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Rating and Reviews: M-Audio Keystation 88

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.

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"For the price, this is worth it." submitted April 2, 2015

By Brian Lemings in Maryville, TN
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Musical Background: 30 years guitarist, 6 years piano, professional musician, novice audio engineer.
Music Style: You name it.
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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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"M-Audio Keystation 88 MKII" submitted July 27, 2015

By Donny L in Fresno, CA
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Musical Background: I am a working Professional Singer / Keyboardist
Music Style: Country / Americana
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Overall: I Love this thing. Its a full sized board, but it is very light and portable. I use it at all my gigs. I Love it!
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"don't buy it" submitted March 17, 2015

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Overall: Eighty Eight Ensemble takes up 9.5 GB on your hard drive. No way to contact customer service. I found an email address, but no response.The Xpand sounds that come with the Keystation can't be accessed because they need license # which was not sent to me.Over all poor product with even worse customer service.
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