  • 8 freely assignable rotary knobs
  • 9 freely assignable sliders
  • Transport button e.g. for DAW control
  • LCD screen
  • Powered by USB port
  • USB Midi
  • Sustain pedal connection
  • Includes USB cable, Quickstart Guide, Ableton Live Lite (Software) and Sonivox Twist (Software)
  • Dimensions: WxDxH 814 x 243 x 94 mm
  • Weight: 2.9 kg
  • 49 full-size keys
  • Speed sensitive with aftertouch
  • 4 assignable zones for divisions and layers
  • Assignable XY control pad for HID control
  • 16 fully assignable speed-sensitive trigger pads
  • 8 encoders 360 assignable
  • 9 assignable faders
  • 9 assignable buttons
  • Transport control via Mackie/HUI protocol
  • LED providing instant display of each parameter
  • Input for volume and sustain pedal
  • Operates via USB power with 5-pin MIDI input and output
  • Software included: Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 3.0 and Loom by Air Music Technology
  • Power supply not included optionally available
  • Minimum requirements: Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit) and Mac OS X 10.7.5
  • Dimensions: 858 x 257 x 73mm (width x depth x height)
  • Weight: 4,2Kg

In this comparison we have two MIDI controllers from the same brand, M-Audio, the models being on the one hand the Oxygen 49 MK4 which we have already seen its functions and features, and on the other hand the M-Audio Code 49 which offers 49 full-size velocity-sensitive keys with aftertouch, an assignable XY control pad for HID control, 16 fully assignable velocity-sensitive trigger pads, 8 assignable 360 encoders, 9 assignable faders, 9 assignable buttons and pitch bend and modulation wheels.

The M-Audio Code 49 has the most pads, assignable buttons, and aftertouch keys, as well as an XY pad control that allows you to control a parameter or plug-in in two dimensions. For this reason we can say that it is the best controller, and the difference in price is well worth paying.

Here is a video of the M-Audio Code 49 Black keyboard

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the M-Audio Code 49 Black review.

M-Audio Oxygen 49 Mk4 vs Novation Launchkey 49 MK3

The M-Audio Oxygen 49 Mk4 MIDI Keyboard is priced at €122/£105/$122 when the Novation Launchkey 49 MK3 is priced at €222/£205/$224, with a difference of €100. Let’s go head-to-head:

  • Both MIDI controllers offer 49 speed-sensitive keys.
  • The M-Audio Oxygen 49 MK4 offers 8 sensitive pads, 8 freely assignable rotary buttons, 9 freely assignable sliders, 4 transport buttons for DAW control, pitch bend and modulation wheels. The Novation Launchkey 49 MK3 offers 16 sensitive pads with RGB lighting, 8 sliders, buttons for up/down an octave, arp/scale/fixed chord, play/stop/record/loop, track navigation, stop/solo/mute, MIDI capture/quantization/click/undo, scene start, Device selection and Device lock functions, and Pitch and modulation wheels.
  • The M-Audio Oxygen 49 MK4 features an integrated USB connection and a sustain pedal input. The Novation Launchkey 49 MK3 features an integrated MIDI output, sustain pedal input and USB connection.
  • The M-Audio Oxygen 49 MK4 includes the Ableton Live Lite (Software) and Sonivox Twist (Software) licenses. The Novation Launchkey 49 MK3 is licensed under Ableton Live Lite, Serato Sample LE, AAS Session Bundle, XLN Addictive Keys (1 of 4 virtual keyboards selectable), Klevgrand R0Verb and DAW Cassette, Spitfire Audio LABS-Expressive Strings.

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

M-Audio Oxygen 49 Mk4

Novation Launchkey 49 MK3

  • 49 sensitive keys
  • 8 Sensitive Pads
  • 8 freely assignable rotary knobs
  • 9 freely assignable sliders
  • Transport button e.g. for DAW control
  • LCD screen
  • Powered by USB port
  • USB Midi
  • Sustain pedal connection
  • Includes USB cable, Quickstart Guide, Ableton Live Lite (Software) and Sonivox Twist (Software)
  • Dimensions: WxDxH 814 x 243 x 94 mm
  • Weight: 2.9 kg
  • 49 speed-sensitive keys
  • 16 Sensitive Pads with RGB illumination
  • Scale and Chord Modes
  • Arpeggiator
  • Capture MIDI function
  • MIDI Mappings
  • Device Lock function
  • Pitch and modulation wheels
  • 2x 16-digit displays
  • 8 regulators
  • Buttons for octave up / down, arp / scale / fixed chord, play / stop / record / loop, track navigation, stop / solo / mute, MIDI capture / quantization / click / undo, scene start, Device selection and Device lock functions
  • Input for 6.3 mm Sustain Jack pedal
  • USB-B connection
  • MIDI output
  • Powered by USB
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 789 x 77 x 258 mm
  • Weight: 3.03 kg
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite, Serato Sample LE, AAS Session Bundle, XLN Addictive Keys (1 of 4 virtual keyboards selectable), Klevgrand R0Verb and DAW Cassette, Spitfire Audio LABS-Expressive Strings

