Promises Kept ... Almost
By: Michael Henningsen from United States
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
Seated in a steel tank.
What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could?
Most fully loaded, intuitive MIDI controller/DAW control surface on the market. So infinitely tweakable, you'll be unlocking programming skills you didn't even know you had, and being able to take control over all of Logic's many and quite complex soft synths with knobs and sliders is a major breakthrough. No more mousing around tiny icons. Plus, the communication is two-way, so Axiom responds to your mouse commands just as Logic responds to commands from themAxiom.
Ease of Use
How easy is this product to use? How easy is the product to use with other products? Did it take long for you to learn to use this product? Was the manual helpful? How playable do you consider this product to be?
Once HyperControl is set up, it works perfectly across all features and us features of Logic Pro 9. But do not be fooled by the manual, which claims you should just be able to make the USB connection, fire everything up and have it all working instantaneously: not the case. You have to go to www.m-audio.com and download the latest Axiom Pro HyperControl drivers first, download them, run the uninstall on previous versions of HyperControl and HyperLink that exist on your computer, then install the new HyperControl drivers for your current Mac OS. Once you've done that, everything is golden. But it DOES NOT work like its supposed to (and like M-Audio would have you believe) right out of the box with new Macs. The fix is easy, but annoying nonetheless.
Was this item an overall good value?
Frankly, for 500 bones, this thing should have unpacked itself, plugged itself in and worked perfectly from the moment it was powered up. It didn't, but the fix was so easy, that it's hard to complain given all the functionality.