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Alesis Q49 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller   

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OVERVIEW

49-note keyboard controller with pitch and mod wheels, octave buttons, assignable data slider, more.

The Alesis Q49 is a 49-note keyboard controller that works with virtually all music software and MIDI hardware devices. The compact controller features USB-MIDI and traditional MIDI jacks for easy connection to Mac, PC, and MIDI hardware.

The Q49 keyboard MIDI controller provides keyboard players with a full compliment of controls, including pitch and modulation wheels, octave up and down buttons, an assignable data slider, and the ability to send program changes from the keys.

The Alesis Q49 is compact, affordable, and easy to use.

FEATURES
  • 49-key keyboard controller for use with virtually all music software and MIDI devices
  • USB-MIDI and traditional MIDI jacks for connection to Mac, PC and MIDI hardware
  • Pitch and modulation wheels, octave up and down buttons, assignable data slider
SPECIFICATIONS

Q49 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller

  • Dimensions: 32"W x 7"D x 2.25"H
    Weight: 2.5lb
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AlesisQ49 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller
 
4.0

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (12)
  • Functional (10)
  • Good quality (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (6)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Cheap but durable

The thing with velocity that seems to be bothering some other reviewers is that you have to set it where you want it with the data slider. Press the MIDI button on the left,...Read complete review

The thing with velocity that seems to be bothering some other reviewers is that you have to set it where you want it with the data slider. Press the MIDI button on the left, then press the key that has "velocity" written above it, then press the key that has "enter" written above it, and you can then set the velocity response using the data slider. After setting it, you can repeat the process for setting volume or whatever, just press the key with that parameter written above it.

I find the Alesis to be completely usuable, very durable, and a great value for the price. The keys are definitely springy, and very unrealistic feeling. It's not what you'd want to use for a piano sample library. It's great for synths, although there are no real time controls except for the data slider, the mod wheel, and the pitch bend. Also, it's just plain cumbersome having to use the keyboard's keys to enter MIDI information, but once you're used to it, it becomes second nature.

If you can live without assingable controls or weighted keys, it's hard to beat this.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice MIDI Keyboard

When used strictly as a MIDI input device, the Alesis Q49 is a high quality keyboard with a nice touch at a very attractive price. However, I hoped to also use this as...Read complete review

When used strictly as a MIDI input device, the Alesis Q49 is a high quality keyboard with a nice touch at a very attractive price. However, I hoped to also use this as a practice piano at my computer desk... bad choice! There is about a half-second latency that is problematic and makes this impractical for use as a piano (you hear what you played 3 or 4 notes ago). Also, the included software is WAY too complex with a very steep learning curve. Like many programs today, it can perform a bazillion functions, but is cumbersome and overly complicated on basic tasks (and I have a background in computer design).

The Alesis Q49 is a really handy size with a nice, simple layout and a great feel. I wish it would have worked better for my needs. Instead, I exchanged it for a larger and more expensive Yamaha NP-11 Piaggero with MIDI in & out -- a marvelous portable piano that also takes care of my basic MIDI needs. Unfortunately, this Alesis wasn't the keyboard for me.

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5.0

Great Product, Very good quality

By Tony

from undisclosed

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Studio Work

    Comments about Alesis Q49 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller:

    Nice feel, full keys, it does exactly what you want it to do.

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    3.0

    Good choice for my purposes.

    By JellyFish

    from Cape Coral, FL.

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about Alesis Q49 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller:

      I use the Q49 with Presonus Studio One 2 for midi and virtual instruments. Installation in Windows 7 Professional was as simple as just plugging in the included USB cable. The unit was immediately recognized by Windows and easily added in Studio One. It comes bundled with free downloads of Ableton Live 9 lite and Ignite, which should get you up and running if you don't already have recording software. Also included are some very nice sounding and useable pianos from Sonivox. I purchased this unit as a SDOTD, but it is well worth the current price. If interested I would purchase soon as I suspect this unit is being phased out by the QX49. As for the latency some are experiencing, simply lower the buffer of your interface until the desired results are achieved.

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      4.0

      It works the way it's supposed to

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      By SR37212

      from Nashville, TN

      About Me Professional Musician

      Ask me a question

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Recording

        Comments about Alesis Q49 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller:

        Bought this when the Q25 proved to be to small and I really didn't want to use the space needed for 66 or 88 keys. Overall it works well with my Sonar midi software and it works well with my Native Instruments software and that was why I bought it.
        It was stupid easy to set up - plug the USB cable into the computer - job done!
        The only thing I would do differently and this is only if I were into EDM or Beat making is to buy a controller with assignable sliders or dials. I don't need that complication as I generally just use it as a keyboard.

