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axiom 61 - axiom 61 mk II difference (touch?)

hey guys,

this is for the midi-keyboard nerds of you who use m audio keyboards for years.

I bought an m-audio axiom 61 mk II, and I'm wondering if there is a difference in the touch of the keys between the older axiom 61 and the newer axiom 61 mk II?

I see a lot of professionals using the older axiom on stage, but not the mk II. can you guys tell me why, or whats the difference?
Or do anybody know why they all use this midi keyboards even if they are so old and there are a lot of new things on the market?

thank you so much,
michel
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  • Hey Michel,

    Thanks for posting!

    In my experience, I've found the Axiom series keybeds to be a bit springier than say the Code or Keystation series. The Axiom's keys are fast and quick to return to their resting position. The original Axiom series goes back to M-Audio's Avid days so I would say a possible explanation for why you might see a lot of performers using the original Axiom controllers is because they're using Pro Tools. The original series had a number pad which could be very useful to send data to external devices. I'm sure that many users are holding onto their Axiom Pros because they like the software integration and programming options available directly on the hardware.

    With that being said, the best way to understand the action of a keyboard is to get your hands on it and actually play it! The original Axiom series is legacy now but you may be able to find one through an M-Audio dealer.

    If anyone in the community has some experience with Axiom gen 1 and 2 I'm sure Michel would appreciate your input!
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