Chris from Austin, TX
My spouse bought me the Keystation 88 M-Audio after hearing gripe and moan about my old Baldwin piano, you know....the one we all grew up taking lessons on. We spent a few days reading the reviews and I was really iffy about the purchase. I had seen some rather affordable electric pianos on Amazon and was almost set to purchase one. The thing that drew us in was the fact that it was a light weight midi and I could get some really cool music banks that had strings and horns; a sustain pedal could be purchased along with it for a great price, plus I could record it right to the computer. The great price makes me say we got what we paid for a two hundred dollar midi. I did not realize that we would eventually have to redesign our computer to manage and fit music capabilities. Your average home computer is most likely not going to support the information that it takes to run the programs that actually make the midi create sound. So if you're not running Windows 7 you're going to run into some issues. Vista will support other midi sound banks you can download off of the internet but it is not going to support the software that comes with the midi. You will find that staccato notes and 16th notes will not play in tandem with your strike. Don't even think about playing Scott Joplin.
I would like to address some review on here that I found almost patronizing. On one the reviewer said that he or she was going to use it for giving piano lessons. Not on a spring action key you're not. I took lessons for 18 years and even have taught piano. I would never consider using a spring back versus hammer action to teach someone else how to play. Another reviewer claimed that he or she loved the touch, then you're a keyboardist and not a pianist. I just want to make it very clear to people that the touch of the keyboard is almost like the touch of a very expensive pipe organ. Very stiff.
In the end, of course I am able to make beautiful music on this midi.