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M-Audio Keystation 88es MIDI Keyboard Controller

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M-Audio Keystation 88es MIDI Keyboard Controller

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A full size, full range and semi-weighted action keyboard controller for this type of price was unheard of until very recently. With the 88-note Keystation 88es you get a positive-feeling action that is velocity sensitive and so will deliver all the nuances of your playing into your computer’s music education or studio software. Pitch and modulation wheels plus slider and buttons let you use this a professional controller for playing and programming synths, samplers, drum sounds, loops and more. Weighing in at just 22 lbs the Keystation 88es is handy to move around the studio and will be a dream to cart around on a live gig. Compatible with Mac OS X, Windows XP, and Vista (32 bit) the Keystation 88es provides a true plug-and-play experience and, being bus-powered, one simple USB cable is the only connection you need. Ableton Live Lite music production software completes this attractive and attractively priced package.

Full Features

88-note velocity-sensitive, semi-weighted action
pitch bend and modulation wheels
volume/assignable control slider
advanced function button for programming
sustain pedal input (pedal sold separately)
assignable data up/down buttons
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 and Windows XP 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.



MME and Mac OS X Core MIDI

Minimum System Requirements (PC)

Windows 98SE / Me / 2000 (SP4) / XP (SP2)* / Vista (32 bit)
* Home and Professional Edition only. Windows Media Center Edition is not supported.
** M-Audio suggests you also check the minimum system requirements for your software, as they may be greater than the above.


Minimum System Requirements (Mac)

G4* 500MHz
OS X 10.2.6, 10.3.6, 10.4, 10.5.1
* native USB port required; G3/G4 accelerator cards not supported
** M-Audio suggests you also check the minimum system requirements for your software, as they may be greater than the above.


Bundled Software

M-Audio Keystation 88es comes bundled with Ableton Live Lite. This software allows you to compose, mix, and remix music on your computer in an audio and MIDI environment. It contains virtual instruments and acoustic instruments that can be triggered and played from your keyboard.

There are no demos at this time.


Main website for M-Audio products offers a range of video, written, and forum support for M-Audio keyboards.

The website also offers education case studies, access to the latest drivers, and more.


M-Audio TV on the main M-Audio website. Series of informative videos on using M-Audio keyboards.
Sound Advice. Video series on analog synth programming
Alan Parsons’ Art & Science Of Sound Recording – MIDI. An invaluable video from this series on modern recording that explains the whys and wherefores of MIDI.


Becoming a Synthesizer Wizard

Practical MIDI Handbook

Advanced MIDI Users Guide

Power Tools for Synthesizer Programming

Sound Syntheses and Sampling

How to Write Songs on Keyboard

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