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M-Audio Keystation 88es USB MIDI Keyboard Controller

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The M-Audio Keystation 88es USB MIDI Keyboard Controller gives you great-feeling, semi-weighted action. The velocity sensitive keys convey all the nu...Click To Read More About This Product

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The full range of a piano keyboard in a portable package.

The M-Audio Keystation 88es USB MIDI Keyboard Controller gives you great-feeling, semi-weighted action. The velocity sensitive keys convey all the nuances of your playing to your computer. The pitch and modulation wheels plus slider and buttons make it a great controller for playing and programming synths, samplers, drum sounds and more. At just 22 lb., the Keystation 88es is equally at home onstage and in the studio. Class compliancy with Windows XP and Mac OS X ensures easy plug-and-play setup. It's even bus-powered, so one simple USB cable is the only connection you need.

It includes Ableton Live Lite to get you started making music right away.

FEATURES
  • 88 velocity-sensitive, semi-weighted keys
  • Pitch bend and modulation wheels
  • Volume/assignable control slider
  • Advanced function button for programming
  • Sustain and expression pedal inputs
  • Assignable data up/down buttons
  • Built-in USB MIDI interface
  • MIDI out jack routes MIDI signals from keyboard or computer to external devices
  • Powered via USB or 9V DC adapter (sold separately)
  • Mac OS X and Windows XP class compliant
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite software

Add the versatility of 88 keys to your digital recording setup today! Call or click to order!

SPECIFICATIONS
Compatibility
  • MME and Mac OS X Core MIDI
Minimum System Requirements (PC)
  • Windows 98SE / Me / 2000 (SP4) / XP (SP2)* / Windows Vista 32 , 64-bit (SP2) / Win7 32, 64-bit
  • * Home and Professional Edition only. Windows Media Center Edition is not supported
  • ** M-Audio suggests you also check the minimum system requirements for your software, as they may be greater than the above
Minimum System Requirements (Mac)
  • G4* 500MHz
  • OS X 10.2.6, 10.3.6, 10.4, 10.5.1
  • 256MB RAM
  • * native USB port required; G3/G4 accelerator cards not supported
  • ** M-Audio suggests you also check the minimum system requirements for your software, as they may be greater than the above
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M-AudioKeystation 88es USB MIDI Keyboard Controller
 
4.1

(based on 32 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

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    (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A comfortable, delicate console that can take a SERIOUS beating.

This MIDI controller is amazing. I was recently in a serious car wreck where my car was rolled twice. This controller was jettisoned out the back window and landed about 20 feet behind where...Read complete review

This MIDI controller is amazing. I was recently in a serious car wreck where my car was rolled twice. This controller was jettisoned out the back window and landed about 20 feet behind where my car was parked. After I gathered my belongings and made my way home, I plugged it in and it worked good as new! I loved it to begin with, but I never expected it to survive such an intense blow. Outstanding controller!
The compact size and simplicity are perfect. Only a few controls, takes up very little space, relatively light.
Has been banged up severely (see below) and plays good as new. Will last you a long time! The semi-weighted keys certainly take getting used to but that's no biggie.
Unbeatable for this price.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It's a hobbyist keyboard... nothing more

I've had this keyboard for a couple of years and haven't had a problem. Then again it has been in the same spot in the studio since I got it. I've ran this controller...Read complete review

I've had this keyboard for a couple of years and haven't had a problem. Then again it has been in the same spot in the studio since I got it. I've ran this controller through its paces and it didn't hiccup. It can be powered through the USB cable or an option 9v PS.

Some of the bad reviews I've read here makes me wonder how they treated this keyboard. If you want a good travel/performance keyboard, this is not it. It won't handle the abuse. But in the studio, it is great to use.
Having Semi-Weighted full size keys makes this an ideal keyboard for the hobbyist or someone just composing a score. Nice controls and feel on the keys. Makes my practice more realistic to when I transistion into a piano. A true weighted keyboard would get a higher score.
Seems to well built and sturdy for its design (one spot/studio install). It is not a keyboard I would drag to a gig or jam session on a regular basis.
I think for what it is designed for is a great value for the budget minded keyboardist.

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(9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

It's a hobbyist keyboard... nothing more

By Christopher Salinas

from Jesup, IA

Comments about M-Audio Keystation 88es USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

I've had this keyboard for a couple of years and haven't had a problem. Then again it has been in the same spot in the studio since I got it. I've ran this controller through its paces and it didn't hiccup. It can be powered through the USB cable or an option 9v PS.

Some of the bad reviews I've read here makes me wonder how they treated this keyboard. If you want a good travel/performance keyboard, this is not it. It won't handle the abuse. But in the studio, it is great to use.
Having Semi-Weighted full size keys makes this an ideal keyboard for the hobbyist or someone just composing a score. Nice controls and feel on the keys. Makes my practice more realistic to when I transistion into a piano. A true weighted keyboard would get a higher score.
Seems to well built and sturdy for its design (one spot/studio install). It is not a keyboard I would drag to a gig or jam session on a regular basis.
I think for what it is designed for is a great value for the budget minded keyboardist.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A comfortable, delicate console that can take a SERIOUS beating.

