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M-Audio or E-MU?
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Which one would you pick and why?
M-Audio Oxygen 61
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E-MU XBoard 61
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 2:01 pm    Post subject:  M-Audio or E-MU?
Subject description: Choice between three midi controllers...which one should I pick?
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Hello there!

I am in the middle of planning which midi controller to purchase within the next couple of weeks. It should be well equipped, meaning lots of controls on the device so I can play around myself while playing. Also it should be reliable and of course it should be a very good value as I everything but rich at the moment.

The choices are:

1. M-Audio Oxygen 61 (comes with 3 Waldorf VST Plugins) as a bundle

2. E-MU Xboard 61 (comes with more than 3GB of samples, software sampler , Cubase LE, Wavelab Lite, Able Live Lite)

3. M-Audio Axiom 49

At the moment I my favourite is the E-MU device because it comes with much more stuff, but I read somewhere that M-Audio is more reliable.

Does anyone have any experience with any of those controllers? Any information would be highly appreciated because I don´t really wanna "waste" my money now...

Thanks a lot!

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

no anwser? EMU has always been respected for their sounds!
their interfaces are great and this new keyboard looks great!
aftertouch is inclued?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I´ve played the Novation Remote 61SL some. It feels really nice. Personally I think the keyboard has that right plastic feeling. The AXIOM kinda works, but it doesn´t feel right compared to the Novation.

I recently bought a Kurzweil SP2X. I wanted a good 88 keyboard for different playing styles and the Kurzweil felt just about perfect. I´m pretty sure I´ll pick up something like the Novation Remote 61SL soon as well.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I own the Akai MPK49 keyboard controller, and I really like it. It's bundled with Ableton Lite as well. For the money Emu's board is pretty good. I've heard mixed reviews on the sampler that's bundled with it. I have owned an M-Audio controller and it broke after 13 months of light use.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Rosa Monte wrote:
no anwser? EMU has always been respected for their sounds!
their interfaces are great and this new keyboard looks great!


Yeah.... but they got bought by Creative.

My favourite MIDI controller and really the only one that I use is by EMU (the Launchpad) but the days of metal encasings and those distinctive EMU knobs seem to have passed. Probably still better then M-Audio (which seems like the Behringer of controllers) but a mere shadow of what it was.

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