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M-Audio Launches Keystation 88 MK3



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Introducing the Keystation 88 MK3

Introducing the Keystation 88 MK3 – Start creating and performing music with your Mac or PC with the world’s best-selling 88 keyboard controller: The Keystation 88 MK3 from M-Audio. Whether you’re a seasoned pro looking for a lightweight 88 key semi-weighted controller or are looking to get started with the right full sized USB MIDI controller, the Keystation 88 MK3 is a simple, powerful MIDI controller designed for sequencing music and playing virtual instruments on your Mac, iPad or PC.

Keystation 88 MK3 features 88 natural-feeling, full-size velocity-sensitive keys in a compact, rugged design, perfect for any musician creating music at home or on the go.

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M-Audio, synonymous with innovative music production technology, today announced the introduction and immediate availability of their new Keystation 88 MK3 USB/MIDI keyboard controller. This new addition to the best-selling Keystation family brings 88 velocity-sensitive keys and comprehensive controls that expand the range of playable notes, expressive capabilities, and enhance the player’s recording workflow, all in a lightweight, gig-ready package.

Keystation 88 MK3 includes octave range buttons, pitch-bend and modulation controls, and a volume control to play, perform and record with music software without requiring a mouse or trackpad. It also features transport controls and a ¼-inch (6.3mm) sustain pedal input to use an external control pedal, such as the M-Audio SP2 (sold separately), for genuine piano sustain. The Keystation 88 MK3 adds 5-pin MIDI output and semi-weighted keys as a step-up from the Keystation Mini 32 MK3 and Keystation 49 MK3.

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Compact, lightweight and durable, the Keystation Series is perfect for the musician who wants to take command of their music software during live performances, or for producers who wish to add an intuitive MIDI controller with a natural feeling keybed to their studio. All Keystation keyboards are USB-powered, class-compliant, and support USB-MIDI connectivity. Plus, Keystation 88 MK3 supports iOS connectivity with the Apple Lightning to USB Camera Adapter (sold separately), enabling you to perform and compose with audio apps on your iPad and other iOS devices.

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For the most complete and satisfying player experience possible, right out of the box, the new M-Audio Keystation 88 MK3 comes with an unprecedented array of recording/production/performance software, virtual instruments, and online performance/skill-building lessons. These tools include DAWs, Virtual Instruments, Sound Expansion Packs, Educational Software, and MPC Beats Software.

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  • Pro Tools First – M-Audio Edition
  • MPC Beats
  • Ableton Live Lite

Virtual Instruments

  • Velvet – Vintage Electric Piano Instrument
  • Mini Grand – Acoustic Grand Piano
  • Vacuum – Polyphonic Analogue Tube Synthesiser
  • Boom – Vintage drum machine
  • DB-33 – Tonewheel Organ Simulator
  • Xpand!2 – Multitimbral All-In-One Workstation

Sound Expansion Packs

  • MPC Beats Producer Kits – Multi- Genre Beat Production Pack
  • F9 Instruments Beats Edition – 25 High Quality Instrument Samples
  • Laniakea Sounds – rapSoul & LoFi Production Pack
  • MSX Audio – Soulful Drums Collection
  • ADSR – LoFi Producer Collection

Educational Software

  • Melodics – Software that adapts to your abilities and musical tastes to help you get better at playing keyboards. This includes 40 free lessons to get you started!
  • Skoove – interactive piano lessons for beginners and advanced players. 3 months Skoove

Premium free trial included!

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MPC Beats Software

Whatever you set out to achieve, MPC Beats will get you started. Incorporating the finest parts of the legendary MPC workflow, MPC Beats features all the essential tools for pro production. Edit samples, mixdown your tracks, find any sound with the synth engines found on the legendary MPCs, record audio and much more. MPC Beats will host your AU/VST plugins, so as you expand your arsenal, know you’ll have complete compatibility with industry standard virtual studio technology.The Keystation 88 MK3 is available immediately with an MSRP of £174.99. For more information, please visit

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Pricing and Availability

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Keystation 88 MK3 is available now at your prefered retailer.

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MIDI Controller

10 Best Midi Controller Keyboards



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10 Best Midi Controller Keyboards

This midi keyboards review is sorted by price, from the cheapest to the most expensive, ranging from $100 up to over a $1000, including brands such as AKAI, Native Instruments, Novation, M-Audio and many more.

Anything from best studio midi keyboard to professional midi keyboard for people who want durability during their tours and shows.

