Alesis Q88 MKII USB Controller Keyboard
Overview by GAK
The Alesis Q88 MKII is one of the most affordable and lightest ways to experience acoustic piano-style control of your favourite software instruments. As part of the revitalised Q Series MK II range, this keyboard features intuitive DAW controls and a superb software suite that gives you everything you need to start recording your music!
The Alesis Q88 MKII is an 88-key MIDI controller keyboard. If you’re a composer, a keyboardist that uses a computer for their sounds or simply need a well-featured master keyboard - the Q88 MKII is a brilliant choice.
Won’t Break Your Back (Or The Bank)
It’s a very lightweight for a keyboard of its size, so if you’re regularly on-the-move, like the convenience of using a laptop for your tones and need the range of a full-size keyboard - the Alesis Q88 will save your back! If you’ve ever had to lug a massive keyboard around on public transport, you’ll know how great this is.
Despite this, it still feels robust and gig-ready. The 88 full-size velocity-sensitive keys are ready to receive the dynamic nuance of your playing and feature a lovely semi-weighted action.
Setting up the Alesis Q88 MKII to use with your music software is immediate and effortless thanks to its plug-and-play connectivity. It’s bus-powered so can run off of your PC or Mac’s USB port. If you want to use the Q88 MKII with your iOS device, all you have to do is hook it up with a Camera Connection Kit.
There’s a 5-pin DIN MIDI output and a 9V power input so you can use the Q88 MKII as a powerful standalone controller for your external hardware.
Classic Performance Features
On the left-hand side of the Alesis Q88 MK II are the performance controls, which feature sturdy mod and pitch wheels as well as a reassignable slider. With the slider, you can tweak assigned settings on-the-fly - such as track’s volume or a synth’s filter. Using these in tandem, you can achieve hands-on, analogue-style control over your software instruments.
Overview by Alesis
88 FULL-SIZED KEYS; NO-NONSENSE
When the melody hits you and it’s time to make music, you can’t afford to pick the wrong tool for the job. You need the Alesis Q88 MKII, a no-nonsense MIDI controller with 88 full-size, velocity sensitive, semi-weighted keys. This USB bus-powered MIDI controller has everything you need to make your performance unique – Octave and Transpose buttons for accessing the full piano range, Pitch Bend and Modulation wheels for added expression, and Transport buttons to control key functions of your favourite software or DAW. For added expression there’s also a Sustain Pedal input, and a re- assignable slider for quick parameter control. Plug in the Q88 MKII and immediately turn your PC, Mac, or iOS device into the MIDI production tool you need.
Don’t waste time clicking or typing your performance into the computer. The Q88 MKII has all the essential controls to help give your playing character. Add feeling and expression with easily accessible Pitch Bend and Modulation wheels. Need that note to hang for a little bit longer? Plug in a sustain pedal and give your melody the added human touch it needs. There are also STOP, PLAY, RECORD, and Directional Transport controls so you can use your production software without ever having to take your hands away from the Q88 MKII. Want even more control? The on-board volume slider can be assigned to any parameter you need.
PREMIUM SOFTWARE BUNDLE
The Alesis Q88 MKII comes with a premium software bundle that features world-class tools for composing and recording. Pro Tools is the industry standard in digital recording, and MPC Beats gives you access to the same sought-after production tools used by the best in the business. Both include tons of professional-grade sounds and virtual instruments that can boost any composition. If you’re just learning to play, or just want to sharpen your keyboard skills, the Q88 MKII also includes 60 free lessons from Melodics, the best way to learn piano.
Pro Tools | First Alesis Edition
Pro Tools redefined the music, film, and TV industries and is trusted by more professionals than any other DAW for music creation, composition, audio post-production, mixing, sound design, live recording, and more. With our exclusive special edition of Pro Tools | First, you can join the esteemed Pro Tools family and start creating with many of the same tools these pros rely on daily.
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.
Vacuum Classic is a monophonic vintage synthesiser featuring Vacuum Tube Synthesis with vacuum tube circuit modelling that perfectly captures the crunchy, warm sound of the analogue era. With analogue oscillators, multiple filters and envelopes and built-in audio effects, Vacuum lets you dive deep into subtractive synthesis to recreate those sought-after analogue sounds from the 70s and 80s. Tweak the switches, knobs and dials to program anything from basses, leads, pads or unique sound effects.
Boom features a slick modern interface that pays homage to the most popular vintage drum machines of the past. Boom has been used on many famous projects since its launch, ranging from hit albums, feature films and radio projects. More and more musicians and producers rely on the incredible sonic firepower of this amazing Drum Machine.
DB-33 Tonewheel Organ is a virtual organ that recreates the sounds and controllability of classic tonewheel organs such as the Hammond B3, and the rotary-speaker cabinets they are often played through. It includes 122 preset sounds plus an extra-realistic convolution rotary cabinet and tube overdrive emulation. The rotary-speaker cabinet can also be used as an effect in its own right on an audio track.
AIR Music’s Xpand!2 is a multitimbral workstation offering four active sound slots, or parts, per patch. Each part is provided with its own MIDI channel, Note Range (Zone), Mix, Arpeggiation, Modulation, and Effects settings — an excellent method for creating individual parts. Harnessing the four parts together to build one amazing Patch is where Xpand!2 reveals its true power. Using everything from wavetables and FM synthesis to sample playback, the expert sound design team at Air Music Tech has carefully created thousands of ready-to-play Xpand!2 patches.
Melodics is a desktop app that teaches you to play and perform with MIDI keyboards, pad controllers, and drums. Whether you’re just starting out or are a seasoned pro looking to learn advanced techniques Melodics grows with you. Register your Alesis Q88 MKII for instant access to 60 free lessons!
- 88 full-size, velocity-sensitive, semi-weighted keys
- Octave/Transpose buttons enable access to the full piano range
- Pitch bend and modulation wheels for added expression
- Transport and directional buttons to control your software
- Assignable volume slider for quick control during performing and recording
- 1/4-inch TS sustain pedal and 1/4-inch TRS expression pedal inputs
- 5-PIN MIDI output enables standalone operation with a power supply (sold separately)
- USB-powered with plug-and-play connectivity for Mac or PC
- Works with iOS devices via Apple Lightning to USB Camera Adapter (sold separately)
- Lightweight design for easy setup and portability
- Premium music education and production software bundle included (Pro Tools | First Alesis Edition, MPC Beats, Vacuum Classic, BOOM, DB-33, Xpand!2, Melodics)
- Power: via USB or DC 9 V, 500 mA center-positive power supply (sold separately)
- Dimensions: (width x depth x height): 54.2” x 8.5” x 2.9”/137.8 x 21.6 x 7.3cm
- Weight: 14.15 lbs./6.42kg
It's a great keyboard .. but the first one I rec'd had a problem with the 5 pin midi port and the support guys at Alesis didn't seem to quite understand the functions of the unit. All sorted out smoothly in the end.