M-Audio’s KeyStation 88 MK3 is a full-size MIDI keyboard with a small price tag

M-Audio KeyStation 88 Mk3
(Image credit: M-Audio)

It might not have a weighted hammer-action, but if you’re looking for an affordable full-size MIDI keyboard to sit at the centre of your studio but is also lightweight enough to be carried under your arm to a gig, M-Audio’s new Keystation 88 MK3 looks like it might well fit the bill.

As the name implies, there are 88 keys - these are full-size, semi-weighted and velocity-sensitive. Additional controls include octave range buttons (though, given the size of this ‘board, you might not need them too much) pitchbend/mod wheels and a volume control. You also get transport controls and a sustain pedal input.

The KeyStation 88 MK3 is class-compliant and can be powered over USB, while USB-MIDI is also supported. There’s iOS compatibility and a dedicated 5-pin MIDI output, too. Bundled software includes Pro Tools First - M-Audio Edition, MPC Beats and Ableton Live Lite, and a range of virtual instruments and sound expansion packs is included as well.

The KeyStation 88 MK3 is available now for £175, which doesn’t seem much to pay for a keyboard of this size. Find out more on the M-Audio website.

M-Audio KeyStation 88 Mk3

(Image credit: M-Audio)
Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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