M-Audio Keystation Pro 88 Keyboard Controller
- 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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I use this as my main controller in my "Budget" 20k studio. works great for just about everything that it's intended to do.
Oh. And the price. The price.
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.
(I'll be taking it with me on tour this fall, it's that reliable)
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.
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).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've owned this keyboard for a couple of months now (I bought it secondhand, not from Amazon) and I really like it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
We have this keyboard for about 18 months and one of the keys is non-responsive. Just learned from M-Audio's support line that they will not offer repair - only parts. Read morePublished on October 27, 2011 by Sunnyside Readers
Attention: this is ONLY for Professional Musicians, and ONLY for serious music creation.
It have more feature and function than you need. Read more
This pile of junk isn't worth $50. DO NOT BUY!
1. The feel is TERRIBLE. It is nowhere close to a piano feel, and I can't believe they have the nerve to call these... Read more