According to the M-Audio knowledge base, "Currently, M-Audio does not offer Vista drivers or Vista software updates (beta or otherwise)." Despite this information, some users on the Ableton forum are reporting that they are able to use their Axiom keyboards with Vista. I decided to do some hands-on testing with my Axiom 25 on a Vista system and see for myself how well it worked.
I plugged my Axiom into the USB port of a HP Pavilion dv9000t laptop running Vista. Much to my surprise, Vista auto-detected the Axiom and installed two ports – one port the Axiom controller itself, and another port for external MIDI in/out.
I was able to map the ports within FL Studio 7 and Ableton Live 6.0 and the keys, knobs, pads, assignable buttons all work as expected.
So, while this is not officially supported, it seemed to work for me.
I did not have a chance to test the Enigma editor (I was testing this on a friends system and ran out of time). If any of you readers out there have done so, feel free to add a comment to this post and let us know how well it worked.
Copyright 2007, Mark Mosher