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Alesis Q25 25-Key Keyboard MIDI Controller  

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Overview

  • 25-note keyboard controller for melodic control of virtually all MIDI hardware and software
  • Velocity sensitive keys for expressive, musical performance
  • USB MIDI and traditional MIDI for use with Mac and PC, as well as MIDI hardware
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A compact, no-hassle MIDI controller for all your music software and hardware needs.

The Alesis Q25 is a 25-note, velocity-sensitive, MIDI keyboard controller with USB and traditional MIDI ports that enable you to connect to almost all MIDI equipment including software and sound modules. Thanks to Pitch and Modulation wheels, backlit Octave Up and Down buttons, and a Volume/Data Entry slider, you can add expression, range, and dynamics to your performances quickly and effortlessly.

Simply connect the Q25 to your computer with the included USB cable and you're immediately ready to begin making music. A single USB cable supplies power and data connection, and you won't even need to install drivers to make the Q25 work. The Q25 is class-compliant, which allows you to skip the programming and start playing instantly.

The Q25 comes with a copy of Ableton Live Lite, Alesis Edition software, for performing, recording, and sequencing music right out of the box. The Q25 is also the perfect choice for controlling hardware MIDI devices. Its compact size and portability make it ideal for fitting into existing rigs and then hitting the road. Place it a tier above an existing workstation keyboard and utilize Q25's streamlined layout to maximize your sound and performance options. You can even send Program Changes from the Q25's keys to change programs, patches, and more.

The Q25 pairs compact, essential control with complete MIDI keyboard performance for playing and recording with virtually any MIDI software or hardware.

Features

  • 25-note keyboard controller for melodic control of virtually all MIDI hardware and software
  • Velocity sensitive keys for expressive, musical performance
  • USB MIDI and traditional MIDI for use with Mac and PC, as well as MIDI hardware
  • Pitch and Modulation wheels for capturing musical expression
  • Backlit Octave Up and Down buttons expand your range
  • Assignable volume/data-entry slider enables you to control your most-used parameter
  • Sustain pedal input for complete performance (pedal sold separately)
  • Comes with Ableton Live Lite Alesis Edition for recording, sequencing, and performing
  • Bus powered via USB, so you won't need a power cable
  • Includes: Q25 keyboardUSB cableSoftware DVDQuick start guide

An affordable plug and play keyboard solution.

 

Q25 25-Key Keyboard MIDI Controller Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 19" (w) x 7.25"(d) x 2 3/8" (h)
  • Weight: 4.6 lb.
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AlesisQ25 25-Key Keyboard MIDI Controller
 
4.9

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (10)
  • Functional (7)
  • Good quality (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (5), Novice (4), Professional musician (3)

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    It works as advertised

    By SR37212

    from Nashville

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

    • It Only Comes In Black

    Best Uses

      Comments about Alesis Q25 25-Key Keyboard MIDI Controller:

      My primary DAW is Sonar and it was a simple plug n play connection.

      Mostly a guitar player I did learn to play piano on a Steinway and Hammond C3 so I appreciate the full size keys and weighted touch that adds dynamics but it doesn't have the feel of an actual quality keyboard. Then again I bought it to add fills and some background keys and not to give a concert on it.

      It's small, light and fits in a cubby hole on my desk. It is light enough not to be a hassle moving around yet has enough heft to it that it appears to have some longevity built in to it.

      Overall; It does what it's supposed to do and has the build quality to do that for quite a while.

      P.S. The comment about only coming in black was a joke.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fantastifc!

      By TimTom182

      from Toledo, Ohio

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Practicing

        Comments about Alesis Q25 25-Key Keyboard MIDI Controller:

        Definitely the best Midi Controller Keyboard for such a small price. Would buy it again!

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        4.0

        Good starter on a budget

        By Oliver Klozov

        from Seattle, WA

        About Me Novice

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Using A Daw

          Comments about Alesis Q25 25-Key Keyboard MIDI Controller:

          There weren't many reviews for the QX25 so I bought this one. In hindsight I wish I bougtht the QX25 because now it's out of stock and more expensive than it was last week.

          (hint hint: Musiciansfriend staff - I'll gladly buy a QX25 for the cost you previously had listed. I know they don't ship until June)

          Bottom line: The Q25 is a good starter on a budget.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          you get what you pay for

          By DIRTY FINGAZ

          from NEW JERSEY

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Alesis Q25 25-Key Keyboard MIDI Controller:

            great for the price range...in the project studio you cant beat it.

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            5.0

            Great value

            By eavenamp

            from texas

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Alesis Q25 25-Key Keyboard MIDI Controller:

                works really well with my daw .. I am not much of a keyboard player but it does what I need.input of midi into the daw.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Works for me

                By MM

                from Fayetteville, AR

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Alesis Q25 25-Key Keyboard MIDI Controller:

                    I'm a guitar player who just plays enough keys to put backing chords and such on my recordings. This unit works great for me because of its simplicity and affordability. Setup was instant and Sonar recognized it immediately. Real keyboard players might need more features and flexibility but if you just want to slap a simple piano, string patch or B-3 vsti on a demo this works great. I can play it fine but cannot speak to the action and such from a real keyboardist's perspective. Mine was used from MF but looked brand new.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great product

                    By tspass

                    from bk new york

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality
                    • Great Product Great Price

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Mini Production

                    Comments about Alesis Q25 25-Key Keyboard MIDI Controller:

                    Great product great price..works well with mac pro tools and logic.

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Fits the Bill

                    By burpo

                    from Russian River, CA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Simply Designed

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Alesis Q25 25-Key Keyboard MIDI Controller:

                        I really miss my old M-Audio Oxygen. This thing is a good, inexpensive portable controller, but the action is a tad gummy. You have to REALLY work to play 16th notes on a single key. The bounce-back isn't great, but hey, it is an inexpensive little keyboard. Due to the reviews that I'd read that complained of easy breakage, I bought the 2-year protection plan. The unit feels a tad flimsy compared to the Oxygen, but like I said, for the money it does the job just fine.

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                        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Awesome controller for the cost

                        By Relyse

                        from Philadelphia, PA

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Functional
                        • Good Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Alesis Q25 25-Key Keyboard MIDI Controller:

                            Going to keep this short and sweet. I wasn't considering getting a midi controller til I saw this on sale for black friday. I had been using my mac laptop's keyboard to control my midi sessions and that had major latency issues. So I ordered this and plugged it in and my Logic session recognized it immediately. So easy to use and no latency problems at all. Completely revitalized my desire to make music. Not many features on it, but that reduces some confusion that other midi controllers can cause. It's pressure sensitive and is easy to carry around because of it's small size. Can't say enough about it, great product.

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                            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Works fine

                            By Djembe Records

                            from Dallas

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                                  Comments about Alesis Q25 25-Key Keyboard MIDI Controller:

                                  The Q25 is very narrow, and the ONLY full-size keyboard that fits between my QWERTY computer keyboard and monitor in my project studio. It does not have the greatest feel, but is excellent for my purposes, to audition a sound or perhaps lay in a bass part.

                                  USB Class compliant - plug it in and it works. NO driver! A good price and it's just fine. - joel

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