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ejmitra25's review

By ejmitra25, 03/09/2014
I chose this product because of its color black grey and white it matched the color theme of my Macbookpro and my audio interface Steinberg UR44.

This unit is very simple. It has 88 semi-weighted keys, which will give you more like playing an acoustic piano and it has a midi ins/out similar to other controller but i use the USB connection because the cable is much more cheaper

I use the m-audio sustain (sp1) and its compatible


Setting this up was very simple, just plug in play.

i use macbook pro ( mid 2012) 4 gig ram 2.66 quad-core running at osx 10.9.4 and it works very smoothly. my audio recording software that I use is Cubase 7 and theres no compatibility issues

I didnt have time to read the manual because of its thickness. but the unit itself is a plug and play so everything will just work fine


The Cheap plastic feel of its casing irritates me. sometimes i hear crackles when i move it to one place to another. this unit might crack if you fell it accidentally. you must place it to a flat and solid flat-form for the plastic not to squick

I tried Casio keyboard before but my heart is in the m-audio because of its simplicity and support and integration

- Natural feel of keys
- for home studio use

- cheap plastic feel
- it doesn't feel sturdy
-some keys squeaks

woupida's review

By woupida, 02/06/2014
A 88-key, semi-weighted, no surprise, we know what to expect.


Semi heavy touch. This is not the Fatar (I have one), but it is handy when doing a lot of scene.

MIDI setup ok.

A surfer, probably pressed to exist on the internet wrote "damage for MIDI OUT". Well no, just power the keyboard with a USB transformer, and has all the functions of the MIDI OUT to the sequencer (Cubase VST Ardour 3, etc..).


Used for a year. Convenient to carry when many concerts, compared to 88 Fatar keys (which remains much higher quality, for sure, and that I use in the studio).

Super value for money (I paid mine 70 euros) is to be carried and played in all situations.

Of course I would do this choice!

very good keyboard

By hcimsorg, 10/01/2014
Touch the number keys, the lack of controllers, MIDI output


The touch is nice. Installation can not be easier in a midi sound card, works directly with FLStudio


I use it for two years. I once had an Oxygen 61 but I lacked octaves.

Very good product

By stars-hound, 03/01/2014
I bought this keyboard the last year in order to cope easily without having to press a button to go up and down an octave and also because it is very convenient with the orchestral banks to power "switcher" between different joints
to summarize I used to compose and control only a few expanders have the opportunity ...


Very nice touch semi heavy to me (I'm not "classical" pianist) since my youngest age I almost always has a touch keyboard "light" on my various synths
Otherwise all is quite well made and is not "cheap" the pitch and modulation appear "tough" (I often used)
no problems running on my mac pro or in pro tools is transparent :)


I use it for a year and I do not intend to part with it, unless you want a full model of knobs and other assignable buttons for those who want a no frills 88 keys is perfect in my opinion, there is just a plug and play / compose
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M-Audio Keystation 88es tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:M-Audio
  • Model:Keystation 88es
  • Series:Keystation
  • Category:88-Key MIDI Keyboards
  • Added in our database on: 10/27/2004

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