Getting Started with the M-Audio Oxygen 49
Getting started: An M-Audio Oxygen 49 Tutorial
- Getting to know the keyboard
- Starting with software
- Find inspiration and start playing
The M-Audio support knowledge base is an invaluable resource in setting up your software and keyboard in detail, but our favourite place for M-Audio Oxygen 49 tutorials is actually YouTube. A simple search brings up plenty of videos from other musicians experimenting and exploring the endless boundaries of what can be achieved with the MIDI controller keyboard. Above all, don’t be afraid to have get creative and make some noise!
Out of the box, you’ll find your keyboard, software CD, 5-foot USB Type B USB cable and your
M-Audio Oxygen 49 manual. First, you’ll want to familiarise yourself with the controls. As well as 49 full-sized keys, you will also have the following at your disposal:
- Pitch and modulation wheels
- Octave adjustment to extend range
- 8 backlit pads that can be used to produce drum beats or samples
- 8 assignable knobs that can adjust anything from plugins to virtual instruments
- 9 assignable faders that can be assigned for mouse-free mixing
- Transport controls that allow you to play, stop, and record within your DAW using your keyboard controller.
Getting started is as simple or as complex as you like. The keyboard connects via USB and USB-MIDI and best of all, it has pretty amazing plug-and-play functionality. It comes bundled with Ableton Live Lite, but the DirectLink tech also automatically maps to a range of supported DAWs (digital audio workstations) including Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Logic Pro X, GarageBand and more. You can even connect it to an iPad for use with mixing apps using an additional camera connection kit. The M-Audio knowledge base provides step-by-step instructions for installing your included software.
If you’re just learning how to create controller arrangements, Ableton’s in-built MIDI Learn function is an ideal place to start. Once you’re familiar with the process, we’d recommend trying out the other two software inclusions; SONiVOX Twist, which is a spectral morphing synthesizer that enables you to produce endless unique effects, and the AIR Music Tech Xpand!2 extension, which provides over 2,000 presets throughout 29 categories ranging from piano to vocals.