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M-Audio ProKeys 88sx Keyboard and MIDI Controller  

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At just 17 lbs., the M-Audio ProKeys 88sx digital stage piano delivers excellent sound in a package so light that you can carry it under one arm. Its...Read More

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      OVERVIEW

      Excellent play and sound in a 17-lb. piano you can carry under one arm!

      At just 17 lbs., the M-Audio ProKeys 88sx digital stage piano delivers excellent sound in a package so light that you can carry it under one arm.

      Its essential complement of instruments including grand piano, electric pianos, organ, and clav sound unbelievably good for an instrument in this price range. The piano's semi-weighted action also delivers the best feel you can get without the added cost and weight of hammer action.

      While many digital stage pianos cram as many as 128 instruments into limited space, the ProKeys 88sx dedicates all of its memory to 7 high-quality sounds devoting extra attention to the multi-layer stereo samples of a Yamaha C7 concert grand. Piano 2 is designed to really cut through in popular music. Electric pianos are covered too, including a bright classic Yamaha DX7, a sweet Fender Rhodes, and a vintage Wurlitzer. There's also a percussive Hammond B3--and the Clavinet has "funky" totally nailed. Add on-board reverb and chorus to customize your sound.

      Two stereo headphone jacks are perfect for private practice or teaching. The USB MIDI interface lets you record and playback on your Mac or PC without the installation of extra drivers.

      The 88sx is also loaded with performance controls often not found on stage pianos including pitch and mod wheels plus inputs for two footswitches and an expression pedal.

      If you want a pristine-sounding digital stage piano that feels great to both your fingers and your back, the ProKeys 88sx is for you.

      FEATURES
      • 88-note velocity-sensitive, semi-weighted action
      • 7 premium sounds accessed via dedicated buttons:
      • Grand Piano (2 velocity layers)
      • Piano 2
      • Fender Rhodes (2 velocity layers)
      • Wurlitzer E.P. (2 velocity layers)
      • Yamaha DX7 FM Classic E.P.
      • Hammond B3 Percussion Organ
      • Clavinet
      • Dynamic instruments feature multiple velocity layers
      • 126-note maximum polyphony
      • Lightweight--just 17 pounds
      • Reverb and chorus effects
      • Pitch bend and modulation wheels
      • Volume/assignable control slider
      • Advanced function button for programming
      • Sustain, sostenuto and expression pedal inputs
      • 3 velocity curves plus fixed velocity to optimize feel
      • Stereo 1/4" audio outputs
      • 2 stereo 1/4" headphone outputs on front
      • +/- octave transpose keys
      • Built-in USB MIDI interface
      • MIDI Out jack to control external MIDI gear
      • Mac OS X and Windows XP class-compliant for plug-and-play operation
      • General MIDI compliant
      • Self-demo mode
      • Includes SP-1 sustain pedal
      • Includes power supply

      A lightweight controller with heavyweight sounds that will dazzle! Order today.

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      4.7

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      Terrific value for the price.

      I have had the M-Audio 88sx for only a week, but love the thing. In fact, I am selling another electronic piano now because the 88sx does the same task, only better.The keyboard...Read complete review

      I have had the M-Audio 88sx for only a week, but love the thing. In fact, I am selling another electronic piano now because the 88sx does the same task, only better.The keyboard has only 7 tones (two pianos, three electric pianos, clav and an organ), but those sounds are very clean. No problem playing them on a gig. The electric pianos are particularly good, spanning the range from warm to bell and being enough to cover the tones you want. You don't need 10 EP variations if 3 of them have the needed range. By changing the touch curves, controlling reverb and modulation (all available from dedicated keys) you can make the individual 7 tones sound quite different. For example, the piano tones can sound very bright and honky tonky.The keys are similar to true piano keys, though they are shorter in length(from front to back than typical). The action is very, very good, though not a true hammer action. It is better than several $**** electric pinanos I can think of. I have not tried to push the MIDI capacities (e.g. sending complex MIDI program changes). They keyboard comes with a CD-ROM and USB connection for a computer to help you do that.The keyboard is light in weight (hence my selling my other electric piano), but the tones are great and so is the action. At the price, it is an excellent deal. It is very gigable, which is what I will use it for.

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      Lightweight -

      Working Musician - Weight is great - unfortunately so are many elements of this board - Sound is quite thin for piano - Control buttons are not as responsive as needed - Power supply could...Read complete review

      Working Musician - Weight is great - unfortunately so are many elements of this board - Sound is quite thin for piano - Control buttons are not as responsive as needed - Power supply could be beefed up. Transpose function does not identify where - only up or down. Good board for a beginner or student, but definately not a "road worthy" keyboard.

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      4.0

      Professional classical gigs - does the job!

      By PM-ubXCj

      from norht of NYC.

      We are professional classical musicians near NYC, and need something to take on weddings, etc, because our own big Steinway does not fit in the Subaru. (!) Over the years, we have thrown out our backs carrying big old Rolands, and bought this because it has 88 keys, good-enough-for-the-gig sounds, and weighs SEVENTEEN POUNDS!! No, this is not super-sturdy, but it has never suffered ANY injuries in the time (well over a year - closer to 2) that we have owned it - and yes, we carry it in a good bag. I wish the electrical connection was better made (thin wire, transformer box)and some of the sounds *I* will never use - and you do have to remember your preferences in settings. But for the size, weight, and price - it has printed money for us. We take work now that we used to refuse, because this is such an easy carry - with a good rack and all the sound stuff we schlep, too. I recommend this OFTEN to students who need a keyboard to learn on, and want to take out with their band.

