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New gear. . .

So I was at Guitar Center on a date. . . yes, lol, we went to Guitar center on a date, her idea, that earns HUGE big points in my book. Possible musical collaboration in the future. . . she does piano work, wants me to remix it after hearing the noise type stuff that I do. . . intriguing. . .



And while I was there, I noticed that they had the M-Audio Axiom 25 on sale for $179.99 $50 off the MSRP. . . I know in gear land that pricing is about normal but with the 3 for 1 ProSessions discs offered by M-Audio as a new purchase incentive it was worth it. Along with the Copy of Live Lite 4.0 that will allow me a shortcut in the upgrade cost to go to Ableton Live 5.2. . . wheeee.

It's a suprisingly well made peice of kit. and combines the best features of a midi controller keyboard and the trigger finger.

I can't wait to get the whole thing figured out, and hooked up to my system running the ESI Sampler and loops and all that goodness through this thing. . . mmmm live shows. . . mmmm

I got home and registered it with M-Audio, got the promo codes for the 3 for 1 deal) selected the CD's I wanted and went to order them, but then it choked and told me the promo codes provided my m-audio are invalid. . .

um. . . I just got them from the website. . . grrrr

So I've fired off an e-mail to sales and I hope I get an apologetic letter with the appropriate codes and the necessary info to re-order the sample CD's. . .



Rev

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irishmasms
Jun. 15th, 2006 04:24 pm (UTC)
M-Audio Axiom 25
oooooh, new toy! :)

Grrrrrrrrrr, M-Audio!

razorslave
Jun. 15th, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC)
Re: M-Audio Axiom 25
Why Grrrrr M-Audio? I's that a good thing or a Bad thing and why the negative opinion?

Rev
irishmasms
Jun. 15th, 2006 04:30 pm (UTC)
Re: M-Audio Axiom 25
as in they jacking you around on those codes.
razorslave
Jun. 15th, 2006 04:33 pm (UTC)
Re: M-Audio Axiom 25
Ahh Sooo I understand now. . . we'll see, hopefully they contact me back some time today. . .

Rev
insektmute
Jun. 15th, 2006 05:43 pm (UTC)
I was looking at that thing awhile ago. I've never been a huge M-Audio fan, but y'know.. price is right and all that. Is the body aluminum/metal/etc or some kind of plastic?
razorslave
Jun. 15th, 2006 05:48 pm (UTC)
Aluminium, and it feels heavy, and solid. Very well made. I got the extended svc contract through guitar center so if anything goes wrong I get a new one. . .

I've just finnished reading the manual and I'm impressed with the options and features, with my ESI-32 w/32MB of ram, and can make nice sized loops, and samples and trigger them with the drum pads :) while running other noise loops and percussion peices with the 3 zones that the controller supports.

Rev
insektmute
Jun. 15th, 2006 05:56 pm (UTC)
Teh awesome. I've never understood why so many manufacturers use plastic for that stuff, so I generally try to stick to the well-built goodies.

As soon as I become unbroke, my first new piece of gear is going to be a decent controller and trigger pad. The Ion sounds great but the keyboard is naff.. not to mention my desk is too full of stuff to put the synth close enough.
razorslave
Jun. 15th, 2006 06:10 pm (UTC)
**nods**

The other one I was looking at was the Alesis Photon X25 it has a AXYZ control dome but the reviews on guitar center really indicate it kinda sucks.

The Axiom scores 9+ in all the review stats but it's only been rated by 6 people. . . I like it because it's kinda a cross between an Ozone and a Trigger finger.

Rev
insektmute
Jun. 15th, 2006 07:53 pm (UTC)
Yeh, it looked kinda nice but I passed just based on the keys on the Ion. Too plasticky and no natural spring to them.

I've been torn between the Axiom and the Korg Kontrol stuff but until the cash is available, i'll just wait until I can go demo them side-by-side.
razorslave
Jun. 15th, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC)
That right there is the best thing about Guitar Center. . .

Rev
razorslave
Jun. 17th, 2006 11:38 pm (UTC)
Actually plastic, now that I've had some serious time to play with it. But it's very solidly built.

Rev
axo
Jun. 15th, 2006 05:48 pm (UTC)
best kinda date.

I got an Xboard from e-mu, and am quite happy--enjoy M-Audio!
razorslave
Jun. 15th, 2006 05:52 pm (UTC)
heh, yes indeed. GOOD Date. . . I'm really enthused to get this whole thing configured and set up with the ESI-32 and the sound board and all the toys. . .

Just waiting on irishmasms to dig me up a SCSI CN50 Male to HD68 Female cable. . . so I can upload custom sounds to the sampler without using a succession of floppy disks. . . **puke noise**

Rev
insektmute
Jun. 15th, 2006 05:56 pm (UTC)
**puke noise**

I vote this for the next trendy music genre.
razorslave
Jun. 15th, 2006 06:03 pm (UTC)
LOL, Even Better. . .

"Puke Noise Combat Trance"

now I have an idea for a song. . . and I'm stuck at work. . .

Rev
synthcat
Jun. 15th, 2006 06:42 pm (UTC)
I like the Axiom line of controllers--I'm thinking about saving up for the 61-key model for sometime next year (after I get a laptop for music). I'd be interested to know how sturdy the unit is....
razorslave
Jun. 15th, 2006 06:54 pm (UTC)
yeah, I'm pretty happy with it. The unit seems to be very sturday, but packing it to a couple of gigs and pounding on it for a bit should prove whether that's a true thing or my misperception. I'm a bit new to this whole midi thing but it apears to do all the things I need to do. Plus it adds another Midi Interface so I can hook up LOTS of stuff if I need to. . . although, between the softsynths and the vsti's maybe a outboard midi controlled effects processor is all I really need. . .

Rev
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