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M-Audio Keystation Pro 88 MIDI Controller

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The M-Audio Keystation Pro 88 MIDI Controller is the world's first 88-key hammer-action USB MIDI controller. It offers you a host of advanced features and unprecedented integration with music applicat... Click To Read More About This Product

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The M-Audio Keystation Pro 88 MIDI Controller is the world's first 88-key hammer-action USB MIDI controller. It offers you a host of advanced features and unprecedented integration with music applications. The response of the professional action has been fine-tuned to satisfy the most demanding players, and 4 zones accommodate up to 4 layers or splits per patch. The stunning complement of MIDI-assignable controllers includes 9 faders, 24 rotary controllers, and 22 buttons. The pitch wheel, modulation wheel, sustain pedal, and controller pedals are all fully assignable as well. 10 memory locations store all controller settings, and the included Enigma editor provides unlimited storage.

FEATURES

MIDI-assignable pitch bend and modulation wheels
MIDI-assignable foot switch and foot pedal inputs
Controllers assignable to MIDI controllers, notes, transport controls, program changes (including USB and MSB), Sysex, and RPN/NRPN
Independent MIDI channel assign for all controllers
Multiple dynamic velocity curves
Large custom LCD displays controller number, assigned controller, edit icons, and edit values
10 memory locations for saving all controller assignments
Sysex memory dump transmits the complete memory contents for backup purposes
Includes Enigma editor software for unlimited storage
±11 semitone transposition
Dedicated buttons allow program and bank changes on the fly
Control Mute function mutes the output of all controllers so you can position them to the value you want before tweaking
Snap Shot button transmits all current controller settings
Fader Drawbar mode reverses the faders for realistic operation of organ emulators such as NI B4
MIDI Out can drive external MIDI gear or be used as USB to MIDI out interface
General MIDI 1 and 2 compatible
USB class compliant”no drivers required for Windows XP or Mac OS X
Drivers also included for Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, XP and Mac OS 9
Powered via USB bus (cable included) or optional 9V power supply
SPECIFICATIONS
57"(L) x 13"(W) x 5.9"(H)
47 lbs.
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M-AudioKeystation Pro 88 MIDI Controller
 
2.9

(based on 9 reviews)

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(41 of 49 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Wobbly, dubious value

By Fernand

from San Francisco CA

Comments about M-Audio Keystation Pro 88 MIDI Controller:

I dunno. I tried. But it went back. If you need 88 keys, because you need to keyswitch patches, AND you want lots of assignable rotaries, a complex mapping capability, this works. But maybe the DAW should be handling mapping, and you don't need quite so many knobs either. If you are looking for expressive playing, I found this wobbly action less satisfying than a good tight synth keybed, like an Edirol, which has a bit of precision snap to it. With the Pro 88 there's an impending sense of plastic on plastic wearing looser and breaking. It's as if you just couldn't escape the plastic hammers on plastic feeling. The action per se is sloppy, a lot of side to side play, not terribly expressive, it's a very subjective thing, but a lot like driving in mud. And then it turned out not to have aftertouch. Huh? At that rate, I found I might as well go with the good value M-Audio 88es, and not try to pretend, I don't know what "semi-weighted" means in that context, these things feel like plain old spring actions. Or add a couple hundred bucks and go with a CME 88 key that's built like a tank and feels like that $3500 Yamaha you know you'd rather play, has a few pots & faders AND aftertouch AND breath controller etc. Bottom line even at that price for something that's neither light and compact, nor solid and expressive, can be a remorseful chunk of change. They'd have to add aftertouch to make it a cool controller, but I suspect that structurally the keybed would buckle if you started putting any pressure on it, and if you make aftertouch too sensitive, to get away from that, it gets to be a nuisance, triggered on every note. I'm not sure this unit is going to please a lot of people. The plus on this is the ocean of knobs and the mapping flexibility. Maybe it grows on you before it breaks. I didn't give it a chance to do either.

(28 of 40 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

fader hater

By fader hater

from greensboro, nc

Comments about M-Audio Keystation Pro 88 MIDI Controller:

Unless you get the enigma software, all of the faders and knobs and even the pitch wheel become miss matched. Meaning that a the faders did not match up with the software (Reason 3.0 in this case) and recognized a knob as a fader in the software.

