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Alesis VX49 49-Key Keyboard Controller

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OVERVIEW

Direct control of virtual instruments.

The VX49 fuses the creative power of software instruments with the live playability of a keyboard workstation, by transforming computer based VST plugins into entirely hands-on production experience.

Step Up Your Workflow
At the heart of the VX49 is a 4.3" full color high-resolution display screen. This screen allows you to directly interface with your DAW and virtual instrument plugins better than ever before. The VX49 also features an all new custom 49-key semi-weighted keybed with aftertouch, 4 banks of 8 RGB backlit velocity- and pressure-sensitive drum pads, 8 360-degree performance-ready knobs, 8 dual-function switch pads, backlit and rubberized pitch and mod wheels, built-in "Roll Mode" and arpeggiator features, and much more. With an unprecedentedly efficient control layout and workflow, the VX49 is the perfect choice for today’s most demanding producers and keyboardists

Fully Integrated with VIP
Using the included Virtual Instrument Player (VIP) software, the VX49 fuses the creative power of software instruments with the live playability of a keyboard workstation--- essentially transforming computer-based plugins into an entirely hands-on production experience. VIP works with any VSTi virtual instrument, including the 7 premium VST plugins by SONiVOX and AIR Music Tech that are also bundled with VX49. The integrated high-resolution full-color 4.3" display instantly adapts itself to the selected plugin’s controls, delivering immediate 1:1 access to the instrument and many other various editable functions.

Sort and Create New Sounds Quickly
VIP gives you access to any virtual instrument in your collection with or without a DAW. An integrated patch browser presents every patch for every VST plugin you have, and enables you to quickly filter, select, and preview patches based on their specific attributes. VIP software also lets you create setlists that provide instant on-demand access to user-curated instruments for stage performance and studio work. You can even layer multiple patches together (from up to 8 different VST plugins) to create new patches and timbres. All of this—without ever reaching for the computer. That's what you've been waiting for.

FEATURES
High resolution colored screen with dedicated interface buttons
Screen provides 1:1, real-time feedback of plugin parameters
Includes VIP — load, play, & control any VST plugin
8 performance-ready 360° knobs
Custom 49-key Alesis semi-weighted keybed with aftertouch
8 velocity- & pressure-sensitive drum pads with RGB illumination
Dedicated pad bank, transport control, octave, & performance buttons
Role mode, time division, pattern arpeggiator, & tap tempo buttons
Expression pedal and footswitch inputs
Standalone MIDI controller or control your plugins & DAW simultaneously

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AlesisVX49 49-Key Keyboard Controller
 
4.4

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (9)
  • Easy to use (8)
  • Functional (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Has me feeling like a pro

I bought this as a stupid deal, and overall I'm impressed. I play in church and use Reason for most of my sound. I needed a device with assignable parameters so I could...Read complete review

I bought this as a stupid deal, and overall I'm impressed. I play in church and use Reason for most of my sound. I needed a device with assignable parameters so I could avoid having to click around on the laptop.

I definitely like the overall feel and functionality. It's definitely made from high quality material. It also includes its own VST software and library, but I haven't used it, so I can't speak to whether or not it's any good.

My one complaint would be that the device is not exactly user friendly. There's a bit of a learning curve to figuring out exactly how to get it to play nice with reason. It probably took me an hour or too to figure it out, so it's not terrible per se, but also definitely not a plug and play type of thing.

Overall I like the device and it was definitely a steal for the price I paid!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Problems with VIP software - so just a basic Midi Controller

After 4 days of messing around, this is simply a basic midi controller. Current state - VIP software won't launch independently, VIP software crashes in ProTools Express (Version 10). I'll revise this...Read complete review

After 4 days of messing around, this is simply a basic midi controller. Current state - VIP software won't launch independently, VIP software crashes in ProTools Express (Version 10). I'll revise this review if I am able to finally get VIP to run in any circumstance. VIP is what makes this keyboard more than just a basic controller and I have not been able to get it to run. I will be contacting support and if unsuccessful will be returning this to MF.

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5.0

Quality keyboard at a bargain price

By Ozzy

from Lincoln city, Oregon

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home recording

    Comments about Alesis VX49 49-Key Keyboard Controller:

    Well made and versatile quality keyboard ideally suited for controlling soft synths. Four octaves makes this a lot more usable than those piddly little two octave controllers. The software that comes with this is a huge bonus. I have some great professional keyboards to use, but despite that the VX49 fills a gap needed for controlling soft synths. I bought this as a stupid deal for about 150 spondulies, but even at full price it is still a good buy. If you're looking for a controller keyboard for recording soft synths, don't hesitate. You won't regret it.

     
    5.0

    I would buy it again for sure!

    By SynthSpace

    from San José, Costa Rica

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Great Price

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Studio Use

      Comments about Alesis VX49 49-Key Keyboard Controller:

      Product is really useful for studio use, the advanced integration with VST´s is what truly makes this controller special, plus it comes with an arp feature too, which is unusual in large keyboard controllers available in the market today.

       
      3.0

      Ok, but Alesis isn't hit or miss

      By Zak Sloan

      from Denver, CO

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Quality

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use

      Best Uses

        Comments about Alesis VX49 49-Key Keyboard Controller:

        The 49 works fine, but it good several days to get it functional. The Alesis website was down when I bought this so I couldn't install the required software. I won't purchase Alesis gear again.

