M-Audio Axiom A.I.R. Mini 32 and Ignite at AES 2012

Like chocolate and peanut butter, two great tastes that taste great together, M-Audio’s new Axiom A.I.R. Mini 32 keyboard controller will be packaged with Ignite, a new music ideation and creation software from AIR Music Technology. In this video, Hiro Shimozato from M-Audio and Samara Winterfeld from AIR show off the features of each product at AES 2012 in San Francisco.

When M-Audio first announced its new Axiom A.I.R. Mini 32 keyboard controller, I was excited. It fit in with two themes that I’ve been covering over the past year. The first is my series on iPad Music Creation. The Axiom A.I.R. Mini 32 along with an Apple Camera Kit is said to work with an iPad. In addition, the size of the Axiom A.I.R. Mini 32 and Ignite’s ease of use also fall into a second theme of going portable. This would be using a laptop as a sketch pad to create music on the go.  I hope to do a hands-on review of these products in the coming months.

From M-Audio’s Website:

M-Audio Axiom A.I.R. Mini 32 Demo at AES 2012 in San FranciscoShatter barriers with the Axiom® AIR Mini 32 from M-Audio®. Uniting serious power and unmatched ease-of-use, the Axiom AIR Mini 32 is the ultimate tool for the mobile musician. This compact controller provides 32 great-feeling mini keys with plenty of room to play. Take control of your sessions with eight knobs, eight drum pads, plus transport and software navigation buttons. Our HyperControl® technology instantly assigns the controls to work with your recording software. Completing this powerful package is our Ignite™ music creation software—providing the fastest path for transforming the ideas in your head into a finished piece of music.

For more information, please visit www.m-audio.com

From AIR Music Technology’s Website:

Ignite from AIR Music Technology Demo at AES 2012 in San FranciscoInspiring Sounds – Ignite includes over 275 instruments, many of which are taken from our renowned instrument collections – including Strike, Structure, and Velvet. All sounds have been optimized to load quickly, and the editing controls are automatically mapped to your connected M-Audio keyboard. These extraordinary sounds include keyboards, drums, percussion, basses, guitars, synths, strings, brass, and woodwinds.

Powerful Creative Tools – Ignite features Smart MIDI technology to help jump-start your ideas and enhance your music-making skills. The Chord Player generates a chord pattern from a single key, while the Phrase Player can provide a single-voice line to add to your composition. Both the Chord and Phrase player include dozens of patterns in modern music genres – these aren’t canned, boring MIDI patterns. Tailor the performance of these Players by adjusting feel, speed and intensity. The Flexible arpeggiator plays held notes individually, either as a musical flourish or in a rhythmic pattern.

Designed to Work with M-Audio Keyboards – Simply connect any current M-Audio keyboard controller to your computer, and Ignite provides seamless integration. The keyboard is automatically detected and controls are automatically mapped when connected to your computer. Adding or changing your keyboard? The controls are automatically updated and mapped.

Share Your Passion – Share your latest creation with friends, fans, and family – or collaborate with other musicians – by taking advantage of direct uploads to SoundCloud. Plus, you can export your individual audio (WAV or MP3) and MIDI files, which can then be imported into any computer-based recording software – including Pro Tools.

For more information, please visit www.airmusictech.com

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