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Alesis Q88 88-Key USB/MIDI Controller  

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The Alesis Q88 is an 88-note MIDI keyboard that has the extended range of a full-size piano. Equipped with 88 semi-weighted, velocity-sensitive keys, the Q88 provides an excellent feel that conveys al... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Alesis Q88 is an 88-note MIDI keyboard that has the extended range of a full-size piano. Equipped with 88 semi-weighted, velocity-sensitive keys, the Q88 provides an excellent feel that conveys all the nuances of your playing. Pitch bend and modulation wheels ensure an expressive performance, plus you can transpose quickly to play in any key. At just 22lb, the compact and portable Q88 is equally at home on stage and in the studio.

The Q-series USB/MIDI controllers from Alesis are the no-nonsense way to add expressive MIDI control to your production and performance. Each controller features USB-MIDI for easy connection to Mac, PC, iOS devices*, and a traditional MIDI jack for connecting to MIDI sound modules, synthesizers, samplers, and more.

The Q88 works with virtually any music software and MIDI hardware devices. Providing the full piano complement of 88 keys, The Q88 is a sleek controller, at home on stage or in the studio. A full array of essential controls is onboard, including pitch and modulation wheels, octave up and down buttons, and an assignable data slider. The Q88 is the perfect choice for controlling hardware MIDI devices. Compact and portable, the Q88 is the ideal foundation for your road ready rig. The Q88 offers a streamlined layout to maximize your sound and performance options. You can even send Program Changes from the Q88's keys to change programs, patches, and more.

The Q88 comes with Ableton Live Lite Alesis Edition software so you can perform, record and sequence music right out of the box. This customized version of Ableton Live provides a fresh and easy way to create music. You'll get audio recording and production capabilities as well as powerful tools for live performance.

  • Full piano-length keyboard
  • 88 semi-weighted, velocity-sensitive keys
  • Pitch bend wheel with assignable range
  • Assignable modulation wheel
  • Assignable volume control/data entry slider
  • Octave/transpose button access the entire note range in any key
  • Sustain and volume pedal inputs (pedals optional)
  • Convenient USB power allows single-cable connection
  • MIDI output and DC input for standalone operation
  • USB data/power port
    Sustain pedal jack
    Volume pedal jack
    MIDI output jack
    Power selector switch
    9V DC power input
    Q88 Controller
    Ableton Live Lite Alesis Edition
    USB Cable
    Quickstart Guide
    Safety and Warranty Manual
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AlesisQ88 88-Key USB/MIDI Controller

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I like it but wish the keys were more weighted

By Robebass

from Wallingford, Connecticut

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      Comments about Alesis Q88 88-Key USB/MIDI Controller:

      It works fine. Just wish the keys were more weighted. Feels better than a kids toy however.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


      Was good but not durable

      By Kojo

      from Virginia

      Comments about Alesis Q88 88-Key USB/MIDI Controller:

      I loved using this keyboard the first day I had it. I used it to program stuff for a recent album I co-produced. I also played it at gigs by sampling tones onto it from Logic. One day, I had the keyboard in my car while driving home one afternoon, and when I got home, I saw that part of the Alesis logo at the right side of the keyboard had melted, as if someone had deliberately burnt it with flame, and since then the keyboard seized functioning. I admit that the temperatures that day was on the high side, but I wasn't expecting that to happen. I am going to get another one soon because I love action of this keyboard, and it's cheap. But if this happens again, I will find something else.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


      Nice 88 key controller

      By Michael House

      from pa

      Comments about Alesis Q88 88-Key USB/MIDI Controller:

      I admit for the price I really wasn't expecting it to feel like my Kurzweil K2600 but when they state "semi-weighted" it would have been nice if it actually was. The semi-weighted part is simply heavy duty spring loaded keys. It feels more like a synth action than a piano The keys are just harder to press - not weighted (IMO) I also found some of the white keys edges to be a bit on the sharp side. Now that I have my negative done the positive is this thing works well. I ran the midi out to an Axiom 49 and worked perfect. I enjoy that I have a full length keyboard for under $200.00 If your in need of a low cost 88 key controller this will work. Don't expect it to feel anything like a weighted or even semi weighted keyboard.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


      Not bad

      By K B

      from Dallas Texas

      Comments about Alesis Q88 88-Key USB/MIDI Controller:

      I like the keyboard as it is not the cheap feeling synth keys yet not a full heavy key feel like a piano. The feel is just right for me. I have had it about a week now and all seems to work ok but I have found there is no way to adjust the key velocity curves - at least none that I have found. I emailed Alesis support and have still not gotten any response. The default is not bad but you really have to pound on the keys to get the full volume. There is no 11 on these and you have to work to get 10.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


      Nice controller

      By David Loving

      from Waxahachie, Texas

      Comments about Alesis Q88 88-Key USB/MIDI Controller:

      Bought a Q88 last week and used it on a gig Saturday night, May 31, 2013. This board did everything I asked it to do. I can usb it, along with a Korg Nano, to my macbook and control Kontakt5 and change programs within banks I had built. Last night I just midi'd it to an XW-P1 and played XW-P1's piano and Rhodes on the 88 keys, and used the 61 key XW-P1 for organs and synths. Worked perfectly. The Q88 is simple, easy to set up, very light, powers up on usb, and well built. I needed a controller that is all those things. It looks good. The keys feel is just fine for me. It is semi weighted. If you're looking for a simple, straight forward 88 key controller, test drive this one.

      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


      Semi Weighted Keys, HA!

      By Don Morelli

      from Minden, NV

      Comments about Alesis Q88 88-Key USB/MIDI Controller:

      I owned an Alesis QS8.1 for many years and bought it because of the feel of the semi-weighted keys. The Q88 on the other hand is a huge disappointment when it comes to semi-weighted feel. It is really mushy and very similar to a Casiotone... except with bigger keys. Hey Alesis, go ahead and charge more for a real semi-weighted feel, or call it what it is, a budget 88-key controller.

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