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Alesis QX49 MIDI Controller   

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The Alesis QX49 USB MIDI keyboard controller can take command over any parameter of your favorite music software. Through standard USB connection, th...Read More

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49-key keyboard controller for use with virtually all Mac and PC music software and MIDI devices.

The Alesis QX49 USB MIDI keyboard controller can take command over any parameter of your favorite music software. Through standard USB connection, the QX49 receives power while also transmitting MIDI data to your Mac or PC software or hardware device of choice. Punch out a drumbeat on great-feeling pads, open up a filter with smooth, tight knobs, or adjust volume and playback of sequencing software with long faders and snappy buttons. QX49's immense parameter control and velocity-sensitive keyboard get your hands off of the mouse and into the action for a more efficient, visceral music-making experience.

With a 49-note keyboard, the QX49's pitch range is perfect for performing with software instruments and samplers while still remaining highly portable. Furthermore, the Q49 provides keyboard players with a full compliment of controls including pitch and modulation wheels, octave up/down buttons and the ability to send program changes directly from the keys. The QX49's keyboard can even be split into sections to control multiple instruments at once!

The QX49's array of assignable controls works with virtually all music software and MIDI hardware devices. Whether you're looking to fire drum samples, tweak a software synthesizer or adjust individual tracks in a mix, the QX49's extensive layout ensures appropriate feel and proper response with its eight sliders and rotary knobs, four backlit drum pads and dedicated transport controls.

The compact controller features USB-MIDI and traditional MIDI jacks for easy connection to Mac, PC and MIDI hardware. The QX49 also has two traditional MIDI jacks: one for sending MIDI data directly from the keyboard and the other for routing MIDI data from a connected computer. When not using a computer, the QX49 can also be powered using a wall power adaptor (sold separately) to perform and control MIDI hardware. A footswitch input is also included on the back panel.

The QX49 comes with a copy of Ableton Live Lite Alesis Edition software for performing, recording, and sequencing music right out of the box. The QX49 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 QX49's streamlined layout to maximize your sound and performance options

FEATURES
  • 49-key keyboard controller for use with virtually all Mac and PC music software and MIDI devices
  • Velocity-sensitive keys with modulation and pitch-bend wheels
  • Eight faders perfect for adjusting volume or synth parameters
  • Four drum pads for triggering samples, loops and sequencing drums
  • Eight knobs ideal for adjusting pan position or any other parameter
  • Six assignable buttons for triggering software controls
  • USB-MIDI and traditional MIDI for use with Mac and PC, as well as MIDI hardware
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite Alesis Edition software included for instant recording, sequencing, and performing

SPECIFICATIONS

QX49 MIDI Controller

  • Keyboard: 49 keys
  • MIDI Outputs: 1 - 5-pin jack
  • USB: 1 slave connector (MIDI over USB)
  • Power: USB bus powered; Optional Power Adapter: 9V DC 500mA, Pin Positive, 5.5mm outer diameter (not included)

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AlesisQX49 MIDI Controller
 
3.0

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

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    (3)

56%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Back-up (3)
  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Cheap and functional

First off, I see a lot of people having issues with sustain and I want to say that I am not having any of those issues. Some say that certain notes sustain even after...Read complete review

First off, I see a lot of people having issues with sustain and I want to say that I am not having any of those issues. Some say that certain notes sustain even after the key is lifted, and that using a pedal or footswitch can make it worse. The controller I received does not have any issue with sustain. I know it shouldn't but perhaps it reacts differently depending on how it is connected to a device: I use the USB cable to plug it directly into my computer. Maybe people who use the MIDI OUT are experiencing these problems.

In fact, every key, button, knob, and slider works just fine. The only problem I have is with the drum pads. If the instrument is set for the pads to sense velocity, it feels very inconsistent. Additionally, some say that the pads trigger twice even when hit once, although mine does not have this issue.

Overall, the controller feels light and cheap, but perfectly functional so far. I've used the controller everyday since I bought it on a Stupid Deal of the Day bargain.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Some good features, BUT a major problem

If Alesis fixes this problem, and continues to market this item at it's current price range, it will be a great deal. But be sure to ask if it's been fixed before you...Read complete review

If Alesis fixes this problem, and continues to market this item at it's current price range, it will be a great deal. But be sure to ask if it's been fixed before you buy one!
I owned one of these for about a month, and I would like to give this item a high score. It has a decent feel, great ease in assigning controllers, some interesting programmability, and is very competetively priced. BUT...
...once I plugged in a sustain pedal, the problem emerged. Once the sustain pedal is pressed, the sustain does not stop until the unit is restarted. I search the internet for a solution, only to learn that the problem was common, and that it is caused by an internal design flaw that I could not correct. Fortunately, the folks who sold it to me took good care of me. Alesis makes some nice products, but until they fix the pedal malfunction, this IS NOT one of them. Ask if that problem has been resolved before buying one.
It would be a great value for the price if only it didn't have a major design flaw. But it does, and a consistently malfunctioning device isn't a great value at all.

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4.0

Cheap and functional

By 

from Cleveland, OH

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional

Cons

  • Poor Quality

Best Uses

    Comments about Alesis QX49 MIDI Controller:

    First off, I see a lot of people having issues with sustain and I want to say that I am not having any of those issues. Some say that certain notes sustain even after the key is lifted, and that using a pedal or footswitch can make it worse. The controller I received does not have any issue with sustain. I know it shouldn't but perhaps it reacts differently depending on how it is connected to a device: I use the USB cable to plug it directly into my computer. Maybe people who use the MIDI OUT are experiencing these problems.

