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Alesis QX61 61-Key Advanced MIDI Keyboard Controller  

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Alesis' QX61 makes it easy to take commanding, tactile control over any parameter of your favorite music software. Using the included USB cable, the ...Read More

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Quick and easy control over your MIDI software and hardware.

Alesis' QX61 makes it easy to take commanding, tactile control over any parameter of your favorite music software. Using the included USB cable, the QX61 receives power while also transmitting MIDI data to your Mac, PC or iOS* software, or MIDI hardware device of choice. Punch out a drumbeat on its four easy-to-use pads, open up a filter with its 8 smooth and tight knobs, or adjust the volume and playback of sequencing software with long faders and snappy buttons. QX61's immense parameter control and velocity-sensitive 61-key keyboard get your hands off of the mouse and into the action for a more efficient, visceral music-making experience.

The QX61's 61-note keyboard means its pitch range is perfect for performing with software instruments and samplers while still remaining highly portable. Plus, the QX61 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 QX61's keyboard can even be split into sections to control multiple instruments at once.

The array of assignable controls on the QX61 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 its extensive layout ensures appropriate feel and proper response with its sliders and rotary knobs, backlit drum pads, and dedicated transport controls.

Ableton Live Lite Alesis Edition software is included for performing, recording, and sequencing music right out of the box. This customized version of Ableton Live provides a fresh and easy way to create music. You’ll get audio recording and production capabilities as well as powerful tools for live performance.

FEATURES
  • 61-key touch-sensitive keyboard
  • Control virtually any Mac, PC, or iOS (Connection to iOS devices requires an Apple USB adapter, sold separately as part of the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit, plus a separate power adapter for QX61, also sold separately) music software
  • Velocity-sensitive keys with modulation and pitch-bend wheels
  • 8 faders perfect for adjusting volume or synth parameters
  • 4 drum pads for triggering samples, loops and sequencing drums
  • 8 knobs ideal for adjusting pan position or any other parameter
  • 6 assignable buttons for triggering software controls
  • USB-MIDI and traditional MIDI for use with Mac and PC, as well as MIDI hardware
  • Includes:
  • USB Cable
  • Software Disc

If your giddy for MIDI, order a QX61 today!

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AlesisQX61 61-Key Advanced MIDI Keyboard Controller
 
3.6

(based on 8 reviews)

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71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Reviewed by 8 customers

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    4.0

    all you need

    By pioneersofdisaster

    from planet earth

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Alesis QX61 61-Key Advanced MIDI Keyboard Controller:

        it is basic as far as the amount of pads and sliders.fairly easy to use.low cost. ive had good luck with alesis products so i hope it holds up. midi and usb. cant go wrong with it.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Did what it was suppose to do

        By Dee

        from Somewhere,US

        About Me Professional Musician

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              Comments about Alesis QX61 61-Key Advanced MIDI Keyboard Controller:

              I purchased this as an addition to my keyboard setup for midi/recording.
              For an inexpensive keyboard it had more than I needed.
              All of my midi/arrangement programs recognized it with no problem although I did have to download a "keyboard Map" from Ableton which is free for registered users , but the rest recognized it right away.
              The feel of the keys reminded me of keyboards of the 80's. It is actually quite similar to my Ensoniq Mirage that was purchased in 85.
              It had a lag issue but with reducing the buffer size on the computer programs it was no problem..
              BTW.. if you do this and start to get dropouts and missed strokes it is not the keyboard, it is time to upgrade your computer. The more RAM the better and be aware of witch USB port you are using, there are different drivers for different ports done in a priority status.
              This is being used on both a Windows 7 system and a Windows Vista system, I am having no problem with either.
              Bottom line, if you are looking for a professional keyboard.. then save the money and buy a professional keyboard.
              If you are looking for something to augment your existing setup then go ahead and buy this but make sure you know how to fix the issues before hand.
              I for one am pleased with the purchase, it does what it was suppose to do.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Explosive piece of equipment

              By Big Playaz

              from Been Around The World

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Difficult To Use

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Practicing

              Comments about Alesis QX61 61-Key Advanced MIDI Keyboard Controller:

              Was a bit hesitant to buy at first; as a matter of fact I took about 3 months to decide on this purchase primarily because of a prior experience I had with another Alesis product.

