M-Audio Keystation 88 Keyboard Controller

88-key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with Velocity-sensitive, Semi-weighted Keys, Pitch and Modulation Wheels, Transport Controls, and Bundled Software
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A Compact USB MIDI Controller for Your Studio or On the Go!

M-Audio's portable and versatile Keystation 88 USB MIDI controller keyboard gives you a great-feeling 88-key keybed in a very lightweight and compact unit. The Keystation 88 features velocity-sensitive, semi-weighted keys for smooth 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, DAW transport controls, pitch bend and mod wheels, and more. It's also perfect for hooking up to your iPad for mobile song creation. Plus, you get a free download of Ableton Live Lite music creation software. Ignite your creativity with the M-Audio Keystation 88.

M-Audio Keystation 88 USB MIDI Controller Keyboard at a Glance:
  • 88 semi-weighted keys
  • Pitch, modulation and other control sources
  • USB power for convenience
  • Use with your computer or iPad
88 semi-weighted keys

The M-Audio Keystation 88 has 88 full-size, semi-weighted keys. This makes the Keystation 88 a great choice for players who like a light touch when playing virtual instruments. Its compact size makes the Keystation 88 perfect for use at a computer workstation or taking on the road.

Pitch, modulation and other control sources

To the left of the Keystation 88 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. Add that to a dedicated set of transport controls and directional keys (so you don't need to use a mouse) and you've got a complete system that's perfect for minimal setups.

USB power for convenience

The M-Audio Keystation 88 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! No more hunting for an extra outlet to set up your rig!

Use with your computer or iPad

You don't need to limit the M-Audio Keystation 88 to computer use. Using the Apple Camera Connector you can use this compact keyboard with your iPAD and your favorite music creation apps. The M-Audio Keystation 88 is the perfect travel companion for musicians on the go.

M-Audio Keystation 88 USB MIDI Controller Keyboard Features:
  • 88 full-size, velocity-sensitive, semi-weighted keys
  • Advanced function button for sending MIDI messages
  • Pitch and modulation wheels; volume/control slider
  • Transport controls for controlling your DAW without a mouse
  • Powered via USB or 9VDC power adapter (sold separately)
  • Mac OS X and Windows class compliant for plug-and-play
  • Works with iPad (iPad Camera Connection Kit required)
  • Advanced function button for programming
  • Input Jack for optional sustain pedal
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite and SONiVOX Eighty-Eight Ensemble virtual piano software
The M-Audio Keystation 88 is a versatile, portable, and affordable controller!

Tech Specs

Number of Keys 88
Type of Keys Semi-weighted
Other Controllers Pitch Bend, Mod Wheel
Pedal Inputs 1 x Sustain, 1 x Volume
USB 1 x Type B
Hardware Requirements - Mac Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz, 2GB RAM
Hardware Requirements - PC Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz, 2GB RAM
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.2.6 or Later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 or later
Height 4"
Width 53"
Depth 9.5"
Weight 22 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number KEYSTATION88II

Customer Reviews

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M-Audio Keystation 88 88-key MIDI Controller

It's a nice keyboard, you must be aware of some things:1- You always will have a little latency, even when you have already installed an appropriate audio driver.2- The included software is not so good, you may want to install another one, latency is an issue in this theme.3- Reason 8.1 not recognize all buttons, including the volume fader.Out of that, i love it.
Music background: Church Musician


As always, Sweetwater crew are one of the best.Keystation is everything that I expected.

Awesome keyboard controller

Just buy it. Nothing else can touch this for the price and quality. I'm totally stoked on this new tool. I have an Oxygen 61 as well. M-Audio makes some fine gear.

Very satisfied with my purchase

I upgraded my controller from an M-Audio 49-Key to the Keystation 88 and it's a world of difference. I'm impressed with the feel of it and it's 100% plug-&-play.
Music background: semi-professional

M-Audio Keystation 88

Recently, I got rid of my very expensive name brand 73 note workstation with weighted keys. After a few years, I never fell in love with the sounds it contained (thousands), they were old, uninspiring and no match for the latest virtual synths. I shopped around for a replacement keyboard and decided on M-Audio Keystation 88. I'm very happy with it, the semi-weighted action feels very nice and it works great with ProTools v 12.4 and the massive number of virtual synths I use. Excellent value at this price.

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Cristian Good

I initially picked up an M-Audio Keystation 88 a few years ago, when I needed a controller keyboard for music notation software. I liked the feel of the full-sized, semi-weighted keys so much that I ended up integrating it into my main songwriting rig. Thanks to its streamlined design that's free of sliders and extra buttons, it sits out of the way when I don't need it. And when I do need it, the Keystation 88 delivers the expression and range I need.
See also: Controller Keyboards, M-Audio, M-Audio MIDI Controllers