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Alesis Q88 88-Key USB/MIDI Controller   

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The Alesis Q88 is an 88-note MIDI keyboard that has the extended range of a full-size piano. Equipped with 88 semi-weighted, velocity-sensitive keys,...Read More

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OVERVIEW

88-Note MIDI keyboard with the feel of a full-range piano.

The Alesis Q88 is an 88-note MIDI keyboard that has the extended range of a full-size piano. Equipped with 88 semi-weighted, velocity-sensitive keys, the Q88 provides an excellent feel that conveys all the nuances of your playing. Pitch bend and modulation wheels ensure an expressive performance, plus you can transpose quickly to play in any key. At just 22lb, the compact and portable Q88 is equally at home on stage and in the studio.

EXPRESSION ESSENTIALS
The Q-series USB/MIDI controllers from Alesis are the no-nonsense way to add expressive MIDI control to your production and performance. Each controller features USB-MIDI for easy connection to Mac, PC, iOS devices*, and a traditional MIDI jack for connecting to MIDI sound modules, synthesizers, samplers, and more.

The Q88 works with virtually any music software and MIDI hardware devices. Providing the full piano complement of 88 keys, The Q88 is a sleek controller, at home on stage or in the studio. A full array of essential controls is onboard, including pitch and modulation wheels, octave up and down buttons, and an assignable data slider. The Q88 is the perfect choice for controlling hardware MIDI devices. Compact and portable, the Q88 is the ideal foundation for your road ready rig. The Q88 offers a streamlined layout to maximize your sound and performance options. You can even send Program Changes from the Q88's keys to change programs, patches, and more.

ABLETON ENABLED
The Q88 comes with Ableton Live Lite Alesis Edition software so you can perform, record and sequence music right out of the box. This customized version of Ableton Live provides a fresh and easy way to create music. You'll get audio recording and production capabilities as well as powerful tools for live performance.

FEATURES
  • Full piano-length keyboard
  • 88 semi-weighted, velocity-sensitive keys
  • Pitch bend wheel with assignable range
  • Assignable modulation wheel
  • Assignable volume control/data entry slider
  • Octave/transpose button access the entire note range in any key
  • Sustain and volume pedal inputs (pedals optional)
  • Convenient USB power allows single-cable connection
  • MIDI output and DC input for standalone operation

Have the feel of a full-size piano in your studio.

SPECIFICATIONS

Q88 88-Key USB/MIDI Controller

  • USB data/power port
  • Sustain pedal jack
  • Volume pedal jack
  • MIDI output jack
  • Power selector switch
  • 9V DC power input
  • Includes:
  • Q88 Controller
  • Ableton Live Lite Alesis Edition
  • USB Cable
  • Quickstart Guide
  • Safety and Warranty Manual

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AlesisQ88 88-Key USB/MIDI Controller
 
4.5

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (7)
  • Functional (7)
  • Good quality (7)
  • Improves sound (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (6)
  • Back-up (4)
  • Concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (3)

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5.0

My grandson loves the Q88

By Gonso

from Hudson, NH

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Alesis Q88 88-Key USB/MIDI Controller:

        You need a space and support for this unit (not a complaint, just an observation) you should add this comment to the unit discription. Again, my grandson is very happy with the Q88.

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        5.0

        Great kbd controller

        By ralone

        from lander, wy

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Alesis Q88 88-Key USB/MIDI Controller:

            This is a great keyboard controller nice feel and built very well.

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            5.0

            Very nice for the $$

            By Rubdr

            from Iowa

            About Me Professional Musician

            Ask me a question

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Alesis Q88 88-Key USB/MIDI Controller:

              Very nice Midi controller. Wish it had a dual voice and split keyboard control too. Have a hard time finding a power supply for it. Purchased one from MF with pin negative and simply cut and reversed polarity. You would think Alesis would have a power supply for their equipment. Purchasing a second one so will have equal action for stage use. Wish there was a better fitting gig bag too. Oh well, can't have everything.

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              4.0

              Good value

              By Cjh

              from Michigan

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Practicing

              Comments about Alesis Q88 88-Key USB/MIDI Controller:

              Met expectations good value for price.

