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Overview

  • 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
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $199.00
  • Your Savings:
    - $100.00
  • Your Price:
    $9900

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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

Get more control without spending more. Order the Alesis Q49 MIDI controller today!

 

Q49 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 32"W x 7"D x 2.25"H
  • Weight: 2.5lb
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AlesisQ49 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller
 
3.9

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (2)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Functional (7)
  • Good quality (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (5)
    • Back-up (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    No idea what the others are talking about...

    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...Read complete review

    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.

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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

    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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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Nice MIDI Keyboard

          By Dr. A.

          from Bend, Oregon

          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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          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

          By Soul Easy

          from Hanover, PA

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          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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              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              perfect for me

              By Rox

              from in the studio

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Practicing

                Comments about Alesis Q49 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller:

                the Q49 is as described. plug-n-play,what more is there to say...

                now the downside- that free Sonivox offer is bunk. first off I had to redo it 3 times to get it to accept the coupon code then it's just a download,not a boxed version as I was told.
                their rep doesn't answer or return phone calls either.
                so I go to the downloads & it's multiple downloads totalling around 4 hours @ 3.3MbPS speed and after all that their server goes down 1/2 way into the 1st download. I've never heard of Sonivox before & there's probably a few more good reasons than just the ones Ive described.
                if I had known about this headache I would have gone w/ a different controller & just stuck w/ Superior Drummer or Drumagog.

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                (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.

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                4.0

                Q49 midi Keyboard controller

                By jay dillweed

                from portland, Oregon

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional

                Cons

                • The Action Is Only So-so

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing
                • Works With My Tetra

                Comments about Alesis Q49 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller:

                This is a Midi controller for people who don't want a lot of bells and whistles and it is priced accordingly due to this factor. I don't think the action is as good as a M-audio Axiom But it is low-key and dosen't have tons of obnoxious knobs. Probably good for analog or digital synth modules.

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                (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.

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                  (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Cheap but durable

                  By SabsDoppleganger

                  from Undisclosed

                  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.

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