I just traded my M-Audio Venom for the Axiom Pro 49 from the same manifacturer. The reason why is simple – I need knobs and not a VA.
I won’t use the HyperControl mapping since it’s mostly for software instruments. What’s great is that the Axiom also transmits regular midi CC.
My first hands experience says that:
- The keys feel very solid. They are visually piano style, but feels a bit lighter. The Venom had that cheap, light, plastic feel. Of all my keyboards, the Axiom keys remind me the most of the ones on the Kawai K3.
- It has aftertouch – very nice! Aftertouch is something new to me, the JX-synths has it, but the aftertouch always dies on them. Doesn’t matter now when I have the Axiom as master keyboard.
- It has A LOT of knobs and sliders – great success!