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Studiologic VMK-188 Plus 88-Key Master Controller 889406285965

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The Studiologic VMK-188 Plus is a master controller keyboard that features 88 keys with graded hammer action. Even the most discriminating classical pianist would be happy to play the VMK-188 Plus. This Studiologic MIDI controller has a fully featured USB connection including bus power in addition to two MIDI outs. A large LCD display helps you kee...  Click To Read More About This Product

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The Studiologic VMK-188 Plus is a master controller keyboard that features 88 keys with graded hammer action. Even the most discriminating classical pianist would be happy to play the VMK-188 Plus. This Studiologic MIDI controller has a fully featured USB connection including bus power in addition to two MIDI outs. A large LCD display helps you keep track of your settings and an array of pitch bend, modulation, sliders will give you control over every keyboard function imaginable.


  • 88 full-size keys
  • Fatar Grand Touch Graded Hammer Action
  • 4 programmable pedal inputs
  • USB w/bus power
  • 2 MIDI outputs
  • Velocity sensitive w/aftertouch
  • LCD display
  • Pitch bend and modulation joystick
  • 30 user-programmable presets
  • 8x2 programmable knobs
  • 9x4 programmable sliders
  • 8x2 programmable buttons
  • 5 button sequencer transport control
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Studiologic - 90 day warranty.
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(23 of 31 customers found this review helpful)


Great Action - TERRIBLE Service

By Nathan

from Oklahoma City, OK

Comments about Studiologic VMK-188 Plus 88-Key Master Controller:

I spent almost a year looking for the MIDI controller with the best hammer action. I found it with the Studiologic VMK-188. *HOWEVER* it doesn't work!!!!!!!! I have literally been calling and emailing American Music and Sound (who says the handle all Studiologic support) for an entire YEAR and they haven't returned my phone calls. The problem with mine is that it doesn't play well with any computer (Mac) programs. I've tried interfaces and straight USB to the computer with programs such as Live, Cubase, Garageband, and Synthogy Ivory with no luck whatsoever. There's something wrong with how the board is transmitting release signals. It's REALLY screwey. It's a gamble buying Studiologic products because I know a couple of people who have only had minor to no problems with theirs. My advice = NEVER by Studiologic products. If you want a great controller, consider the Yamaha controllers or better yet the Yamaha CP-300 Digital Piano (great action).

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Decent keyboard in an AWFUL controller

By Danny Mulford

from Granada Hills, CA

Comments about Studiologic VMK-188 Plus 88-Key Master Controller:

As a disclaimer, I went through TWO of these keyboards, thinking the first one was a bad unit, and both of them functioned identically. I'll tell you right off the bat that the controller features of this keyboard are so flaky that they're almost completely worthless, which are the only reason you'd want a MIDI controller instead of just using the MIDI output of digital piano. The pitch-bend and modulation stick is, I assume, included for looks only -- first of all, half the time the spring doesn't even pull it back to neutral position, so if you're bending downward, and you let go of the bend, the note will hang slightly flat. Even if that WEREN'T an issue, the pitch bend and modulation stick sends MIDI updates in absurdly large increments (rather than moving through all 127 possible values), so unless you're doing really quick little flicks of the joystick, you hear an obnoxious stair-stepping effect. The knobs and sliders seem to manage to send consecutive MIDI CC values, but sometimes when moving them all the way up, they'll stop at 126 instead of 127, or conversely, they'll bottom out at 1 instead of 0. Then, as if that weren't enough of an insult, I found out that it was sending all of these nonexistant MIDI sustain pedal updates. When the sustain pedal was up, it'd constantly send "pedal up" data, which didn't harm its performance, but just gave my computer unnecessary info to process. Oh, and the keyboard really isn't that great. Yeah, it feels good to play for the most part, but the velocity response is noticeably uneven across the board (some keys easily hit velocity level 127, some can barely hit 115). And the keys feel like they're meeting this weird frictional resistance as they're going down, when you push them down slowly to play a soft chord. As opposed to a good piano touch, which is just smooth sailing. You can even hear them creak ever so slightly, sometimes.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


VMK188 plus for the pro

By benjamin smith

from Las Vegas NV

Comments about Studiologic VMK-188 Plus 88-Key Master Controller:

I was looking for a keyboard controller for my production software because I didn't like the electronic button sound it produced. I wanted to actually play something and sound like it was played by a musician. So I went searching for cheap keyboards that had midi controls. My first one I bought was a cheap Casio WK-3800 that said it was general midi through USB. But it had a 32 bit software didn't work on my 64bit machine so that didn't work. So I decided to take the plunge and get a real keyboard workstation. The price on the top of the line studio workstations from KORG that I wanted were way too much for me at the time, so I started looking for a pro 88key midi controller with semi weighting. I didn't like any of the m audio controllers. This is the one I finally bought... I have a project studio I use this for, and it works as advertised- sometimes. I am extremely competent with studio electronics and computers, although I may be inexperienced when it comes to the software interfaces, but I couldn't get this controller to control the whole software packages like Reason 4 even though it has a preset for it. It had a big delay between the hit of the key and the playing of it, and even when I adjusted the latency it still did not work that well. It is a bit cumbersome to deal with, feels like it weighs 50+ lbs, so this isn't something you want to move around a lot. It has adjustability for days. It plays very well. One or two keys makes a hollow sound, but it feels no different. This is for the pro producer that needs a serious piece of gear for scores and music, which I am working into- hopefully I can learn enough about these software interfaces to become a pro, no doubt this would result in stellar material just on the sheer capability and features of this controller with competent software. (and player) If you are a novice or get lost in software, do not buy this board. It will only frustrate you. I have a degree in Electronic Engineering and it is difficult for me to get this to work perfectly how I am needing it to work... I bought this so I can produce music quickly, and that is something I cannot do with this board. I have to fiddle with it every time I turn it on, to get it to play the way I want, so right now I am just using the Casio for quick start up and record, because it's cheap, sounds decent and 2 buttons and 2 sec from turning it on I can be recording some music for that late night music idea just to get it down. Some days I don't even want to look at the studiologic, just because it is a pain to use. When it's calibrated perfect, its great. Good luck getting it there every time to perform in a crunch.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Studiologic VMK 188plus

By Lee Ellis

from Colorado Springs, CO

Comments about Studiologic VMK-188 Plus 88-Key Master Controller:

I use this keyboard with my macbook and Main Stage for live performance and Logic for recording/music production. I like the 9 sliders to emulate the B3 drawbars. Also use the transport controls to run backing tracks for live performance. The 1st one I bought had several issues; one of the pots didn't work, two of the sliders sent continuous midi messages, and the keyboard constantly rebooted itself. I returned it under warranty and am happy to report most of the issues have been cleared up, except this new one still reboots occasionally. The problem seems to be related to static electricity; I've found that I have less reboot problems using the USB bus to power the keyboard directly from the Mac rather than use the power adapter. One of my live gigs is in a place with rather "dirty" power; it is really the only time now I have the reboot problem. I am somewhat satisfied with the keyboard, but in the future will look for a different brand that weighs less and performs better, even if it costs more. By the way, the cost was pretty reasonable when combined with Guitar Center discounts.

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