M-Audio’s Oxygen Pro MIDI keyboards offer smart features and “maximum control”

M-Audio has been producing Oxygen-branded MIDI keyboards for the best part of two decades, and now there’s a new range of them: Oxygen Pro. This comprises 25-, 49-, 61 and mini key versions, all of which promise to give you “maximum control” of plugin instruments and DAW.

All models are USB-powered and have an OLED screen, smart chord and smart scale features, auto-mapping, an arpeggiator and note repeat. The Oxygen Pro 25, 49, and 61 all have 16 RGB backlit velocity-sensitive pads, nine assignable faders (excluding the Pro 25), eight assignable knobs and a 5-pin MIDI output; the Oxygen Pro Mini is more compact and gives you eight performance pads, four knobs and four faders.

M-Audio Oxygen Pro

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The auto-mapping features apply not only to a range of DAWs - MPC Beats, Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Studio One and Steinberg Cubase - but also the bundled Air Music Tech virtual instruments ((Velvet, Mini Grand, Vacuum, Boom, DB-33 and Xpand!2). 

The Smart Chord option, meanwhile, enables you to play full chords from a single key press, while Smart Key locks the keys to a selected scale so that you can’t play any ‘wrong’ notes.

The Oxygen Pro series is shipping now, with prices as follows: Oxygen Pro Mini, £99.99; Oxygen Pro 25, £154.99; Oxygen Pro 49, £189.99; Oxygen Pro 61, £224.99.

Find out more on the M-Audio website.

M-Audio Oxygen Pro

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M-Audio Oxygen Pro specs

  • Best-in-class, velocity-sensitive, semi-weighted keys
  • (16) RGB, backlit, assignable, velocity-sensitive pads with Note Repeat for beat production, cliplaunching, and more (8 for Mini)
  • (8) assignable knobs for controlling virtual instruments, mix plugins, DAW controls and more (4 for Mini)
  • Preset and DAW buttons for auto-mapped DAW controls & plugin parameters
  • Smart Chord mode enables playing of enharmonic or custom chord voicings
  • Smart Scale mode eliminates wrong notes making it easy to craft a perfect song
  • Arpeggiator with Type, Octave, Gate and Swing controls
  • Ergonomically designed pitch and modulation wheels & ¼-inch sustain pedal input
  • USB-MIDI connection and 5-pin MIDI Output for controlling external MIDI gear
  • Intuitive layout featuring an OLED screen for quick control edits
  • Includes MIDI editor software and a complete software production package
Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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