ENGLISH. M-Audio Axiom AIR Mini 32

USER GUIDE (ENGLISH)

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Axiom AIR Mini 32; mini-USB cable; User Guide; Safety & Warranty Manual

Support

For complete system requirements, compatibility information, and product registration, visit the support section of the M-Audio website: m-audio.com/support.

Quick Start

Setup Scenario 1

Computer

Setup Scenario 2

Computer Monitors

Headphones

USB MIDI IN MIDI OUT R L R L VOL

USB Audio Interface

1.

Use the included USB cable to connect your Axiom to an available USB port on your computer. (If you are connecting to a USB hub, ensure that it is a powered hub.) When connected properly, and when your computer is on, Axiom's Sustain, Edit, and Octave buttons will illuminate.

2.

Open your digital audio workstation (DAW).

3.

You may need to open your DAW's Preferences and select your Axiom as the control surface or device. See your software's documentation for more information.

Recommended Downloads

To get the most out of your Axiom, we recommend downloading and installing the following files from their respective websites:

Ignite (airmusictech.com/download_ignite): Ignite is a music creation tool designed to be easiest way to capture, build, and share musical ideas. Ignite works well on its own or as a writing companion to the production capabilities of your DAW. Axiom's controls are fully integrated with Ignite, providing easy control of common tasks like preset selection, parameter control, and interface navigation. See the "Controlling Ignite" section of this manual for more information.

HyperControl personalities (m-audio.com/support): HyperControl offers fast, easy, automatic mapping of the Axiom A.I.R. Mini 32’s buttons and knobs to many frequently used software features and settings. When used with a supported DAW application, you can control the transport, mixing controls (faders and panning) and virtual instrument or signal processing plug-in parameters.

Furthermore, you can switch between HyperControl and custom MIDI operation on the fly to match your particular needs. To enable HyperControl with your Axiom A.I.R. Mini 32, some applications require additional software to be installed. Visit m-audio.com/hypercontrol for a current list of applications that support HyperControl.

Optional Axiom device drivers for Windows (m-audio.com/support): These drivers let you use your Axiom with more than one application simultaneously and/or in conjunction with other classcompliant USB devices with audio capabilities. Mac systems do not need these device drivers.

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Controls & Connections

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Keyboard: This 32-note keyboard is velocity-sensitive and, in conjunction with the

OCTAVE DOWN/UP buttons, can control a ten-octave range. You can also use it to access extended programming functions when your Axiom is in Edit Mode.

2.

Pitch Bend and Modulation Buttons: These controls let you bend pitch and trigger

parameter modulation when controlling a MIDI instrument.

3.

Octave/Transpose Buttons ( – / + ): By default, these buttons shift the keyboard up or

down one octave at a time, extending its playable range. The "+" shifts it upward (e.g.,

Note F3 becomes F4), while the "–" button shifts it downward (e.g., Note F3 becomes F2).

These buttons can also be used to transpose the keyboard in half-steps or to send MIDI

Program Changes and user-assigned MIDI messages.

4.

Sustain Button: This button acts like the sustain pedal on a piano; it sustains all currently

held notes (on the keyboard or trigger pads). Its action can be momentary (sustaining only when the button is pressed and held) or latching (sustain will be switched on or off with each button press). To switch the button between momentary and latching behavior, see the Sustain section later in this manual.

5.

Edit Button: This button puts your Axiom in Edit Mode, allowing you to use its keyboard's

special functions to create or edit MIDI control assignments, global settings, and utility functions. The button will illuminate when the keyboard is in Edit Mode.

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Directional Control Buttons: You can use these buttons in HyperControl Mode for

various navigational functions, depending on your DAW software. You can also assign them to output standard MIDI messages.

7.

Transport Controls: These buttons control standard transport functions in DAW software

(stop, play, and record). When a HyperControl-enabled DAW is running, these buttons automatically map to those functions (or their closest alternatives). You can also map these buttons to a variety of MIDI messages.

8.

Knob Controls: You can use these eight knobs to send standard MIDI messages or to

take control of volume, pan, and plug-in parameters in HyperControl Mode (depending on the setting of the HyperControl Mode button).

