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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 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

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    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (11)
  • Functional (11)
  • Good quality (10)
  • Improves sound (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (8)
  • Back-up (5)
  • Concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (4)

Reviewed by 14 customers

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4.0

Great value.

By Davis

from Salisbury, NC

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional

Cons

  • Occasionally vague instructions

Best Uses

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

    Keys are piano-style, semi-weighted rather than fully weighted. If you're used to fully weighted, it will feel a little strange at first.
    Lightweight, therefore easy to move around.
    USB port on the left side, so you'll need either to put computer on left side or get an extra long USB cable.
    Easy to assign MIDI CCs to the slider and mod wheel.
    Pitch bend default is a whole step. There's a specific command (in instructions) to make it whole octave. Two issues with that, though: (1) Instructions don't say how to put it back the way it was; and (2) I wish pitch bend could be adjusted to other intervals as well.
    Velocity sensitivity is good; able to play the full range of velocities (1-127).

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    5.0

    Got my money's worth

    By TN Caver

    from Nashville, TN

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

    • Slightly mushy key action

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Home Recording
    • Practicing

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

    I was surprised at the good quality that this low priced* keyboard seems to deliver. Yes, it's plastic, but it feels fairly solid. The keys are slightly mushy in feel, but do offer some resistance close enough to that of a real piano to help in practice. Certainly not the light feel of an organ or cheap controller. I've only owned it for a week or two, so I can't vouch for how or if it would hold up for live performances, especially a tour, but for practicing and home recording I think it's perfect for the price. That's my reasoning for giving it 5 stars.

    *Apparently MF doesn't like actual prices listed. But it was less than 200 bills.

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    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great keyboard controller

    By Austin Dan

    from Austin TX

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

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

      Keyboard controller only. I had hoped for a basic piano sound within the unit. No sounds, just a keyboard. My existing synth modules do not have a good piano. Will have to purchase additional samples and player.

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      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent buy, Works like a charm.

      By Austin Soundmine

      from Austin, TX

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          Using the Q88 with a ProTools HD system and an Edirol SD-90 Sound Canvas. No problems with the hookup and the keyboard is great, functions are logical and easy to access.

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          My grandson loves the Q88

          By Gonso

          from Hudson, NH

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          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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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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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              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Very nice for the $$

              By Rubdr

              from Des Moines Iowa

              About Me Professional Musician

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              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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                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great for the price.

                By Danny Taddei

                from Sweet Home Alabama.

                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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                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Good Controller

                  By RW

                  from Binghamton, 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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