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Alesis Vmini 25-Key Portable Keyboard Controller

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Product Price $69.0
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The Alesis V Mini is a powerful, intuitive, and portable MIDI controller that lets you take full command of your music software. With 25 mini-size ve...Click To Read More About This Product

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Two octave MIDI controller with miniature keys.

The Alesis V Mini is a powerful, intuitive, and portable MIDI controller that lets you take full command of your music software. With 25 mini-size velocity-sensitive keys and Octave Up/Down buttons, you can expand the keyboard to the full melodic range and play bass lines, chords, and melodies. V Mini also features four assignable knobs for manipulating effect plugins and virtual instruments: open and close filters, adjust volume levels, activate effects, tweak parameters, and more. Four velocity-sensitive backlit pads allow you to launch clips or finger drum with exceptional response, and pitch, modulation, and sustain buttons expand the expressive capabilities of your performing.

Plug-and-Play Hardware
V Mini was designed to integrate effortlessly with your music software. A single USB connection to your Mac or PC provides both power and MIDI functionality, allowing you to plug right into your computer and start making music. All the knobs and pads illuminate blue to provide real-time visual feedback and are laid out for an intuitive workflow. Plus, V Mini's compact design makes it easy to take this powerful MIDI controller on the road or implement it into any sized studio.

Includes XPAND!2
V Mini is bundled with Xpand!2 by AIR Music Tech. Xpand!2 is an advanced virtual instrument that comes with a collection of over 2000 premium sounds, ranging from acoustic instruments to futuristic synthesizers. This powerful software allows you to create or perform music with V Mini right out of the box.


Two octaves with octave buttons, four drum pads. Order today.

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AlesisVmini 25-Key Portable Keyboard Controller
 
3.5

(based on 10 reviews)

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    (3)

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70%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (4)
  • Functional (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good little controller

Bought this to be able to play simple synth/bass parts while also running sound for a church band. Perfect size and very easy to use, just plug right into my laptop and it...Read complete review

Bought this to be able to play simple synth/bass parts while also running sound for a church band. Perfect size and very easy to use, just plug right into my laptop and it just works. Good controller with enough features. Also plan on taking in my backpack for capturing ideas when I'm on the go - lightweight and sturdy and small enough for mobile use.
Only drawback is the key size for live use, but since I'm basically playing one note at a time, this is no big deal. Just don't expect to perform with it like a full-size keyboard.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Can't be powered by ios devices.

Is supposed to be a super portable midi controller, except it only works with a laptop, not IOS device. Insufficient power, requiring either powered USB hub or laptop for a tiny keyboard. ...Read complete review

Is supposed to be a super portable midi controller, except it only works with a laptop, not IOS device. Insufficient power, requiring either powered USB hub or laptop for a tiny keyboard. What's the point?

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good little controller

By David

from McKinney Tx

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Alesis Vmini 25-Key Portable Keyboard Controller:

      Bought this to be able to play simple synth/bass parts while also running sound for a church band. Perfect size and very easy to use, just plug right into my laptop and it just works. Good controller with enough features. Also plan on taking in my backpack for capturing ideas when I'm on the go - lightweight and sturdy and small enough for mobile use.
      Only drawback is the key size for live use, but since I'm basically playing one note at a time, this is no big deal. Just don't expect to perform with it like a full-size keyboard.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Can't be powered by ios devices.

      By Portable is too much to ask

      from Tucson, AZ

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      Pros

        Cons

        • Not Functional

        Best Uses

          Comments about Alesis Vmini 25-Key Portable Keyboard Controller:

          Is supposed to be a super portable midi controller, except it only works with a laptop, not IOS device. Insufficient power, requiring either powered USB hub or laptop for a tiny keyboard. What's the point?