In this comparison, we have the M-Audio Oxygen 49 MK4 with the features and functions we have already discussed, and the Novation Launchkey 49 MK3 that offers 49 speed-sensitive keys, 16 RGB illuminated sensitive pads, and 8 faders, Buttons for octave up / down, arp / scale / fixed chord, play / stop / record / loop, track navigation, stop / solo / mute, MIDI capture / quantization / click / undo, scene start, Device selection and Device lock functions, and Pitch and modulation wheels.

The M-Audio Oxygen 49 features a number of buttons and faders. The Novation Launchkey 49 MK3 features more pads and function-specific buttons, as well as a large number of software licenses. Due to its advantages, we can comment that it is a better MIDI controller, having also a great price difference.

And here is a video of the Novation Launchkey 49 MK3

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Novation Launchkey 49 MK3 review.

M-Audio Oxygen 49 Mk4 vs Alesis V49

The M-Audio Oxygen 49 Mk4 MIDI Keyboard is priced at €122/£105/$122 when the Alesis V49 is priced at €91/£79/$91. Let’s take a look at it face-to-face:

  • Both MIDI controllers offer 49 speed-sensitive keys.
  • The M-Audio Oxygen 49 MK4 offers 8 sensitive pads, 8 freely assignable rotary buttons, 9 freely assignable sliders, 4 transport buttons for DAW control, pitch bend and modulation wheels. The Alesis V49 offers pitch bend and modulation wheels, buttons for octave up/down, and 4 assignable knobs and 4 assignable buttons and 8 speed-sensitive pads.
  • Both integrate a USB connection and a sustain pedal input.
  • The M-Audio Oxygen 49 MK4 includes the Ableton Live Lite (Software) and Sonivox Twist (Software) licenses. And the Alesis V49 includes the Ableton Live Lite (Download) and xpand!2 by Air Music Tech (Download) software.

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

M-Audio Oxygen 49 Mk4

Alesis V49

  • 49 sensitive keys
  • 8 Sensitive Pads
  • 8 freely assignable rotary knobs
  • 9 freely assignable sliders
  • Transport button e.g. for DAW control
  • LCD screen
  • Powered by USB port
  • USB Midi
  • Sustain pedal connection
  • Includes USB cable, Quickstart Guide, Ableton Live Lite (Software) and Sonivox Twist (Software)
  • Dimensions: WxDxH 814 x 243 x 94 mm
  • Weight: 2.9 kg
  • 49 full-size keys
  • Square front keys
  • 8 speed-sensitive backlit pads
  • 4 assignable knobs and 4 assignable buttons
  • Octave up and down buttons allow you to access the full keyboard range
  • Pitch and modulation wheels
  • Visual information through illuminated knobs and buttons
  • USB-powered and USB MIDI connectivity for Mac and PC
  • Includes USB cable, Ableton Live Lite software (download) and xpand!2 by Air Music Tech software (download)
  • Dimensions: 955 x 244 x 114 mm

In this comparison, we have on the one hand the already known and analyzed M-Audio Oxygen 49 MK4, and on the other hand, the Alesis V49 that offers 49 full-size keys with square fronts, pitch bend and modulation wheels, buttons for octave up/down, and 4 assignable knobs and 4 assignable buttons and 8 speed-sensitive pads.

The M-Audio Oxygen 49 is the best controller having certain control features, which the Alesis V49 lacks, such as: faders, which are very helpful in mixing, or transport buttons that allow you to move around in clips more quickly and accurately. For one small difference that’s really worth covering.

And here’s a video of the Alesis V49 keyboard

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Alesis V49 review.

