Anyone here know the M-Audio Axiom 49?

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  1. CRUDS

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    I barely have time to use the thing let along learn every detail of set-up of this damn thing.
    I need to know how to assign a full step key change (flat) to the keyboard. I accidentally factory reset it and now I need to revert back to the custom setup, which eludes me in the manual...
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    Dunno, but is the change actually in the keyboard and not in the sample software of the DAW? It was tough for me to find that control in Mainstage, but i eventually did... it had nothing to do with the keyboard itself. Other than that, good luck :)
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    I had wondered if it might be a change in the software - but it seemed the problem happened with the accidental reset of the keyboard.
    I use Sampletank. With what you've said I should probably look into that..

    Do you play alot of keys?
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    No, not a lot... I don't like the toy feel of most affordable keyboards.... I'd like the piano feel of the Casio Privia series that I used to own, and I hope to meet one again.

    What I DO like are a few vintage sounds...in particular that woody Moog sound in ELP's "Lucky Man" ( but without all the annoying reverb) and the '73ish ARP Solina Strings Ensemble pushed through a phaser ("Dream Weaver", "Kiss You All Over", the break in "Come Sail Away"). The phaser also gives a great sheen to a Wurlitzer piano, which became Donald Fagan's signature sound from "Deacon Blues" onward.

    I use the phased string ensemble in my recordings, and a little bit of Fender Rhodes (no chorusing; that's so000 Dennis DeYoung and Denise Williams). Outside of that I use keys to trigger horn parts.

    My keyboard, btw, is a 61-key Yamaha thing... no frills, five sounds with MIDI in/out...$30 at the Salvation Army thrift store :) Runs my DAW with no problem.
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    Sampletank's basic library includes all sorts of vintage keys, pianos, brass, woods, symphonies, drum and wild gadgetry that would make Gary Numan happy..
    I use the bassoon all the time!
    I'm sure the Maudio is toy-like. Don't have enough key experience to have a feel for it..
    BTW I did figure out the problem and was indeed on the keyboard itself.. Weird.
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    The libraries available today are insanely huge...not just in Sampletank, but in all the pro-level DAWs (I'm assuming that if Logic has it, everyone else does too...except REAPER). I bought Garriton personal Orchestra years ago; now it's standard issue to have orchestra samples and drumkits out the wazoo. It's gone from "I wish I had...." to "I can't find it for all these samples!!!"

    As for the boards themselves, I'm referring to the difference between spring-lever keys (what you have) and weighted keys (such as a piano has). I'm a fan of the Casio Privias because they're fairly cheap (starting at $500, used for about $350), they're MIDI=equipped and they have weighted, full-size keys. They feel just like my dad's Baldwin upright piano that I grew up with. Without the weighted keys, my fingers accidentally sound the notes next to the target notes and I have to spend a lot of time mopping up the excess in the MIDI editor.
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    Was gonna do that Manning thing but wound up finishing this instead. First time doing something entirely on keys. Kind of a Gary Numan-esque synth ditty..
    The Horror..

    http://www.jeanoroid.com/horror.mp3
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    Whoa, you're a regular john carpenter over there!
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    haha good answer..
    It was fun to do - being one of the first times even attempting two-handed keys..
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    I really dig it!

    For some reason Killer Klowns From Outer Space popped into my when the main groove started. :ha:

    IDK why. It just seems like it would be a perfect fit in that type of movie.
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