M-Audio Keystation 88esItem ID: KeyStES2-88
88-key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with Velocity-sensitive, Semi-weighted Keys, Pitch and Modulation Wheels, Volume/Control Slider, and Bundled Software
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A Full-sized Keyboard Controller For Any Music Environment!The M-Audio Keystation 88es USB MIDI controller keyboard gives you a full-sized 88-key keybed in a very lightweight and compact unit. The Keystation 88es features velocity-sensitive, semi-weighted keys for natural feel and expressive playability, letting you get the most out of your virtual instruments and software synths. This controller includes an assignable slider that doubles as a volume control, data up/down buttons, an advanced programming function button, and pitchbend and mod wheels. Plus, you get a free download of Avid Ignite music creation software. Ignite your creativity with the M-Audio Keystation 88es.
M-Audio Keystation 88es USB MIDI Controller Keyboard at a Glance:
A quality keyboard controller
The M-Audio Keystation 88es gives you the full range of 88 keys, semi-weighted to provide the ideal balance between a resistant "piano" feel and a springy "synth" keyboard. This makes the Keystation 88es a great choice for keyboard classes and multi-purpose music labs that handle a variety of different music courses every day. Plus, its compact size makes the Keystation 88es perfect for use at a computer workstation!
Pitch, modulation and other control sources
To the left of the Keystation 88es keyboard are a pitch and a modulation wheel for control of these essential synth and MIDI parameters. The volume slider offers a bonus - it can be assigned to control any other MIDI value! Use it to add expression or perform a filter sweep while you record a sequence. In addition, two advanced function buttons can be used to assign other MIDI messages.
USB power for convenience
The Keystation 88es runs on USB bus power when connected to your computer. That means you don't need anything but a USB cable for both power and MIDI transmission! For standalone use, an optional 9 volt DC power adapter is available.
Flexible enough to use as a standalone controller!
You don't need to limit the Keystation 88es to computer use. Its MIDI Out port means you can use it onstage to control rackmount synth modules or other gear. All you need is the optional 9 volt DC power adapter!
M-Audio Keystation 88es Controller Keyboard Features:
The M-Audio Keystation 88es is a flexible and affordable controller!
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Patty, El Sobrante, CA
Reviewsbased on 4 reviews
Sweet as Pie!!!
by Lasonia Rideout from Sherrill, AR USAI bought this controller 2 weeks ago and I am glad I did. First of all don't let the price fool you because this is a great controller. Originally before I purchase this controller I consider the mpk ... read more [+]88, but due to the depth of mt studio desk I decided to go with the 88es. What I like about the ES88 is that it is core compliant with Mac OS X. All I had to do is plug it in and begin making music because no driver is required. It works great with pro tools x and studio one 2. The black keys have some resistance even though the are not weighted. The control has a simple layout without all the knobs, pads, or display. I didn't need all the extra features because I have 3 Maschines. So, if you are looking for a simply keyboard controller without the extras featured the es88 should be your next purchase. Also it is light weight. close [-]
February 18, 2013
Music Background: Gospel singer, composer, and musician
Great piano for a beginner!
by Joseph Maas fromThis piano syncs right up with software. It is fantastic. It's affordable, reliable, and feels pretty good considering how inexpensive it is. My only beef with it is that the black keys are a bit stif... read more [+]f. But it steers away from all the other great things this piano has to offer. Like I said, it's good for the price. Not the best keyboard you'll ever have, but it will get the job done. In my opinion, it was totally worth the money. It has made a great adition to my studio. And if it's worth anything, I give a great shout out to my sales engineer, Adam Chesi. You're the man bro! Love the customer service here at Sweetwater. Wouldn't have made this decision or any of my other ones without him, and he hasn't steered me wrong yet. Thanks! close [-]
March 27, 2013
Music Background: recording engineer/hobbyist
by Harold from OklahomaJust got this today and I am really happy with it. The feature that sold me was the semi-weighted keys and they do not disappoint. You can simply plug and play using the usb cable. My only complaint i... read more [+]s the lack of midi controllers, but I didn't get this keyboard for the controllers, I wanted something that felt a little more like a real piano. close [-]
March 1, 2013
Music Background: Composer
by SOC7 Productions from Jacksonville, FL USAAlthough this product is perfect for what I need, which is a simple 88 key controller with volume, pitch up/down, mod and pitch wheels, I give it a 4 because of lack of additional controls that would ... read more [+]be nice if needed such as some extra knobs and sliders which could be used to control the organ drawbars in the B3 AU in Logic Pro. It has the semi-weighted keys, but it still feels somewhat "squishy". Overall, for the price, it is nice, functional for live gigs, and when used in conjunction with other controllers, it works out well. close [-]
May 14, 2013
Music Background: Semi-Pro musician
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