    In fact, every key, button, knob, and slider works just fine. The only problem I have is with the drum pads. If the instrument is set for the pads to sense velocity, it feels very inconsistent. Additionally, some say that the pads trigger twice even when hit once, although mine does not have this issue.

    Overall, the controller feels light and cheap, but perfectly functional so far. I've used the controller everyday since I bought it on a Stupid Deal of the Day bargain.

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    2.0

    Good features, but plays poorly

    By 

    from Fall River, MA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lots Of Features

    Cons

    • Playing Action Is Poor
    • Power Supply Not Included

    Best Uses

      Comments about Alesis QX49 MIDI Controller:

      I have several alesis products, going back to the sr16 drum machine and qs6 keyboard. I bought this to integrate with my live performance with my ipad (Sampletank ios and iElectric). I was able to assign knobs and sliders for the ipad with ease. The 4 touchpads were also cool.
      Where it lacked was the action. It felt very stiff, and keys were not full-sized. Many of my softer notes would not even sound when played. It was very difficult to play this keyboard.

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      3.0

      Inexpensive and fun

      By 

      from London, ON

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Decent Software Included
      • Easy To Use
      • Good Value

      Cons

      • Useless Manual

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Alesis QX49 MIDI Controller:

      Acceptable quality and features at a low price. Good value but not the greatest midi controller you'll ever use.

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      3.0

      A little frustrating...

      By 

      from Dublin, GA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound
      • Performance Is As Stated

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use
      • No Manual Not Good

      Best Uses

      • Backup

      Comments about Alesis QX49 MIDI Controller:

      Bought this as a midi controller/ keyboard. Performs very well, and since I have a fair amount of midi experience was easy to connect with Sonar. The only drawback is that Alesis did not include a users manual, which means beginners are going to struggle with assigning functions and parameters. Suggest you find a generic guide online. Once you understand midi, you'll be a pro in no time.

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      3.0

      Functional

      By 

      from Minneapolis

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Lousy Instruction Manual

        Best Uses

        • Backup

        Comments about Alesis QX49 MIDI Controller:

        I bought this to control a little Roland sound canvas for the non-keyboard players in my band could possible add a little punch when our regular keyboardist runs out of hands. It works ok, but I don't like the action and the manual is useless. It'll work, but the trial and error method of running it is a pain.

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Alesis QX49

        By 

        from Fresno, CA.

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • I Love The Layout

        Cons

        • Drivers Hard To Get

        Best Uses

        • Works Great With Yosemite

        Comments about Alesis QX49 MIDI Controller:

        The unit looks great. I love the layout of the controlls. I find it hard to aquire the drivers from the Alesis site, although it did hookup perfectly to my Mac running Yosemite! I am looking for the midi map of controlls to program the pads, sliders, transport conttols, and knobs. I still think it is a perfect tool for programming at your computer and the fact that you can use it to control your moduals in a live performance is over the top. Thanks Alesis!

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Decent Midi Controller

        By 

        from New Mexico

        About Me Experienced

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Alesis QX49 MIDI Controller:

              The action on this keyboard is VERY stiff. The hardest action by far of my 7 keyboards. I would have sent it back except it has features I was looking for that were only available in much more expensive controllers, like being able to split out 3 seperate midi channels to the midi output.

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              5.0

              Two thumbs up

              By 

              from Atlanta, Georgia

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • As Described
              • Would Recommend

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Band
                • Concerts
                • Home Recording
                • Practicing

                Comments about Alesis QX49 MIDI Controller:

                Great price on a great product with fast shipping. Running it through massive there are no limits to what you can do with it.

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                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Sticking notes.

                By 

                from Michigan

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Alesis QX49 MIDI Controller:

                      I bought this to replace my great little M-Audio 49 key which was worn out. I only intended to use it for data entry with Finale software. If it functioned correctly, it would be more than adequate, but notes randomly stick on this unit. I don't think it is related to the sustain or software/driver related.

                      Sometimes when you play a note, a "note on" message is sent to the software you are using but when you release the note, it occasionally will not send a "note off" message. The note stays on. If it is a percussion sound, you don't hear that with the quick decay but the note is still "on". Sometimes it results in that note being added to every note or chord you enter into Finale after that. Sometimes it results in that note being missing in subsequent entries.

                      It is so frustrating and basically makes it unusable. I'm thinking it is a mechanical problem in the design or assembly of the keys, but it could be the driver or the electronics of the keyboard I suppose. It does that same thing with other software or modules. If you were trying to use this for sequencing, recording, or worst of all live performance (not recommended), you would face the same type of problem.

                      From what I have read on review sites, this is very common. Some people don't seem to have the problem so you could get lucky. With so many public complaints about the same issue though, I don't like your odds of getting a good one.

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                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      I see no problem

                      By 

                      from Appleton WI

                      About Me Experienced

                      Ask me a question

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Functional
                      • Good Quality

                      Cons

                      • Hard To Map

                      Best Uses

                      • Practicing
                      • Recording Musical Parts

                      Comments about Alesis QX49 MIDI Controller:

                      I really don't see any of the problems that other people are pointing out. I love it. That is all.

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