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M-Audio Keystation 88 MKII USB MIDI Keyboard Controller, 88-Key

88 keys to go! This synth-action controller runs on USB power, and includes DAW transport buttons and a volume slider assignable to any MIDI control value. (3) Read 3 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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M-Audio Keystation 88 MKII

Step into computer-based music creation and performance with the Keystation 88 keyboard controller from M-Audio. Keystation 88 is a simple, powerful MIDI controller designed for sequencing music and playing virtual instruments on your Mac or PC. It features 88 full-size velocity-sensitive keys and a series of controls that expand the range of playable notes, expressive capabilities, and enhance your recording workflow. Use the octave range buttons; pitch-bend and modulation wheels; and transport and directional controls to play, perform, and record with your music software without using a mouse or trackpad. Keystation 88 also includes a 1/4" (6.3mm) sustain pedal input that lets you use an external control pedal, such as the SP2 (sold separately), for genuine piano sustain.

Pure Player Experience

Lightweight and durable, Keystation 88 is perfect for traveling musicians who want to take command of music software during live performances or producers who wish to add an intuitive MIDI controller with a natural feeling keybed to their studio. For an easy-to-use and portable setup, Keystation 88 is USB-powered, class-compliant, and supports USB-MIDI connectivity. Plus, Keystation 88 supports iOS connectivity with the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately), enabling you to perform and compose with audio apps on your iPad and other iOS devices.

SONiVOX Eighty-Eight Ensemble

Bundled with Keystation 88 is a premium virtual instrument from SONiVOX. SONiVOX's Eighty-Eight Ensemble is a world-class piano instrument that authentically captures a 9-foot CD327 Steinway piano. Meticulously recorded and expertly sampled, Eighty-Eight Ensemble provides every producer and performer the opportunity to infuse their compositions, recordings, and performances with the breathtaking realism of a world-class grand piano. Use the combination patches to layer strings, synth pads, and choral pads with the high-fidelity piano samples and create evolving, lush soundscapes and textures.

Ableton Live Lite

Also included with Keystation 88 is Ableton Live Lite - one of the most popular performance and production programs available in the world. A powerful music creation tool, Ableton Live Lite enables musicians and producers to spontaneously compose, record, remix, improvise, and edit musical ideas in a fluid audio/MIDI environment. Explore sonic possibilities in real time whether on stage or in the studio. When you are satisfied with your work, Ableton Live Lite lets you save it or mix it down.

Features:

- 88 full-size velocity-sensitive keys with natural piano feel
- USB-MIDI connection for playing virtual instruments, controlling recording software, and more
- Transport and directional buttons let you operate your DAW from the keyboard
- Pitch bend, modulation, and octave controls for expressive performances
- USB-powered and supports plug-and-play connectivity to your Mac or PC
- Lightweight design for easy setup and portability
- iOS compatibility using the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately)
- Includes Ableton Live Lite, a powerful music performance and creation software
- Includes SONiVOX Eighty-Eight Ensemble, a virtual piano instrument that captures a 9-foot CD327 Steinway piano

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- Number of Keys: 88
- Controllers: Pitch Bend, Mod Wheel
- System Requirements Mac: G4 500MHz, 256MB RAM, OS X 10.2.6 or later
- System Requirements PC: Windows 98SE, Me, 2000 (SP4), XP (SP2), Windows Vista (32/64 bit), Windows 7 (32/64 bit)
- Pedal Inputs: 2, Sustain and Volume Pedals
- Dimensions: Height 4", Width: 53", Depth 9.5"
- Weight: 22 lbs.
Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Shipping Weight: 23 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 57 x 14 x 6 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): KEYSTATION88II
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 401-658-5765
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Overall: The feel of this controller is close to an actual piano, although it feels a little springy unlike the hammer action of an actual grand. It plugs directly in using USB, no driver needed, and integrates directly with your DAW. I am using Cubase 7 and also am learning Pro-tools and this controller works seamlessly with both. Occasionally I have some glitches but I am sure this is due to my computer's lack of processing. As far as the Eighty-eight Ensemble and Xpand virtual instruments go, well, you have to know what you are doing and why the Ensemble is so BIG. Eighty-Eight Ensemble is so large because of the time and effort it took to meticulously capture every velocity of a Steinway Grand Piano. From loud to soft, the layers of velocities are what takes up so much space, and it sounds fantastic. The Xpand issue is you have to find the little xpand.dll file and paste or move it into your VST plugin directory. Xpand is neat, and of all things I found on there was the best Deep Purple rocking organ tone - you can hear the stereo Leslie cabinet swirling from left to right. For $200 you can't beat this product, I think the virtual instruments are worth that alone.
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