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              5.0

              Great for the price.

              By Danny Taddei

              from S. Florida

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Practicing

                Comments about Alesis Q88 88-Key USB/MIDI Controller:

                I bought this because I needed a controller at my computer to play keys with - I don't seem to practice near enough anymore.
                I didn't expect much. I got more then I expected but this is still not a serious road worthy, piano like keyboard but that is coming from the perspective of a 52 year old man that started playing piano at age 2.5 on a 12 foot steinway piano. Most people will love this to death.
                It is well made but light. It plays well and fast but the keys bend a little under my hand when playing hard and fast. The keyboard is light weight and that is great and horrible. It moves easy when you want to move it and it moves easy when you don't want to move it. I am probably going to attach some supper duty velcro to it to hold it into place - problem solved.
                I have only had this about 3 weeks so it is unlikely anything would break in that time. It seems to be well built and short of beating on it, will probably last longer then it needs to.
                Buy this with confidence. It blows the M-Audio boards away and they have the worst customer support known in the industry. Alexis has always lasted and they have always been there for support.
                As for easy, I plugged the USB plug into a USB 1 hold hub I have connected to my new mac and it worked immediately.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Good Controller

                By Tom

                from NY

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Alesis Q88 88-Key USB/MIDI Controller:

                    Works i use an iphone power adapter to power it via usb for live and it does the trick so you really don't need a power adapter. The only thing is lack of sliders for organ tone wheel control but for the price you get what you get. and it is good for the price

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Nice Product

                    By Stan audio

                    from Prescott Valley, AZ

                    About Me Novice

                    Ask me a question

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality
                    • Improves Sound
                    • Nice Key Action Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Alesis Q88 88-Key USB/MIDI Controller:

                      good quality product and free Ableton Live Lite software works great, a good keyboard to hook up to your laptop

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                      (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Good keyboard, exceptional for the price

                      By TASM Lab

                      from Charleston, SC

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Cheap
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Functional
                      • Good Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Alesis Q88 88-Key USB/MIDI Controller:

                          I bought this to replace my twenty year old Korg X-3, which I was basically using as a midi controller anyways. That one had those plastic light keys.

                          This new one is full sized and keys are semi-wieghted. They are little stiff and they spring up, but I'm getting used to them.

                          I plugged it into my Mac laptop with USB and launched Garageband and it just simply worked.

                          I plugged in my 20 year old damper pedal and it just worked.

                          The keyboard has no power supply, the USB powers it. Cool!

                          It's NOT a free standing keyboard. It doesn't do anything without a computer and a softsynth or midi program.

                          Overall it feels like a nice, high-quality instrument. It's solid.

                          For less than two hundred b u c k s with free shipping, though, is a crazy price. When I thought I needed a new keyboard, I thought it was going to be a thousand plus purchase. If this thing breaks in a couple years, I'll throw it away and get a new one.

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                          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          88 Keys for a steal!

                          By DJ Exquiz

                          from NJ, USA

                          About Me Experienced

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Functional
                          • Good Quality
                          • Improves Sound

                          Cons

                          • Keys Are Spring Action
                          • No Velocity Change Option
                          • Semi-weighted Not Weighte
                          • Semi-weight Not Weighted

                          Best Uses

                          • Backup
                          • Composing
                          • Concerts
                          • Full Key-range Playing
                          • Practicing

                          Comments about Alesis Q88 88-Key USB/MIDI Controller:

                          I feel this keyboard is really a great bargain for the price. There are currently no other controllers on the market for its value that will give you the ability to play the full range of 88 keys but with the convenience of a usb/ midi out keyboard. Yes this is basically the same model as the M-Audio 88 key, but the Alesis version has been updated with a nice black finish.

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                          (1 of 53 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          3.0

                          This is not a stand alone keyboard!

                          By Splootio

                          from Lawton, ok

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                            • Cannot Play Without Pc
                            • Difficult To Use
                            • Not Functional

                            Best Uses

                            • Recording

                            Comments about Alesis Q88 88-Key USB/MIDI Controller:

                            If you want to practice or play a free standing keyboard this is not it. To get sound from this device you must connect to and be supported by computer and software.

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