M-Audio has announced the introduction and immediate availability of its new Keystation 88 MK3 USB/MIDI keyboard controller.

This new addition to the best-selling Keystation family brings 88 velocity-sensitive keys and comprehensive controls that expand the range of playable notes, expressive capabilities, and enhance the player’s recording workflow, all in a lightweight, gig-ready package.

M Audio Keystation 88 Mk3

Keystation 88 MK3 includes octave range buttons, pitch-bend and modulation controls, and a volume control to play, perform and record with music software without requiring a mouse or trackpad. It also features transport controls and a ¼-inch (6.3mm) sustain pedal input to use an external control pedal, such as the M-Audio SP2 (sold separately), for genuine piano sustain.

The Keystation 88 MK3 adds 5-pin MIDI output and semi-weighted keys as a step-up from the Keystation Mini 32 MK3 and Keystation 49 MK3.

Compact, lightweight and durable, the Keystation Series is perfect for the musician who wants to take command of their music software during live performances, or for producers who wish to add an intuitive MIDI controller with a natural feeling keybed to their studio. All Keystation keyboards are USB-powered, class-compliant, and support USB-MIDI connectivity. Plus, Keystation 88 MK3 supports iOS connectivity with the Apple Lightning to USB Camera Adapter (sold separately), enabling you to perform and compose with audio apps on your iPad and other iOS devices.

For the most complete and satisfying player experience possible, right out of the box, the new M-Audio Keystation 88 MK3 comes with an unprecedented array of recording/production/performance software, virtual instruments and online performance/skill-building lessons.

Keystation 88 MK3 features

  • 88 full-size velocity-sensitive semi-weighted keys with natural feel.
  • USB-MIDI connection for playing virtual instruments and controlling software.
  • 5-pin MIDI out for connecting to your favorite analog synth.
  • Volume fader, transport and directional buttons for easy control of your software.
  • Ergonomically designed pitch and modulation wheels for expressive performances.
  • Advanced function assigns hardware controls to any DAW or plugin parameter.
  • Compact design fits any desk, studio or stage setup perfectly.
  • Plug-and-play connection to your Mac or PC—no drivers or power supply required.
  • Compatible with iOS devices via Apple USB to Camera Adapter (sold separately).
  • Octave up and down buttons; Sustain pedal input; Expression pedal input.
  • Includes Pro Tools | First M-Audio Edition, Ableton Live Lite and MPC Beats performance/recording software/DAWs.
  • Includes a complete software production package.

The controller is available at an MSRP of £174.99 GBP.

More information: M-Audio