M-Audio Hammer 88 USB/MIDI Controller Keyboard
Introducing Hammer 88 from M-Audio, a premium, no-compromise keyboard controller, ideal for professional, semi-pro players or students seeking the realistic grand piano feel to use with virtual instruments or sound modules.
- 88 fully-weighted, hammer-action keys
- USB-MIDI connection for playing virtual instruments, controlling recording software and more
- 5-Pin MIDI output to trigger external MIDI devices
- Pitch bend, modulation, volume and ± controls for expressive performances
- Multiple keyboard zones for layering, splits and 4-note chords with a single key press
- Inputs for Sustain, Expression and Soft pedals
- USB-powered, no power supply required
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At the heart of Hammer 88 are 88 velocity-sensitive, fully-weighted hammer-action keys that are guaranteed to faithfully capture every subtle nuance of your performance, while providing the unmatched response of a traditional grand piano—classic feel fused with the unrivalled sonic capabilities of virtual instruments. It's the perfect combination for performers and producers to experience their plugin collection like never before.
Put expression centre-stage with Hammer 88, thanks to a core range of controls, thoughtfully positioned to complement and enhance your performance. 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 collection to reshape and evolve your sound on the fly. 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. Add some pedal-based performance articulation using the three dedicated inputs for Sustain, Expression and Soft. With Hammer 88's performance-centric feature-set, expressing yourself has never been so easy!
Don't limit yourself to your computer-based virtual instruments! Take control of your studio equipment with Hammer 88. With its conveniently-located 5-pin MIDI Output, you can send all MIDI information to any compatible peripheral device, including hardware synthesisers, sound modules and drum machines. With Hammer 88, it's easy get the most out of your external sound generators. This is a controller designed from the ground up to place you firmly in the driver's seat.
An instrument shouldn't limit your creativity, it should enhance it! Hammer 88 is USB-powered, class- compliant and supports USB-MIDI connectivity for rapid, hassle-free setup that lets you focus on what's important—your performance. Plus for iOS enthusiasts, Hammer 88 supports seamless connectivity with the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately), enabling you to perform and compose with audio apps on your iPad and other iOS devices.
Premium Software Suite Included
With Hammer 88, entering the world of computer based virtual instruments has never been easier thanks to a professional, production-ready software suite that provides in-demand and fully-customisable grand piano, organ and e-piano sounds. Plus, for performers and producers seeking to hone their keyboard skills, Hammer 88 includes a free 3-month subscription to the critically-acclaimed Skoove platform.
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Keys: 88, velocity-sensitive, weighted keys
Connections: USB port, sustain pedal, soft pedal, expression pedal, MIDI Out
Power: USB, Power adapter
Dimensions (W x D x H): 30.2 x 12.7 x 142.0 cm / 11.9 x 5.0 x 55.9 inches
Weight: 17.5 Kg / 38.5 lbs.