(19 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An Awesome Midi Keyboard

By DJ MESKO

from Atlanta, GA

Comments about M-Audio Keystation Pro 88 MIDI Controller:

The m-audio 88 keyboard is a great midi keyboard for any pianist out there. It has a very good action for not being a real piano. If you are looking for the midi keyboard to run all your synths, this is it. With several knobs, buttons, and sliders, and the available software, you can program the controller to do whatever you want. Another plus is the board will work off of USB power, no power supply needed.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Was great at first ... but it's almost worthless to me now

By David S.

from Austin, TX

Comments about M-Audio Keystation Pro 88 MIDI Controller:

I've had this for 2 and 1/2 years. I absolutely loved it ... for 6 months or less. Then some of the keys stopped transmitting MIDI notes. But it was intermittent. I called M-Audio, they walked me through a "Reset" procedured, and then agreed that they'd take a return. They gave me a RA number. But then it started working right again. Then it would go bad. Then it would be OK. It's STILL like that 2 and 1/2 years later. But worse than that ... after the 1 year warranty period expired ... several other keys started transmitting at MAX velocity (MIDI 127) no matter how light you touch them. This is ALWAYS like that. It is extremely annoying. M-Audio's return policy is that I can ship it back (I pay for shipping on this 55 pound keyboard) and have them give me an estimate to fix it, and then pay them to fix it. Are you kidding? That's why it's gathering dust. I'm really bummed out.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Goo but not a Pianist/Keyboardist

By Bandeeto

from UT

Comments about M-Audio Keystation Pro 88 MIDI Controller:

As the title says I'm not the most qualified or experienced person to write a midi-controller review, but I have owned this keyboard for almost a year. I write, compose, and perform with this controller. It does what I ask of it (so far). All the keys, knobs, and sliders work. It works with Logic, except for the dedicated transport buttons (stop, start, play, etc.). They worked with Live and Cubase though, so it's probably just a Logic (my new DAW) thing. The action doesn't prevent me from making music. If this keyboard was taken from me today I'd look and compare other keyboards, but I would definitely consider this keyboard again. Don't know what else to say. Hope this review helps.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Awful Action

By Greg Torres

from Niceville, Florida

Comments about M-Audio Keystation Pro 88 MIDI Controller:

Purchased this from a local store and promptly returned it the very next day. While the electronics/panel/knobs/sliders are all fine the action on this keyboard is horrible. It is very sluggish, offers little response and little repetition. Example: try to play any single note repeatedly, as in 32nd notes, and you will find it extremely difficult to get the notes to repeat. If you want a controller that actually performs like a grand piano action I suggest you look elsewhere.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

horrible inconsisten action!!

By Henry

from Silver Spring, MD

Comments about M-Audio Keystation Pro 88 MIDI Controller:

bought this thing for the weighted keys,....i hate this thing. Velocity response is very inconsistent. Good luck trying to play piano or pianissimo because it just does a terrible job with low velocities. and action is too heavy for fast organ work or nice synth solos. on the plus side, if you like buttons and faders you'll be happy. also, no aftertouch...at this price that's just wrong!!! my advice, just look for something else.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

88 Weighted Keys! so many controls!

By Daniel

from Nampa, Idaho

Comments about M-Audio Keystation Pro 88 MIDI Controller:

Really nice MIDI controller love the weighted feel for piano and E-Pianos makes it alot funner to play and so many options only thing is I had to update latest drivers from M-Audios website dont hesitate if you need 88 Keys, Mixer section, pitch and Modulation wheels, recording controls it has it all!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Shoddy build quality, inconsistent.

By David Russell

from Los Angeles, CA

Comments about M-Audio Keystation Pro 88 MIDI Controller:

After my PC-88 died I needed a controller quickly for the studio. I purchased the Keystation Pro88 at a local GC. I didn't expect much since the board is so inexpensive. There is a reason it is so cheap. It was OK for a while, although the paint just below the keys would rub off with a simple swipe. From the beginning, the action of the upper octave was very sticky. I thought that it would loosen up over time. No such luck. I did email M-audio about the paint and they really weren't much help. Now, after a few years, it has decided to transmit random controllers. Not a great help when trying to write. My PC-88 lasted 12 years or more. This thing lasted maybe 4. And that was in the studio, I cannot imagine this thing lasting 6 months of gigging. You definitely get what you pay for. Spend a little more and avoid this board.

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