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M-Audio Hammer 88 Keyboard USB/MIDI Controller

Introducing the M-Audio Hammer 88, a premium, no-compromise keyboard controller, ideal for professional, semi-pro players or students seeking the realistic grand piano feel to use with virtual instruments or sound modules.


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MSRP: Old Price $699.00 Discounted Price $499.00 Save : $200.00 (29%)
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This One’s For The Player
At the heart of Hammer 88 are 88 velocity-sensitive, fully-weighted hammer-action keys that are guaranteed to faithfully capture every subtle nuance of your performance, while providing the unmatched response of a traditional grand piano—classic feel fused with the unrivalled sonic capabilities of virtual instruments. It’s the perfect combination for performers and producers to experience their plugin collection like never before.

Put expression center-stage with Hammer 88, thanks to a core range of controls, thoughtfully positioned to complement and enhance your performance. With a unity-locking pitch wheel and a separate modulation wheel, add portamento and glissando effects, or map the Mod-Wheel to any assignable parameter in your virtual instrument collection to reshape and evolve your sound on the fly. With the dedicated Master Volume Fader, you can instantly control the intensity of your performance or MIDI map this to any compatible parameter in your DAW or virtual instrument collection for expanded, hands-on control.

Use the assignable Up and Down buttons to select different programs, effects, MMC messages, jump between octaves and more. Add some pedal-based performance articulation using the three dedicated inputs for Sustain, Expression and Soft. With Hammer 88’s performance-centric feature-set, expressing yourself has never been so easy!

Outboard Control
Don’t limit yourself to your computer-based virtual instruments! Take control of your studio equipment with Hammer 88. With its conveniently-located 5-pin MIDI Output, you can send all MIDI information to any compatible peripheral device, including hardware synthesisers, sound modules and drum machines. With Hammer 88, it’s easy get the most out of your external sound generators. This is a controller designed from the ground up to place you firmly in the driver’s seat.

Seamless Integration
An instrument shouldn’t limit your creativity, it should enhance it! Hammer 88 is USB-powered, class-compliant and supports USB-MIDI connectivity for rapid, hassle-free setup that lets you focus on what’s important—your performance. Plus for iOS enthusiasts, Hammer 88 supports seamless connectivity with the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately), enabling you to perform and compose with audio apps on your iPad and other iOS devices.

Premium Software Suite Included!
M-Audio has included all you need to get going straight out of the box to write, record, produce and perform your own songs.

  • Abelton Live Lite
  • Mini Grand Virtual Piano Instrument
  • DB-33 Tonewheel Organ Virtual Instrument
  • Velvet Electric Piano Virtual Instrument
  • Eight-Eight Ensemble
  • Skoove -  3-month FREE subscription w/hundreds of interactive online piano lessons for beginner, intermediate and advanced players.

  • Fully-weighted, hammer-action keys
  • USB-MIDI connection for playing virtual instruments, controlling recording software and more
  • 5-Pin MIDI output to trigger external MIDI devices
  • Pitch bend, modulation, volume and ± controls for expressive performances
  • Multiple keyboard zones for layering, splits and 4-note chords with a single key press
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Includes Music Rest

Get your M-Audio Hammer 88 Keyboard USB/MIDI Controller today at the guaranteed lowest price from Sam Ash Direct with our 45-day return and 60-day price protection policy.

Things You Will Get:

  • Hammer 88 USB/MIDI Controller
  • Abelton Live Lite
  • Mini Grand Virtual Piano Instrument
  • DB-33 Tonewheel Organ Virtual Instrument
  • Velvet Electric Piano Virtual Instrument
  • Eight-Eight Ensemble
  • Skoove 3-month FREE subscription
  • Music Rest
  • Owner's Manual

Perfect Hammer Weighted Keyboard


Great keyboard. I've got nothing but great things to say about it. The only problem was it got some dings and dents in the metal from shipping (it's pretty heavy). I don't mind because the bent parts are always going to be hidden in my studio.



Need a grand piano for under $500? Buy this.


Feels like a real piano to me. I didn't need any bells and whistles and this machine provides just enough controls.



