Fatar / Studiologic VMK-188 plus

Fatar / Studiologic VMK-188 plus

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VMK-188 plus, 88-Key MIDI Keyboard from Fatar / Studiologic.

9 user reviews
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Fatar / Studiologic VMK-188 plus tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Fatar / Studiologic
  • Model: VMK-188 plus
  • Category: 88-Key MIDI Keyboards
  • Added in our database on: 12/12/2007

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Fatar / Studiologic VMK-188 plus user reviews

Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 9 reviews )
 4 reviews44 %
 3 reviews33 %
 1 user review11 %
Value For Money :

Dorian/Pinto's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" The quality Fatar."

Fatar / Studiologic VMK-188 plus
As a composer and pianist, I wanted above all a 88-key keyboard with a heavy touch to get as close as possible to the feel of a classic acoustic piano.
Wanting to record compositions in Cubase via MIDI, I say that a master keyboard as it should meet me again, despite a slightly higher price but amply justified share many features it offers and the quality General product that breathes, I am completely satisfied with my Fatar Studiologic which reconfirms the reputation of the brand that is second to none.

Note that I spent several days searching for the best keyboard in different opinions and tests present on the web and all in this budget range, have pointed to the quality of the VMK-188 +.


The touch is perfect, as I said, I wanted above all a more realistic feel and as faithful as possible to a classical piano (one of the main features of my purchase decision) and that VMK perfectly fulfills this task. Touch heavy, mechanical hammers, we feel that the keys are good, solid under the fingers and far, far away from feeling cheap, you really get the feeling of playing a real instrument.

Regarding assignments, sliders, knobs, I never really got into the details because the simple use of my keyboard is enough to do the job properly, all the mixing work is then carried out so I can not really comment on the quality of the assignments. Now, what is certain is that despite the questionable quality of knobs, sliders are the only "cheap" point of this keyboard.


Continuous use since September 2011, I am absolutely delighted with this keyboard that seems resistant to any test. A very solid metal coating, a retro look, this is the Fatar, it's solid and I can advise you to throw you over if you have the means. One of the best keyboards in its class masters.

Excellent value for money, you really pay for what we have, if not more!
I would do this choice with his eyes closed. After all, Fatar is a renowned brand.

Ehma2Retour's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Good keyboard, but ..."

Fatar / Studiologic VMK-188 plus
My TR 88 began to have some small problems keys wedged and I needed a new keyboard soon.

I needed a good touch and be able to connect at least two pedals (switch).

It accepts three pedals (Attention, contrary to what the manual says, the one does not work with a continuous controller, thus able to sustain one unless you have a pedal continuously variable).

88 keys, and small control surface pitch ben + modulation)


The feel is great, it's really the point for this keyboard. I found the quality of my old RD600. That's it for the positives.

The manual is to cry with laughter, to give it, so give nothing!

The configuration is not the most intuitive, but that usually, it comes out very quickly!

To send a "program change" I feel that the designer knew that monopatch or not frequently changed sound modules. This is undrinkable!

But the most appalling is the use of pedals, there is plunged into delirium. These are my years of electronics that allowed me to understand the bug. I think they're kidding with latches Schmit or input impedance. It is imperative to connect the unused pedal to the ground and use it as the "negative polarity" (or normally closed for electricians), otherwise unwanted releases or delusional behavior of the pedal support is call.

I've never seen it and my case is not isolated. Fatar even responded to a user "Yes we know, but there is no solution!" It is unimaginable!

One band aftertouch is connected (black button) and apparently it's very common on this model.

I connected the second and tested aftertouch: I never laughed so much! It is simply unusable, except for messing around.

In short Fatar laid an evil thing over and they are not able to correct their mistakes. Shame!!


I've had three days and despite these setbacks is a very good keyboard. But you must watch!

It is unacceptable that Fatar has never corrected these recurring electronic problems.

If not, if you do not have aftertouch, you just want to play the piano, that your pedals are biased "negative" (the term is found in Yamaha) and you with jack "shorted" to fill the input 1, then this keyboard is a marvel.

If not, buy something else!!

If there was not this problem pedal, I would put it on the line 10, as touch is remarkable!

Contrary to many opinions: Since it is designed to be used with a sequencer software, the problem of split and adjustable velocity has no meaning (which makes sense!)

Damage / Fatar heartbreaking for not having corrected the problems that seem so simple to solve. If an experienced electronics could send us a tweak for these entries pedals, it would be after yourself, keyboard exception! If so!

It is not at all to avoid, but you have to know where you put your feet. For me, its overall score can vary from 10 to 5 according to the needs that have been

mielobule's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Fatar / Studiologic VMK-188 plus
Motivated by the RQP and different opinions on the web


Heavy piano-style touch, not trained pianist so I can not say if it is hard or soft on the attack and return but it seems well balanced. It suits me very well as the piano sounds on the rhodes and clavinet.


I use it for 8 years, it still works fine. The faders on the front are ultra practices and replace a possible external controller.
To the top is sedentary, it is robust, there is a metal structure that gives an impression of great strength (like he does not flinch, even when it is a little over excited, no vibration or squeaks)
For zikos who wish to turn, think carefully because it is very heavy!

z6po's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" not to buy"

Fatar / Studiologic VMK-188 plus
major problems with midi data on the pedals. vmk all I've tried have the same problem


good keyboard on the other hand


if the Studiologic was competent to sav, this keyboard would be great. But alas ..... they do not even respond. Should be avoided.

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