M-Audio Keystation 88es USB MIDI Keyboard Controller 886830181177

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The M-Audio Keystation 88es USB MIDI Keyboard Controller gives you great-feeling, semi-weighted action. The velocity sensitive keys convey all the nuances of your playing to your computer. The pitch a... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The M-Audio Keystation 88es USB MIDI Keyboard Controller gives you great-feeling, semi-weighted action. The velocity sensitive keys convey all the nuances of your playing to your computer. The pitch and modulation wheels plus slider and buttons make it a great controller for playing and programming synths, samplers, drum sounds and more. At just 22 lb., the Keystation 88es is equally at home onstage and in the studio. Class compliancy with Windows XP and Mac OS X ensures easy plug-and-play setup. It's even bus-powered, so one simple USB cable is the only connection you need.

It includes Ableton Live Lite to get you started making music right away.

Features
  • 88 velocity-sensitive, semi-weighted keys
  • Pitch bend and modulation wheels
  • Volume/assignable control slider
  • Advanced function button for programming
  • Sustain and expression pedal inputs
  • Assignable data up/down buttons
  • Built-in USB MIDI interface
  • MIDI out jack routes MIDI signals from keyboard or computer to external devices
  • Powered via USB or 9V DC adapter (sold separately)
  • Mac OS X and Windows XP class compliant
Specifications
  • Compatibility
    MME and Mac OS X Core MIDI

    Minimum System Requirements (PC)
    Windows 98SE / Me / 2000 (SP4) / XP (SP2)* / Windows Vista 32 , 64-bit (SP2) / Win7 32, 64-bit
    * Home and Professional Edition only. Windows Media Center Edition is not supported
    ** M-Audio suggests you also check the minimum system requirements for your software, as they may be greater than the above

    Minimum System Requirements (Mac)
    G4* 500MHz
    OS X 10.2.6, 10.3.6, 10.4, 10.5.1
    256MB RAM
    * native USB port required; G3/G4 accelerator cards not supported
    ** M-Audio suggests you also check the minimum system requirements for your software, as they may be greater than the above
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M-AudioKeystation 88es USB MIDI Keyboard Controller
 
4.6

(based on 16 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Out of the BOX!!

If you are looking to buy a great keyboard/ arranger BUY THIS KEYBOARD. I am a professional musical director and do a lot of live orchestra with some recorded tracks. This keyboard is...Read complete review

If you are looking to buy a great keyboard/ arranger BUY THIS KEYBOARD. I am a professional musical director and do a lot of live orchestra with some recorded tracks. This keyboard is great! I didn't even have to read the manual (which you SHOULD do)! I plugged it in and I just started working. It's powered by USB which makes is even more amazing! A definite YES in my book! By the way, the key action on this keyboard is great and much better than advertised!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good Price/Performance

I got this board to go along with my personal workstation so I could play piano parts the way there were meant to be in the first place. When I bought this board I...Read complete review

I got this board to go along with my personal workstation so I could play piano parts the way there were meant to be in the first place. When I bought this board I was fully aware that I was not going to get grade A material but what I received was way below my expectations. Two weeks in and the keys emit weird noises, also the velocity sensitivity is lacking accross the spectrum, for some reason some keys are more sensitive then others especially in the mid range. I would recommend this to begginers or live performances, but if you need intricate passages to come out perfectly, look somewhere else.

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(64 of 67 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Out of the BOX!!

By David

from Miami, FL

Comments about M-Audio Keystation 88es USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

If you are looking to buy a great keyboard/ arranger BUY THIS KEYBOARD. I am a professional musical director and do a lot of live orchestra with some recorded tracks. This keyboard is great! I didn't even have to read the manual (which you SHOULD do)! I plugged it in and I just started working. It's powered by USB which makes is even more amazing! A definite YES in my book! By the way, the key action on this keyboard is great and much better than advertised!

(25 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

basically as advertised

By loganizer

from Springfield, UT

Comments about M-Audio Keystation 88es USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

At the time that I purchased this, there were not yet 64 bit windows drivers available for it. So if that's what you are using, basically you can only use the keyboard with one program at a time. You should be able to find out if this issue has been resolved (if you absolutely need this kind of functionality) by going to the M-Audio site before purchasing. A great set of keys for the money

(19 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent for the price you pay

By Andy

from Chicago, IL

Comments about M-Audio Keystation 88es USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

i bought this because i wanted a full size midi controller. It is plug in and play, so very easy to use, and it was inexpensive. It does everything is is supposed to and the volume slider is a real nice feature. I used it with garageband, and i couldn't have asked for anything better. It is exactly what you expect.

(18 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great value

By dsmidiman

from Indianapolis IN

Comments about M-Audio Keystation 88es USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

This keyboard controller is great for the price. I use it with a Yamaha Motif ES module in my studio and in live performance. The only draw back for me is that I am a "heavy" player and have experienced that the key velocity sensors break leaving those keys without sensitivity to the touch which can be quite annoying during delicate playing.

(16 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good Price/Performance

By Rafael

from Everett, MA

Comments about M-Audio Keystation 88es USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

I got this board to go along with my personal workstation so I could play piano parts the way there were meant to be in the first place. When I bought this board I was fully aware that I was not going to get grade A material but what I received was way below my expectations. Two weeks in and the keys emit weird noises, also the velocity sensitivity is lacking accross the spectrum, for some reason some keys are more sensitive then others especially in the mid range. I would recommend this to begginers or live performances, but if you need intricate passages to come out perfectly, look somewhere else.

(11 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just plug it in!

By expiredmomentum

from Dallas, TX

Comments about M-Audio Keystation 88es USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

I was wanting a midi keyboard and found the M-Audio Keystation 88 keyboard. I have not been dissapointed. You simply plug it into your computer via USB port and use a program (I use MIDI) to use the keyboard. It's great for when I'm creating background tracks for my recordings. Great buy!

(11 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

ITS LONG........4 Ft 6 inches

By Frankenstein

from Lexington NC

Comments about M-Audio Keystation 88es USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

If space is a consideration you may want the shorter 61 key. Works midi and usb at same time is it supposed to? Overall it is the lowest price 88 around. Great with our little home studio. Works with our other stuff just fine.

(10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good controller, using Windows 7 64 bit

By Tim

from Oceanside, CA

Comments about M-Audio Keystation 88es USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

This is an awesome controller and the best bang for your buck out there. I prefer the 88 over the smaller sizes for no restrictions on creativity! Just make sure you do research on what OS you have (ex: win7 64bit, win vista, etc) even if it says there are no drivers available on their site for Win 7, windows 7 has a built in midi driver. It works good, just do research on your ASIO stuff as well! Good luck.

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Keyboard

By nopixels

from SLC, UT

Comments about M-Audio Keystation 88es USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

I bought the 88es about three years ago to round out my home studio, and I've loved every minute of it. This controller is extremely easy to use �ۡ���� true plug-and-play. It doesn't come with any frills �ۡ����̴�_but that's what your software program is for. It is very light weight, which is great if it needs to be moved around. However, I've sometimes worried that I'll tip it if I get a bit heavy on the extreme ends of the keyboard. I'm quite impressed with the sensitivity and touch quality of the keys. I run it with an M-Audio SP-1 sustain pedal, which is a nice addition. It's an extremely good product, especially at this price point.

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Midi Controller

By LBishop Productions

from Minneapolis

Comments about M-Audio Keystation 88es USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

I got this keyboard about a year ago and have had no problems at all. Even with windows this is straight plug and play, no drivers to install. If you looking for a budget midi controller this is the way to go.

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