What makes a good midi will always be a topic of debate, but that’s why we tried to include as many different midis as possible. Hence, this list includes top midi controllers for any purpose.

As the price becomes a main aspect of the listings the midi keyboard keys become a significant aspect of identification. As some entries are 2 octave midi keyboards, they highlight an important difference in price and purpose.

While one of the 2 octave entries might be a good midi keyboard for production, other is a high end midi controller for a very specific use with 5D VSTs (the first being a popular option from AKAI – the MPK Mini MkII and the latter the inventive ROLI Seaboard Block).

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When reaching the upper end of 8 octaves we start encountering the best midi keyboards for live performance, from AKAI Road 88 to M-Audio Hammer 88 which are not just great choices for musicians but are also the best midi synthesizer and the best touch sensitive midi keyboard that replicate a piano to the highest standard.

But that’s not all you’ll find on the list, as we also focus on the best small midi keyboard controllers, that allow you to travel with ease, not worrying about big, cluttered setups.

We end up with a mix of midis designed for comfort and midis design for the comfort of production.

From both the start and the end of the list, we have the best mini keyboard for music production and the best music production keyboards in general – reaching the high mark of over $1000.

We also didn’t forget about ease of access, some of these are desktop midi controller while others studio midi controller, showing a wide range of keyboards, guaranteeing you’ll find at least one that will grab your attention.

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At the end of the video, we also include comprehensive charts that show that if you’re looking for the best midi controller keyboard with drum pads, you might not need to shell out that much money, as the price doesn’t always translate to the number of knobs or buttons you get, but if you look into all of them individually, you’ll quickly realise that they are the best midi keyboard for a reason.

We hope you enjoy our midi controllers reviews and find at least one keyboard you would like to grab for yourself.

We tried to include as many options as we could, looking at the top midi keyboard controllers from the most prestigious brands in the market.

Obviously, trying to cover everything in one list, might have lead us to not include a keyboard that you would regard as the best midi keyboard out there, but please understand that we are limited by only 10 slots, so we have to carefully choose what to include, to cover as much as we can.

But if you feel like you have a better entry for the best midi keyboard controller for live performance or the best midi keyboard with drum pads, we encourage you to share your opinion in the comment section below so we can see your opinions and see what else would be a good choice.

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Also, don’t forget that all of these are great midi keyboards and even though some are more expensive than the rest, it doesn’t mean that a cheap option is worse.

Depending on your budget or skillset, a lower end midi might just be exactly what you’re looking for as midi controllers with aftertouch might be a just what you’re looking for or that sentence didn’t even make any sense.

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Legendary Stanton Manufacturer Enters inMusic’s Brands Including Numark, RANE and Denon DJ



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Legendary Stanton Manufacturer Enters inMusic’s DJ Brands Including Numark, RANE and Denon DJ

inMusic, the global leader in music production hardware, software, and consumer electronics, today announced the acquisition of Stanton from a US-based music company, Gibson Brands, Inc.

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With a legacy spanning over 70 years, Stanton is the perfect complement for inMusic’s family of DJ brands. From developing the replaceable stylus and sparking a consumer market for audio equipment, to becoming an industry leader in the design and manufacturing of professional audio products for club, mobile DJs and turntablists, it is only fitting that Stanton joins the home of DJ technology leader, inMusic.

Stanton specialized in creating ground-breaking solutions for the DJ market including Final Scratch (the industry’s first DVS solution), stereo cartridges designed for the working and performance DJ, and one of the first innovative standalone smart controllers, all of which makes Stanton the perfect addition to the inMusic portfolio.

inMusic is the parent company for the world’s premier family of DJ brands, including Denon DJ, Numark, and RANE. Alongside these pillars of the DJ industry sits world-renowned music technology, software, and consumer electronic brands including AIR Music Technology, Akai Professional, ALTO Professional, Alesis, Denon Professional, HeadRush, ION Audio, M-Audio, Marantz Professional, MixMeister, Rane Commercial, SONiVOX, and SoundSwitch.

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inMusic’s world-famous, state of the art research and development teams respond dynamically to its customers with advanced technology in both software ecosystems and hardware – the perfect environment to guarantee a prosperous and innovative future for Stanton.

About inMusic

inMusic is a family of 16 premier brands that includes AIR Music Technology™, Akai Professional®, Alesis®, Alto Professional®, Denon® DJ, Denon® Professional, HeadRush®, ION® Audio, M-Audio®, Marantz® Professional, MARQ® Lighting, MixMeister®, Numark®, Rane®, SONiVOX® and SoundSwitch®.

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