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M-Audio Keystation 88 II | 88-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with Pitch-Bend & Modulation Wheels
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- MIDI keyboard controller for composing digital music and playing virtual instruments
- Powered by USB connection to computer with features to fully control music software without reaching for mouse
- 88 full-size, semi-weighted velocity-sensitive keys with 1/4-inch sustain-pedal input for expressive performance
- Octave range buttons; pitch bend and modulation wheels, transport controls
- Includes SONiVOX Eighty-Eight Ensemble, a world-class virtual piano instrument, and Ableton Live Lite
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The Keystation Series are armed with powerful production software—Ableton Live Lite, Air Music Tech's Xpand!2, and SONiVOX Eighty Eight.
All of these enable musicians and producers to spontaneously compose, record, remix, improvise, and edit musical ideas right out of the box!
Simple Software Control
Step into computer-based music creation and performance with the Keystation 88 keyboard controller from M-Audio.
The Keystation 88 is a simple, powerful MIDI controller designed for sequencing music and playing virtual instruments on your Mac, PC, and iOS devices. It features 88 full-size velocity-sensitive keys and a series of controls that expand the range of playable notes, enhance your expressive capabilities, and streamline your recording workflow.
- 88 full-size velocity-sensitive keys with natural piano feel
- iOS compatibility using the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately)
Versatile keyboard controller
Perfect for traveling musicians who want to take command of music software during live performances, or producers looking to add an intuitive MIDI controller with a natural-feeling keybed to their studio.
Pro features without breaking the bank
Use the octave range buttons; pitch-bend and modulation wheels; and transport and directional controls to play, perform, and record through your music software without having to touch a mouse or trackpad.
Pure player experience
The Keystation offers 88 semi-weighted, synth-action keys. It's USB-powered, class-compliant, and supports USB-MIDI connectivity to easily integrate into any computer music environment.
- USB-MIDI connection for playing virtual instruments, controlling recording software, and more.
- 5-Pin MIDI Output to connect the keyboard to an external sound module or MIDI keyboard.
- Transport and directional buttons let you operate your Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) from the keyboard.
- Pitch bend, modulation, and octave controls for expressive performances.
- USB-powered and supports plug-and-play connectivity to your Mac or PC.
- Lightweight design for easy setup and portability.
- Ableton Live Lite, a powerful music performance and creation software
- SONiVOX Eighty-Eight Ensemble, a virtual piano instrument that captures a 9-foot CD327 Steinway piano
- AIR Music Tech Xpand!2, a multitimbral all-in-one workstation
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The M-Audio Keystation 88 II is a simple, powerful MIDI controller designed for sequencing music and playing virtual instruments on your Mac or PC.
It features 88 full-size, velocity-sensitive keys and a series of controls that broaden the range of playable notes, expand expressive capabilities, and enhance your recording workflow. Octave-range buttons; pitch-bend and modulation wheels; and transport and directional controls make it easy to play, perform, and record in your music software without using a mouse or track pad.
Keystation 88 II also includes a 1/4” sustain-pedal input that lets you use an external control pedal, such as M-Audio's SP2, for genuine piano sustain.
To get you started composing, we bundled the Keystation 88 II with a premium virtual instrument from SONiVOX. SONiVOX' s Eighty-Eight Ensemble is a world-class piano instrument that captures a 9-foot CD327 Steinway piano's sound. Finally, we included Ableton Live Lite — one of the world's most popular performance and production programs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does the M-Audio Keystation require a power supply?
No. The M-Audio Keystation series controller is USB hub-powered, meaning that it is powered directly by the computer USB port when connected with a USB-A to USB-B cable.
Do I need to install any drivers to use my Keystation series controller?
No! The M-Audio Keystation series controller is a class-compliant device, meaning that it is plug-and-play and does not require any drivers to be installed. This also means that it will work with and is supported on the latest operating systems, including Windows 8 and Mac 10.9.
Will the Keystation work with my Windows 8 and Mac 10.9 Mavericks computer?
Yes! The M-Audio Keystation series controller is a class-compliant device, meaning that it is plug-and-play and does not require any drivers to be installed. This also means that it will work and is supported on the latest operating systems, including Windows 8 and Mac 10.9.
Will the Keystation work with my iPad?
