The M-Audio Axiom AIR series is a powerful family of controllers that leverages every capability of your recording software. This guide covers how to manually map the transport controls, knobs, and faders of your Axiom AIR keyboard with controls in Apple's Logic Pro X.
- Open Logic Pro X and create a new session.
- From the top bar, select Logic Pro X > Key Commands > Edit
- Click the arrow to the left of Global Commands to reveal the available commands, including the transport controls (Record, Play, Stop, Rewind, Fast Forward, Cycle Mode).
- Click on the Record line and then click the Learn New Assignment button in the bottom right corner of the window. The Assignments box will read : No message received yet.
- Press the Record button on your Axiom AIR. The Assignments window in Logic Pro X will now read the Control Change number, indicating the assignment has been made. You can now press the Record button on your Axiom AIR to confirm it operates correctly.
- Repeat steps 4 and 5 above for the other transport controls on your Axiom AIR (Record, Play, Stop, Rewind, Forward, Cycle Mode). Feel free to explore the other assignable Key Commands. Virtually every function in Logic Pro X can be programmed in this manner.
- You may then save any of your customer Key Command assignments by clicking the Options button in the top left corner of the Key Commands window and selecting Export Key Commands.
- Your custom Key Commands can be easily loaded later from the top bar Logic Pro X > Key Commands > Presets
- From the top bar, select Logic Pro X > Control Surfaces > Controller Assignments. This menu is similar to the Key Commands menu, except it can be used to map the Axiom AIR's faders and knobs to continuous controls in Logic Pro X like volume, pan, as well as any parameter in Logic Pro X's effects and instruments. Many 3rd party effects and instruments will also work in this same way.
- In the Controller Assignments window, click the Learn Mode button at the bottom right corner so it is highlighted in blue.
- While Learn Mode is active, click and move any parameter in Logic you want to control such as the channel strip controls (volume, pan).
- Next, move Axiom AIR fader or knob you want to assign to that control. The parameter should begin to move/respond to the control immediately.
- Repeat these steps for any other type of parameter you want to map. When you are finished, make sure to click Learn Mode again (so it is no longer highlighted).
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