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      5.0

      Decent Practice Keyboard and MIDI Controller

      By yadango

      from Los Angeles, CA

      This is a pretty good practice keyboard, and I am having a lot of fun with it. I just put on some headphones, turn it on, switch it to Piano 1 and hack away.This works great with Cakewalk Sonar and my VSTis. I just start up my laptop, plug the keyboard into the USB port, attach my headphones into the audio interface, start up a good grand piano or synth VSTi and I'm in heaven.The only knocks on this keyboard so far for me is that the other six Piano sounds are really horrible. Immediate turn-off. Also, the default sound when you turn it on doesn't sound great; you have to tap and fiddle with the Reverb, Chorus, and Vel. Curve buttons each time you turn it on.So in other words, don't buy this unless you intend to use it as a MIDI controller, where it really shines.

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      5.0

      Great sounds and feel, but poorly built.

      By Scott-wzpd7

      from Michigan

      The sounds on this board are incredible for the price, and the feel of the semi weighted keys are fantastic. The rhodes and wurly sounds are great, but the velocity switching can be annoying. The pianos are also fantastic, and are definitely passable to your average unmusical audience. The biggest low point soundwise of this board is definitely the organ, I own a real hammond organ, and the organ on this sounds nothing like it.I really like this board, but its very poorly built. I have had it for only one month, and I am going to have to send it back to M-audio already for repairs. So far, after normal use, nothing too vigorous, bout of the outputs in the back have stopped putting out a sound, so I need to use the headphone out in to my amp. The sostenuto input also stopped functioning, but I never use that so no big deal. The biggest problem so far though is that it will randomly switch off and on, getting rid of the current settings I'm using. I'm not sure if this is the adapter or the board itself, but its very irritating.Overall, this board sounds great, but is poorly made (at least mine). I still suggest it, and I hope you have better luck with the quality of yours.

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      5.0

      Something Startling!

      By PiperDoug

      from Winnipeg, Canada

      I don't know what the previous reviewer meant by "not roadworthy". I've played most of the boards this emulates on stage and, if anything, it is much less finicky. The fact that it ways 17 pounds makes it almost too light. Either secure it to the stand or watch out on glissandos! Sure, you can't hit softballs with this board, but that is not its job. I think it offers stunning emulations of pianos, electric pianos, clav and organ. Get a gigbag!This board is something startling however. It puts music in the hands of people who play keyboards. Guitarists could always afford a guitar, but keyboards were always at least 5 times the cost. With the ProKeys 88sx, you get a light, inexpensive keyboard with 1/4" outputs (similar boards don't have 1/4" outs) with the amazing sounds necessary for of pop, rock & jazz.It isn't perfect, but it's pretty close. I continue to struggle with the velocity curves after 6 months, but a keyboard with these sounds for that price? Amazing!

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      5.0

      M-Audio Prokeys 88SX

      By Piano girl-SUpI4

      from Cullman, AL

      This is a great little keyboard. The keys are a little close, but it has a good feel and sound and is easy transport.

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      2.0

      Lightweight -

      By OC

      from Pocatello, ID

      Working Musician - Weight is great - unfortunately so are many elements of this board - Sound is quite thin for piano - Control buttons are not as responsive as needed - Power supply could be beefed up. Transpose function does not identify where - only up or down. Good board for a beginner or student, but definately not a "road worthy" keyboard.

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      5.0

      M-Audio Prokeys 88SX

      By Kevin B. Selby

      from Tri-Cities, WA

      I am a semi-pro, gigging musician. I was sick of sloppily playing on 76 key lightweight keyboards (Yamaha DGX-305) as well as heavy 88-key fully weighted keyboards (Korg N1) (my hands get fatigued after 3 hours). I was also tired of lugging a laptop to gigs just to get decent bread and butter sounds (acoustic piano, Rhodes, Wurly, Hammond B3). I purchased the 88SX and love it. The sounds, while certainly not as high quality as most of the standard software libraries available, are very very good for typical gigs playing standard genres (rock, jazz, 70s, blues). I ran the Prokeys 88SX through a Roland RT-20 Rotary speaker simulator and the Prokeys organ absolutely SCREAMS. To listen to the Prokeys 88SX at a live gig, go to bajabluesband.com, click on the Gigs link, scroll down, click on the Listen link for Fri., July 13, 2007 - Bonefish Grill. The Prokeys 88SX was also used at the July 14, 2007 gig. Mine was recently stolen and I just bought another. Light as a feather, great price.

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      5.0

      Great Controller

      By Anomoly

      from Undisclosed

      I had a m-audio oxygen 49 and it worked for a little while... but after a visit to the music store i realized if i am going to play the keys i'm going to need 88... I came across this one and fell in love!! i dont need all the knobs and faders... just great keys at high qaulity and space saving... this is it!!!the fact that this has some sounds and effects built in is a great plus. this means i dont have to wait for my computer to load if i just want to practice on the piano. The keys are a little smaller but they feel GREAT!! i love this keyboard and works great as a midi controller! what you get for the price cant be beat!!

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      5.0

      Great deal

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      I got this for a recording and performance piano... plus for midi on the computer... I enjoy the piano sounds, they are really good for such a cheap keyboard. I like the F.M. piano with the Fender Rhodes sound, and the organ is great too! ... the other E.P.s aren't bad but I won't really use them... The action isn't bad but kinda cheap... So overall it's a great piano and will do more than suffice my needs!

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      4.0

      LIGHT! Maybe too light...

      By ADAM OXLEY

      from Ashtabula

      This keyboard has a vey decent sounding piano. The action is a bit cheap feeling and the keys are not full size. It makes a great controller though, especially with the USB Midi port. I bought this because I was tired of hauling my Roland rd100 aroud. This keyboardis SUPER light. Now I miss some of the weight both in sound and action. The lighter action makes me rather clumsy sounding. This is for sure something to check out though with the greatprice and features!

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