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Alesis Q25 25-Key Keyboard MIDI Controller

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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 al...Click To Read More About This Product

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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 keyboard
USB cable
Software DVD
Quick start guide

An affordable plug and play keyboard solution.

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
 
4.7

(based on 34 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (25)
  • Functional (22)
  • Good quality (19)
  • Improves sound (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (13)
  • Recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Novice (10), Professional musician (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Awesome controller for the cost

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...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

might buy again . But not from you

The cut off on the monotron is better. The square wave is weak on the edges. Once you get the sequencer down it is pretty cool. I do think korg tries to be...Read complete review

The cut off on the monotron is better. The square wave is weak on the edges. Once you get the sequencer down it is pretty cool. I do think korg tries to be all things to everyone. Too conservative. Needs way more grit.

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(6 of 6 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.

      (6 of 6 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

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      It works as advertised

      By SR37212

      from Nashville, TN

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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.

        (3 of 3 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!

          (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.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A great controller

              By churchmusician

              from Troy, SC

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Alesis Q25 25-Key Keyboard MIDI Controller:

                  This is a great controller at any price. Simple and easy to use. Works with my three DAW programs. I have Cubase, Sonar and Ableton. It works great with all of them.

                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Not as bad as you think...

                  By TAM

                  from Chicago, IL

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                  Comments about Alesis Q25 25-Key Keyboard MIDI Controller:

                  For some reason, I recently got rid of my old M-Audio Oxygen 8v2 but then I decided I needed another small keyboard. This is the only one in its price range that has a MIDI out jack, which I still needed. The Behringer has a MIDI out jack, but it's more expensive.The keys feel good. It doesn't take up too much space on my desk. I like it. Go ahead, try it. If you don't like it, you know MF will take it back. So do it already!

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Very nice controller

                  By Bert

                  from N.J.

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Good Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Alesis Q25 25-Key Keyboard MIDI Controller:

                    I first purchased this controller six months ago when it was on sale, I like it so much that I purchased another one as a backup. This is A no nonsense easy-to-use controller that does not get in the way, it's compact and well-made.

                    (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.

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Excellent little Midi Controller:

                        By Wayne

                        from USA

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Functional
                        • Good Quality
                        • Improves Sound
                        • Price
                        • Quality
                        • Size

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Alesis Q25 25-Key Keyboard MIDI Controller:

                          This is a great little midi controller for the price. It's simple and easy to use and setting it up is a snap, just plug it in, of course you'll have to do like I did and go to your settings and add it as a midi controller it's just that simple. It also don't take up a lot of work space. The keys play really well considering the price.....

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Great first MIDI keyboard

                          By Alex

                          from Tucson, AZ

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                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Good Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Practicing
                            • Recording

                            Comments about Alesis Q25 25-Key Keyboard MIDI Controller:

                            Purchased for use in GarageBand so I don't damage my keyboard from repeated pressing. USB connects fast. Quick key response, sleek look.

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Great value for the price

                            By E Dawg

                            from Chicago

                            About Me Novice

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Functional

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Practicing

                              Comments about Alesis Q25 25-Key Keyboard MIDI Controller:

                              I'm just a novice trying to write music using the keyboard and Ableton software. It works really well and is very easy for a beginner like me.

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Great keyboard, good software too.

                              By Stoptimer

                              from Polo, IL

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                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Functional
                              • Good Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Alesis Q25 25-Key Keyboard MIDI Controller:

                                  Straitforward simple midi keyboard with sensitive keys runs usb midi AND has the midi out jack. It came with Ableton Live Lite and Ignite, both of which work nicely. I got a good buy on the keyboard, the software feels like a bonus.

                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Simple

                                  By Dyba

                                  from Atlanta, GA

                                  About Me Professional Musician

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                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Functional

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Music Notation
                                    • Previewing Patches

                                    Comments about Alesis Q25 25-Key Keyboard MIDI Controller:

                                    This is not an advanced keyboard, which is what I like about it. Lightweight, plug-and-play, small, and one assignable fader for basic automation needs. I have this sitting on my desk right above my qwerty keyboard in order to quickly preview synth patches and record simple 1-octave parts.

                                    (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.

                                      (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.

                                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Solid Performer

                                      By Chad Johnson

                                      from Undisclosed

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                                      Comments about Alesis Q25 25-Key Keyboard MIDI Controller:

                                      I plugged this into a PC running XP, and it had installed itself perfectly within 20 seconds or so. It's worked perfectly since then. I would definitely buy this again for sure.
                                      For the price, this thing is great. You get all the usual features---velocity sensitive keys, some programming, a pitch wheel, mod wheel---but it also comes with aftertouch (very nice feature), and a MIDI out jack. The keyboard can also be powered with an optional adapter, which means it doesn't have to be chained to the computer, which is a plus.
                                      It's nice and weighty for a keyboard of its size, and it seems well-made. The keys feel great. No complaints at all.
                                      For the price and features, you can't beat this.

                                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      A convenient, easy to use space saver

                                      By Margo Saulnier

                                      from Boston MA

                                      Comments about Alesis Q25 25-Key Keyboard MIDI Controller:

                                      It's going to take some time to get acquainted with the Q25, but I like what I've seen so far. Plug and play, takes up very little space, easily recognized by my DAW... an excellent fit for someone who's a guitarist first and foremost, but who likes to add coloring with a variety of virtual instruments.

                                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      THIS THING ROCKS

                                      By bobby-ESsyX

                                      from houston,tx

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                                      Comments about Alesis Q25 25-Key Keyboard MIDI Controller:

                                      I plugged this thing into my macbook pro with garageband and it recognized it immediately with no problem at all! i spent the next 2 hours trying out every sound available and they all work great with the pitch and modulation controls. i absolutely love this thing! this will work perfect for someone trying to lay pad sounds or trigger effects. had i known it would be this much fun i would have bought one with more keys!

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Great product

                                      By DallasTXBill

                                      from Dallas, Texas

                                      About Me Novice

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                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Functional
                                      • Good Quality

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Backup
                                        • Practicing
                                        • Use it with Band in a Box for melody track
                                        • Use it with Tabledit to create Dobro Tabs

                                        Comments about Alesis Q25 25-Key Keyboard MIDI Controller:

                                        I picked this up for use with BiaB and Tabledit. It does exactly what I wanted it to without all the other "studio" features. I'm not interested in controlling a DAW or other production end uses. I just needed a small Midi keyboard for note entry.

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