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WARNING: YOUR AWESOME NEW MIDI KEYBOARD IS GIVING YOU CANCER

Alright, so yesterday I went and bought the M-Audio Axiom 61 keyboard. Its a hot fucking piece, no one can argue against this. Have a look.

 

So after playing with it for a bit, I decided to install the drivers and opened up the Quick Start Guide that came with the thing to find this sticker telling me that my keyboard contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects.

 

What the shit?

 

So I started googling for answers. I found this little bit of information about California's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 also known as Proposition 65. Alright so there are some hazardous chemicals involved in the manufacturing process of my new keyboard? This is slightly alarming. I assume that if they are allowed to sell it to me, it is probably mostly benign, but I guess I want some more details because at the moment, its kind of making me not want to own it anymore.

 

So then I ran this google search and it looks like the Axiom 61 is not the only M-Audio product with this peculiarity. The first search result is a pdf of the ProTools manual. Several other pieces of M-Audio hardware have this warning in their respective manuals.

 

Does anyone out there know what is up with this?

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Taken on December 9, 2006