Feels like a real piano and not like a toy!


This is the first time I've owned an electronic keyboard that doesn't feel like a toy. I've had the M-Audio Keystation 49 and 88. While semi-weighted, they both don't feel like real pianos, but this one does. Now I get to practice/play piano without owning a full standing piano or grand piano in my house, with the real feel of one. The hammer action is exactly what I was looking for. The only thing I wished it had was more customizable MIDI buttons for my music production needs, but it's not a deal breaker.



I am extremely happy with my purchase


I am an experienced piano hobbyist who wanted to get into the world of MIDI composition and this controller is perfect for me. It is simple, clean, effective, and feels incredible. I did a lot of research on other controllers before purchasing this one. The overall feel of this controller is incredibly similar, if not the same, as controllers that are significantly more expensive. I don't really like trying to control a DAW from the keyboard, so the lack of buttons is completely fine for me -- actually preferable. The main thing I cared about was the action and feel of the keys which this controller excels at.


Santa Clara, CA


Very happy with my purchase


I researched many controllers before making this purchase. I'm ultimately very impressed with this MIDI controller. I am blown away with the feel of this controller and it is significantly cheaper than other controllers which feel basically unnoticeably similar. The features are more than enough for me. I don't really like trying to control a DAW from the keyboard so it doesn't bother me that there isn't a large array of buttons. Its simple, clean, and effective!





I love this keyboard! I wanted a controller that I would be able to use for my music production but since I am learning to play piano, I also wanted something that would simulate the feeling of real weighted keys. This is a wonderful 88-key controller that I would recommend to anyone who wants a full set of keys and I am excited to continue using it for a long time to come!



Excellent weighted-key MIDI keyboard


Excellent weighted-key feel. Has both pitch and mod wheels and not much else, but that was exactly what I was looking for in a MIDI keyboard. SamAsh was the only store I could find, in the Phoenix area, that had it on display, ready to play. Good pricing, excellent sales staff. Very happy.



get this at sam ash the best price


we are using the hammer 88 in church . this thing does better than advertised . the waited keys are perfect . don't like the red light on the controls but thats not a big deal. they have said that the keys are a little slow but found that was not so. for the price you can't do better. nice price at sam ash



Hammer 88 is Quality - Just Like Sam Ash Service!!!


The Hammer 88 is a high quality MIDI keyboard (Keys are weighted and graded). I chose to go the MIDI route over Digital Piano. The main trade off is huge flexibility with MIDI, however, huge time is also required to install, configure and learn how to use software and set up a system. The included software might be nice for a total newbie like myself to try things out, however, I think the only piece that I will actually be using is the mini grand piano on REAPER DAW - Not Ableton and NOT Pro Tools First. Also, I chose to go with SAM ASH which was a wise choice. I have decided to keep this KB at one point thought I might return it for a Digital Keyboard instead. The return would have been free of shipping costs - thanks to SAM ASH (!) but as I said I have decided to go the MIDI route and keep this great item.



Solid Board for the Price


For the price point — it's close to 5 stars. Nice and simple keyboard — decent action — using for band rehearsal. Compared to my Arturia Keylab 88, however — it doesn't come close in terms of build quality, program change capability or keybed feel and quality of the keys (but Arturia is a different price range).



Hammer 88 Keyboard USB/MIDI Controller

4.8 12


Controllers Pitch bend, modulation, volume and ±
Dimensions 11.9" x 5.0" x 55.9"
Included Software Abelton Live Lite
Mini Grand Virtual Piano Instrument
DB-33 Tonewheel Organ Virtual Instrument
Velvet Electric Piano Virtual Instrument
Eight-Eight Ensemble
Skoove 3-month FREE subscription
Model Hammer 88
Pedal Inputs Sustain pedal, soft pedal, expression pedal
Special Features Multiple keyboard zones for layering, splits and 4-note chords with a single key press
System Requirements PC: Windows 7 or later
Mac: OS X 10.8 or later
Keyboard Type Fully-weighted hammer-action keys
Number of Keys 88
Warranty Info:

The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for one year and labor for one year from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.

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