Designed to bridge the gap between writing, recording, and performing music, the M-Audio ProKeys Sono 88 portable digital piano with audio interface features 88 semi-weighted, velocity-sensitive keys,... Read More
Designed to bridge the gap between writing, recording, and performing music, the M-Audio ProKeys Sono 88 portable digital piano with audio interface features 88 semi-weighted, velocity-sensitive keys, advanced keybed scanning technology, and a stereo-sampled Steinway grand sound for an incredibly expressive piano experience. Six additional instant-access instruments and 128 on-board General MIDI sounds round out a premium performance solution, either with a computer or the optional portable power supply. In the studio, the keyboard's built-in USB audio interface makes it easy to record your performance—plus vocals and instruments—directly to the computer with the included software. ProKeys Sono 88 provides an intuitive and seamless experience from start to finish, whether you're jamming live, creating professional-quality recordings, or teaching music.
M-Audio's digital pianos have been embraced by top recording artists and performing musicians on some of the world's most notable concert tours. ProKeys Sono 88 extends M-Audio's legacy of reliability and playability with advanced keybed scanning technology. This innovation provides superior resolution, increasing the player's control over dynamics for an extremely expressive performance. Look no further for a realistic piano experience—in the studio and on stage.
Channel your inner songwriter
The ProKeys Sono 88 digital piano with audio interface provides exactly what you need to work out ideas—no need to power up several pieces of equipment or navigate through extensive menus to find the right sound. ProKeys Sono 88 features a built-in, stereo-sampled Steinway grand piano developed by the expert software instrument designers in the Digidesign Advanced Instrument Research (A.I.R.) group. Four other instant-access sounds stand ready at your fingertips—bright piano, electric piano, organ, and clavichord. You can even add reverb for enhanced realism. And the onboard GM sound set gives you 128 sounds plus drums and percussion. With the optional power supply attached, no computer is required—just turn on ProKeys Sono 88 and start playing.
Why just play piano when you can be the whole band? The built-in General MIDI sound set gives you a full 128 instruments, plus drums and percussion, to play just for fun—or to use in building up multi-track recordings. Jam on drums, bass, synths, organ, sax, flute, and many more instruments right at your fingertips.
The ProKeys Sono 88 portable digital piano was designed to bridge the gap between writing, performing, and recording music. The onboard 2-in, 2-out audio interface lets you listen to everything—built-in sounds, software instruments and recorded tracks—right from the ProKeys Sono 88 audio outs or headphone jacks. Connect instruments and microphones to the audio inputs and record vocals, guitar, bass, and more—or even jam along with a CD. Compatible with most major digital audio workstation software, including Pro Tools M-Powered 7.4 and above, ProKeys Sono 88 combines everything you need to start making and recording music.
Record and mix your tunes
The included Ableton Live Lite software turns your ProKeys Sono 88 and computer into a complete recording studio. Its powerful drag-and-drop interface lets you make loop-based music with ease. Want to record vocal and guitar tracks? Just plug your mic or instrument into your ProKeys Sono 88 and record them with Ableton Live Lite. When you've recorded all your tracks, this powerful software also lets you mix it all down to share with friends—and maybe even the record companies.
ProKeys Sono 88 is a music teacher's best friend. Dual front-mounted headphone jacks keep things private between you and your student. If you're in a lab setting, the keyboard's combination of onboard piano sounds and audio interface with mixer means there's nothing else to buy. The included Ableton Live Lite software rounds out a complete electronic music learning package. There's even a Piano Reset button to restore all settings to the internal piano sound should you ever need to return to the default state.
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played ok out of the box, but after about a year of very light use it started 'dumbing-out' -some keys would work, some wouldn't, and I would have to turn off/on to restore operability. After the on-board sounds stopped working I started using it as a controller with a Roland sound module, then after a while I started having the same problems and would have to cycle the power (tried both 9vac & USB power). When it worked I was never really happy with the sound of the samples & response (velocity curves very uneven), and some of the sounds have noticeable lag. Connecting to a PC; I was able to get this to work with Native Instruments SW, but not with original driver that came with the sono 88. I had to use one from another keyboard controller. The M-audio website has a driver/sample update which I was able to run successfully once, but with different drivers, otherwise it doesn't seem to be compatible with a standard Windows PC.
In response to the only complaint on the first review, he compared it to a keyboard that cost twice as much. Not really fair, is it? It is what it is, a relatively inexpensive controller that doubles as a stage piano, not the other way around. Having said that, it's still a very nice stage piano for someone who doesn't have a thousand bucks to spend. In my studio, there was ZERO latency as far as I could feel. I was amazed. I just installed the drivers, plugged in the USB and started jamming thru Dimensions Pro x64. No lag at all. GTR center even matched a price for me. If I were to complain about anything, it would be the lack of a sustain pedal or an independant power supply. It's powered by the USB cable. I used one of my extra e-cig chargers, works like a charm. I wish also that you could reverse the polarity of the sustain so that it would work with any pedal, but that wasn't a deal breaker.
The instrument has a remarkable range of features and functions, although the interface takes some getting used to. And the grand piano sound is really excellent. However, for me playability is very important, and I certainly would not use the phrase "exceptional playability" to describe this instrument. The semi-weighted action feels stiff and non-responsive. Worse, the velocity sensitivity varies significantly from note to note. It was probably foolish of me to expect a "realistic piano experience" in a 24.5lbs. keyboard, but to those for whom that is important, fair warning. Try it before you buy it. The Yamaha YPG-635 is a much better choice even though it weighs much more (75lbs in a gig bag with folding stand).
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