Alesis VI49 | 49-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with 16 Pads, 16 Assignable Knobs, 48 Buttons and 5-Pin.

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  1. MIDI Keyboard with 49 full sized, square front, semi weighted keys with after touch. USB MIDI and 5 pin MIDI Out offer flexible MIDI connectivity
  2. Manipulate plugins and virtual instruments with hands on controls. With VI49, you can open and close filters on virtual synthesizers, adjust volume levels in your mix, activate effects, and much more
  3. 16 velocity sensitive trigger pads with illuminated RGB feedback for beat production and clip launching. Pitch and modulation wheels deliver expressive, creative control
  4. 36 assignable buttons and 12 assignable knobs interface with your music software. Seamless visual feedback via LED screen and illuminated buttons and knobs
  5. Production software included: Ableton Live Lite and Xpand!2 by AIR Music Tech (downloads). USB powered and plug and play support for Mac and PC


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25-key, 49-key, 61-key

10 reviews for Alesis VI49 | 49-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with 16 Pads, 16 Assignable Knobs, 48 Buttons and 5-Pin.

  1. Stephen Cook

    Works well, interfaces nicely with Logic, Reason, Ableton and Maschine. Pro Tools is a bit harder, but then again Pro Tools is always weird about USB instruments. Solid quality, keys feel good, pads work well, knobs and buttons function properly. I dig it.

  2. Troy B.

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     This is a day one review. If however I find any cons, I’ll add them later. As of now, this keyboard is FANTASTIC to say the least. Great feeling keys, nice and bright backlights, and solid yet smooth mod and pitch wheels. As for the wheels, they’ve got medium resistance with little to no inertia. Feels amazing when soloing.My biggest concern was the 25 key limit. As I’m working on a budget, I couldn’t afford the 49 key, and the 61 would be too big for my desk. It was either the V49 or VI25 for me. I am SO glad I went with the VI series. If you’re wondering if 25 keys is enough, ask yourself this question: what am I going to be playing? If you’re just using it to put in simple chords into your DAW, this’ll work great. As I already mentioned, soloing is what this thing is designed for. I’ve included a short video demonstrating a solo that requires the use of multiple octaves, to give you a good impression what it’ll look and feel like switching between them. Sorry in advance for the quality, I was using my webcam as the camera and mic.As for the drum pad, the buttons are very sensitive. Good detection, and it’s cool that you can trigger them just by pressing, not striking. This is where my only “con” is. If you’re getting into your music while using the pitch and/or mod wheel, it’s quite easy to trigger the pads and screw up your sound. I hope there is a setting within the Alesis software that I’m unaware of that will fix this. If not, it’ll be something I just get used to. Either way, not really a con, just a heads up.The nobs and buttons can all be mapped to various functions within your favorite DAW. I’m using Mixcraft 7 Pro Studios and everything seems to work wonderfully. That is, after I configured the play, stop, loop, etc. buttons.Aftertouch is an amazing feature. For those who don’t know, aftertouch is the ability to press into key after it’s been struck and at it’s lowest point. This can trigger different effects to your favorite synths. Think of it like 3D Touch for your keyboard. It’s cool, but I haven’t used it much.I am VERY pleased with this product and am glad I bought it. If you’re on the fence and have the money, get it.**Update**After using this product for over two years, my only issue is the USB port. As I was playing, if the cable was moved slightly, it’d stop sending midi data to my DAW. At first I thought (and hoped) it was a bad cable, but I was wrong. I put up with it for a while, but it seemed to get worse. I was about ready to purchase a new, different controller. As a last resort, I took it apart to look for any problems. After examining the port, I found three out of the six solder points were separated very slightly. After a few minutes of soldering and hot gluing, I finally have it back to it’s original functionality.While I still love this controller, this issue reflects poorly on the build quality and longevity of this product. If you’re not a geek like me, you’d be spending $100+ on a new controller.Without a doubt this thing is great for the money, but don’t expect it to last forever. 🙂

  3. Javier Fernandez

    This a OMG product; period. The keys are semiweighted, soft, the overall product looks very high quality, the pads are strong, high quality, same as all buttons and functionality. It comes with software that allows you to start playing and recording almost immediatley.

  4. Amazon Customer

    The price, quick shipping & the Product itself is excellent! I am happy with my purchase. I plan on using this product on a daily basis, its sturdy, great keys, pretyy look, smooth buttons and easy to use.

  5. brennvn on spotify

    Its cool cause i can be Mozart on the right and then flip around and be Vanilla Ice in the left. Keeps your swag high. But unfortunately does not increase your chance of laying pipe

  6. bruce j coleman

    this is the perfect tool for anyone learning how to play the keyboard and make beats, the keyboard comes with a link to a sight where you can take lesson for making beat and playing the keys, this is a perfect entry for any beginner,

  7. Jim Lowe

    So basically this is the sexiest midi controller I have used that is anywhere near this price range. the control options alone on a kerboard this size is impressive. as far as control inputs go this is one of the smoothest pieces of gear a bedroom producer could hope for.the keys are semi-weighted and a delight to use. they feel a whole lot more expensive than they are. you dont get that cheap springyness feeling.the pads are large and responsive. of course this all can be modified in the software which is also fantastic. the ONLY qualm i have at all is the buttons under the knobs have a hard somewhat cheaper feeling click to them. it would be nice if they engadged a little softer and not so abruptly.anywho this is a for sure buy if you have the dead benji’s and want to be the ONE…(two, three, four…) and get all Mr. Anderson on some (keanu) Peanu Keeves. Punstable Punderpants

  8. David

    I got this to use with Ableton Live, but I didn’t want the “8 track launchers with faders” layout that so many keyboards have right now. The huge bank of 36 buttons really helps with what I need in my setup.So far (after a day of use) everything is great. But I will note a few quirks:1) Dimensions are listed incorrectly – Description says something like 24″ wide. I got this for a travel gig so I was concerned about size. The actual dimensions are 33.75″ long, by 10″ wide (power switch sticks out by 1/4″), by just under 3″ tall including feet and knobs.2) There was a strip of adhesive plastic across all the keys – A nice feature to protect them in shipping… But I felt I was going to yank all the keys out of alignment unless I took extreme care. Perhaps warming it with a hair dryer would have helped.3) The free editor software works, BUT, you really have to make sure certain options are selected in order for it to communicate with the keyboard. This took me two hours to figure out. Options -> Device Setup will open a menu for connecting to the device. See attached screenshot. Before you try to Send or Get a preset to/from the connected keyboard, open this and select VI49 EDITOR Out and VI49EDITOR In and click Apply. You might even have to do this every single time, it seems to forget easily. At first I felt like this dialog does nothing at all but it makes all the difference when you get the MIDI Communication error. It did not work for me to just select VI49 Out and VI49 In, it has to be the “EDITOR” option for sending and receiving presets.

  9. Andrew Trahov

    Keys are semi weighted as I expected. Pads are extremely respond and sensitive! Works good. Better than M Audio Code 61, I did comparison of both items and Alesis won!

  10. Dude

    Wow, by far best keys/pad combo for the price. Easy to use and customize. I’m a casual musician and rarely play piano but this makes playing piano easy and feels light. The drum pads are excellent very responsive but the real nice touch is the corresponding colors to how hard/soft you play. I am very happy, impressed, and encourage you to buy this if you’re looking for a new midi controller.

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