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M-Audio Keystation 88 MKII   

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Step into computer-based music creation and performance with the Keystation 88 keyboard controller from M-Audio. Keystation 88 is a simple, powerful ...Read More

Available 08-29-2016

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OVERVIEW

88-note keyboard controller with a natural feel.

Step into computer-based music creation and performance with the Keystation 88 keyboard controller from M-Audio. Keystation 88 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 expand the range of playable notes, expressive capabilities, and enhance your recording workflow. Use the octave range buttons; pitch-bend and modulation wheels; and transport and directional controls to play, perform, and record with your music software without using a mouse or trackpad. Keystation 88 also includes a 1/4" (6.3mm) sustain pedal input that lets you use an external control pedal, such as the SP2 (sold separately), for genuine piano sustain.

Pure Player Experience
Lightweight and durable, Keystation 88 is perfect for traveling musicians who want to take command of music software during live performances or producers who wish to add an intuitive MIDI controller with a natural feeling keybed to their studio. For an easy-to-use and portable setup, Keystation 88 is USB-powered, class-compliant, and supports USB-MIDI connectivity. Plus, Keystation 88 supports iOS connectivity with the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately), enabling you to perform and compose with audio apps on your iPad and other iOS devices.

SONiVOX Eighty-Eight Ensemble
Bundled with Keystation 88 is a premium virtual instrument from SONiVOX. SONiVOX's Eighty-Eight Ensemble is a world-class piano instrument that authentically captures a 9-foot CD327 Steinway piano. Meticulously recorded and expertly sampled, Eighty-Eight Ensemble provides every producer and performer the opportunity to infuse their compositions, recordings, and performances with the breathtaking realism of a world-class grand piano. Use the combination patches to layer strings, synth pads, and choral pads with the high-fidelity piano samples and create evolving, lush soundscapes and textures.

Ableton Live Lite
Also included with Keystation 88 is Ableton Live Lite - one of the most popular performance and production programs available in the world. A powerful music creation tool, Ableton Live Lite enables musicians and producers to spontaneously compose, record, remix, improvise, and edit musical ideas in a fluid audio/MIDI environment. Explore sonic possibilities in real time whether on stage or in the studio. When you are satisfied with your work, Ableton Live Lite lets you save it or mix it down.

FEATURES
  • 88 full-size velocity-sensitive keys with natural piano feel
  • USB-MIDI connection for playing virtual instruments and more
  • Transport and directional buttons let you operate your 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
  • iOS compatibility using the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately)
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite, a powerful music performance and creation software
  • Includes SONiVOX Eighty-Eight Ensemble virtual piano instrument

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M-AudioKeystation 88 MKII
 
4.9

(based on 8 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Functional (7)
  • Good quality (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (6)
  • Concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), Professional musician (3)

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5.0

Good Buy

By mysticalsuffix

from Dallas, TX

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • MIDI
    • Practicing

    Comments about M-Audio Keystation 88 MKII:

    Inexpensive for 88 keys. USB, MIDI OUT, Sustain Pedal, Expression Pedal, Mod Wheel, Pitch Bend, Optional Power Jack, Ableton Live Lite.

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    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    You can't beat this controller

    By Linguini

    from Athens VT

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about M-Audio Keystation 88 MKII:

      Just remember this keyboard has no sounds. You need a midi program and computer! I use reason

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This product delivers.

      By Buddy

      from Barco, NC

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Theatrical Performance

        Comments about M-Audio Keystation 88 MKII:

        We used the Keystation 88 as a controller for the synthesized sounds for our school play Once on this Island. It was truly plug and play and interfaced nicely with all the computers we hooked it to.

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        5.0

        I love it

        By Last Unicorn

        from Seattle, WA

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about M-Audio Keystation 88 MKII:

          I am a beginner and bought this to accompany my Music Theory course. It is perfect for what I need to learn the basics with and I feel like I will have it for a long time. It sounds great when I use it with Garageband. I had a challenging time choosing my first keyboard and I am very happy with this one as my final decision. I always have my computer and I do not plan to take my keyboard traveling with me, so it being a controller and large isn't a problem. I like that it is large with some weight, it feels sturdy and I am stoked on the 88 keys. If you are just starting out as a pianist this is an awesome keyboard controller.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Solid value for the price

          By Mielameri the Harpist

          from Louisville, KY

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about M-Audio Keystation 88 MKII:

            This is a decent keyboard; nothing fancy, but it gets the job done. Key sensitivity is good, but doesn't have the same feel as more expensive models (which is to be expected). Overall, this is a solid choice in this price category. On a side note, it is a touch bulky; I use it on a sliding tray shelf below my desk, and it's almost too wide and tall for that setup (the keyboard is ~5" at its tallest and ~55" long)

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Price - High Quality!!!

            By Mariafancypants

            from Atlanta, GA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about M-Audio Keystation 88 MKII:

              Loved the deep Christmas discount!!!

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              (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Just Like Elton!

              By pjcorn

              from Minneapolis

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Recording
                • Triggering Surface

                Comments about M-Audio Keystation 88 MKII:

                The Keystation 88 MKII feels and looks great. The keys are not exactly like a piano feel, but they're close. I use this for recording, using sounds that came with my DAW (Mixcraft 6) and it works great for that. If you already have decent piano sounds at hand, don't bother downloading the free piano software that comes with this (via a printed card). It's a pain in the neck and I STILL couldn't get it to show up in my VST's in my DAW. Probably operator error but it's not like I'm "new". I didn't download the Ableton Live Lite either, since I already had a DAW in place, so I can't review that part of it.
                I really like this keyboard! Buy it!

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                (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Killer keyboard...easy to use and assign

                By strings

                from st louis mo

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about M-Audio Keystation 88 MKII:

                  Killer machine...out of the box and ready to use..holy grail of keyboards

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