M-Audio's Ozonic: First FireWire Controller

3 octave Audio/MIDI interface controller      13/12/04
M-Audio's Ozonic: First FireWire Controller
The first of it's kind?

The transition to being owned by Avid/Digidesign hasn't doesn't look to have disrupted anything as M-Audio have announced Ozonic: their new, completely integrated Firewire audio and MIDI controller. The Ozonic includes audio and MIDI interfaces with a full-featured MIDI controller. The compact unit features a 37-note, velocity-sensitive, synth-action keyboard with three zones and assignable aftertouch. The Ozonic's complement of 40 assignable MIDI controllers includes a joystick (with two assignable controllers per axis), 8 knobs, 9 sliders with drawbar mode, 9 buttons, pitch and mod wheels, sustain pedal input and expression pedal input. The five transport controls are also MIDI assignable. The Ozonic's controller section is designed for easy, yet comprehensive programming. All MIDI controllers are fully programmable to MIDI controller number and unique MIDI channel. As with most M-Audio MIDI keyboards, the Controller Mute function mutes controller output to avoid parameter jumps until the Snapshot feature is invoked. This controller also includes a 4 x 4 analog audio interface that operates at up to 24-bit/96kHz fidelity. Inputs include XLR mic input with phantom power, ?" instrument input and stereo ?" TRS line ins. The Ozonic also feature two pairs of ?" outputs (TRS and TS) with volume sliders, as well as a headphone output with independent level control for mixing and monitoring flexibility. The unit also features direct hardware monitoring with level control and software mixing allows flexible routing of any input pair to any output pair. The Ozonic is FireWire bus-powered for mobile operation or can optionally be powered via a 12V DC adapter. Registered owners can download a free copy of the Enigma editor/librarian for managing and storing unlimited setups. The Ozonic is the evolution of M-Audio's Ozone-the product that defined a new hybrid breed of audio/MIDI interface/controller combo," says Adam Castillo, marketing director at M-Audio. "The Ozonic ups the ante with Firewire connectivity, significantly enhanced audio I/O, a great keyboard and more controllers. It transforms a laptop and your favorite software into a formidable mobile production studio. The Ozonic is now available at £399 inc VAT.
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