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Microphone Month 5

M-Audio Oxygen 8 v2 Review

Building upon the success of the original Oxygen 8, M-Audio has released the Oxygen 8 v2. While maintaining the same small form factor, USB interface, and intuitive layout that made the initial offering such a hit, this new version offers improved pitch and modulation wheels, and transport controls that can be mapped to your favorite soundware. Equally at home in home studios where desktop real estate is at a premium, or in a laptop bag as part of one’s portable workstation, the Oxygen 8 v2 works as a first class MIDI control surface for those wanting flexibility, customization, and adaptive features at a price point that is affordable to beginners and professional alike.

The unit is perfect for portable use, as it is USB powered, and small enough to fit into most laptop bags. When on the road, the Oxygen 8 v2 and the MBox 2 Mini are always with me, allowing me to work on mixes, arrangements and spur-of-the-moment captures in situations where such things would be otherwise impossible. Long road trips, plane flights and lay-overs are now put to use instead of being lost time.

The unit is also great for students, hobbyists, live musicians and anyone else who needs to have MIDI control at the ready, but doesn’t have the space for a larger controller. With only 25 keys, the user is given enough range to accomplish most melodic and rhythmic tasks. The rotary controls, transport buttons, LCD display and other controls are laid out sensibly, while still keeping with the smaller format.

If you need a MIDI controller that is portable, easy to use, dependable and a great value, the Oxygen 8 v2 is a must see. It is everything you need, in a unit that won’t break your back or the bank.

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