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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
 
3.1

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

55%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (5)
  • Functional (4)
  • Good quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Exactly what I needed and more!

Keep in mind that I'm a guitar player, not a keyboard player. That said, I've started recording some acoustic songs and found myself getting into MIDI to create some other instruments. Did a...Read complete review

Keep in mind that I'm a guitar player, not a keyboard player. That said, I've started recording some acoustic songs and found myself getting into MIDI to create some other instruments. Did a couple of songs writing in the notes by hand. Worked, but it was a PITA! Figured it would be easier with a keyboard.

I run Studio One 2 Pro on Windows. Plugged in the Alesis and it found the drivers, loaded them, and it was good to go. Setup in S1 was by the book and easy. In five minutes everything was ready to play.

Looking at the 8 linear faders on the Alesis gave me an idea. Sure enough, it's simple to assign them to the mixing faders in S1. Yes, they are very short throw, but they are accurate, and they sure beat using a mouse! And you still have 8 more rotary faders left. The transport controls are immediately recognized by S1 and totally assignable.

Again, keeping in mind that that I'm not a keyboard player, I found it easy to play. The velocity sensitivity is pretty consistent. I found the keys a little springy, but still easy to play. The pads are somewhat less than sensitive, but not as bad the pads on some other controllers in this price range. Some online postings say that this might be adjustable. But the drum parts can be played on the keys, and the Alesis tracks the sounds available in S1 perfectly.

The Alesis also comes with Abletron lite, and a free download from Ignite, giving you even more sounds to work with.

I was told that this is a discontinued model, and therefore is price accordingly. But for an introductory MIDI controller at this price, it is perfect for my needs!

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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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5.0

Exactly what I needed and more!

By 

from Moultonborough, NH

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • 16 assignable faders
  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Recording

    Comments about Alesis QX49 MIDI Controller:

    Keep in mind that I'm a guitar player, not a keyboard player. That said, I've started recording some acoustic songs and found myself getting into MIDI to create some other instruments. Did a couple of songs writing in the notes by hand. Worked, but it was a PITA! Figured it would be easier with a keyboard.

    I run Studio One 2 Pro on Windows. Plugged in the Alesis and it found the drivers, loaded them, and it was good to go. Setup in S1 was by the book and easy. In five minutes everything was ready to play.

    Looking at the 8 linear faders on the Alesis gave me an idea. Sure enough, it's simple to assign them to the mixing faders in S1. Yes, they are very short throw, but they are accurate, and they sure beat using a mouse! And you still have 8 more rotary faders left. The transport controls are immediately recognized by S1 and totally assignable.

    Again, keeping in mind that that I'm not a keyboard player, I found it easy to play. The velocity sensitivity is pretty consistent. I found the keys a little springy, but still easy to play. The pads are somewhat less than sensitive, but not as bad the pads on some other controllers in this price range. Some online postings say that this might be adjustable. But the drum parts can be played on the keys, and the Alesis tracks the sounds available in S1 perfectly.

    The Alesis also comes with Abletron lite, and a free download from Ignite, giving you even more sounds to work with.

    I was told that this is a discontinued model, and therefore is price accordingly. But for an introductory MIDI controller at this price, it is perfect for my needs!

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    2.0

    Very disappointed with key action

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    from Tennessee

    About Me Experienced

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    Pros

    • Functional

    Cons

    • Very stiff keyboard

    Best Uses

    • last resort emergency

    Comments about Alesis QX49 MIDI Controller:

    The sliders and rotary controls work fine and seem to be good quality. It has many nice control features and a on/off switch. The pads and the keyboard, that's a whole other matter. Unfortunately, the pads are erratic & require a real hard whack . The keys seem to be well made & full size, but spring tension is way too strong. The keys are very difficult to play without having fingers slide off black keys or sometimes not sound a note when trying to play riffs, because they have to be pressed so hard and move a long distance before making contact. They call it semi-weighted, I call it World Heavy-Weight. It would be a excellent controller/keyboard if the pads and keys tension were improved.

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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 NM USA

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            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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