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M-Audio Keystation Pro 88 MIDI Controller  

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The M-Audio Keystation Pro 88 MIDI Controller is the world's first 88-key hammer-action USB MIDI controller. It offers you a host of advanced feature...Read More

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OVERVIEW

Hammer-action response and a plethora of assignable controls make it a great tool for MIDI music production.

The M-Audio Keystation Pro 88 MIDI Controller is the world's first 88-key hammer-action USB MIDI controller. It offers you a host of advanced features and unprecedented integration with music applications. The response of the professional action has been fine-tuned to satisfy the most demanding players, and 4 zones accommodate up to 4 layers or splits per patch. The stunning complement of MIDI-assignable controllers includes 9 faders, 24 rotary controllers, and 22 buttons. The pitch wheel, modulation wheel, sustain pedal, and controller pedals are all fully assignable as well. 10 memory locations store all controller settings, and the included Enigma editor provides unlimited storage.

FEATURES
  • MIDI-assignable pitch bend and modulation wheels
  • MIDI-assignable foot switch and foot pedal inputs
  • Controllers assignable to MIDI controllers, notes, transport controls, program changes (including USB and MSB), Sysex, and RPN/NRPN
  • Independent MIDI channel assign for all controllers
  • Multiple dynamic velocity curves
  • Large custom LCD displays controller number, assigned controller, edit icons, and edit values
  • 10 memory locations for saving all controller assignments
  • Sysex memory dump transmits the complete memory contents for backup purposes
  • Includes Enigma editor software for unlimited storage
  • ±11 semitone transposition
  • Dedicated buttons allow program and bank changes on the fly
  • Control Mute function mutes the output of all controllers so you can position them to the value you want before tweaking
  • Snap Shot button transmits all current controller settings
  • Fader Drawbar mode reverses the faders for realistic operation of organ emulators such as NI B4
  • MIDI Out can drive external MIDI gear or be used as USB to MIDI out interface
  • General MIDI 1 and 2 compatible
  • USB class compliant—no drivers required for Windows XP or Mac OS X
  • Drivers also included for Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, XP and Mac OS 9

Why not have the latest, most powerful, and most expressive controller yet? Order the Keystation Pro 88 today.

SPECIFICATIONS

Keystation Pro 88 MIDI Controller

  • 57"(L) x 13"(W) x 5.9"(H)
  • 47 lbs.
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3.9

(based on 37 reviews)

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Pretty good, but ...

This is a good value for the money, I think. However, I strongly recommend you PLAY one before BUYING one. It's a matter of your own work needs whether or not you need...Read complete review

This is a good value for the money, I think. However, I strongly recommend you PLAY one before BUYING one. It's a matter of your own work needs whether or not you need all the knobs and sliders. It is not rocket science to set up the keyboard controllers for your need, but it CAN BE quite an intellectual exercise to actually understand your desires and translate them into a system topology and controller scheme that actually works. This is not an issue of THIS keyboard, but of MIDI, computer, and music hard- and soft-ware generally.Most of the comments regarding the action, I can recognize as being addressable through changing the velocity curve. HOWEVER, the big problem with the keyboard (at least the one I have) is that the key drop (the amount the key descends from rest to fully depressed) is significantly too large (compared to any properly regulated piano). This creates many of the symptoms described in other reviews -- consistent response is difficult to feel, certain playing styles just don't work, trills or rapid figure work is difficult; it is impossible, as a simple example, to execute a straightforward keyboard glissando. I have not opened my unit to see whether the action is designed so that this dimension can be regulated (through, e.g., shimming, so that the 'at rest' position sets the keytop about 1/8" lower), but, jeez, what a headache. It may be easier to do some needed rebuild on my trusty old Fatar.Thus, I have not decided whether or not to sell this unit on, or work it into my system.

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Not to M-Audio Standards

As an owner of several other M-Audio products, I was looking forward to the Keystation series of controllers. This controller was intended to replace an aging StudioLogic SL-880. Unfortunately, I?ve been...Read complete review

As an owner of several other M-Audio products, I was looking forward to the Keystation series of controllers. This controller was intended to replace an aging StudioLogic SL-880. Unfortunately, I?ve been mostly disappointed. I?ve tried 2 units of the same model. The second was supposed to be of recent manufacture. In general, I felt the key feel to be equivalent or better with the Keystation, the problem lies in the Midi information output from the device. It almost always sends full velocity for a key press. My normal moderate-volume play, using the most favorable (for this situation) velocity curve, C-8, results in 90% of the notes being sent at full velocity. The rest are never less than 75% full velocity. Attempting to play as softly as possible results in velocity values never less than 50%. In addition, the second unit has ?mystery keys? that send wildly different velocities than their neighbors with the same play. This was validated in blind and deaf tests. After a consult with the M-Audio techs, I confirmed the problems with these keyboards, and am left with no options but to return the Keystation, and look for a similar product.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Pretty good, but ...

