M-Audio Oxygen 88
Released December, 2010
The Pros:Keys are well built, don't make clacking noises when pushed. Keys are velocity sensitive, precise and responsive to technique. Transport controls on the keyboard are perfectly positioned for easy recording sessions.
The Cons:Doesn't have a piano-like feeling in the keys. Need to download files from the website to activate the "DAW plug and play". Missing a basic piano sound built in.
The M-Audio Oxygen 88 is an upper mid-cost musical keyboard, a flagship offering. With a total of thirty-two knobs, faders and buttons, the Oxygen 88 gives you ultimate control over every aspect of your sound.
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The dedicated transport and track select buttons help to speed up your recording session, instead of having to look for the right button. The DirectLink mode gives you instant access to functions such as transporting, mixing, and track panning. The eighty-eight keys on this USB-powered keyboard are hammer-action, which means that they will replicate the sensitive feel of playing an acoustic piano. This keyboard differs from the lower cost Oxygen 61 in that it has eighty-eight keys (instead of sixty-one), hammer-action feel (instead of just velocity-sensitive), enhanced compatibility (with GarageBand, Logic, Live, Cubase, instead of just Pro Tools) and thirty-two assignable knobs/faders/buttons (instead of just seventeen). The M-Audio Oxygen 88 has a pitch wheel as well as a modulation wheel, for a greater variety of sounds.
- 88 keys
- 32 assignable knobs/faders/buttons
- Dedicated transport and track select buttons
- Modulation wheel
- Pitch bend wheel
- USB MIDI controller
- USB powered
- Parameter control
- DirectLink mode
- Pro Tools compatible
- Hammer-action keys
User Reviews (10)
keys are well built, don't make clacking noises when pushed
keys are velocity sensitive, precise and responsive to technique
transport controls on the keyboard are perfectly positioned for easy recording sessions
durable enough to transport without worry, can take a few bumps
relatively easy setup, good interface with standard recording software such as Reason
doesn't have a piano-like feeling in the keys
need to download files from the website to activate the "DAW plug and play"
missing a basic piano sound built in
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