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The clean, simple design of the M-Audio Keystation 88 II is part of the reason for it’s allure. Without all the extra bells and whistles, it’s easy to stay focused on your work or learning. However, simple doesn’t mean low quality. The 88ES is a well-manufactured machine, with semi-weighted keys that feel much closer to the real piano feel than regular, synth-action keys.
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This full-sized midi controller is also built to travel. Weighing only 22lb and fully USB powered, the 88 II is ready to go. Whether you are toting around for live performance, or just bringing it with you to work with some friends in a home studio, this keyboard is light enough to pick up and carry with you! Other dimensions measure 53” x 9.5” x 4” (width x depth x height). Not having all the extra space, demanded by extra features, trims the fat.
M-Audio 88 II USB/MIDI Key Features:
- 88 semi-weighted, velocity-sensitive keys
- Pedal inputs for sustain and expression pedals
- Assignable control slider
- 3 Assignable buttons
- Pitch bend and modulation wheels
- MIDI out port
- USB powered
- Mac and PC compatible
Who is this keyboard best suited for?
This midi keyboard controller has a simple design and is a fantastic starter keyboard for those entering the midi game. While it’s a great tool to learn how to play, it’s also great to learn how to record as well. Because of it’s simplicity, it’s hard to get distracted while working with the Keystation 88 II. Hunker down and make some music!
While this midi keyboard is also great for performing live, those looking for loads of features like drum pads, lots of assignable buttons, faders and all that jazz, would do best to keep researching for their match.
When you look at this product as a simple connection to correspond with your DAW, you’ll be a happy customer.
Pros and Cons:
- Straight-to-the-point design, great to beginners.
- Full 88-note keyboard.
- USB bus-powered.
- Lightweight – Only 22 lbs!
- Not a lot of extra features.
- Lead Warning.
- Issues setting up.
Lacking Features Factor – Yes. This is a simple midi keyboard. This is something to consider deeply before investing in a product. The price is right, but if you are interested in mastering controls afforded to you by pads, faders and knobs, will you be purchasing those separately at a later date? If so, those external midi devices can add up over time. Checking out some other options might be best for you.
However, if you are really just looking for a midi controller to play you tunes on and lay down some of your musical inspirations, this may very well be the one you have been waiting for.
Lead Hazard Warning Factor – Yes. There is a ‘Warning’ label on this device because some of the circuits are soldered with lead, and it is now industry standard to provide a warning for any product containing the metal. An email from M-Audio explaining the advisory states that the only way you could come in contact with the lead is to open the device up (which is not recommended), and that if you did come in contact with the metal to give your hands a thorough washing.
Something to consider, however, I have come into contact with lead loads of times while using fishing weights… I am still alive and kicking. Perhaps I am on a completely different page though.
Issues with Setup Factor – Yes. Some (two) users have experienced problems while trying to set up this midi keyboard with software they have downloaded from the internet. The majority of users claim that immediately after plugging in the USB connection the keyboard is recognized by their computer and DAW, no issues.
Both user reviews which I reviewed that had issues setting the midi keyboard up also seemed to be confused about the fact that this keyboard does no produce sound on it’s own, thereby indicating that they did not really understand the nature of midi devices. Also, they both state that they are not computer savvy and that people who were more computer literate than themselves would probably not find this to be an issue.
Again, just something to consider.
The M-Audio Keystation 88 II is a straightforward machine. It’s not pretending to be the ultimate music editing control center that some midi keyboards offer, and it’s priced to reflect that. When you realize that this is a basic, no-confusion midi keyboard that is great for learning the ropes, you’ll be set up for success.
Interested in reading more customer M-Audio Keystation 88ES reviews? To head to the product details page on Amazon, check out the links below!
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M-Audio Keystation 88 II USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller Review
Need a M-Audio Keystation 88 II review? Well priced, well made, well done M-Audio. The clean, simple design of the M-Audio Keystation 88 II is part of the