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Yamaha KX8 88-Key Keyboard MIDI Controller

Features 88-Keys of lush GHS Yamaha keyboard action. Built-in arpeggiator. Includes Cubase AI4 software. (30) Read 4 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Yamaha KX8 Keyboard MIDI Controller

The Yamaha KX8 USB Keyboard Studio (hereafter referred to as the “KX Series”) were conceived and designed to support creativity and MIDI music composition without getting in the way. Based on a range of innovative features with advanced software integration and connectivity via a single USB cable, these control keyboards help create an efficient environment that supports traditional music production workflow.

They also feature a range of drum, guitar, bass, keyboard and other musical phrases built in, minimizing the need for complex manual MIDI data programming. Complete compositions can easily be created with just one finger. Of course Yamaha keyboard know-how acquired and refined through years of experience offers feel and response that provide optimum musical control and comfort for smooth production.

The KX series derives its superior feel from a long lineage of Yamaha pianos and keyboards with its own high-quality Yamaha keyboard action. With the addition of four assignable control knobs, dedicated performance controls, and DAW integration controls for soft synths and sequencers functions, the KX Series is a complete USB MIDI Studio that is as comfortable on stage as it is in the studio.

The KX Series enables easy song creation with its built-in arpeggio function. Inspired by the Motif ARP phrases, these arpeggios can be played back by the included HALion One softsynth using sound content from the Yamaha Motif or the VST Mega Pack Bundle featuring exclusive content from IK Multimedia, BFD, and Arturia. A dedicated control section on the KX enables complete control of sounds and content.

The KX USB Studio includes Cubase AI, a special Advanced Integration version of Steinberg's legendary music production software. Cubase AI is conveniently controlled via a dedicated control section on the KX, turning it into a complete music production solution.

The KX Series is also bundled with the new X Factor DVD from Yamaha. This DVD contains a massive collection of sounds and VST instruments from industry leaders like IK Multmedia, Sonic Reality, FXpansion, Arturia and Keyfax. In addition to the bundled sounds there are thousands of dollars worth of rebate coupons and added values from Antares, ASK Video, Broadjam, Electronic Musician, Electrix, Garritan, KeytoSound, Obedia, Steinberg and Tunecore.

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KX Series Keyboards System Requirements

Windows Vista
Computer: 1 GHz or faster Intel Core/Pentium/Celeron family processor, with USB terminal.

RAM: 1 gigabyte minimum

Windows XP Professional/XP Home Edition
Computer: 750 MHz or faster Intel Core/Pentium/Celeron family processor, with USB terminal

RAM: 128 megabytes minimum

Macintosh
Compatible OS: Mac OS X 10.3.3 or later

Computer: PowerPC G3 or later processor, with USB terminal

RAM: 128 megabytes minimum

Accessories Included
AC Adapter PA-3C, CD-ROM x 2, USB Cable x 1, Owner's manual

Dimensions (WxDxH): 53.60 x 17.80 x 6.28 in.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 714-522-9011
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Again that transpose thing is way over-rated. You can transpose in other ways. I think Yamaha cut a corner by not including and"
Sound: The KX8 makes my VST's play great. (It doesn't produce sound. It's a controller!) Feature: The included software is really good. If you like Cubase, you will be home with the KX8. Ease of Use: Someone made a comment about the unit not having a transpose. But if you use VST's, you can program one of the controllers to transpose or you can use your mouse to transpose. My point is the KX8 is about those sweet Yamaha graded keys at a reasonable price. So stop bashing a great axe from Yamaha. I'm gonna buy another for my studio. The KX8 has no competition at this price. You have to buy a used digital piano to get the feel for the same price. Quality: I don't like the composite wood board on the bottom, but it certainly doesn't make the unit weak. The case is the same as the MM8 and is hard plastic that is scratch resistant. That's real nice. Value: The KX8 has no competition with weighted-graded. There's weighted units out there, but not weighted-graded at that price. Manufacturer Support: No problems here. The Wow Factor: It's a little bulky but has a clean, beautiful look to it. Kind of like a beautiful 5'9" 175lb lady (I'm alright with that!). Overall: I had a Fatar StudioLogic 990XL that was ok. I felt the keys were a little heavy and they were not graded. I had a M-Audio Keystation Pro and the M-Audio Prokeys. On both units the weighted keys were just a little clunky and they were not graded. The Fatar had a cleaner, more finished feel than the M-Audios. But the KX8's GHS feel is way better than either of those units. Much sweeter!
Style of Music: Gospel, Praise and Worship
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Overall: Nothing to add to other reviews, it's a wonderful controller for pianists. Mechanically well responsive, elegant, good weight, you will find nothing similar for that price range.It cannot tanspose or make splits. But let's think about it: If you are a classic/jazz pianist, you don't need that. And if you are a pop/rock keyboardist, you have other means to make splits and transposition.
Style of Music: Jazz, blues, folk
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