By Sammy Taylor

from West Virginia (California Native)

Comments about M-Audio Keystation 88es USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

This MIDI controller is amazing. I was recently in a serious car wreck where my car was rolled twice. This controller was jettisoned out the back window and landed about 20 feet behind where my car was parked. After I gathered my belongings and made my way home, I plugged it in and it worked good as new! I loved it to begin with, but I never expected it to survive such an intense blow. Outstanding controller!
The compact size and simplicity are perfect. Only a few controls, takes up very little space, relatively light.
Has been banged up severely (see below) and plays good as new. Will last you a long time! The semi-weighted keys certainly take getting used to but that's no biggie.
Unbeatable for this price.

(4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Look elsewhere

By Clinton Wilson

from texas

Comments about M-Audio Keystation 88es USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

Never buy M-Audio unless you can afford to buy it multiple times because it keeps breaking and M-Audio charges more to fix it than to purchase a new one
worked great for about a year then it stopped turning on. Apparently im not the first person who this has happened to. M-Audio's customer support stinks and ill never buy another bic lighter disposable pieve of junk from them again. The amount of money you would have to pay to fix this p.o.s. you might as well buy another one.
minimalistic, did its job, but shoddy quality
M-Audio obviously does not back up thier products

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

broke after 3 months

By Aaron

from New Mexico

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Comments about M-Audio Keystation 88es USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

I get the idea based on the other reviews that my experience with this keyboard is unusual while it worked I really liked it although the usb chord could stand to be a little longer, but that's no biggie, it feels a lot more realistic than most keyboards, not many features but for a midi keyboard you don't really need many. Anywho, the reason I'm writing this is because I've had this keyboard for about 3 months and out of nowhere it stopped turning on and apparantly it's covered for a year by the company but if you don't send in the warranty card when you get it which I didn't then you don't get the warranty so I have to pay shipping and handling there (you'd have to pay it even if you had the warranty) and back as well as $40/hr labor and parts moral of the story fill out the stupid warranty card

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not very pleased at all

By Mark Treu

from Denver, CO

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Comments about M-Audio Keystation 88es USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

Overall a grand disappointment. The price is cheap but so is the hardware. If you have low expectations then you might be just happy with this controller. Perhaps you will get lucky and find one that doesn't have keys that stick after only a few monts. Maybe you will be just fine with the lack of sensitivity and poor action in the keys.
Overall, I wouldn't recommend this keyboard.
I purchased this controller for use in my home studio. I have been very happy with some other M-Audio producst that I have purchased so I thought I would give this one a try. The price certainly makes this controller enticing but that is about where it ends for me. I am not happy at all with sensitivity of the keys, I've had 2 keys that frequently get stuck and the keyboard has seen minimal uses since i bought it 8 months ago. I know that I shouldn't expect outstanding quality for a controller in this price range, but I'm still disappointed none the less.
I have two keys on my controller that stick and started sticking after only two months. I should have taken it back then but I got lazy. I keep this keyboard very clean so it most certainly isn't dirt or dust that is causing the problem.
I suppose that for the price, this could be considered a good value, but I would rather not have a midi controller than have this one. I'd honestly try to save for something better.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

M-Audio KeyStation 88es Controller

By Gerald W Thomas

from Mississippi

Comments about M-Audio Keystation 88es USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

I bought a MacBook Pro with the GarageBand Program. I like to record my own music and needed a keyboard to work with the Mac & GagageBand. The first place I went for find the perfect match was "Musician's Friend" and found all my musical needs. It was so easy.

I found the "M-Audio Keystation 88es MIDI Keyboard Controller" and my what beautiful music I was able to make. I I had it shipped regular shipping and had it deliever within justa very few days. I have always used "Musican's Friend" in the past and have never gone wrong..Oh and it's hard to beat "Musicaian's Friend" Prices. Just sayin'
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Not too bad!!!

By VirgoBrown72

from Richmond,Va

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Comments about M-Audio Keystation 88es USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

I bought this controller 'cause I needed an 88 key controller for the studio, and it has performed flawlessly so far. I am recording with Sonar, and it works well with Sonar's midi set up. The semi-weighted action is cool, but you have to play a little harder that a regular synth player to get any great amount of expression, and thier isn't any way to change velocity curves from this board. Also, I think the Pitch wheel should be more resistant. I prefer more resistance when doing pitch bends and vibrato with the pitch wheel, but still, it's not too bad. Overall, it's a great, affordable piece of gear, but a stronger spring in the pitch wheel, and programmable velocity curves would have made this that much better. : )

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Value for Limited Budget

By LavaPirate

from Tampa Bay FL

Comments about M-Audio Keystation 88es USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

I've owned this board for several years. I had been wanting an 88 key dead board since I'm used to composing on piano and want those extra keys. Keys are obviously much lighter action than a real grand piano, but weight is nice, being usb powered is a huge plus. Plug and play with Reason and Garage band. I have noted that the keys do get a bit noisy over time, but just put headphones on or crank up the volume ;-) I'm very pleased with mine - especially for the money.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great controller!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about M-Audio Keystation 88es USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

Excellent controller for the price. I use a Mac and the controller is immediately recognized by any software that I have used. Pretty good velocity control too! Good buy.

