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M-Audio Keystation 88 ES 88-Key MIDI Controller

Get 88 keys worth of MIDI control for an affordable price! This Keystation boasts full-sized, semi-weighted hammer-action keys and both MIDI and USB output. (54) Read 6 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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If you appreciate the full range of a piano keyboard in a lightweight package, the 88-note Keystation 88es is for you. You get great-feeling, semi-weighted action that's velocity sensitive to convey all the nuances of your playing to your computer and most popular music education and studio software. The pitch and modulation wheels plus slider and buttons make it a great controller for playing and programming synths, samplers, drum sounds and more. At just 22 lbs., the Keystation 88es is equally at home on stage and in the studio. Class compliance with Windows XP and Mac OS X ensures easy plug-and-play setup. It's even bus-powered, so one simple USB cable is the only connection you need.

Features:

- 88-note velocity-sensitive, semi-weighted action
- Pitch bend and modulation wheels
- Volume/assignable control slider
- Advanced function button for programming
- Sustain and expression pedal inputs (pedals sold separately)
- Assignable data up/down buttons
- Built-in USB MIDI interface
- MIDI out jack routes MIDI signals from keyboard or computer to external devices
- Powered via USB or 9VDC power adapter (sold separately)
- Mac OSX and Windows XP/Vista (32-bit) class-compliant for plug-and-play operation
- Includes Ableton Live Lite music production software, so you can make music right away

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Compatibility: MME and Mac OS X Core MIDI

Minimum System Requirements (Mac)
G3* 500MHz with OS 9.2.2, 128MB RAM

G4* 500MHz with OS X 10.1.5, 10.2.6 or greater, 256MB RAM

OMS 2.3.8 for MIDI under OS 9.2.2

* native USB port required; G3/G4 accelerator cards not supported

Minimum System Requirements (PC)
Windows 98SE / Me / 2000 (SP4) / XP (SP1)

For 96kHz operation: Pentium III 500mHz w/ 128MB RAM

For 48kHz operation: Pentium II 400 w/ 128MB RAM

Dimensions (WxDxH): 53.00 x 9.50 x 4.00 in.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 401-658-5765
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "A great inexpensive open door to 88 keys"
Sound: Doesn't make any sounds... Feature: This is what it is, a great, inexpensive controller. The semi-weighted keys feel great and it performs well. Could use a power supply... Quality: It was a surprise when it arrived, looked and played great. Value: Can't get a better deal on 88 keys. Manufacturer Support: M-Audio is great with updates, etc. The Wow Factor: Looks great in the studio Overall: Best bang for the keyboard dollar period.
Style of Music: Christian music, jazz, acoustic, etc.
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Sound: This keyboard is a MIDI controller. That is, it has been designed for use with a computer or other MIDI capable device. Therefore, it can sound every bit as good as the source of your MIDI sounds. I use the m-Audio keystation 49e with Garageband and Logic on my mac, and have found that a controller like this one expands the possibilities of music creation exponentially! Feature: Anyone thinking about purchasing this keyboard would do well to consider adding a sustain pedal and a keyboard stand to their order (if you don't already have one!) And don't forget about the MIDI cable! The volume, pitch-bend and tremelo sliders are really nice for adding expression to the sound. On smaller keyboards (49 and 61 keys for example) the octave +/- comes in quite handy. However, at least with Garageband, I have never found any use for the "advanced function" button Ease of Use: On any reasonably modern Mac, this keyboard couldn't be easier to use - simply plug it in with the MIDI/USB cable, fire up Garageband and it's ready to go! The only thing is that this keyboard can't generate any sounds of its own, so it has to be used in tandom with something that CAN, like a computer. But Garageband comes with lots of MIDI tone generators, and most of them sound really good! Quality: Lightweight and portable, this is a great keyboard to use at home, in a studio, or for gigs on the road. Practically ZERO setup time, with just the one cable to plug in. It IS fragile, though... unfortunately, mine took a spill off a table while still connected to the computer and never worked again (I used mine for four years without a single hitch). So BE CAREFUL not to drop it, and it will treat you well. Manufacturer Support: I voided any shred of a warranty when I brought my busted keyboard to an independent, local repair guy, and it STILL didn't work. So if you ever do need to get a repair, have it done by m-Audio! The Wow Factor: Very sexy! Knowing what I know about the MIDI tone generators of Garageband and Logic, a controller like this one opens up limitless possibilities for the creation of original music - no more loops! Overall: I know this product is totally ideal for someone like me (working musician and composer/arranger/producer). In fact, I am looking forward to replacing my broken keystation 49e with an upgrade to the 88. I appreciate how simple it is to use, just plug it in, and turn it on! I wish it included more accessories (at least a MIDI cable) but that's business, I suppose... Anyway, these keyboards are great, and I recommend them highly to anyone making music with a computer and software. If you're looking for something more self-contained, with built-in MIDI tone generators, look somewhere else.
Style of Music: Tango, Electronica, Jazz, Salsa, Blues, Funk, Hip-Hop, Rock, Classical, Contradance
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