M-AUDIO Hammer 88: New Piano-Style Controller With Nice Software Perks

It looks like it’s time to say goodbye to my good old (too old actually) 88-keys controller and look for a replacement. M-Audio announced today the introduction of their brand-new Hammer 88 hammer-action USB/MIDI controller. Maybe this could be what I’m looking for?

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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.”

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 a full suite of premium AIR and SONiVOX software and it 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.

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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, splits and 4-note chords with a single key press
  • Clean, professional editing with included Hammer 88 Controller Editor
  • Power adapter (optional) for stand-alone use
  • Music rest

The M-Audio Hammer 88 will be available in Summer 2017 and will ship with an MSRP of £379.99.
For more information or to find your nearest dealer, visit the M-Audio website.

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