Alesis Q88 88-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller

Alesis Q88 | 88-Key USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller with Pitch & Mod Wheels

  • 88-key USB MIDI keyboard controller provides the ideal surface for composing and performing music with computer-based digital audio workstations, sequencers, and more
  • 88 semi-weighted velocity-sensitive keys give you piano-like responsiveness and range for professionals or practice sessions
  • Pitch and Modulation wheels add musical expression; perfect for emulating the nuances of specialized musicians via DAW software
  • Octave Up and Down buttons extend the note range for expanded melodic range
  • Sustain pedal input, aux pedal input and MIDI output for pro-level performance + versatility
  • Single USB cable simplicity delivers both data and power
  • Ableton Live Lite Alesis Edition software is included to get you creating right out of the box
Enjoy the extended range of a full piano keyboard. The Alesis Q88 provides an excellent feel that conveys all the nuances of your playing through 88 semi-weighted, velocity-sensitive keys. Pitch bend and modulation wheels ensure an expressive performance, plus you can transpose to quickly play in any key. At just 22 pounds, the compact and portable Q88 is equally at home on stage and in the studio. Specifications POWER: USB; 9V DC, 500 mA, center pin-positive, 5.5 mm outside barrel diameter and 2.5 mm inside barrel diameter (sold separately) KEYBOARD: 88 keys CONNECTIONS USB data/power port Sustain pedal jack Volume pedal jack MIDI output jack (5-pin) Power selector switch 9V DC power input USB: 1 slave connector (MIDI over USB) DIMEN

List Price: $ 299.00 Price: $ 199.00

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  1. Amazon Customer
    38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    EXCELLENT keyboard, but you need to understand the software you’ll need, January 4, 2014

    This review is from: Alesis Q88 88-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller (Electronics)
    I’ve had the Alesis Q88 for a few weeks now. And it’s exactly what I needed, for a good price too. You should know this is a MIDI keyboard though, meaning it’s not going to produce its own sound. You need to hook it up to your computer and install a few programs first. The software is by far the most important part. I’ll address what software you will need last in this review.

    First, why the keyboard is great:
    SEMI-WEIGHTED KEYS: I was a bit worried about the keys being semi-weighted instead of weighted. Since I came from a keyboard with weighted keys that I loved. But they feel surprisingly natural here. Maybe a tiny bit more springy than a weighted keyboard would feel like, but natural to anyone that plays piano. Make sure you purchase a sustain pedal (not included) to give your sound that real piano/keyboard feel. Seriously, get a sustain pedal. They’re an extra $15.

    USB PLUG-IN: It really is a simple plug-in if you have the right software. All you have to do is connect this keyboard to your computer via the USB chord, turn it on and it automatically gets recognized. No extra driver installations necessary, Windows will automatically install what is necessary and it only takes a few seconds. Plus that USB acts as the power chord too, meaning you don’t have to worry about any other plug to get it working.

    CHEAP (in price, not material): This is a cheap price for a full 88-key MIDI keyboard. It does everything more expensive full MIDI keyboards can do. The thing with MIDI keyboards is the software is far more important for good sound. So why not save hundreds of dollars getting this cheaper model which has a great feel to its keys and spend that extra dough on the software. I had a $600 keyboard before this and find little difference in quality (even going from weighted to semi-weighted keys wasn’t a bad downgrade).

    Minor gripes:
    NO HEADPHONE JACK: My laptop has bad speakers, forcing me to use headphones to listen to anything. So in order to listen to to what I’m playing, I have to plug my headphones into my computer headphone jack. It’s fine, I just had to get an extension chord for my headphones. Otherwise you’d have to put the computer and keyboard uncomfortably close together.

    SHORT USB CABLE: The USB cable is maybe 4 feet long. That means you either need to buy a longer cable or have a workspace where you can put your keyboard right next to your computer. I do, but for some people that don’t, this would be annoying. A keyboard stand (not included) is a must in this case.

    The software you will need:
    MUSIC SOFTWARE: This MIDI keyboard comes with Ableton Live Lite, so if you’re unfamiliar with music software, that’s an okay start. But due to the fact that its a “lite” version, it is severely lacking on the instruments you can try out on your new keyboard. I personally use Magix Music Maker 2014 Pro. Its a lot cheaper than Fruity Loops or Ableton and had a wide range of synths and acoustic instruments to assign to your keyboard. Set-up of a MIDI keyboard is also very easy with that program. Just be prepared to spend anywhere from $100 to $500 for good software that allow you to actually take advantage of the keyboard.

    ASIO SOUND CARD DRIVER: This is VERY IMPORTANT. Without either a top-end sound card or this driver, you will experience latency when you play this keyboard. That means when you press a key, you won’t hear it on the computer until a split second later. For someone who plays fast, it really threw me off hearing a note I played a split second after playing it. At first I thought the MIDI keyboard was at fault, then I did some research. If you download a driver like ASIO4ALL and then use that in your music software instead of your direct sound card, this will remove all latency issues. So there is zero delay between when you hit a key and when the computer registers it.

    All said and done, this is a great keyboard. Hence me giving it 5 stars. Just know what you’re getting and what you need to download. This keyboard will let you compose your songs beautifully and naturally. But seriously, get a sustain pedal.


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  2. Wael Abi-Haydar "Wael A.H."
    16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great product, highly recommended!, May 28, 2013

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    This review is from: Alesis Q88 88-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller (Electronics)
    Pros: For beginners to semi pros, the keyboard is great in size, weight, and keys touch/pressure response. for $200, the product really delivers what it promises, maybe more. The bundled free Ableton Lite suite makes playing this midi keyboard and producing music a swift and easy process (it’s worth upgrading to the full suite, many more instruments and unlimited functionality).

    You need to spend five times the money at least buying a full size electric piano and all you will get is a set of speakers, a pedal or two perhaps, and a stand/base for the piano, not worth $800 of course!! (i mean almost every house has now a PC with a decent sets of speakers, and the stand costs some $35, it’s only a 10KG product!).

    Cons: minor things, like not being able to define the Q88 as a Control Surface in Ableton, so i am not able to use the built-in volume slider, that’s why I gave it a 4 stars rather than 5 (I guess it’s a windows drivers or 64bits issue, will try on an old 32 bit and update my review later). The other thing, if you are looking to give this instrument to kids, you or your kids have to be a bit techy, as it requires the Abelton suite or other MIDI based software to run to be able to play (i.e. install the software, activate and register, then open and configure for 1st use, and finally chose the instruments, all using the PC).


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  3. muzikt3ch
    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Velocity sensitivity is positively awful, February 20, 2014

    This review is from: Alesis Q88 88-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller (Electronics)
    The keyboard looks wonderful, but it’s just about useless. The action is very stiff and uneven, noisy in some places. The black keys respond differently than the white keys, moving from soft to super loud with little in between, while the white keys range from soft to moderately loud and it’s difficult to get them to play as loud as the black keys, which play louder than you want them to sound, and erratically at that. Maybe worst of all, the white key corner edges are rough and even sharp in places, so that your fingertips moving from one key to the next can actually catch on them and you’ll feel a sharp little pain there. Ouch – terrible. I sent it back immediately. If I were to have kept it, I would have taken some sandpaper to all the white key edges, but unfortunately that would not have improved the quality of the action or velocity response. Forget this thing. Buy a Yamaha.


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