Yes! To use the M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 with your iPad, connect it to the iPad using the iPad Camera Connection kit (sold separately) which enabling you to perform and compose with audio apps on your iPad and other iOS devices.
How do I reset the controller to the factory default settings?
To set the Keystation series controller to its factory default settings, follow the steps suggested below:
- Power Off the Keystation.
- Hold down the buttons ADVANCED, OCT+, and OCT- simultaneously, until step 4.
- Power On the Keystation.
- Release the three buttons.
The Keystation is now set back to the factory default settings.
My sustain pedal is reversed and functioning backwards. What do I do?
The sustain pedal input on the rear of the Keystation series controller accepts any standard momentary, non-latching footswitch (sold separately). When pressed, this pedal will sustain the sound you are playing without having to keep your fingers pressing down the keys.
The Polarity of the sustain pedal is determined by the keyboard upon startup. When the Keystation is powering up, the sustain pedal is assumed to be in the Up (Off) position. It is important that the sustain pedal is not pressed during startup, otherwise the pedal will reverse its operation, and notes will sustain when the pedal is not pressed.
To reverse the polarity, simply power off the Keystation series controller, ensure that the pedal is not depressed, and power the unit on.
My Keystation is not reading in my computer. Why not?
Most likely this is not due to the actual Keystation itself and is more likely something to do with the connection, a conflict with something else in the computer, or software settings. We recommend following the steps suggested below to determine the cause:
- Try connecting to a different USB port.
- Try connecting with an alternate USB cable.
- Try connecting to a different computer to determine if the cause is hardware or computer-related.
If you continue to experience difficulty after walking through the steps suggested above, you may want to consider contacting M-Audio Technical Support for further technical assistance.
Further Product Support
Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own an M-Audio product, or if you just have pre-sales questions, the M-Audio technical support team is available to help!
Visit the link below to connect with any of the following support options: online community support, phone support, email support.
- 88 full-size, velocity-sensitive keys
- Octave Buttons
- Volume Slider
- The Volume Slider
- Pitch Bend Wheel
- Modulation Wheel
- Advanced Functions Button
- Transport Buttons
- DC Power Adapter Input
- USB Port
- 5-pin MIDI Out
- Sustain Pedal Input
- Expression Pedal Input
- On/Off Switch
- Power via USB or 9V DC 200mA center-positive power supply (sold separately)
Size (width x depth x height):
- 9.8” x 3.6” x 53.9”
- 17 lbs
- Keystation 88
- USB Cable
- Ableton Live Lite
- User Guide
- Safety & Warranty Manual
Top customer reviews
PS: for all those that's not familiar with a midi controller, here's a little info, midi-controllers are not keyboard, they do not produce sound on their own, it is like a game controller, it only works when you plug it into a game console then it controls the characters inside the game, same as a midi-controller, it functions by plugging it into a computer and it controls virtual instruments inside a daw system(such as garageband if you use mac, there are LOTS of different daw system you can choose, and millions of virtual instrument presets, which M-audio provides you with 1 daw system for pc-ableton live, and 2 virtual instrument present-Xpand and Sonivox so you don't have to go out and buy your own right off the bat since they can get costly), you can't connect a speaker to this directly, just like how you can't connect a speaker to a game controller, everything goes into and out of your computer, so that's just some basic infos regarding midi-controller, hopefully it answers some of you guys confusion about what exactly key station 88 is and do.
I tried the Nektar iX49 before this one thinking it was semi-weighted. It wasn't and I didn't like the quality or feel. But I'm very happy with the Keystation! Even though the keys are not weighted.
Great size for a desk without cramping your octaves. I think it would be okay to travel with but too big for carrying around. It is the most compact and lightest of the other 49-key keyboards I was comparing with.
The bundled piano software (download) was annoying with additional licensing software and I didn't feel like figuring it out, so I uninstalled it, but I just wanted a good keyboard that would fit on the desk.
The transport buttons are not detected immediately with Studio One 2. Something I'll look into...
The only trouble I had was setting up the software. It's not plug and play. You have to download a file via another site, go into settings and direct it to said file and then it will make sound. It took me about 30 minutes of searching the web and watching a few tutorials on YT and finding the correct download link. Being a computer technician it was more of a hassle than anything but for an average user it might take a bit longer. Nevertheless it's well worth the purchase. A musician using aftermarket software probably wont have any problems with setup.