Any opinion on the M-Audio Keystation Pro 88?

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  1. jar5173

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    I'm planning on purchasing this controller soon. Also, if using the midi in and outs, what program do you suggest using? I have been recommended Reason 4. Also, I am using an iMac with OS 10.5.5. Thanks! :)
     
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    I had the keystation pro88 for a while. It has weighted keys but no graded effect which means that the keys are the same weight from bottom to top.

    The only thing i didn't like about it was the way the keys are made. They are not in one piece. When you play you can feel that the "hammer" part is always in a distance from the plastic from which the keys are made, so when you play faster parts you will press the key and feel the inner part of the keys coming back AFTER the plastic part of the keys.

    It does seem a bit weird but the second you lay your hands on you'll see what i'm talking about. One more other thing about the keys... they are much more harder then keys on stage pianos, and they are deeper so it takes a while to adjust. If the keys weren't made out of 2 parts that would be good for dynamic expression... but like i said... it's not. But then again... it doesn't cost much so i guess it's ok when it comes down to money

    There are LOADS of sliders and assignable knobs so that's very useful.

    oh, and one more thing... the keyboard is heavy as hell! So prepare to pump up your muscles :D
     
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    Thank you for your input. I played one last night, and it did seem a little weird to me. I don't know now if I will purchase this controller. Do you have any opinion on the m-audio Keystation 88es? How is the hammer-action on this?
     
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    I tink they're all the same. But like i said... For the price it costs it's more then ok. And i don't know about other hammer action 88 key-controllers out there
     
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    I have an 88es that I'm selling (not that I'd recommend you buy from me; shipping will make it close to buying one new), and it's not hammer-action at all. It's semi-weighted; good, but not as good as M-Audio's Axiom line of controllers in my opinion, although the Axioms are more expensive.
     
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