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        3.0

        Only a slight velocity problem on mine.

        By JohnKing67

        from Cuyahoga Falls, OH

        About Me Novice

        Comments about Alesis Q49 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller:

        I found this controller OK for my needs. I'm not a profession keyboard player and I'm using it as an input to a software sequencer on a laptop.

        I did notice a slight velocity problem similar to what some of the previous reviewers have mentioned. On one key I have to press down slightly harder to get it to trigger the note. It only happens on one key on mine and I didn't think it was serious enough to return it.

        For the price I paid (I got mine on sale for 80) I would recommend it as a basic MIDI input controller. It's definately more for novice players on a budget than professionals.

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        5.0

        For the price it is a good deal!

        By fratello561

        from Colorado Springs, CO

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Alesis Q49 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller:

          I bought this keyboard to use with Garage Band and I must say that it works great. I use it on my iPad and Mac. I have not experienced any latency issues at all. It is said that "you get what you pay for" and this keyboard is not top of the line and I am sure the company does not make that claim. But, for the price it works for me and I am completely satisfied. Since I am a beginner in using MIDI and DAW, this keyboard is perfect. I recommend it as a good starter keyboard.

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          5.0

          Q49 USB?MIDI Controller

          By violent seizures

          from Tampa FL

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Alesis Q49 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller:

              I like this instrument. The price was right and the quality is good. There is no latency issues like some indicated. Once I figured out how to get it to work with Cubase, I was good to go. The staff at MF were helpful and got me up and running.... Thank you for that MF staff.

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              5.0

              Perfect

              By Fragments Of Light

              from Port Saint Lucie, Fl

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Alesis Q49 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller:

                What a great deal! I got it on sale , but it would still be a steal at the normal price! Took all of 10 seconds to set up, Sonar recognized it immediately and the velocity(contrary to a couple of reviews I saw here) works exactly as it should! Seems to me some folks should make sure they know how to use their software before writing a bad review. The controls work very intuitively. Also Musicians Friend is awesome, and one of the very few retailers out there that still know how to take care of customers and get repeat business! Recommended to anyone on any level.

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                (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Nice MIDI Keyboard

                By Dr. A

                from Bend, OR

                About Me Professional Musician

                Ask me a question

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Quality

                Cons

                • Odd Half-second Delay

                Best Uses

                • As Midi Input Device

                Comments about Alesis Q49 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller:

                When used strictly as a MIDI input device, the Alesis Q49 is a high quality keyboard with a nice touch at a very attractive price. However, I hoped to also use this as a practice piano at my computer desk... bad choice! There is about a half-second latency that is problematic and makes this impractical for use as a piano (you hear what you played 3 or 4 notes ago). Also, the included software is WAY too complex with a very steep learning curve. Like many programs today, it can perform a bazillion functions, but is cumbersome and overly complicated on basic tasks (and I have a background in computer design).

                The Alesis Q49 is a really handy size with a nice, simple layout and a great feel. I wish it would have worked better for my needs. Instead, I exchanged it for a larger and more expensive Yamaha NP-11 Piaggero with MIDI in & out -- a marvelous portable piano that also takes care of my basic MIDI needs. Unfortunately, this Alesis wasn't the keyboard for me.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great for a simple controller!

                By BillyD

                from Colorado Springs, CO

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Inexpensive
                • Small

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Whatever Works For You

                Comments about Alesis Q49 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller:

                Bought this to use as a controller with a Macbook Pro and Garageband.
                Works great for my simple demos.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Does what it's supposed to do

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                By TOP Down Band

                from Hanover, PA

                About Me Experienced

                Ask me a question

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Alesis Q49 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller:

                    I needed a full size midi to add piano and string etc. I'm a guitarist not a keyboard player so This works great. Using with Studio One. Got it on a sale at a great price and couldn't pass it up. I read about velocity issue etc. If you are overly concerned about velocity and touch etc... you would be buying something in a different price range. If you want access to laying down midi tracks and have fun this is a great deal. I was able to plug in and map many devices in Studio One with no issues. Simple to use, does what it should and its not going to break the bank

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