By Franko

from San Francisco

This is a good value for the money, I think. However, I strongly recommend you PLAY one before BUYING one. It's a matter of your own work needs whether or not you need all the knobs and sliders. It is not rocket science to set up the keyboard controllers for your need, but it CAN BE quite an intellectual exercise to actually understand your desires and translate them into a system topology and controller scheme that actually works. This is not an issue of THIS keyboard, but of MIDI, computer, and music hard- and soft-ware generally.Most of the comments regarding the action, I can recognize as being addressable through changing the velocity curve. HOWEVER, the big problem with the keyboard (at least the one I have) is that the key drop (the amount the key descends from rest to fully depressed) is significantly too large (compared to any properly regulated piano). This creates many of the symptoms described in other reviews -- consistent response is difficult to feel, certain playing styles just don't work, trills or rapid figure work is difficult; it is impossible, as a simple example, to execute a straightforward keyboard glissando. I have not opened my unit to see whether the action is designed so that this dimension can be regulated (through, e.g., shimming, so that the 'at rest' position sets the keytop about 1/8" lower), but, jeez, what a headache. It may be easier to do some needed rebuild on my trusty old Fatar.Thus, I have not decided whether or not to sell this unit on, or work it into my system.

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

M-Audio, thou has not yet failed me.

By Antech

from BC, Canada

This keyboard is wonderful for the price. If you are setting up your own personal home studio, its perfect. It is very easy to set up and program, and the different velocity curves are a very nice option. This keyboard is absolutely solid. It feels like it should cost at least 5 times the price. I have a hard time deciding what i want to play on, my Keystation, or the Yamaha C7 at my university. Great Job M-Audio. Keep it up.

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(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Great Idea, poor execution!!!

By drvenom

from los angeles

I remember the first time I saw this keyboard on a magazine. I swear it was love at first sight; 88 keys, so many knobs, sliders, and below $500. I ran to the store to buy one as soon as it was available. It looks amazing in real life. Unfortunately it was too good to be true. Everything worked fine, but the most important thing, the action. The action on this keyboard is horrible. Playing it is just as uncomfortable as having to go shoe shopping with the wife. The action is spongy, the velocity is all over the place, and the keys make a huge clucking sound when being played. I thought that I had gotten a lemon, so I went to the store for a replacement. I went through three keyboards and still the same problem. As time went by other people in forums confirmed the same issues. Ahhhh M-audio, why oh why toy with our emotions. Anyway, I would not recommend this keyboard to anyone. The only m-audio keyboard that I would recommend is the axiom series. Too bad that they don?t come in 88 keys.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

a new breed of controller

By The King of Controllers

from Porterville CA

I just purchased my 88 Pro last week. For the price it is an excellent piece of gear. I have been a pianist and synthesist pretty much all my life and I have to say that the best of both worlds are at my fingertips.. The action is great on the keyboard and it offers a nice Piano like resistance to my touch.. All of the controllers are enough to satisfy the heaviest appetite for knobs and sliders... and USB power? Oh yeah. This thing is two thumbs up in my book

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Horrible Action!!

By Jud

from Virginia

It is a great concept. So many buttons, knobs, and faders all on one controller. 88-keys and weighted, but there is only one problem...the action on this thing is horrible. It is consistent key to key, but if you are looking for a keyboard with an authentic piano touch I would avoid this one. The price is incredible (I'll give M-Audio that) and if you are not picky this might be the perfect piece of equipment. But if Like me and you want true control then look elsewhere. I have talked to a few keyboard friends who own it also and we ALL have the same complaint.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

If stuck on an island with only one controler...

By Maestro-R5PSg

from Miami, FL

After using the Pro 88, I don't want to use anything else. One can really take full advantage of VST features with all the knobs and sliders. The transport controls (Play, record...) are a usefull feature. Nice action on the weighted keys. RTFM before you start using it. You'll get allot more out of it. Now, having said that, there is some room for improvement. How? I'd say double the amount of sliders; add a touch pad and joystick. Then it would have no equal.

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not bad, but the hammer action is way off

By MDesigner

from Chicago, IL

I was disappointed with this keyboard. All the features are great, the faders feel nice, all the controls are good--EXCEPT the most important part: the keys.A typical keypress on this keyboard feels like this: you press the key, there's quite a bit of resistance, then suddenly in the middle of the press, the resistance lightens up. This results in the key hitting harder than you'd like, and pianissimo performance is very difficult. Things like using one hand for a 4-note pianissimo arpeggio are nearly impossible, even after adjusting the velocity curve.Someone below recommended the CME UF8 but I disagree, as CME has the same issues the Keystation Pro 88 does. I strongly recommend the FATAR Studiologic SL-990XP. It's a quality machine, European made, and has a much more realistic piano feel to it. The action is incredible and worth every dollar!

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great low cost controller

By Evan S. Tallas

from Los Angeles, CA

I've been playing piano for 25 years now, and I just love this controller. The weighted keys are great, but a little off. It doesn't feel completely natural, but it's still great. It's a solidly built and sturdy controller. There's nothing cheap about it as some people would say. It's honestly one of the best keyboard/controllers I've ever bought.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good controller

By ricbassfunkyfunky

from Portland, OR

I am not a proficient piano/keys player, I use this for loops and adding texture within songs via Logic's virtual instruments. I think this is fantastic personally. The keys do feel like they need to be broken in a little, as per other comments, but I enjoy some of the features like the velocity sensitivity controls, and the ease of use. Seems heavy considering lack of guts.

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

One bug - not happy

By Piano man

from Reno

I can only speak from a piano player's angle, because I bought it to MIDI up to my piano module. I would totally love this board if it weren't for one very irritating thing: Each key is sticky on the first push. Once it's played, it's OK, but after a few minutes it settles in and becomes resistant again. When I'm doing critical recording, I have to run across the entire keyboard before every take! The company admitted to this quirk and had no solution when I called. I should have returned it when I had the chance.

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