9.

HyperControl Mode Button: This button cycles your Axiom between the following four

control modes:

HyperControl Volume Mode: The knobs will control volume levels for the currently selected bank of tracks. The Directional buttons, Transport controls, and Trigger

Pads work in HyperControl Mode, with functions depending on the HyperControl implementation in your DAW. When this mode is selected, the Volume LED is lit.

HyperControl Pan Mode: The knobs will control panning values for the currently selected bank of tracks. The Directional buttons, Transport controls, and Trigger

Pads work in HyperControl Mode, with functions depending on the HyperControl implementation in your DAW. When this mode is selected, the Pan LED is lit.

HyperControl Inst/FX Mode: The knobs will control parameters in the currently selected instrument or effects plug-in. The Directional buttons, Transport controls, and Trigger Pads work in HyperControl Mode, with functions depending on the

HyperControl implementation in your DAW. When this mode is selected, the Inst/FX

LED is lit.

MIDI Mode: All Axiom controls send MIDI messages as assigned by the user. This

Mode is selected when none of the HyperControl mode LEDs are lit. (If you are not using a HyperControl-supported program, this button will be disabled since MIDI

Mode will be the only mode available.)

10.

Trigger Pads: These velocity-sensitive trigger pads are perfect for composing drum parts or triggering samples in a live setting.

11.

Pad Bank Button: This button switches the trigger pads between two assignable banks of

MIDI notes.

12.

USB Port: When Axiom is connected to a computer via USB, this USB connection powers

Axiom and transmits MIDI data to and from the computer.

13.

Kensington® Security Slot: This connector is compatible with standard laptop-style

Kensington security cables for theft protection.

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Edit Mode

Edit Mode lets you reconfigure your Axiom's controls and functions in a variety of ways. Please see Edit

Mode Functions in the Appendix for a full-page illustration of all Axiom A.I.R. Mini 32 advanced functions, which you can print and use as a quick visual reference.

Octave Buttons

By default, the Octave "+" and "–" buttons shift the keyboard's range up or down one octave at a time. Each time you power up your Axiom, the octave setting will be at the default value of "0," and the buttons will be red in color at half-brightness.

When you use the "+" button to raise the octave of the keyboard, it will either illuminate or flash at fullbrightness based on the octave chosen. The "–" will remain at half-brightness. Pressing the "–" button has the opposite effect; it will illuminate or flash at full-brightness based on the octave chosen, while the "+" button will remain at half-brightness.

Each octave is identified by color, as follows:

Dim red: 0 (default)

Green: +1 or -1 octave

Amber: +2 or -2 octaves

Red: +3 or -3 octaves

Flashing red: +4 or -4 octaves

Octave Button keys

The Octave buttons can also be assigned to control two additional MIDI functions: transposition and program changes.

Transpose

You can also use the Octave "+" and "–" buttons to transpose the keyboard, raising or lowering its pitch by a number of semitones (half-steps) as opposed to an entire octave. For example, if you are playing a song with a singer that is having difficulty singing the top notes, you may want to lower the pitch by one or two semitones. You can transpose the keyboard a maximum of two octaves in either direction.

To assign the Octave "+" and "–" buttons to the Transpose function:

1.

Press the Edit button. It will illuminate to full-brightness.

2.

Press the Oct = Transpose key. The Edit button will return to half-brightness, indicating the Octave "+" and "–" buttons now control transposition (and that your Axiom is no longer in Edit Mode).

3.

Now, you can press the "+" or "–" buttons to raise or lower the pitch, respectively.

Press both "+" and "–" simultaneously to return the keyboard to the default "0" transposition.

Program Change

You can also use the Octave "+" and "–" buttons to send MIDI Program Change messages, moving to the next highest or lowest program between 0 and 127. Alternatively, you can use your Axiom's Program Change button and the numerical keys (0–9) to enter a desired program number.

To assign the Octave "+" and "-" buttons to send Program Change messages:

1.

Press the Edit button. It will illuminate to full-brightness.

2.

