Alesis Q88 - USB/MIDI Extended Keyboard Controller

Alesis Q88 - USB/MIDI Extended Keyboard Controller

Alesis Q88 - USB/MIDI Extended Keyboard Controller

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Product Highlights

  • 88 Semi-Weighted Keys
  • Velocity Sensitive
  • Modulation and Pitch Wheels
  • Octave Switches
  • Assignable Data Slider
  • MIDI Output
  • Sustain and Volume Pedal Inputs
  • USB Bus Powered
  • Ableton Live Lite Alesis Edition
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The Q88 from Alesis is 88-key USB/MIDI keyboard controller featuring semi-weighted, velocity-sensitive keys, packaged in a compact and portable form. Suitable for both stage and studio use, the controller features assignable pitch and modulation wheels and data slider, along with octave transpose buttons.

The unit provides a USB-MIDI jack for easy connection to a Mac or Windows computer, along with iOS devices with the addition of Apple's Camera Connection Kit (not included). A traditional 5-pin MIDI jack is also present for connecting to external MIDI sound modules, synthesizers and samplers. Additionally, MIDI commands can be sent from the Q88's keys to change programs, patches, etc.

To allow for performing, recording and sequencing music right out of the box, the controller ships with a copy of Ableton Live Lite Alesis Edition software, a customized and cross-platform version of Ableton Live. The keyboard can either be USB bus powered, or for stand-alone use, powered from an optional external power supply.

Full piano-length keyboard
88 semi-weighted, velocity-sensitive keys
Pitch bend wheel with assignable range
Assignable modulation wheel
Assignable volume control/data entry slider
Octave/transpose button access the entire note range in any key
Sustain and volume pedal inputs (pedals optional)
Convenient USB power allows single-cable connection
MIDI output and DC input for standalone operation (external power supply optional)
Compatible with virtually any Mac or Windows based music software
Includes Ableton Live Lite Alesis Edition software for Mac and Windows computers
UPC: 694318013977
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Alesis Q88 - USB/MIDI Extended Keyboard Controller
  • USB Cable
  • Ableton Live Lite Alesis Edition Software
  • One (1) Year Warranty
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    Alesis Q88 specs

    Keys 88 velocity sensitive, semi weighted
    Connectors 1 x USB data/power port
    1 x 1/4" TS Sustain Pedal jack (pedal optional)
    1 x 1/4" TS Volume Pedal jack (pedal optional)
    1 x 5-pin DIN MIDI output jack
    1 x 9V DC power input
    Controllers 1 x Modulation wheel
    1 x Pitch Bend wheel
    2 x Octave Transpose buttons
    1 x Data Slider
    1 x Assign button
    Power Requirement USB bus powered
    9V DC external power supply (optional)
    Weight 22 lb (10 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 23.2 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 57.0 x 14.0 x 6.75"

    Alesis Q88 reviews

    Q88 - USB/MIDI Extended Keyboard Controller is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inexpensive, real 5 pin midi and USB, 88 keys, Great for Me! Most of the keyboards these days do not have a real 5 pin midi output. They want to just give you a USB interface. Thats ok if you just want to play computers software but I wanted a velocity sensitive keyboard to trigger some legacy midi modules from the 1980's that have a bunch of great sounds. Specifically an E-mu Proformance/1+ Piano Module, Yamaha TG33 Tone Generator, and a Roland D-50 keyboard/synth whose keyboard had become unreliable but has a bunch of great sounds. This keyboard works great for this purpose. A 9volt positive tip power supply gets it going but you are not going to get it from Alesis because they apparently expect everyone to plug it USB into a computer and power it from the USB. 9V DC, 500 mA, center pin-positive, 5.5 mm outside barrel diameter and 2.5 mm inside barrel diameter (sold separately). It works great for me! Touch sensitivity is good! On one of the E-mu best piano patches I forgot I wasn't on a real piano for a minute! Don't ask me how it works with Ableton and Cakewalk and all that computer stuff, it may be months or even years before I plug it into a computer.
    Date published: 2015-07-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Keyboard ! the most perfect Extended Keyboard Controller
    Date published: 2015-08-10
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