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M-Audio ProKeys 88 Hammer-Action Premium Stage Piano Reviews
I purchased my M-Audio Prokeys 88 Stage Piano in 2006.
It was fitted with the original 22 high brightness BLUE LEDs which quickly failed, one after the other, It was returned to the dealer to replace the faulty LEDs, but they continued to fail, and to avoid the cost and embarrassment of constantly returning it for repair, I finally stripped it and replaced all 22 BLUE LEDs with 22 high brightness RED LEDs....not a job for the faint-hearted!
I believe all the later models are fitted with the more reliable RED LEDs.
Up to the present the keyboard has worked faultlessly, and I am very pleased with it.
I have a number of professional Synthesizers and Workstations, but my Prokeys 88 is my preferred keyboard when it comes to playing Piano!
It has an excellent, graded, Hammer-action key-bed, replicating the feel of a real Grand Piano.
It is built like a tank, weighs a ton, at an affordable price, and is black...like a real Piano!
Highly recommended for all those requiring a straight-forward, professional stage Piano, without any unnecessary expensive frills!
An excellent overall specification.
Does exactly what it says on the keyboard!
Product fantastic in every why.
Repairs / Spare Parts seem to be non-existant once out of warrenty.
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I bought this both as a stage piano to play late at night when it would annoy the neighbours too much playing my baby grand. And secondly I wanted a weighted 88 key keyboard to use as a controller keyboard for my various synthesizers. Taking each of these requirements in turn:
As a piano, I was very impressed with the ProKeys 88. It feels good to play and the main on board sounds are very good. It was nice to have other sounds like strings and basses but I probably won\'t use them much. The main problem I had with playing it was that the edges of the keys are quite sharp and so a long stretch can be a little uncomfortable. Whilst I won\'t be selling my baby grand, it does provide a good piano feel and at a very reasonable price.
As a controller keyboard, it does everything I wanted from it. However, that is not saying much as I don\'t use a computer for music and so all I was using it for was controlling hardware synths using MIDI. My only complaint is that changing sounds requires you to press a \'change sound\' button and then type in the number of the patch. That can get a bit tedious if you are auditioning a lot of sounds. But other than that minor gripe, MIDI control worked straight away on all my synths.
In summary, this is a really good stage piano and MIDI controller in one. For the price it is being sold at, it is a really good buy.
This case has two zips on the lid which are intended to meet in the middle. On the case supplied one of these was immovable. It is, of course, possible to take the remaining zip all the way round and so the case is usable. However, It doesn't say much for the quality control as the working of the zips is the most obvious thing to check. It would appear that no checking was done.
Having read a lot about this product (some good reviews, some bad) i decided to fork out £339 and buy it.
Turns out it was a good decision.
Having spent 10 minutes trying to get the thing out the box, I plugged it in, connected midi and I was away. Straight away, I noticed the keys played great, and the piano sound was pretty decent.
The pedal supplied is great, and the sounds and features are fantastic (I especially like the ride cymbal layer). However it is rather heavy which could be a negative as I will use this for gigging, and the piano sound does sound a bit odd in the octave above middle C when using it on full volume. You get used to it though.
All in all though, a great purchase, and I'm sure I will use it for years to come!
Overall VERY pleased with this product
Was bought in mind for use as a substitute practise piano, also with scope for recording though Sibelius and Cubase etc. and use with my band. It was between the Prokeys 88 and The Yamaha P-60, both met my requirements (and i had played on the P-60) but i think i made the right decision.
- It has proved Extremely versatile as both a stage piano and a Midi input.
- very affordable (more so than the P-60)
- Good sound quality, the 'warm pad' and 'strings' are particularly good
- Lots of additional bits and bobs that have proved useful! (Equaliser, pitch bend, split + layed volume etc. etc.)
NOT SO GOOD Points...
- As far as stage pianos go, this is very heavy one
- No internal speakers (just for ease of use), which meant i ended up chasing after active monitors...
- Probably if your going for sheer sound and playing quality the P-60 has the edge, but there not much to pick between them (and the prokeys has alot more features)
- I have heard some things that would lead me to question its reliability. But mine working great! *fingers crossed*
All in all a very good piece of kit, very good price, and a very pleased customer =D !! Have already recommended to a friend and wouldnt hesitate to recommend it to anyone
I have had this piano for 2 months now. I need a \"real piano\" feel for my keys as well as a real piano sound. I know there are many famous brands out there offering a lot of quality stages pianos, BUT if you set aside your subjectivity and not look at the M-audio name on it, as they do not have a tradition at all in making stage pianos, you\'ll be able to bring yourself to a place of objectivity.
I highly recommend trying to play the M-Audio ProKeys 88 before you get an opinion. That\'s what I did and I loved its sound right from the start.
As a piano player and a lead vocalist in my band, as well as for my home-studio, I need something that was both a good stage piano and a MIDI controller in one, and I truly believe M-audio has successfully achieved that.
The feel of the keys is what you\'d expect from a real 88 hammer action keyboard, also due to its 3 velocity curve function.
The sounds are good and very \"tight\" due to the large memory used for the samples and the detail and dynamics are very expressive.
As a MIDI controller you have enough for both studio and stage situations, the USB MIDI connection being a plus for those who do not have a standard MIDI port on your computer audio interface.
All in all, if you look at all the features, sound quality and practical aspects this piano/MIDI controller gives you, you\'ll find that right now M-Audio ProKeys 88 offers the best price-quality and price-features balance you find out there.
I\'m happy with it and I\'d buy it again.
Good quality onboard sounds and nice weighted keyboard action, both just as good if not better than the korg sp200, but with added advantage of all the midi controller stuff as well. Well built and not filmsy in any way. after spending about four hours researching midi controllers from £150 upwards I settled on a stage piano. My local shop had all 5 possibles on my list in stock and the m-audio is as well built or better as any other so I am very happy with it and price I paid.
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