In need of an 88 note weighted controller keyboard for live performance or your studio? We’ve picked our Top 5 based on keyboard quality, expression, price and features. It really is a close call with the first four and a lot will depend on personal preference for feel, brand and features required. Although sprung rather than weighted, we’ve added the final option as it’s a great, lightweight choice for live use or for studios on a tight budget.

*Prices correct at time of publishing, may vary.

1. Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S88

£649.00 – £711.00

Pros

  • High quality Fatar keybed
  • Integration with Komplete / Komplete Ultimate
  • LED indicators offer chord and scale suggestions
  • Touch strip controls
  • A good choice for Pro producers

Cons

  • Software installation process is complicated
  • More expensive than other controllers on the market

2. Studiologic SL88 Grand

£698.00 – £751.61

Pros

  • Wooden keys with ivory touch surface
  • Real time control with three stick controllers
  • 6-way joystick controller
  • Four split points

Cons

  • Heavy at 20.8kg, better suited to the studio than live
  • Higher cost than some controllers

3. M-Audio Hammer 88

£379.00 – £399.37

Pros

  • A good priced entry-level weighted controller
  • Supports most DAWs and devices
  • Can be USB powered

Cons

  • No on/off switch
  • No aftertouch

4. Studiologic SL88 Studio

£354.01 – £371.99

Pros

  • Great value for money
  • Not as heavy as other weighted controllers
  • Expressive Fatar keybed
  • USB powered

Cons

  • Learning curve required for interface and software installation

5. M-Audio Keystation 88 MkII

£136 – £159

Pros

  • Great price for 88 notes
  • USB and MIDI
  • USB powered

Cons

  • Sprung action, not weighted
  • No aftertouch

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