              As soon as it arrived I started to connect to my Macbook using Mainstage... from that time the rest is history. It was easy to configure and set up and it works seemlessly. The assignable sliders and knobs make the use of this machine more explosive than I anitcipated.

              The keys are a bit light but what esle can we expect for such a price. It is light weight and because of this it is easier to travel with in the case of rehearsals or even small gigs.

              Great Bang for the buck!!!!!!!

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Maybe I got a lemon. Maybe not.

              By Drew Alexander

              from Los Angeles, CA

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Inexpensive

              Cons

              • Not Functional
              • Poor Quality

              Best Uses

                Comments about Alesis QX61 61-Key Advanced MIDI Keyboard Controller:

                I am an experienced professional record producer, songwriter, and instrumentalist. I ordered this because I needed an inexpensive controller with more than 49 keys to control virtual instruments, including piano. I noticed immediately a lag between keystroke and midi recognition. I troubleshot (that a word?) for a while, but I traced the problem to the keyboard itself. I plugged in my old controller into the exact same situation and the problem disappeared. 100% certainty here. Not only was there lag, but many quick keystrokes in a row resulted in entirely lost keystrokes, like the keyboard overloaded. In other words, this thing COMPLETELY FAILED IN IT'S ONLY JOB. It looks like I'm not the only person noticing this.
                Clearly I was peeved. I returned it, demanding a refund. This was actually through a different retailer, but I noticed this here as I'm about to buy a different brand, and I had to share my anger directed at the manufacturer. Mine totally failed at its only purpose and wasted a bunch of my time, so maybe I can save you some time by saying look elsewhere.

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                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Great value, but some definite flaws

                By goatghost

                from Las Vegas, NV

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Lightweigt
                • Looks Cool
                • Lots Of Features
                • Multiple Zones

                Cons

                • Midi Port Lag
                • Not Intuitive
                • Spongy Keyboard
                • Zones Are Global-only

                Best Uses

                • Computer-based Musician

                Comments about Alesis QX61 61-Key Advanced MIDI Keyboard Controller:

                Let me say, I love Alesis products. I've been using them for over 20 years.

                For a computer-based musician/producer or hobbyist who needs a controller to lay down "beats" or control software synths, this could very well be a device for you. It seems that this board was designed mainly for USB connection (as with most other affordable "MIDI" controllers on the market). For a musician who uses it as a MIDI controller (i.e. using the dedicated MIDI out port), this device has some definite flaws.

                First, there is a noticeable lag between when you strike a key to when you hear a sound on your external, MIDI-connected device. I have my QX61 directly connected to my Fantom X7 and this lag is frustrating. I have verified that the lag is produced by the QX61, by connecting a different controller to the Fantom, without issue. I compensate for the lag by striking keys ahead of the beat, but I shouldn't have to do this. There doesn't appear to be a firmware update to address the issue (in fact, I've not seen any mention of the issue, anywhere).

                Second, the 3 user-defined zones are not global in nature. That is, each preset cannot have its own separately-defined zone. So, if in a live situation, you want to have different zone settings for each preset/song, you're out of luck.

                Third, the keyboard has a "spongy" feel. While I understand this is a budget keyboard and keyboard feel is subjective, it would have been nice if they made the keyboard less "cheap" feeling. I have an inexpensive MadCatz Rock Band MIDI keytar which has better action than this.

                Fourth, programming it is not intuitive. Don't ever lose the manual or you're out of luck. I needed the manual for performing such basic tasks as defining the base MIDI channel and zone ranges.

                As for the positives...it's the only 5-octave MIDI controller in this price range which allows splitting the keyboard into 3 zones. With most other controllers, you're stuck with either a single zone or 2 zones (splitting the keyboard in half).

                Another positive...there are lots of user-programmable knobs and sliders on this board, which I'm sure are uber-useful for a computer-based, trance-spinner or beat-layer.

                Finally, the board has a cool look to it and it's lightweight.

                So, this device is a mixed bag. The MIDI out port lag is a major issue (I would imagine that this is not a problem when controlling soft synths via the USB port, instead). But, it has lots of features and it is a great value for a computer-based musician. It's just not suited for live, MIDI-only performance.

