The Best 88 Key MIDI Keyboard Controller
The best 88 key MIDI keyboard is the one that is best suited to you! Because there is such a large variety of full-scale models available, ranging from under $200 to over $2000, doing your research really pays off!
If you are just starting out composing electronic music, or if you are purchasing a keyboard to learn how to play, often times a simple, affordable model will be completely satisfactory. On the other hand, if you are an advanced composer looking to add a high-end piece to your digital recording studio, you are probably already aware that you will end up spending the extra bucks for the quality you require.
Below is an interactive chart that is designed to assist you in comparing different models of 88 key MIDI keyboard controllers.
Listed are the products themselves (click on the images or model names to go to the product details page on Amazon), key features and specifications. Also, you will find links to full, in-depth reviews written here at MBMK with loads of useful information.
The Best 88 Key MIDI Keyboard Controller
Specs (W x D x H)
Rating and Price
|M-Audio Keystation 88ES||Semi-weighted, velocity-sensitive keys, 1 slider, 3 buttons, pitch and mod, pedal inputs||53” x 9.5” x 4”|
|M-Audio Keystation 88ES Review|
|M-Audio Oxygen 88||Graded, Hammer-action keys, 8 knobs, 9 sliders, 9 buttons, transport, LED display, pitch and mod||58” x 14” x 6”|
|M-Audio Oxygen 88 Review|
|Akai Pro MPK88||Weighted, Hammer-action keys, Aftertouch, 8 Q-Link knobs, 8 sliders, 16 drum pads, Arpeggiator, pitch and mod, MIDI in/out||52” x 15” x 5.2”|
|Akai Pro MPK88 Review|
|Alesis Q88||Semi-weighted, velocity-sensitive keys. Pitch, Mod, 1 slider, 1 assignable button, pedal input.|
|53.5” x 5.5” x 3.5”|
|Alesis Q88 Review|
|Roland A-88||Hammer-action keys with Escapement, 2 knobs, D-BEAM controller, Transpose, Octave up/down, pitch and mod||57” x 10.75” x 4.75”|
|Roland A-88 Review|
* Prices are approximate of Amazon.com and are subject to change. $ = $49 or less, $$ = $50 – $99, $$$ = $100 – $199, $$$$ = $200 – $399, $$$$$ = $400+
Who are the best 88 key MIDI controllers best suited for?
Really, a full-scale keyboard with 88 keys is suited for everybody who has the space to accommodate it’s size. From those learning to play the piano, to those fiddling around with their DAWs, to those professional composers who absolutely need the range of notes, nobody would complain about having a full set of keys. It would be like complaining about a car having 4 wheels… it’s the way they were designed to be.
Having a full 88 means no more toggling through the octaves to find the right notes, no more toggling back to hit that bass line again, and no more running off your scale when your artistic genius decides to take you there! Again, not everybody has the luxury of space for one of these monsters, but for those that do, it is appreciated.
The best 88 key MIDI keyboards have these features:
- Freedom of finger movement, no restrictions – The way pianos are designed
- Most models will have semi-weighted, if not full, hammer-action keys
- Often times are stocked to the T with drum pads, knobs and faders
- Variety – from affordable to professional and everywhere in between
- Time tested – These models are built to last, they ain’t toys
A full-scale MIDI keyboard is a great addition to any recording studio that has the desk space to support it. Any electronic music composer, piano student, amateur musician or professional performer will be able to make use of her grand expanse. Again, it’s just a matter of audio workstation space and capital investment (aka, how much you’re willing to dish out).
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