M-Audio Oxygen 49 Mk4 vs Novation Launchkey 25 MK3

The M-Audio Oxygen 49 Mk4 MIDI Keyboard is priced at €122/£105/$122 and the Novation Launchkey 25 MK3 is priced at €165/£149/$168. Let’s go head-to-head:

  • The M-Audio offers 49 speed-sensitive keys. The Novation offers 25 speed-sensitive keys
  • The M-Audio Oxygen 49 MK4 offers 8 Sensitive Pads, 8 Freely Assignable Rotary Pads, 9 Freely Assignable Sliders, 4 Transport buttons for DAW control, Pitch Bend wheels and Modulation. The Novation Launchkey 25 MK3 features 16 RGB-backlit speed-sensitive ‘pads’, 8 assignable knobs, transport buttons (rec, play, pause), octave up/down, pitch bend and modulation wheels, and other function buttons.
  • The M-Audio Oxygen 49 MK4 features an integrated USB connection and a sustain pedal input. The Novation Launchkey 25 MK3 features a built-in MIDI output, sustain pedal input and USB connection.
  • The M-Audio Oxygen 49 MK4 includes the Ableton Live Lite (Software) and Sonivox Twist (Software) licenses. The Novation Launchkey 49 MK3 is licensed under Ableton Live Lite, Serato Sample LE, AAS Session Bundle, XLN Addictive Keys (1 of 4 virtual keyboards selectable), Klevgrand R0Verb and DAW Cassette, Spitfire Audio LABS-Expressive Strings.

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

M-Audio Oxygen 49 Mk4

Novation Launchkey 25 MK3

  • 49 sensitive keys
  • 8 Sensitive Pads
  • 8 freely assignable rotary knobs
  • 9 freely assignable sliders
  • Transport button e.g. for DAW control
  • LCD screen
  • Powered by USB port
  • USB Midi
  • Sustain pedal connection
  • Includes USB cable, Quickstart Guide, Ableton Live Lite (Software) and Sonivox Twist (Software)
  • Dimensions: WxDxH 814 x 243 x 94 mm
  • Weight: 2.9 kg
  • 25 speed-sensitive keys
  • 16 speed-sensitive pads backlit with RGB
  • Scale and chord mode
  • Arpeggiator
  • MIDI capture function
  • MIDI mappings
  • Locking the device
  • Tone shift and modulation wheel
  • 2 x 16 character display
  • 8 knobs
  • Power supply via USB
  • Dimensions: 463 x 77 x 258 mm (width x height x depth)
  • Weight: 1.81 kg
  • Includes licenses for Ableton Live Lite, Serato Sample LE, AAS Session Bundle, XLN Addictive Keys (1 of 4 selectable virtual keyboards), Klevgrand R0Verb-, DAW Cassette, and Spitfire Audio LABS-Expressive Strings.

In our latest comparison, we have the M-Audio Oxygen 49 MK4 that we analyzed earlier, and the Novation Launchkey 25 MK3 that features 25 velocity-sensitive keys, 16 RGB-backlit velocity-sensitive pads, 8 assignable knobs, transport buttons (rec, play, pause), octave up/down, pitch bend and modulation wheels, and other function buttons.

The advantages of the M-Audio Oxygen 49 MK4 are its assignable buttons and faders, the latter of which are very useful for tracks such as mixing. The advantage of the Novation Launchkey is that it has the largest number of pads, and a large number of licenses, which is great for beginners. Depending on your needs you can choose the best option, if you want the faders go for the M-Audio and if you need more pads and licenses go for the Novation.

And here’s a video of the Novation Launchkey 25 MK3

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Novation Launchkey 25 MK3 review.

Which is the best of these MIDI keyboards if I am a beginner on a low 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 range of notes possible, or if you want to have as many control functions as possible, or perhaps a mix between the two, that is without leaving behind the different connections and software licenses that most MIDI controllers offer, 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 MIDI controllers no more expensive than 225, and the M-Audio Oxygen 49 Mk4 is the most balanced MIDI controller among the others. This product offers 49 responsive keys, and also offers pads, buttons and faders, all of which are assignable. It also offers transport buttons and integrates a sustain pedal input and certain licenses. It is a very balanced controller that would be ideal for any beginner. Go for it.

Where to buy the M-Audio Oxygen 49 Mk4 keyboard

Thomann

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  • Usually the Best price.
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Amazon

  • Free Shipping and the possibility of shipping in one day with Amazon Premium.
  • Full Guarantee but they are no experts in music equipment.
  • Sometimes a better price.
  • He’s got worse stock than Thomann.

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