Should I buy this Alesis Q88??

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Should I buy this Alesis Q88??

Post by CottonFX » Sun May 14, 2017 2:15 pm

Hi everyone,

I wanted to ask some advice and hope I can get it within about the next 15 hours or so. Let me start by saying I am a guy who has played various instruments throughout my life but not ever much higher than on a hobby level. I took piano lessons for a short time as a kid, dabbled with the keyboard and guitar throughout my life, played the trumpet very well for several years in high school, etc.

Last year I got the bug again and discovered how much tech had advanced and started learning about VST's and DAW's etc now, along with some budget keyboards. I originally had thought about buying a Casio WK-6600 but never did because at the time I didn't have the money.

Recently I got the bug again and discovered the Alesis Q88 which was a little cheaper than the Casio but is only a midi controller. Thing is, I mostly plan to play using VSTi's with the PC anyway so I thought this might not be bad.

To try to wrap this up, I recently found what I think it a pretty good deal for a used Alesis Q88 at a local store for $80 and I'm wondering if I should buy it. Honestly, it will be used mostly for learning, playing around, having fun, and seeing what sort of covers I can create. I like that it has all the keys like a piano and I am aware it doesn't have the same action but Inot having playing a bunch of high end keyboards, can't tell the difference.

I know this keyboard is one of the lowest end ones but I checked it out in the store and it was more solid than I expected and the keys felt better than I thought they would.

Knowing all that, do you guys think this is a good deal for me to jump on? I would need to grab it first thing monday morning before anyone else could so any responses I can get between now and then would be appreciated.

My thought is at a price like that, if I ended up wanting to sell it in the near future I could probably atleast get my money back or close to it worst case.

Just for reference if it matters, my PC specs are below. Thanks.

I7-950 overclocked to 4ghz
24gb DDR 3 ram
X58 Extreme mother board using integrated sound card

(It's an older system but maybe it can work and it is great for gaming and decent for VR)

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Re: Should I buy this Alesis Q88??

Post by Acoustica Greg » Mon May 15, 2017 11:08 am


$50 sounds like a great deal. It would work just fine with Mixcraft.

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Re: Should I buy this Alesis Q88??

Post by Mark Bliss » Mon May 15, 2017 3:48 pm

I was going to say I'd pay that and shipping to get it here from anywhere in the cont. US. 8)

I have a Q25 for portable studio use. Haven't used it much lately since getting a bigger unit here, but it works fine for similar needs to what the OP describes.
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