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

killer stage board

By codyml

from East TN

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Comments about M-Audio Keystation 88es USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

I use this board on stage and in the studio. Using Pro Tools there are literally thousands of amazing instruments and programs at your fingers. Mainly I use if for a drawbar organ, or a Rhodes, but it's really great for synths and pads too!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about M-Audio Keystation 88es USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

This controller works flawlessly at what it is designed to do. My only complaint is that the bulky plastic part of my volume slider broke off, but it still works moving the metal frame work. All in all a great buy; there is no better deal on the market.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Basic but good value

By robojam

from York, SC

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Comments about M-Audio Keystation 88es USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

Almost no features to it, but it's an 88 key keyboard that works fine as a MIDI controller with pitch and mod wheels. The keys feel very spongy, so it's not very expressive if you're trying to play it like a piano, but it's fine for any kind of synth work. Definitely worth the money though.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

You get what you pay for

By Dylan-ADTNv

from Los Angeles

Comments about M-Audio Keystation 88es USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

I thought it was too good to be true, and I was right. This is not a well-made piece of gear. The keys are physically uneven, the velocity response feels uneven across the keyboard, the velocity curve is not adjustable, and it requires you to hammer pretty **** hard to get to 127. It looks good and really WANTS to be great, but it's really a cheap piece of gear, and it shows when you actually start to use it.Compared to my old Roland A33, which finally gave out after 8 tough years, this is not a well-made controller. I am going to return it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Decent for the money. Get it on sale.

By KevinS

from Cincinnati, OH

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Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Not Full-sized Keys

Best Uses

  • Backup
  • Practicing

Comments about M-Audio Keystation 88es USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

Okay, so I've noticed a lot of people on here mentioning the "full-sized" keys thing. I will say this, for the price... it's a steal especially if you can get it on sale. For anything higher, it's sort of a rip off. Save an extra one or two hundred greenbacks and go with a better controller.

That being said, he are the issues that I have with the keyboard.... the action on the keyboard is ridiculous. Hardly an play at all - you'll find better action on a smaller sized name brand keyboards. And as far as the keys, yes there are 88 of them - but they are far from full-sized as opposed to a regular piano. The keys are the same size (smaller in width and length) as a 61 or 76 key keyboard. So don't expect them to be full-sized when they clearly are not.

However, if you're not a pianist and feel no need to have full-sized keys and feel - go for it! But like I said, try to find it on sale.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Buy

By TheKing

from Dallas, TX

Comments about M-Audio Keystation 88es USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

For what it is, this is a great product. It's just a plain ole midi controller and does a great job at it. No bells or whistles, but it's really light weight and easy to transport.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Ordered another one!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about M-Audio Keystation 88es USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

I always take these reviews with a grain of salt, but impressive! If you're looking for a second controller because you're tired of packing up your gig rig, this is the one. I thought I would have trouble adjusting from the weighted controller to this, but it's still very comfortable to play. If you youngens are looking to learn via computer lesson, this is the one! Simple. I ordered a second for upstairs! Dispite it's features, still gets a ten!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Review

By m.marchman

from Colorado

Comments about M-Audio Keystation 88es USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

It's hard to change your concept of a good board when you still have a Rhodes and a Q8.1, but this and a laptop will change your whole act. The action is fast and responsive. The board is reliable and at 22 pounds your setup is way quicker. You also save money. Imagine that.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GREAT CONTROLLER

By The Player

from CA

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Comments about M-Audio Keystation 88es USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

After carriying around from Roland A80 to SL990, my new M audio keystation 88es is the great keyboard to carrie and with hardware or software on studio or live an I mean several trips a week this little one has been doing great for over a year Totally recommended, now I use it with the complete classics from Native Instruments on Mac platafrom, nothing can beat that rig.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic!

By Gy7JtDWAx

from Nashville, TN

Comments about M-Audio Keystation 88es USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

This keyboard feels great! Even though its made of pure polyethylene it looks as if it could survive a deadly worldwide nuclear winter. Yes, it's that insanely incredible, even so is the price tag. The semi-weighted keys are also a nice touch.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A great one (or two) trick pony

By Why_Calvary

from Jacksonville, Florida

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Comments about M-Audio Keystation 88es USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

This is a great, extremely ridiculously priced 88 key midi controller. It is semi-weighted, which means it's meatier than a traditional controller and it actually better for laying down "non-piano" patch parts (like percussion).Highly recommended.

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