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M-Audio Hammer 88

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M-Audio’s Hammer 88 is an affordable, fully-weighted, hammer-action keyboard for professional and semi-pro players or students looking for a realisti...Click To Read More About This Product

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Affordable full-size MIDI controller.

M-Audio’s Hammer 88 is an affordable, fully-weighted, hammer-action keyboard for professional and semi-pro players or students looking for a realistic grand piano feel to use with virtual instruments or sound modules. It features fully-assignable MIDI buttons, pitch-bend and modulation wheels, sustain pedal, secondary pedal and expression pedal inputs—while providing a clean aesthetic for players more concerned with compositional accuracy than editing and tweaking.

Hammer 88 is USB-powered, class-compliant, and supports USB-MIDI connectivity. Plus, Hammer 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.

  • 88 fully-weighted, hammer-action keys
  • USB-MIDI connection for playing virtual instruments, controlling recording software, and more
  • 5-Pin MIDI Output to trigger external MIDI devices
  • Pitch bend, modulation, volume and octave controls for expressive performances
  • Inputs for Sustain, Expression and Soft pedals
  • Supports plug-and-play connectivity to your Mac or PC
  • iOS compatibility using the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately)
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite, a powerful music performance and creation software
  • Includes AIR “Mini Grand” Acoustic Grand Piano, AIR “Velvet” Vintage Electric Piano Instrument, and AIR “DB-33” Tonewheel Organ Simulator and SONiVOX “Eighty Eight Ensemble” Authentic Piano Instrument
  • Includes 3-months of Skoove, interactive piano lessons 
  • Dual keyboard zones for layering, splits and 4-note chords with a single key press
  • Clean, professional editing with included Hammer 88 Controller Editor
  • Power adapter (optional) for stand-alone use

Powerful functions, bundled software, great action.

  • Number of keys: 88
  • Action: Hammer action
  • Key size: Full
  • Velocity sensitive: Yes
  • Aftertouch: No
  • MIDI I/O: Out
  • USB: Yes
  • Pedal inputs: Sus, exp, soft
  • Gate out: No
  • iOS compatibility: Yes (camera connection kit required)
  • Audio I/O: Not applicable
  • Other: Not applicable
  • Encoders: 3
  • Faders: None
  • Drum pads: None
  • Pitch bend/Modulation: Both
  • DAW transport: Yes
Onboard Features
  • Number of presets: Not applicable
  • Display: No
  • Bundled Software: Ableton Live Lite, AIR
  • Chord play: No
  • Arpeggiator: No
  • Step Sequencer: No
  • Width: 55 in.
  • Height: 5 in.
  • Depth: 11.9 in.
  • Weight: 38.6 lb.
In the box
  • 1m USB B to USB A cable
  • User Guide
  • Software Cards
  • Requirements
  • PC: Windows 7 or later
  • Mac: OS X 10.8 or later
  • Available USB Port
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M-AudioHammer 88

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  • Easy to use (3)
  • Functional (3)
  • Good quality (3)


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(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)


Picky pianist/composer approved

By Edward

from Dallas, TX

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Reviewer


  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Key Action
  • Price


  • No software editor yet

Best Uses

    Comments about M-Audio Hammer 88:

    I have tried nearly every weighted 88 key midi controller. I always owned Studiologic boards, but there latest isn't in stock. My last was the Numa, but it did not have both a pitch bend and mod shell so I sold it.

    So the Akai MPK88 was way too stiff. The NI S88 looked cool, but the keys were a bit slow and heavy feeling for my taste, and ultimately the Komplete Kontrol software was a pain, and didn't work with Vienna Ensemble Pro. I also tried the Arturia Keylab 88, which had great build quality, but the keys were super noisy and not very responsive. Its onboard controls were great except the drum pads which felt cheap.

    So how does the M-Audio board compare? Amazingly great. I was super skeptical considering its lower price point, and let's be honest, M-Audio doesn't have the best reputation for controllers. But, I had a coupon to use, and some backstage credits to burn. It is packed a bit minimal, so potential for it to get banged up in delivery. Mine arrived fine. It is pretty light in weight, but feels sturdy. Metal and plastic body. Simple design with just the essential wheel controls and music stand! 3 pedal inputs which is super cool. I can use my expression pedals which is awesome!! How does it play? Perfect. Fine, it doesn't have aftertouch, but really? That is the most inaccurate method of expression. I'd rather use a dedicated controller for it. The key action is great. Just the right weight, low noise, fast response. The surface feels great. I immediately played through some Keyscape, Omnisphere, and Pianoteq presets and knew this was the one.

    I'll end saying, I am picky with piano key action. For its price, this one cannot be beat. It is a home run for M-Audio. The only reason it gets 4 stars instead of 5, is they haven't released the software editor which allows you to setup splits and tweak other settings.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


    Great Product

    By Struggling Musician

    from Amherst, MA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer


    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound
    • Keybed has a great feel


      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Practicing

      Comments about M-Audio Hammer 88:

      I was leary at first but pleasantly surprised. The keybed is very nice. The feel is great and the keyboard is solid. It doesn't have a lot of extra buttons, but the board is what I need. The hammer action is nice.....

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


      M Audio Hammer 88

      By Greg Fredericks

      from Waterloo, Iowa

      About Me Experienced


      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality


        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about M-Audio Hammer 88:

        I love the key action on this board......I've played everything and this is my favorite.....the keys are silent too which is a definite 38.5 pounds it's a real winner !!

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