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The Q88 MKII from Alesis is an 88-key USB/MIDI keyboard controller featuring semi-weighted, velocity-sensitive keys, packaged in a compact and portable form. Suitable for both stage and studio use, the controller features assignable pitch and modulation wheels along with octave transpose buttons and a data slider.
The unit provides a USB-MIDI jack for easy connection to a Mac or Windows computer, along with iOS devices with the addition of Apple's Camera Connection Kit (available separately). A traditional 5-pin MIDI jack is also present for connecting to external MIDI sound modules, synthesizers, and samplers. Additionally, MIDI commands can be sent from the Q88's keys to change programs, patches, etc.
To allow for performing, recording, and sequencing music right out of the box, the controller ships with a premium software package including the Pro Tools | First Alesis Edition DAW, MPC Beats, the Melodics tutorial software, and more. The keyboard can either be USB bus powered or, for standalone use, powered from an external power supply (available separately).