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Alesis Q49 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller 

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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
 
4.1

(based on 29 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (2)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (20)
  • Functional (16)
  • Good quality (13)
  • Improves sound (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (12)
  • Back-up (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (7), Novice (4)

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

 

Good choice for my purposes.

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...Read complete review

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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(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Cheap but durable

By SabsDoppleganger

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Alesis Q49 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller:

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.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

No idea what the others are talking about...

By machew100

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Alesis Q49 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller:

A great value-conscious keyboard. I have had no issues with velocity as of yet, I have no idea what the other 3 reviews are talking about. If you go look on other online shops (an extremely popular one in particular that I probaly can't mention) you'll see that the reviews are totally different than the ones here. Look for second opinions, don't trust these 3 adjacent bad ones.
It gives you a perfectly great midi controller keyboard with added bonuses such as octave up or down, a data entry slider and many other adjustments that I haven't even bothered with or needed.
One of my keys is barely squeaky, but everything else is perfectly fine. It's clearly "cheap" keys, but the response is good enough for me to do any midi job I want.
At this price, the value is amazing. It's a good-sized keyboard with all your standard keyboard features at a low, low price.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Get it one Sale

By mattbme88

from Albany, NY

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Comments about Alesis Q49 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller:

I haven't had any velocity problems, if you set it up with your computer's software right, it shouldn't be a problem. If you're looking into this keyboard, it's not for studio use, but this is perfect for giving me the amount of keys I need, it's simple, it works, it's durable, and doesn't take up alot of space in my dorm room. If you're looking at getting a good deal on it, I wouldn't be afraid to pick this up again.
Data entry slider, up/down octave buttons, a midi select/shift button, pitch bend and modulation wheels, and the keys. Also, it comes with Ableton Live Lite Alesis Edition. That's all she wrote.
Sturdy, feels light and on the cheaper side, but it can take a beating, and still work fine, which is what counts.
I got it on sale in-store on black friday and saved lots on it, so it's been worth it.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great keyboard for the money

By justforkicks31

from charleston, SC

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

  • No 9v Adapter

Best Uses

  • Home Studio
  • Practicing

Comments about Alesis Q49 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller:

Really enjoy this keyboard! Enough keys no bells and wistles that I dont use and dont want to pay for. The programing that comes with it is not bad and I might buy the full version before its all over.

(2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Nice MIDI Keyboard

By Dr. A

from Bend, OR

About Me Professional Musician

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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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Q49 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller

By Shane

from Portland Oreogn

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Alesis Q49 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller:

    Great price. I've only owned it a couple of weeks but it seems to do the job with no issues so far.

    (2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Velocity is terrible!

    By TheReviewer

    from Chicago area

    Comments about Alesis Q49 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller:

    I bought this controller (Alesis Q49) about a month ago (I sent it back two days after it arrived). I was looking for a compact controller to control VST programs, enter MIDI into a sequencer, and for entering notes into Sibelius. I also wanted it to fit on my desktop. Well, it fit.....But, you couldn't play a continuous tune on this thing to save your mother's life. The velocity is terrible! My middle 'B' would barely send a midi command when pressed very firmly. Next key over was blaring and much stronger than it should have been. Just terrible. Unusable really. I highly recommend looking for something else.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good budget choice.

    By Mark Phippen

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Alesis Q49 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller:

    This keyboard doesn't have all the bells and whistles, but what it does have works great. If you are looking for something to learn on then this is your best bet for sure. If you are a professional then you might want to spend some more money on something a bit better. I have used it to record some parts and it works, but you might want something a bit more precise. Overall, you just can't really find something with these features and quality at such a low cost. My only regret is not buying one with more keys. 49 just isn't enough.
    This keyboard doesn't have all the functions of it's larger cousins, but what it does have works well. The mod and pitch wheels can be a bit touchy. The velocity sensitivity is also a bit touchy, but I'm surprised how well it responds for being a cheap unit. I haven't had a chance to use the MIDI out port yet, but the USB works flawlessly. No need for any special software. Just plug it in and it works with everything I've thrown at it perfectly.
    It's all plastic design makes it look cheap, though it feels solid and well built. It's got good weight to it and I'm sure it will take a good beating.
    For good velocity, USB, quality craftsmanship, ease of use and the few other features this unit has for such a low price, I just can't think of a better deal.

    (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Atrocious

    By Driscoll

    from Los Angeles

    Comments about Alesis Q49 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller:

    This keyboard has, hands down, the worst velocity response I have ever witnessed. Some keys are hypersensitive, and others require serious force to even trigger. It is laughably bad.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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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