M-Audio Keystation 88es USB MIDI Keyboard Controller Review
I really enjoy playing without the worry of changing octaves, and the 88-note allows that in all the cases (but just in case, you still have the octave +/- buttons). Also, 88-note keyboard give you the ability to assign, let’s say, 24 keys for the bass and the rest for the lead instrument.
But, if this keyboard is too big for your studio or home, you can buy the 61es.
The keys of the M-Audio 88es are velocity-sensitive and semi-weighted. This is the perfect intersection between the feeling of playing electronic music and classical music. The spring and velocity-sensitive is good enough for easy playing, and gives you enough room for expressing your feelings in performance.
And what I like the most, it is portable. It only weights 22 lbs (10 kg) and you can power the Keystation 88es with just your USB cable and your laptop, PC or MAC (but you can still buy the 9VDC power adapter, if you want).
This is the 88 key MIDI Controller best seller in Amazon. You can check it and buy it here.
Take a look of the features:
- 88-note velocity-sensitive, semi-weighted action
- Pitch bend and modulation wheels
- Volume/assignable control slider: you can use this slider to control de volume (default) or assign it to something else.
- Advanced function button for programming.
- Sustain pedal input (pedal sold separately).
- Assignable data up/down buttons: It defaults to octave changing.
- 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 OS X, Windows XP and Windows Vista class compliant for plug-and-play operation.
- Includes Ableton Live Lite music production software, so you can make music right away
- 53″ x 9.5″ x 4″ 22 lbs – 134.62cm x 24.13cm x 10.16cm
And the price in Amazon is ridiculous low. You will find no better 88 note keyboard, at this price.
Let me show you what current owners have to say about it
P. Wolke (NJ)
To put it simply, this is a very nice keyboard controller. When I was looking to replace my old Roland (very heavily) weighted keyboard piano, I was looking for some very specific things; 1)A unit in which the keys weren’t so heavily weighted 2)Did not need to have its own sound module built in. 3)A full range (88 keys).
I own a few other M-Audio products and have been very happy with them so it was an easy choice to consider them based on their high quality products.