         
        5.0

        Great Keyboard

        By Pierce Danger

        from North carolina

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Alesis VX49 49-Key Keyboard Controller:

          Being new to MIDI I needed something that I could record with that was simple to use. I was impressed with the ease of getting it operational. I am still learning everyday but I had this making music with 15 minutes. My friends that are MIDI knowledgeable were surprised with the performance of this keyboard. I am using it with Studio One 3 professional. If you want a good studio keyboard don't hesitate!

           
          5.0

          I like the product

          By MH

          from Dallas, TX

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Alesis VX49 49-Key Keyboard Controller:

            Easy to quick start

             
            4.0

            Has me feeling like a pro

            By Adam

            from Moreno Valley, CA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Feels good
            • Functional
            • Good Quality

            Cons

            • Learning Curve

            Best Uses

            • Church/House of Worship
            • Concerts
            • Live performance
            • Recording

            Comments about Alesis VX49 49-Key Keyboard Controller:

            I bought this as a stupid deal, and overall I'm impressed. I play in church and use Reason for most of my sound. I needed a device with assignable parameters so I could avoid having to click around on the laptop.

            I definitely like the overall feel and functionality. It's definitely made from high quality material. It also includes its own VST software and library, but I haven't used it, so I can't speak to whether or not it's any good.

            My one complaint would be that the device is not exactly user friendly. There's a bit of a learning curve to figuring out exactly how to get it to play nice with reason. It probably took me an hour or too to figure it out, so it's not terrible per se, but also definitely not a plug and play type of thing.

            Overall I like the device and it was definitely a steal for the price I paid!

             
            1.0

            Problems with VIP software - so just a basic Midi Controller

            By Dr Stevens

            from Waukesha, WI

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • USB Powered

            Cons

            • Difficult To Use
            • Requires iLok to Authenticate Software
            • Software Downloads take forever
            • VIP software crashes with ProTools 10

            Best Uses

            • Studio

            Comments about Alesis VX49 49-Key Keyboard Controller:

            After 4 days of messing around, this is simply a basic midi controller. Current state - VIP software won't launch independently, VIP software crashes in ProTools Express (Version 10). I'll revise this review if I am able to finally get VIP to run in any circumstance. VIP is what makes this keyboard more than just a basic controller and I have not been able to get it to run. I will be contacting support and if unsuccessful will be returning this to MF.

             
            5.0

            Solid performance with CV-pal for analog gear.

            By W MCAT

            from Los angeles

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Aesthetically pleasing
            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Alesis VX49 49-Key Keyboard Controller:

              Have been using this through Ableton and a DiY cv pal to use my Eurorack gear. The key sensitivity is adjustable and the feel is exceptional. The large arpeggiator bank is absolutely amazing to use on new analog or old vintage gear as well. Alexis really sold me though with 5 pin midi in/out and the ease of changing pad notes directly though the interface.

              If I had been tasked with designing a perfect keyboard for DAWs that also could be interfaced to use modular with little latency, I would have come up with something close to this.

               
              5.0

              Great Controller

              By Buzz

              from UK

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Recording and Production

                Comments about Alesis VX49 49-Key Keyboard Controller:

                I am very pleased with the VX49. The knobs and keys have a great smooth action, everything feels sturdily built, and the VIP software is great for tinkering. The pads work really well too. Set up was easy, but it really depends what DAW you're integrating it into, and that you know your way around installing the VST's that come with the VX49. Using this in Studio One is a breeze and it speeds up my workflow a lot.

                When it first arrived I found the keys weren't sensitive enough for me, but you can change the sensitivity of everything straight from the menu system on the controller, no need for playing around with drivers.

                Exactly what I needed.

                 
                5.0

                What a fantastic controller!

                By Peter Moss

                from STL

                About Me Novice

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Quality
                • Makes work flow more efficient

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Song Creation

                  Comments about Alesis VX49 49-Key Keyboard Controller:

                  I got this controller because the VIP software sorts and categorizes all of my software instruments. The keybed feels amazing to (tho I am not a pianist). The buttons, knobs and pads feel high quality and the display screen is a very welcomed feature that gives you feedback without having to look at your computer.

                   
                  5.0

                  Better than most in this price range

                  By Widespreadtrumpet

                  from Canton, GA

                  About Me Professional Musician

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Alesis VX49 49-Key Keyboard Controller:

                      This guy replaces my Samson as a controller for my Reaper DAW. I'm very happy with the keyboard action; much more responsive then the Samson. All the pretty lights are taking some getting use to, and I'm still learning some of the features. Got this on SDOTD, doubt I would have gotten it if it was the regular price. Overall very good controller bundled with some nice usable software.

                       
                      5.0

                      Amazing machine4 the price

                      By Daniel

                      from Portland Oregon

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      See all my reviews

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about Alesis VX49 49-Key Keyboard Controller:

                      I bought this for my film score production and first time I plugged it was amazed by its capabilities!very well build! Easy controller! A must have gadget!

                       
                      5.0

                      exactly as expected

                      By attilajozsef

                      from mebane nc

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Backup
                        • Practicing
                        • recording

                        Comments about Alesis VX49 49-Key Keyboard Controller:

                        recording . like the pads

                         
                        4.0

                        Amazing Software Controller, but

                        By brapoza

                        from Dartmouth, MA

                        About Me Experienced

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                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Functional

                        Cons

                        • Can't get it to control a hardware midi module

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Alesis VX49 49-Key Keyboard Controller:

                          Amazing as a soft synth, The VIP software is awesome, thousands of sounds. Keybed is fantastic also. Terrible as a midi module controller, I can't figure it out.

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