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Definitely Worth the Money

          By Ted H

          from Lafayette, LA

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          Pros

          • Connectivity
          • Ease of use
          • Price

          Cons

          • Small keys

          Best Uses

            Comments about Alesis Vmini 25-Key Portable Keyboard Controller:

            I purchased the Alesis Keyboard Controller to lay down some basic midi tracks for bass guitar and other software instruments in GarageBand. It is exceedingly easy to connect and intuitive to operate. My only disappointment was that it does not have full-size keys. I could not find where this was explicitly stated in the product description, but the smaller keys are not a huge deal to me.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great little controller for backpack studio.

            By Kyle

            from Noise id

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Included software
            • Sustain button
            • Very portable

            Cons

            • Keys aren't fantastic
            • Pitch bend buttons instead of wheel

            Best Uses

              Comments about Alesis Vmini 25-Key Portable Keyboard Controller:

              I bought this to use as a portable controller for my portable backpack production studio. It is tiny, not quite as long as a 15" macbook and does everything it is supposed to do. The keys are okay, but not fantastic. The velocity curves could be better but included software does allow you to chose from 4. The pads are decent quality but not a selling point. 4 pads isn't enough to do a whole lot with but I do like having them on the controller. I bought it on sale for 49, which st this time is the same price as the included Xpand!2 software. For what it is, the software is very good with thousand of different sounds. It plays better then a v25, and is much smaller. For half the price I would choose it over the akai mini again and again

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              • No
               
              1.0

              BAD STUFF

              By bill

              from Detroit MI

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              Pros

                Cons

                • Difficult To Use
                • Poor Quality

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Alesis Vmini 25-Key Portable Keyboard Controller:

                the keys is so soft, unable to play, although it function well but the handfeeling make me hate it.

                 
                5.0

                Fabulous Travell Keyboard

                By JimHM

                from Wyncoye PA, Orvisto, Italy, etc.

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Alesis Vmini 25-Key Portable Keyboard Controller:

                  I'm a retired engineer and musician, now traveling 3 to 6 months of the year. (I'm writing this from Orvieto, Umbria, Italy where we're living for 3 months.) I had been frustrated at having no way to make music during extended stays overseas, and the impracticality of carrying synth (never mind bass!) on transoceanic flights. I now use this little keyboard with the Walkband app on my Android phone to get my music fix.

                   
                  4.0

                  Nice and compact, works well.

                  By BBGUN

                  from Texas

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Alesis Vmini 25-Key Portable Keyboard Controller:

                    Nice compact keyboard with the basics, works well and easy to use and install - Just check to be sure it's new and not a return from a previous sale!

                    Service and delivery comments:

                    Delivery was on time just the way i like it.

                     
                    5.0

                    I would recommend for any starter/beginner

                    By Soulauric

                    from Los Angeles, CA

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                    Comments about Alesis Vmini 25-Key Portable Keyboard Controller:

                    I am just getting into electronic production and I use this for producing in my home studio. Everything works great so far. No defects. Knobs feel great.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Not for a newbie

                    By Neal

                    from Maryville, Tennessee

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                    Comments about Alesis Vmini 25-Key Portable Keyboard Controller:

                    This looked like a good opportunity to wade into digital recording and mixing. Well, it isn't.

                    Website support for this device is really badt. Hotlinks for help files go to dead pages. Images showing setup do not match the software. Promised software is not available on their site, or anywhere else that I can find. Eight hours later, I gave up, packed it up, and called the nice lady at MF.

                    If you know what you are doing, maybe it works. If you aren't already competent with digital audio workstations, I'd avoid this, because there are no meaningful instructions with the controller and I found dead end after dead end from Alesis website.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    Great little midi unit!

                    By Jim

                    from Omaha

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Light
                    • Velocity sensitive keys
                    • Works with Linux

                    Cons

                    • Software does not work with Linux
                    • Velocity profile is very sensitive fora beginner

                    Best Uses

                    • Midi input to software synth

                    Comments about Alesis Vmini 25-Key Portable Keyboard Controller:

                    Love this little keyboard! Connected rut out of the box to my Linux box, into Jack, and connected to my favorite synths. No issues. Download the s/w, no Linux version but did have Windows and apple. Tried wine with no luck. But got s/w running on an old windows​ laptop and made​ config changes. Good unit, glad I got it on sale.

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