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                (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Gets the job done quite nicely

                By Shrimptunes

                from Northeast Kingdom, Vermont

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy Octave Transpose
                • Good Quality
                • Light weight
                • Usb And Midi Outputs

                Cons

                • Manual Lacks Depth
                • Power Supply Not Included
                • Relatively Stiff Action

                Best Uses

                • Controlling Jv1010 Module
                • Practicing

                Comments about Alesis QX61 61-Key Advanced MIDI Keyboard Controller:

                I needed a MIDI controller to replace an old Studiologic SL161 which is part of my one-man-band rig. As my synth module is an older Roland JV1010, the controller had to have a standard MIDI output jack. Ideally, I would have a 61 key hammer action instrument, however it seems none are made. This ALESIS product seemed like the best bang for the buck, given my application requirements.

                What I like: This keyboard seems to be well built and durable. It is very light and easy to transport. Accessing zones for parameter changes seems a snap, and most controls are laid out in a logical fashion. I really like the ease with which I can transpose up and down octaves...one button ease! Having sliders, knobs and pads (all assignable) will prove valuable once I really get into this thing.

                What i don't like: The action is a bit stiff for my taste...not a biggie, really, but it can be a distraction. My main complaint is the lack of detailed info in the included owner's manual. For example, it claims that you can assign mod wheel operation per zone, but doesn't go into any depth regarding the procedure to do this. I've found myself doing lots of trial and error work with this keyboard. Also, including a wall wart power supply wouldn't have cost ALESIS that much, would it?

                For powering a MIDI setup like mine, or for controlling virtual instruments, this product has LOTS going for it, and I would recommend it highly. If you catch it at the right time, the price is truly sick cheap! Having said all this however, as soon as some manufacturer decides to build a 61 key hammer action MIDI controller, I'm there!

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Perfect for the Price

                By Walter MIDI

                from Seneca, SC

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Design
                • Good Quality

                Cons

                • Needs One More Fader

                Best Uses

                • Daw Midi Keyboard
                • Practicing

                Comments about Alesis QX61 61-Key Advanced MIDI Keyboard Controller:

                Bought this to control virtual instruments in Logic Pro and Reason, and for that it does an excellent job. I am a drummer -- not a keyboard player -- so the somewhat stiff action isn't much of an issue for my ham-handed playing. The faders (data sliders) have a nice smooth feel, but it would have been better to have one more to directly map to the 9 drawbars on the virtual B3 in Logic. The rotary knobs also have a good quality feel to them, and all these controls are very easy to map to just about any knob, switch, or fader in Logic or Reason. The transport buttons are a bit stiff -- requiring a determined press to operate -- but they work just fine. The four percussion pads also have a higher than expected threshold to trigger a sound, but its just a matter of getting accustomed to their feel. A lot of this stiffness may diminish with use.

                The overall quality is remarkable for the low price of this keyboard, and having both USB and standard MIDI connections is a big plus. I also like the standard pitch and mod wheels, never having been a big fan of joysticks that combine those functions.

                I have yet to delve into programming keyboard splits, presets, or any of the more advanced aspects of this controller, and probably won't ever need to. It's great all that customization is available, but my use won't require any of that.

                The overall design is clean and logical. 61 keys keeps me from having to do a lot of octave switching (which I had to do with smaller keyboards). I didn't need to open the manual to get started using it -- Logic (and the MIDI manager in OS X Mountain Lion) recognized the keyboard right away.

                This may not be the Rolls Royce of MIDI keyboards, but I can't justify spending any more on one for my purposes. This unit is exactly what I was looking for, and I'm very pleased with it.

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                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Excellent MIDI keyboard

                By nickbassman

                from Boston, MA

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

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                      Comments about Alesis QX61 61-Key Advanced MIDI Keyboard Controller:

                      I love this keyboard. I use it for recording into a DAW and controlling my MicroKorg. For all these purposes, it woks great! It's a big enough keyboard that I have enough range to play in, but small enough that it's still relatively portable. It feels rather durable, and I won't be afraid of this breaking from normal use. My favorite feature of this is that each of the buttons and knobs are programmable; you can set which MIDI control number everything sends, and then you can store presets of different configurations. This is handy for me, because I have presets set up for controlling my MicroKorg, Reason, Logic, and Ableton Live, and it's wicked easy to switch between them.

                      Probably the biggest con I've noticed is that it's a little bit confusing at first. You'll have to read the instructions to get to certain features at first. However, once you know how to work it, it's pretty simple; much like the MicroKorg, it's easy, as long as you know what you're doing.

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