M-Audio Hammer 88 88-Key USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller

M-Audio Hammer 88 88-Key USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller

M-Audio Hammer 88 88-Key USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller

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Product Highlights

  • 88 Fully Weighted, Hammer-Action Keys
  • Pitch Bend and Modulation Wheels
  • Multiple Keyboard Zones
  • Pedal Inputs
  • Volume and Plus/Minus Controls
  • USB and MIDI Outputs
  • USB-Powered
  • Includes Music Rest
  • Supports Plug-and-Play Connectivity
  • Mac OS X, Windows
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M-Audio Hammer 88 overview

  • 1Description

The Hammer 88 from M-Audio is an 88-key USB/MIDI keyboard controller designed to provide realistic piano-style feel and control of virtual instruments for musicians, composers, and programmers on stage or in the studio. It features 88 velocity-sensitive, hammer-action keys, which are fully weighted to reproduce the feel of playing on a grand piano. The included music rest is convenient for sheet music or propping up a phone or tablet.

The keyboard can be split into multiple zones, allowing layers, splits, and single-key chords. Separate 1/4” inputs are available for sustain, soft, and expression pedals. Use the pitch bend and mod wheels to add portamento and glissando effects. The dedicated volume control delivers easy level adjustment. The assignable Plus/Minus buttons enable you to select programs, effects, octaves, and more.

Control your favorite virtual instruments via USB, or connect the MIDI output to an external sound module or drum machine. The Hammer 88 supports plug-and-play compatibility on Mac OS X and Windows, and is USB-powered.

Keys
88 velocity-sensitive, fully weighted, hammer-action keys can faithfully capture your performance subtleties, while providing the response of a traditional grand piano. Combine the classic feel of a piano with the sonic power of your favorite virtual instruments.
Expression
With a unity-locking pitch wheel and a separate modulation wheel, add portamento and glissando effects, or map the Mod wheel to any assignable parameter in your virtual instrument. With the dedicated Master Volume Fader, you can instantly control the intensity of your performance or MIDI map this to any compatible parameter in your DAW or virtual instrument collection for expanded, hands-on control. Use the assignable Up and Down buttons to select different programs, effects, MMC messages, jump between octaves and more.
Pedal Inputs
Three 1/4" inputs are provided for sustain, soft, and expression pedals. Connect your preferred pedals, then enjoy pedal-based performance articulation.
Control
Control virtual instruments in your favorite DAW via USB. Utilize the 5-pin MIDI output to send all MIDI information to any compatible peripheral device, including hardware synthesizers, sound modules, and drum machines.
Convenience
The Hammer 88 is USB-powered, class-compliant, and supports USB-MIDI connectivity for hassle-free setup that lets you focus on your creativity. No drivers are required; plug-and-play connectivity is supported on Mac OS X and Windows. For iOS users, Hammer 88 supports seamless connectivity via the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit (available separately), enabling you to compose with audio apps on your iPad and other iOS devices.
UPC: 694318023310
In the Box
M-Audio Hammer 88 88-Key USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller
  • Music Rest
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
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    M-Audio Hammer 88 specs

    General Specifications
    Keyboard 88 fully weighted, hammer-action keys
    Interface USB
    Controllers Pitch bend
    Modulation
    Volume
    Plus/Minus
    Connectors 1 x USB Type-B
    1 x 5-pin MIDI (output)
    1 x 1/4" sustain pedal
    1 x 1/4" soft pedal
    1 x 1/4" expression pedal
    1 x DC power
    Power Requirements Powered via USB or power adapter (optional)
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 55.9 x 5.0 x 11.9" / 142.0 x 12.7 x 30.2 cm
    Weight 38.5 lb / 17.5 kg
    Computer Requirements
    System Requirements Mac
    OS X 10.8 or later


    Windows
    Windows 7 or later


    Available USB port

    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 43.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 61.2 x 14.5 x 8.0"

    M-Audio Hammer 88 reviews

    Hammer 88 88-Key USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 3.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heavy with a heavy touch A huge step up from the semi-weighted and spring-action keyboards I'm used to. Built solid, with a metal top and some sort of heavy-density material on the bottom, very rigid and hefty. Plastic but not hollow-feeling keys. The action is definitely on the heavy side which I like. The keys don't make a clicky racket like the Keystation 88. Wheels and buttons are good quality, slider is just OK. Mine came with a slight dent in the metal top, apparently a manufacturing defect because the packaging was undamaged and there's no sign of impact. Not a deal breaker in my case and virtually invisible. Firmware update is available and installed easily. Preset editor utility is handy and intuitive. As I knew going in, no pedals or AC adapter are included. Didn't try the software because I have my own. Heavy, 38lbs., and given its weight and lack of onboard sounds, it wouldn't be my first choice for a gigging keyboard. It's more like a digital piano, and if I could make a suggestion to M-Audio, I would like a dedicated digital piano-style stand with integrated pedal option.
    Date published: 2018-08-15
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from trying too hard not a bad controller, really. she is stiff and a bit too heavy on the hammers in my opinion. however, she plays better than all the controllers to roll through here prior. ...its midi, does it really matter all these years later that the controllers are still a bit lacking on reality.
    Date published: 2018-03-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice keyboard The Hammer 88 is a no frills MIDI controller with a nice weighted action. Construction seems solid. A pretty good buy for the price.
    Date published: 2018-10-26
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