Alesis Q88 Keyboard Controller

88-key Velocity-sensitive USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with Pitch and Modulation Wheels, Backlit Octave Up/Down Buttons, and Sustain Pedal Input, and Software
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88 Keys, Zero Distractions!

Keep it simple with an Alesis Q88 controller keyboard. The Q88 sports a clean layout. Not overloaded with pads, knobs, and sliders, it has the essentials: pitch and mod wheels, a volume/data entry slider, a MIDI/select button, Octave up/down buttons, a sustain pedal input, and traditional MIDI Out for controlling external hardware. With no complicated setups and controls you'll never use, the Q88 is also easy to operate. It's even USB bus-powered, eliminating the need for a power supply. Sometimes less is more. If you like to keep things simple, we have your controller: the Alesis Q88.

Alesis Q88 MIDI Controller at a Glance:
  • Ideal size
  • You have connections
  • Big-time versatility
Ideal size

The Alesis Q88, with its 88-note keyboard, is ideal for 2-handed performing while remaining portable. The Q88 gives you the basics, including pitch and mod wheels, octave up/down buttons, and the facility to send program changes right from the keys.

You have connections

The Alesis Q88 includes both USB-MIDI and a traditional MIDI Out for instant connection to Mac, PC, and MIDI hardware. The Q88 is bus-powered but can also be powered using a wall power adaptor (sold separately) when not using a computer. You also get a sustain pedal input on the back panel.

Big-time versatility

The Q88 ships with Ableton Live Lite Alesis Edition software for performing, recording, and sequencing music right out of the box. With its traditional MIDI Out port, the Q88 is also a great choice for controlling MIDI hardware. Integrating a computer into your live set? With its petite size and light weight, you can place the Q88 a tier above an existing workstation for streamlined optimization of your expanded road rig.

Alesis Q88 MIDI Controller Features:
  • USB bus-powered controller
  • iPad compatible via the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit
  • Pitch and modulation wheels for espressive playing
  • Sustain and Volume pedal inputs (pedals sold separately)
  • Backlit Octave up/down buttons
  • Assignable volume/data entry slider
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite Alesis Edition
Keep it simple with the Alesis Q88 USB MIDI Controller!

Tech Specs

Number of Keys 88
Type of Keys Velocity-sensitive
Other Controllers Pitchbend, Mod Wheel, Octave Transpose
Faders 1
Pedal Inputs 1 x Sustain, 1 x Volume
MIDI I/O Out/USB
USB 1 x Type B
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.5-10.7
OS Requirements - PC Windows Vista, 7
Power Supply Bus Powered
Height 3.5"
Width 53.5"
Depth 10"
Weight 17.6 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number Q88

Customer Reviews

4/5
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5/5

Fantastic Bang For Buck

I am primarily a guitar player and I've been trying my hand at composition using software instruments (primarily piano and strings) using a MIDI controller. This keyboard has an incredible semi-weighted feel, and for only $200, it doesn't get much better. The on-board controls are minimal and effective. I'm not looking for too many buttons, presets, or pads on the keyboard itself. I just want a minimalist keyboard with a relatively realistic piano feel, and this controller delivers in spades. It is a bit of a hulk, but with 88 keys that should be expected. Highly recommended! As other customer reviews have said, THIS DOES NOT PRODUCE SOUND ON ITS OWN. You MUST connect this controller to software connected to a speaker/headphone output.
Music background: 10 Years Violin, Guitar, Bass
5/5

The best semi-weighted keyboard for Piano

Finally I've found a semi-weighted keyboard that I feel genuine pleasure playing piano parts with. I have a Keystation 49(which has a very nice quiet synth weight touch, but not great dynamics for piano), and reluctantly got this keyboard because I wanted more keys and it was what I could afford. Since the controls are the same as the Keystation, I expected a similar touch. I was delighted to find a solid, very playable dynamic and a very pianistic touch to the keys. The keyboard feels very solid. A great value at the price. I almost want to buy a second one to have as a spare.
Music background: Amateur pianist, songwriter.
5/5

Alesis Q88 Power house

This Midi keyboard is perfect!!! Setup was easy just plug and play. The volume slider worked with automation no problem. I am running Logic express 9 and not a problem in site. The keys are perfect for me. The long full size keyboard is well worth the money. This is a keeper. If your looking for a good midi keyboard without the bells and whistles this is it!!! I I love this monster!!!!
Music background: Hobbyist
4/5

Pretty Decent New Controller

I just got it and I imagine I'd deviate from the 3 star rating based on how this thing lasts over the next few years, but initially, it is really good. I was wondering what they truly meant by semi-weighted keys as there's a million things it could mean.... what is the pressure like, does it give the feeling of bounce and balance that you get between the key and hammer on the real thing, etc. The keys still feel like keyboard keys, hitting them and touching them, you still get the tactile sensation of the hollow keyboard key. The weighted feeling is replicated by pressure/resistance to pushing or striking the key. In no way does it feel like a real piano key, but it also doesn't have the light pressure touch of a standard keyboard key. Even with the extra pressure, the keys lean towards keyboard more than piano. So don't get your hopes up way too high, but it's still better than nothing! Otherwise this thing is simple, kind of a bubbly plastic retro looking not very flashy case that would still look somewhat dated sitting in a music store in 2002. Simple input controls, powered off the USB bus that you might use to sync midi with your computer, or if you choose to use the pinned midi ports then you need to pick up a separate power unit for it. If you plan on using this with a MacBook Pro and already have 1 of the 2 USB ports dedicated to an audio interface, and you need to keep a USB port free, then don't forget to get a separate power pack for this thing. (9VDC 500mA). Of course that's assuming you have the audio interface to hook the pinned midi cable through. Not a whole lot else to say about it! If you need a decent built simple controller to simply play the sounds on another device, this works perfectly.
Music background: Weekend Warrior
4/5

Worth The Money Because It's Inexpensive

I needed a light weight 88 key controller with separate pitch, mod wheel, as well as sustain and expression pedal inputs for my new remote studio. Since I already have a nice controller at my main studio I didn't another beast of a keyboard. My salesman, Steuart, was hesitant to recommend the Alesis Q88 because he knew I was a professional keyboardist/producer/composer. After letting him know why I thought this keyboard might work me he sipped it the same day and I got it sooner than I expected. Pros: The Alesis Q88 has many features including programmable 2nd input which can be used for expression pedal among other things, is light, and inexpensive. Great for anything that's not velocity sensitive, like organ, synth, etc. Cons: Action is very light. Because of the mechanics of the action the black keys can tend to play slightly louder. Be prepared to do some midi editing after a performance (mostly velocity editing). I think it was a great choice for me.
Music background: Keyboardist/Composer/Producer/Studio Owner
See also: Controller Keyboards, Alesis, Alesis MIDI Controllers