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    Premium keyboard controller is ideal for professional, semi-pro and advanced student players seeking realistic grand piano feel to use with virtual instruments and sound modules.


    Cumberland RI, USA (June 15, 2017)— M-Audio (m-audio.com), synonymous with innovative music production technology, today announced the introduction of their brand-new Hammer 88 hammer-action USB/MIDI controller. Featuring a full-size 88-key keyboard, the Hammer 88 delivers an absolutely genuine grand piano feel along with the capability to use virtual instruments and sound modules.


    Recognizing a crucial, unfulfilled need in the market for a truly top-level controller that delivers the playing experience of fully-weighted hammer-action keys, the ability to customize your sound with a full range of controls and unmatched value, the M-Audio Hammer 88 combines these attributes in a way no previous instrument ever has.


    Hammer 88 boasts a core range of controls, including a unity-locking pitch wheel and a separate modulation wheel to add portamento and glissando effects. With the dedicated Master Volume Fader, players can control the intensity of their performance or MIDI map to any compatible parameter in a DAW or virtual instrument collection for expanded, hands-on control. With the assignable Up and Down buttons, players can select different programs, effects, MMC messages, jump between octaves and more.


    Hammer 88 comes complete with Ableton Live Lite, a powerful music performance and creation software, a full suite of premium AIR and SONiVOX software and includes a 3-month subscription to Skoove interactive online piano lessons. In addition, Hammer 88 is USB-powered, class- compliant and supports USB-MIDI connectivity for rapid, hassle-free setup that lets players focus on what’s important—their performance.


    Hammer 88 Key Features:

    • ▪  88 fully-weighted, hammer-action keys

    • ▪  USB-MIDI connection for playing virtual instruments and controlling recording software

    • ▪  5-Pin MIDI output to trigger external MIDI devices

    • ▪  Pitch bend, modulation, volume and ± controls for expressive performances

    • ▪  Inputs for Sustain, Expression and Soft pedals

    • ▪  USB-powered, no power supply required

    • ▪  No drivers required, supports plug-and-play connectivity to your Mac or PC

    • ▪  iOS compatibility using the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately)

    • ▪  Includes Ableton Live Lite, a powerful music performance and creation software

    • ▪  Includes AIR “Mini Grand” Acoustic Grand Piano, AIR “Velvet” Vintage Electric Piano Instrument, AIR “DB-33” Tonewheel Organ Simulator and SONiVOX “Eighty Eight Ensemble” Authentic Piano Instrument

    • ▪  Includes 3-months of Skoove interactive online piano lessons

    • ▪  Multiple keyboard zones for layering and splits

    • ▪  Clean, professional editing with included Hammer 88 Controller Editor

    • ▪  Power adapter (optional) for stand-alone use

    • ▪  Music rest


    “The new Hammer 88 combines real grand piano feel with weighted hammer-action keys and the versatility of custom controls in a way that no previous instrument has,” said Sandira Blas, Product Marketing Manager for M-Audio. “Players are going to love the keyboard’s action and they’re going to love the custom controls and included software. This is an amazingly complete package.”


    The M-Audio Hammer 88 will be available in Summer 2017. U.S. retail price is $399.00.

    For more information or to find your nearest dealer, visit www.m-audio.com    







    About M-Audio

    M-Audio (m-audio.com) began as Midiman, a driving force in the desktop recording revolution that followed the introduction of MIDI in the 1980s. Today, M-Audio has evolved into one of the most revered names in computer interface and studio integration solutions, keyboard and controller products, and all manner of essential musical hardware from microphones to studio monitors. M-Audio is a proud member of the inMusic family (inmusicbrands.com).




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    Best keys ever....I believe this is the best keyboard they ever made....powered by USB (it's easy to find AC to USB adapters)....that's all you need for a power cable.....they include a USB cable so you would only need the adapter.....it comes with free downloads for computer based sounds and....IT HAS A MIDI JACK (unlike so many new boards that only have USB).....I use it to control other keyboards & modules so I don't use the sounds you can download....I've played everything and everywhere since 1982 and these keys are my favorite......I would immediately buy another if it was ever stolen.....$400 for keys like these is a steal.....I never liked M Audio before this.....this board is built like a tank !! I'm really glad I gambled on it and it paid off......

    Anyone who doesn't buy this is missing out big time !!!!

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