Press the Oct = Program key. The Edit button will return to half-brightness, indicating the Octave "+" and "–" buttons now send Program Change messages (and that your Axiom is no longer in Edit Mode).

3.

Now, you can press the "+" or "–" buttons to move to the next highest or lowest program, respectively.

You can continue playing notes as you move through the programs to hear what each sounds like.

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To send a Program Change message using the numerical keys:

1.

Press the Edit button. It will illuminate to full-brightness.

2.

Press the Program Change key.

3.

Use the numerical keys (0–9) to enter the desired program number.

4.

Press the Enter key. The Edit button will return to half-brightness, indicating that you have selected a new Program (and that your Axiom is no longer in Edit Mode).

Press both "+" and "–" simultaneously to return to the default program "0."

Returning the Octave Buttons to Octave Mode

To return the Octave buttons to Octave mode:

1.

Press the Edit button. It will illuminate to full-brightness.

2.

Press the Oct = Octave key. The Edit Mode button will return to half-brightness, indicating that the

Octave buttons control the octave range (and that your Axiom is no longer in Edit Mode).

Pitch Bend & Modulation Rate

Because the keyboard uses buttons to control the Pitch Bend and Modulation functions (as opposed to variable controls like wheels), we've added a variable rate feature, which lets you set the rate at which these buttons change pitch or modulation (or MIDI values, in MIDI mode).

Pitch Bend and Modulation Rate keys

To set the Pitch Bend or Modulation rate:

1.

Press the Edit button. It will illuminate to full-brightness.

2.

Press the Pitch Bend Rate or Modulation Rate key.

3.

Use the numerical keys (0–9) to enter the desired setting (0-127). The settings are as follows:

0: Ramp occurs slowly, over 2 seconds

64 (default, center): Ramp occurs more quickly

126: Ramp occurs very quickly

127: No ramp. Value varies instantly from min to max

4.

Press the Enter key. The Edit button will return to half-brightness, indicating that you have set the Pitch

Bend or Modulation rate (and that your Axiom is no longer in Edit Mode).

Bank Changes

If you have a need to switch between banks of programs on a connected instrument, you can send MIDI

Program Changes and Bank LSB (Least Significant Byte) and Bank MSB (Most Significant Byte) messages right from Axiom.

Most instruments have fewer than 127 banks of programs, so bank-switching can be done purely by sending a Bank LSB message (0-127). Bank MSB messages are useful when very large numbers of banks are present. For more information, see your instrument's user guide.

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Bank LSB and Bank MSB keys

To send a Bank LSB or Bank MSB message:

1.

Press the Edit button. It will illuminate to full-brightness.

2.

Press the Bank LSB or Bank MSB key, depending on the kind of message you want to send.

3.

Use the numerical keys (0–9) to enter the desired bank value (0-127).

4.

Press the Enter key. The Edit button will return to half-brightness, indicating that you have sent the

Bank LSB or Bank MSB message (and that your Axiom is no longer in Edit Mode).

Sustain

The Sustain button acts like the sustain pedal on a piano; it sustains all currently held notes (on the keyboard or trigger pads). Its action can be momentary (sustaining only when the button is pressed and held) or latching (sustain will be switched on or off with each button press).

Sustain key

To select the desired Sustain button mode:

1.

Press the Edit button. It will illuminate to full-brightness.

2.

Press the Sustain Mode key to switch between momentary and latching behavior.

3.

Wait one second. Your Axiom will automatically exit Edit Mode.

Velocity Curves

The keyboard and trigger pads on Axiom are velocity-sensitive; playing with more force results in a higher volume, while playing with less force results in a lower volume. This dynamic range gives your performance a more natural sound and feel. You can vary the touch sensitivity of the keyboard by selecting a velocity curve, tailoring the keys' response to your particular playing style.

To select a velocity curve:

1.

Press the Edit button. It will illuminate to full-brightness.

2.

Press the Vel Curve key.

3.

