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M-Audio Keystation 88es USB MIDI Keyboard Controller  

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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

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

     

    Keystation 88es USB MIDI Keyboard Controller 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
     
    4.2

    (based on 31 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (19)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    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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    3.0

    Decent for the money. Get it on sale.

    By KevinS

    from Cincinnati, OH

    About Me Experienced

    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.

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    (7 of 7 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.

    Comment on this review

    (3 of 5 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'
    g

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    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Not very pleased at all

    By Mark Treu

    from Denver, CO

    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.

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    (8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    It's a hobbyist keyboard... nothing more

    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.

    Comment on this review

    (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Look elsewhere

    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

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    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    broke after 3 months

    By Aaron

    from New Mexico

    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

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    (2 of 4 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.

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    (1 of 1 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.

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    (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    killer stage board

    By codyml

    from East TN

    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!!

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