Now, these things are a beast. Also known as a full-sized MIDI keyboard, the typical 88 key MIDI keyboard is pretty huge and usually used in live settings or big studios (For obvious reasons).
I’m sure some people use them for home studios but I personally don’t know anyone who does.
Not sure if you would really need an 88 key MIDI keyboard as a beginner but most people who get these are also piano players.
Why would a piano player need a giant MIDI keyboard? Well to practice their skills of course.
You see, most MIDI keyboards this size either come with semi-weighted keys or full weighted keys.
Which most piano players usually appreciate. If they happen to be inspiring music producers as well, then the 88 key MIDI keyboard might be the right choice.
Now there are not a lot of these 88 key midi keyboards but these featured below, are definitely considered (By many) one of the best ones out there.
Alesis Q88 – Best 88 Key Weighted MIDI keyboard
- 88-key USB MIDI keyboard controller provides the ideal surface for composing and performing music with computer-based digital audio workstations, sequencers, and more
- 88 semi-weighted velocity-sensitive keys give you piano-like responsiveness and range for professionals or practice sessions
- Pitch and Modulation wheels add musical expression; perfect for emulating the nuances of specialized musicians via DAW software
- Octave Up and Down buttons extend the note range for expanded melodic range
The Q88 comes with semi-weighted keys which is already a great reason to celebrate.
Another straight to the point and sleek designed MIDI keyboard by Alesis, the Q88 Has been very well received by piano players and music producers looking for a full-sized MIDI keyboard.
As far as semi-weighted keys go on a mid keyboard, this one is considered right up there and I would put this in my top three 88 key MIDI keyboards.
M-Audio Hammer MIDI Keyboard
- This Photo4Less Top Value M-Audio Accessory Bundle Includes: M-Audio Hammer 88 88-Key USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller
- On Stage KSP100 Universal Sustain Pedal - Gator 88 Note Keyboard Gig Bag
- Hosa MID-503 Serviceable 5-pin DIN to Serviceable 5-pin DIN Pro MIDI Cable, 3 feet - OP/TECH USA 4301002 Strapeez 8-Inch (Black)
- Three 1/4" inputs are provided for sustain, soft, and expression pedals. Connect your preferred pedals, then enjoy pedal-based performance articulation.
Well for starters this is the only MIDI keyboard on this list that has fully weighted keys. Which means it’s basically like playing a proper piano.
It also comes with a few basic controls that you find on pretty much all MIDI keyboards such as pitch bend, modulation wheel and octave controls.
Believe me when I tell you this, Octave controls on a keyboard this large can gives you a very wide range of tone. Which is a pretty sweet feature.
Hopefully, you have a big studio desk or something along those lines where you can place this properly. Although it’s mostly made of plastic (Don’t worry, not the cheap kind) you will still get a very analog feel and that’s what makes it so great.
The M-Audio Hammer 88 is considered one of the best fully weighted MIDI keyboards on the market today.