Use the numerical keys (0–9) to enter the desired value (0-127). The velocity curve settings are as follows:

0: Low velocity curve (low sensitivity)

1 (default): Normal velocity curve (default sensitivity)

2: High velocity curve (high, exponential sensitivity)

3: Stepped velocity (outputs only velocity values 100 and 127)

4-127: Fixed velocity (outputs only a fixed velocity from 4 to 127)

4.

Press the Enter key to save the new velocity curve setting, or press Cancel or Edit to exit Edit Mode and discard any new settings.

Velocity Curve key

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Trigger Pads

You can easily assign sounds from the keyboard to the trigger pads by using the Pad Learn function. This can be useful if you want to use the trigger pads to send certain MIDI notes to trigger a sound in your virtual instrument.

To assign the MIDI note of a trigger pad:

1.

Press the Edit button. It will illuminate to full-brightness.

Pad Learn key

2.

Press the Pad Learn key.

3.

If necessary, press the Pad Bank button to select the pad bank containing the desired pad.

4.

Press a keyboard key to select the desired MIDI note.

5.

Press the desired trigger pad to assign the chosen note to the pad. Your Axiom will automatically exit

Edit Mode.

MIDI Settings

MIDI Channel key

MIDI Panic key

Global MIDI Channel

The "global" MIDI channel is the default MIDI channel over which Axiom sends MIDI messages. Because this is a global setting, it applies across all memory locations, overridden only by custom channel selections for controls in MIDI Mode.

To set the global MIDI Channel:

1.

Press the Edit button. It will illuminate to full-brightness.

2.

Press the MIDI Channel key.

3.

Use the numerical keys (0–9) to enter the desired MIDI channel (1-16).

4.

Press the Enter button to save the new global MIDI channel assignment, or press Cancel or Edit to exit

Edit Mode and discard any new settings.

MIDI Panic

When you trigger a MIDI Panic message, it sends an "All Notes Off" message on all channels and through all outputs. This is useful when a connected hardware or software synthesizer has a stuck Note On.

To send a MIDI Panic message:

1.

Press the Edit button. It will illuminate to full-brightness.

2.

Press the MIDI Panic key. An "All Notes Off" MIDI message will be sent. Your Axiom will automatically exit Edit Mode.

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Custom MIDI Configuration

When you want more control flexibility than HyperControl Mode offers, you can many of Axiom A.I.R. Mini

32's knobs and buttons to output a variety of MIDI messages.

Assigning MIDI Messages to Controls

Editing Axiom's MIDI configuration all starts with the Edit button. Pressing Edit causes your Axiom to enter

Edit Mode. The Edit button will flash to signify the Edit Mode is selected.

To exit Edit Mode, press the Edit button a second time.

MIDI Channel key

Pad Learn key

To assign a specific MIDI message to a physical control:

1.

Press the Edit button. It will illuminate to full-brightness.

2.

Select the control to assign by moving or pressing it.

3.

Press the Control Assign key to enter Control Assign Mode.

4.

Use the numerical keys (0–9) to enter the desired MIDI message type (0-127, 129, or 130) for this control:

0-127: MIDI CC; works with all controls except Octave/Transpose buttons

129: Pitch Bend; works with all knobs and Pitch Bend buttons.

130: MMC (MIDI Machine Control); works with Transport buttons only (sets each button to standard MMC values)

5.

Press the Enter button to save the new assignment, or press Cancel or Edit to exit Edit Mode and discard any new settings.

Control Min/Max

In some cases you may want to set a minimum and/or maximum control value for a knob or button, to better align that control to a desired range of values.

Control Max and Control Min keys

To set the minimum or maximum value sent by a control:

1.

Press the Edit button. It will illuminate to full-brightness.

2.

Select the control to edit by moving or pressing it.

3.

Press the Control Min key or Control Max key.

4.

Use the numerical keys (0–9) to enter the desired value (0-127).

5.

Press the Enter button to save the new setting, or press Cancel or Edit to exit Edit Mode and discard any new settings.

Customize MIDI Assignments in HyperControl

When using your Axiom with a HyperControl-enabled DAW, you can access your custom MIDI configurations by pressing the HyperControl Mode button until none of the mode LEDs are lit. To return to HyperControl

Mode, press the button until the desired HyperControl mode LED is lit.

