Alesis V49 | 49-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with 8 Backlit Pads, 4 Assignable Knobs and Buttons, Plus a Professional Software Suite with ProTools | First Included
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- MIDI Keyboard with 49 full-sized, velocity sensitive square-front keys, perfect for playing Virtual Instruments
- Eight velocity and pressure-sensitive backlit pads for beat production and clip launching
- Four assignable knobs and four assignable buttons interface with your music software; seamless, visual feedback via illuminated buttons and knobs
- octave up and down buttons let you access the full keyboard range and pitch and modulation wheels deliver expressive, creative control
- Software included - Includes ProTools | First Alesis Edition, Ableton Live Lite 9 and Eleven Lite, plus Mini Grand, DB-33 and Xpand!2 virtual instrument software by Air Music Tech
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The Building Blocks for any Music Producer
The Alesis V49 is a powerful, intuitive MIDI controller that lets you take command of your computer's music software without giving up your capacity for dynamic performances.
With 49 full-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.
49 full-sized keys and 8 Pads
With 49 full-size keys and 8 MPC-style drum pads, you're already well set up. The V49 adds to that pitch and modulation wheels, and four assignable knobs and buttons to open and close filters, adjust volume levels, activate effects, tweak parameters, and more.
Adjustable to Fit Your Style
The V49 Editor software offers an easy, visual way to edit the various MIDI messages that your keyboard's controls send to your computer. For even more control you can adjust the velocity curves of keys and pads to find the sensitivity that best fits your playing style.
Premium Software Suite Included
Combining Pro Tools | First Alesis Edition, Ableton Live Lite 9 and Eleven Lite, plus Mini Grand, DB-33 and Xpand!2, this amazing recording software suite provides core tools for any artist, musician or singer-songwriter to create, record and share all their ideas across the world at any time.
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Go there and follow the instructions. I recommend setting the velocity curve to #2. Updating the firmware (on Alesis' site) is a good idea, as well. I used this keyboard at practice for the first time yesterday and I love it. The action is a little stiff compared to what I'm used to, but that took all of about 20 seconds to get used to. For the price and functionality, you are going to have a hard time finding a better deal than this keyboard.
I love the editor, too. Being able to change the pads from note to CC, change the pad behavior to momentary or latch, and change the CC & on/off velocities for the pads and buttons is absolutely fantastic. I wish all keyboards had such an easy way to reroute and rework the internal commands.
Should Alesis have shipped this with velocity #4 as the default? No. Is it difficult to fix? Possibly: if you are blind, paralyzed from the neck down, or just straight up have no arms or legs. I am NOT an Alesis shill, I just think it's ridiculous that this keyboard is getting bashed by people who obviously don't know what they're talking about.
* Keys are good, not great. They're better than the cheap ones likes on the M-Audio Keystation, but they have a weird amount of resistance. You have to get used to pressing harder than usual.
* Overall build quality is very nice. Much nicer than most Alesis products.
* The slim size of the keyboard overall is great for fitting into a workstation and accommodating a computer keyboard or laptop. It has full sized keys and I can still reach over it to use my laptop easily. This is the main reason I didn't go with Akai (and cost).
* Dynamics on keys/pads out of the box is horrifyingly awful. After downloading their software and dialing in my preferred sensitivity, it still isn't great. You have 7 types of dynamic to choose from, only two of which actually make sense, and none of them nail it. The physical key resistance is just too much to get soft dynamics out of.
* Pads - After dialing in a sensitivity on the pads, they're somewhat playable IF you use a two finger tap to hit each pad, like another reviewer states. Double triggering is going to happen semi-frequently regardless of how careful you are. While the pads physically feel good, the biggest flaw is that even if you have the same sensitivity set for each pad, the physical sensor for each pad isn't the same so you'll have to tap one pad harder than the other.
Overall, I wouldn't pay the new price for this again. If youre limited by budget, find a used one for $110 or buy a used Akai.
49 keys is plenty of workspace for me. I've played piano here and there all my life but am only now learning and teaching myself how to play. Anything less than 49 keys I felt wouldn't be a enough workspace so I chose this. The keys are stiffer than I imagined but you'll get used to it.
All knobs turn easily and the pads feel great to the touch. Modulator turns with ease and the pitch wheel has good spring to it.
I'm using this with the supplied Ableton Live 9 Lite software and I love it. Implementation was a breeze and fast. Though, you will have to get through the activation and account creating phase to get everything setup. And Xpand!2 is awesome! Just make sure you grab the code for it after you register your V49.
Last thing. Make sure you have room for it! It's a fairly large keyboard and is 37" wide! Make sure you have the real estate for it.
Update: figured out the problem with the pads double hitting, you have to use two finger press and they wont hit twice. Also a new firmware update corrected the problem and now one finger taps work great.