M-Audio Hammer 88

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M-Audio Hammer 88

  • Includes a 3-month Skoove license for online piano lessons
  • USB/MIDI controller with weighted hammer mechanism keyboard
  • 88 Keys
  • USB MIDI connector - Plug and play capability when connected to a Mac or PC
  • MIDI output for connection to external MIDI peripherals
  • Pitch bend and modulation wheel
  • Volume fader and up/down buttons
  • Keyboard zone assignment for keyboard split, layer and 1 finger chord function (4-voice)
  • Easy editing of the parameters via Hammer 88 Editor (included)
  • iOS Compatible with Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately)
  • Music stand included
  • Power supply: via USB or external power supply (Article no. 546892, not included in the delivery)
  • Dimensions: 1420 x 300 x 130 mm
  • Weight: 17.5 kg
  • Incl. software package (download): Ableton Live Lite, Eighty Eight Ensemble, Mini Grand, Velvet, DB33, Touch Loops, MPC Beats
available since July 2017
Item number 416495
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Hammer Action Keys Yes
Aftertouch No
Split Zones 0
Layer function No
Pitch Bend / Modulation Yes
Rotary Encoder 0
Fader (Amount) 1
Pads 0
Display No
MIDI interface 1x Out
Sustain Pedal Connection Yes
USB-port Yes
Mains Operation Yes
Bus-Powered Yes
Dimensions 1420 x 300 x 130 mm
Weight in kg 17,5 kg
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Simple, solid, elegant; good action, great price.
TBE 05.11.2021
I bought this mainly on the basis of Nick Magnus's review in Sound on Sound (November 2017), and I'm very pleased with it. If you're looking for something with a good[1] action for a reasonable price - and you don't need lots of bells and whistles - I think it's a great choice.

[1] ...rather than "superb"; read on.

It's definitely five stars for quality: it's _very_ well made, as others have noted; the standard of construction seems extremely high. I've only had it for a week - so time will tell - but I expect it to last for a long time.

I love the appearance. I think the simplicity is very elegant, and I like the way the pitch and modulation wheel glow red (it's a slightly muted effect, but it looks quite striking in late night sessions).

I deducted a point for features. Not for the absence of pads and knobs, because I wasn't looking for them (if that's what you need, try the "Pro" version). And not for absence of an on/off (power) button; I don't care about that. I gave it four stars rather than five because it doesn't have a "graduated" action (i.e. the resistance and response of the keys don't change as you move from the lower to the higher octaves). This would have increased realism, but it would also have increased the price. The "Pro" version _does_ have a graduated action...but it also has lots of controllers I don't need (which makes it look cluttered); I decided it wasn't worth the extra money.

Notes for Linux users:
* This is a class-compliant device, so you don't need drivers.
* Many parameters can only be altered using the controller app, which isn't available for Linux: it's Windows (Windows 7 or later) and macOS only. But the Windows version (v1.0.8) seems to work in Wine (albeit with a few slight glitches in the GUI: some of the labels for the controls don't render properly). I haven't actually needed it, though: the default assignment for controllers[2] makes sense, and is exactly what I need.

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* fader = volume (CC7, I think)
* increment and decrement buttons = octave up and down
* pitch bend and modulation wheel, as expected
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Very happy for the price
Petros S 08.10.2020
I’ve been using this keyboard for 6 months now and I can say I am been very happy overall (considering the price). I am playing classical piano at a medium level and the only real downside for me is the fact that there is no option to turn off the LED lights, which I find aesthetically displeasing. Other than than, I’m very satisfied with my choice.
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Heber 29.09.2019
I bought this almost a year ago and it still plays like a puppy!
not a single problem.
it plays perfect, it almost feels like a real piano with weighted keys.
not a single regret!
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Great piece of kit, high quality but too big for my beginner dumbass
Elliot I 17.11.2021
Its massive! Nothing flimsy about this. I stupidly didn't measure the dimensions in my room so I'm having to return it for a smaller size midi keyboard which pains me as if I had the room I'd keep this bad boy as a permanent addition to my bedroom studio.
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