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Alesis V49 49-Key Keyboard Controller

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Expressive USB pad/keyboard controller.

Feel the expression of playing on full-sized keys, but in a compact sized controller that will easily integrate into any desktop production setup. Introducing the V49 Keyboard Controller with 49 full-sized, square-front keys, eight LED backlit touchpads with velocity and pressure sensitivity, four assignable knobs and four assignable buttons, pitch and mod wheels with expressive control and seamless visual feedback from the illuminated buttons and knobs. The V49 is everything you need in a keyboard controller, without the space and size of some much larger, feature enhanced versions.

The Alesis V Series adds dynamic expression to your virtual instruments. Cool blue LEDs illuminate the pads-as well as the four assignable knobs and buttons-for positive visibility. Assignments may be made quickly via the MIDI Learn feature. Octave shift keys provide access to the entire note range. A single USB cable provides both a power and data connection to nearly any computer.

FEATURES
  • 49 full-sized, square-front keys
  • 8 LED backlit pads respond to both velocity and pressure
  • Perfect for controlling plug-ins and virtual instruments
  • 4 assignable knobs; 4 assignable buttons
  • Pitch & Mod wheels deliver expressive, creative control
  • Seamless visual feedback via illuminated buttons/knobs
  • Single USB cable provides both power and MIDI data
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite Alesis Edition & MIDI editor software

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AlesisV49 49-Key Keyboard Controller
 
4.2

(based on 9 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Good quality (7)
  • Functional (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (6)
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    • Novice (6)

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Beautiful, affordable, and functional

By Chris

from Easton, PA

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Inaccurate Velocity
  • Instructions
  • Velocity Sensitivity

Best Uses

  • Home Studio Recording
  • Practicing

Comments about Alesis V49 49-Key Keyboard Controller:

The Alesis V49 MIDI controller is my first MIDI keyboard. I wanted something functional, aesthetically appealing, and fairly simple that would enhance my recordings. I typically would create my MIDI tracks with a piano roll in Reaper, but found it to really be lacking a human element.

Since purchasing this item, I have discovered it to be very useful in my workflow. I no longer have to sit in a MIDI editor for an extended period of time to have lifeless recordings. The simplicity of use out of the box is great. I plugged it into my computer and within 5 minutes had it set up and playing some VSTi's out of my studio monitors.

It get's more complicated when you want to go about programming the drum pads and assorted knobs. In fact, the included documentation (which was sparce) did not provide this information. I've gone online and I'm sure I could figure it out in time, but it just seems very tedious and over-the-head of a novice when it comes to setting up MIDI controls. This lack of instructions is disappointing and renders part of the buy useless until I have time to figure it out.

That said, some knobs work right out of the box. In particular the pitch and mod wheels, which is one of the reasons I wanted this as well, to create expressive recordings unattainable in a MIDI editor. They work very well and are fluid.

The velocity component of the keyboard is hit-and-miss. It is not as sensitive as I would have liked. At times a light push of the keys can trigger a far louder sound than expected. Considering the price, the sensitivity isn't "that" bad at all, but there are better options on the market no doubt.

Overall, what I wanted was an affordable and relatively easy to use MIDI keyboard for home studio recording purposes. It fits my studio perfectly and is aesthetically pleasing. The 49 keys are great. Not too small and not to larger, plus there is an easy to use set of buttons that allows you to shift octaves for more range on the fly. I would have liked more instructions to be included, but can't help but praise this item as it works very well for the relatively low cost.

I bought through Musicians Friend because they offered a free set of AKG headphones with the purchase.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would def buy this product again

By Isaias

from New york

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Practicing

    Comments about Alesis V49 49-Key Keyboard Controller:

    I love this one! At first I was scared about getting it, but it got me. This v49 is perfect for its price. You do not need anything elss! Trust me this is complete! Enough for producers! When i say enough is enough! Its easy to use, to install, it works in any daw! Fl studio, protools etc etc the quality is so good. It looks like an expensive keyboard!

     
    5.0

    More Than Adequate Functionality

    By southsidesmoka

    from Columbia, SC, USA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Studio Performance

      Comments about Alesis V49 49-Key Keyboard Controller:

      The Alesis V49 MIDI Controller has the adequate number of keys to cover all of the octaves I play. It's Pitch and Mod wheels are incredibly accurate as are the controller's buttons and knobs. No disappointments on this purchase!

       
      5.0

      Bought this for my son - great decision!

      By Jeff for Carsen

      from Mpls, MN

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Great for beginning composers

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Composing
        • Practicing

        Comments about Alesis V49 49-Key Keyboard Controller:

        Bought this for my 15 year old son who loves to play piano and has begun writing his own songs, compositions. The included software isn't very intuitive, however with some practice he is able to access and use most of the functions of this midi controller/keyboard. I would buy it again for similar situation.

         
        5.0

        I would recommend this to a friend!

        By Drummer22

        from Buchanan, Co. Va

        About Me Novice

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Alesis V49 49-Key Keyboard Controller:

          I'm learning the in's and it's of computer recording. Do far I've had decent success. The KB has great action and is easy to use. The included Ableton 9 Lite is a major advantage. Which helps me in what I'm trying to obtain.

           
          4.0

          Great for beginners.

          By Edwin Chidanand

          from Chicago, IL

          About Me Novice

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Alesis V49 49-Key Keyboard Controller:

            This one works greats. Gets identified in most DAWS. I tried with Cubase, Ableton and Logic Pro. I'm an amateur and i love it. Before buying i was doubtful of how it is gonna go be and if im going to like it, but when i opened it and started playing i totally loved it. Made a lot of research before buying. My budget was very low and wanted to get a 49 keys. I initially wanted to buy something below 100$ but come on what is going to happen if i give out 30$ more? This was the only one with this kind of quality in this price range and with multi pads. Go for it.

            (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Ehh, its okay..

            By Terrell

            from undisclosed

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about V49 49-Key Keyboard Controller:

            Its a great product but the usb cable input short circuited a few weeks after purchase. I was enjoying this product intill this happened. I take care of my gear, so it dont take much to short the cable input. Other then that, i enjoyed my time with this but im returning it.

             
            4.0

            Good product.

            By modidley

            from Greensboro, NC

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Alesis V49 49-Key Keyboard Controller:

                Really easy to connect. Up and running in about 5 minutes.

                 
                4.0

                Great for first home studio

                By Timmy Turner

                from Columbia, SC

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Alesis V49 49-Key Keyboard Controller:

                  I'm building a home studio and this keyboard is perfect for everything anyone could be wanting to do.

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