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Memory Locations

Once you've made some MIDI control assignments to fit a specific device or task, you may want to save them to one of Axiom's 10 memory locations for later use.

Memory Location key

Store key

To store the current set of MIDI assignments to a memory location:

1.

Press the Edit button. It will illuminate to full-brightness.

2.

Press the Store key.

3.

Use the numerical keys (0–9) to enter the desired memory location slot (0-9). Your Axiom will automatically exit Edit Mode.

To recall a memory location:

1.

Press the Edit button. It will illuminate to full-brightness.

2.

Press the Memory Location key.

3.

Press the numerical key (0-9) to select its memory location. Your Axiom will automatically exit Edit

Mode.

Memory Backup & Restoring

You can back up and restore individual memory locations or the entire memory (10 locations) of your Axiom

A.I.R. Mini 32 using MIDI SysEx. Use a SysEx librarian application or simply record it to a MIDI track in your

DAW and play it back when needed.

Memory Location Backup key

To backup one or all memory locations:

1.

Ensure that Axiom is connected to the computer and functioning correctly.

2.

Ensure that a MIDI track in your DAW is recording (and set to receive MIDI from Axiom), or that your

SysEx librarian utility is ready to receive data.

3.

Press the Edit button. It will illuminate to full-brightness.

4.

Press the Backup key. Your Axiom will automatically exit Edit Mode.

To restore one or all memory locations from a MIDI backup:

1.

Ensure that Axiom is connected to the computer and functioning correctly.

2.

Ensure that your DAW (with a MIDI track containing backup data) or SysEx librarian utility is set to transmit

MIDI to your Axiom.*

3.

Press Play on your DAW or enable SysEx transmission on your SysEx librarian application. Your Axiom will automatically exit Edit Mode.

* Before loading SysEx data from a

MIDI track in your DAW, ensure that the transport or playhead is positioned before the desired data in the timeline.

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Controlling Ignite

Ignite, included with your Axiom A.I.R. Mini 32, is a creative tool designed for rapid and fluid capture, refinement, and sharing of musical ideas. You can use it on its own or as a counterpart to your favorite DAW.

To download Ignite, visit airmusictech.com/download_ignite.

For more in-depth information on Ignite, please see the Ignite documentation.

Axiom A.I.R. keyboards come pre-configured to control Ignite through HyperControl. When you launch Ignite with your Axiom connected to the computer, you can use Axiom's controls in the following ways:

Transport Controls

Press the Transport buttons on Axiom A.I.R. Mini 32 to control those transport functions in

Ignite.

Tabs & Submenus

When you've selected the Sounds, Players, Editors, or Sharing tab at the top of Ignite's interface, you can use the left and right Directional buttons on your Axiom to switch between those tabs. Additional control features are available for each of the following tabs:

Sounds Tab:

Navigation. When the Sounds tab is selected, press the up and down Directional buttons to cycle through the Browse Sounds and Edit Sound sections.

Sound Selection. When the Browse Sounds section is selected, use the

Directional buttons to choose the desired sound category and preset. Once you've chosen a sound, press the center Directional button to load it.

Sound Editing. When the Edit Sound section is displayed, eight of the most common controls for the currently selected sound are mapped to the knobs.

Ignite displays text labels of the current function of each knob.

Players Tab: Mode Selection. When the Players tab is selected, press the up and

down Directional buttons to switch the Players function between Chord, Phrase, and Arp Mode.

Editors Tab: Scrolling. When the Editors tab is selected and a clip is being

displayed in the Editors window, you can use the Directional buttons to scroll the

MIDI display left, right, up, or down.

Arranger

Sound Selection: When one of the currently loaded sounds is selected in the Arranger area,

use the left and right Directional buttons to shift focus from sound to sound.

Mix Control Show/Hide: When a sound is selected in the Arranger, use the up and down

Directional buttons to show or hide the mix controls for that sound.

Trigger Pads

When a Drum kit is loaded and selected, the Trigger Pads are automatically mapped to the sounds in the kit. Use the Pad Bank button to switch between two banks of drum sounds in the current kit.

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