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M-Audio Keystation Pro 88 Keyboard Controller

by M-Audio
3.3 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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  • Full size, 88-note velocity sensitive keyboard provides an authentic playing experience, with hammer action fine-tuned to satisfy the most demanding players
  • 4 zones accommodate up to 4 layers or splits per patch
  • Includes 9 faders, 24 rotary controllers and 22 buttons
  • 12 key data entry pad
  • Pitch wheel, modulation wheel, sustain pedal and controller pedals are all fully assignable
  • Full size, 88-note velocity sensitive keyboard provides an authentic playing experience
  • 12 key data entry pad. Hammer action fine-tuned to satisfy the most demanding players
  • 4 zones accommodate up to 4 layers or splits per patch. With hammer action fine-tuned to satisfy the most demanding players
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Product Description

M-Audio's Keystation Pro 88 is an 88-key hammer-action USB powered MIDI controller with features that make it the most comprehensive and competitive product of it's kind. 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?and 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. All this power weighs in at approximately 47 lbs., making it the perfect centerpiece for both studio and stage. 88 Keys 9 Assignable Faders 24 Assignable Rotary Dials 22 Assignable Buttons 1 MIDI OUT socket 1 MIDI IN socket 1 USB socket 1 DC Power Supply Socket 9 Function Buttons 4 Zone/Group Buttons 1 Zone/Group select button 2 Octave shift Buttons 12-Key Data Entry Pad Custom LCD Display Pitch-bend Wheel Modulation Wheel 2 Sustain pedal sockets 1 Volume Control Socket WARRANTY 1 year parts and labor.

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 60 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 60 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0001N7SWE
  • Item model number: US71020
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,835 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 27, 2004

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Many of you will find this quite funny, but hopefully there are some that will find it helpful. I bought this to use as a free standing piano. It is not one! It is a MIDI controller which only works with a computer or sound box as it doesn't have 'sounds' of it's own. It functions wonderfully as it is intended, but not a stand alone piano. The say 'bought learning is the best kind', well this is a lesson I won't forget. It was my fault for not better educating myself before purchase. I have decided to keep it and just hook it to my computer everytime I want to play. The people from whom I bought it were helpful and nice and it is again and excellent MIDI controller! lol.
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this is the best 88 key controller I've used for all-around features in the sub$1000USD market. they keys aren't wobbly or cheap as another reviewer suggests, they feel like just about any other weighted synthesizer keyboard. velocity control can be tweaked to use different velocity curves, and the knobs, buttons, sliders, etc can all be assigned to custom midi messages. the editor software is not simple to use for a beginner, but allows alot of flexibility. I cannot comment on it's usb functionality as I have it connected to a midi timepiece.

I use this as my main controller in my "Budget" 20k studio. works great for just about everything that it's intended to do.
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While it's true that this keyboard does not have an action equaling a fine piano, I've never the less been using it live for several years, and no one has a problem with my playing. I like the heavy action, and I fell into playing it quickly and easily. Firstly the amount of midi control that this has is almost overwhelming. Complex splits can be managed with ease, and with 17 buttons, 24 knobs, and 9 faders, you can control just about anything. The buttons are in a straight line right above the keyboard for easy access, I can bring loops in and out without missing a beat. All of the controls, including the transport controls, are thoughtfully placed with the performer in mind. The bottomline is, if it broke, (knock on wood), I'd get another one. I love my pro 88.

Oh. And the price. The price.
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I've had this controller for a couple of years now. The action was a little stiff for the first month but after that "break in" period it plays well. My only gripe is that it's doesn't snap back quite as quickly as a real piano. But unless your playing a lot of Chopin or Liszt on a regular basis it plays fine.

I've used for both recording and live use and it does quite well with both. It's construction is a both good and bad for live situations. It's quite sturdy but it's a bit heavy to lug around.

I've found it's interface excellent for recording. It's faders cab fairly easily routed to be used as a mixer in programs like Cubase. Have transport controls on the keyboard make it much easy to record takes on your own.

Overall, I'd recommend this keyboard.
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I purchased one of these over three years ago and it still works great with daily use. I've spent most of my life playing on pianos and haven't had any issues with the action, feel, velocity, etc. of the Keystation 88. If you're looking for keys that feel like a Bosendorfer Imperial Grand, keep looking (and good luck). But, if you're in the market for a high performance full-sized keyboard loaded with lots of midi control capabilities (for a great price), I highly recommend this controller. It's hard to beat in terms of value, functionality, and durability. You won't be disappointed!

(I'll be taking it with me on tour this fall, it's that reliable)
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I bought this midi controller in 2009. This has served as my practice instrument since then. After playing scales on this for hours a day for the first few months I went to a real piano. To my surprise the real piano was easier to play! suggesting the action in this was just right for practice and also realistic enough for the price you pay.

After about 3 years of banging on these keys, one of the keys appeared to have lost velocity sensitivity. I was exasperated since it was the bflat right below the middle octave and didnt want to take this to repair as it was like 50 pounds.

Luckily I found a youtube video where it shows what the problem is and how to fix it:
[...]
It takes a couple of hours and some workspace to open this up but you can simply swap the "contact strips" from a remote key region, or can also replace these for cheap from here: [...]

once I swapped the strips the keyboard functions fantastically.

Do not listen to stupid complaints about real piano feel here. The keys are just good enough for the portability and price this keyboard offers. I am very satisfied with this keyboard and have also regularly played real pianos (some of which have lousier actions than this!).

One tip: I cover the keyboard with cloth when not in use, as dust can get in and mess it up.
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I got this to use as a controller in my studio. It's nice to have a full 88 keys for sequencing and practicing without setting up any other gear let alone all the knobs, buttons and sliders, oh my!

The action has a good weight to it, but is rather "clunky" when trying to play legato or in the pp-ppp range. For playing in sequences, it's great.

I've taken it out on a few gigs as a controller for my Roland VK8m organ module and it's great to use the drawbars on the VK8m for upper manual, and the sliders on the Pro 88 for lower manual, (you can reverse the "polarity" of the slider with drawbar mode) with an upper/lower keyboard split on middle C.

Another nice feature for live performance if the 4 "Zones" which makes layering sounds with individual splits, MIDI channels or other controls easy to use!

Where this baby shines is the controls! This thing has so many knobs, buttons and sliders that you can set this keybaord up to control almost every virtual knob on software synths. The Enigma editor, (download from M-Audio's site) gives you full editing ability of the keyboard, but for software synths, I just have the synths "learn" from the keyboard.

I took me about 1 minute to setup NI's "MiniMoog V" software synth to respond to whichever knob I wanted to use. I have also set up the keyboard to play Native Instruments B4II as an upper/lower manual split, using the sliders and bottom row of knobs as drawbars for both manuals. I also set the buttons to control every single function (percussion, vibrato/chorus, rotory speed, etc).
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