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Alesis Q49 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller  

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The Alesis Q49 is a 49-note keyboard controller that works with virtually all music software and MIDI hardware devices. The compact controller features USB-MIDI and traditional MIDI jacks for easy con... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Alesis Q49 is a 49-note keyboard controller that works with virtually all music software and MIDI hardware devices. The compact controller features USB-MIDI and traditional MIDI jacks for easy connection to Mac, PC, and MIDI hardware.

The Q49 keyboard MIDI controller provides keyboard players with a full compliment of controls, including pitch and modulation wheels, octave up and down buttons, an assignable data slider, and the ability to send program changes from the keys.

The Alesis Q49 is compact, affordable, and easy to use.

Features
  • 49-key keyboard controller for use with virtually all music software and MIDI devices
  • USB-MIDI and traditional MIDI jacks for connection to Mac, PC and MIDI hardware
  • Pitch and modulation wheels, octave up and down buttons, assignable data slider
Specifications
  • Dimensions: 32"W x 7"D x 2.25"H
    Weight: 2.5lb
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year parts and labor warranty on all keyboards, DAT, and modules.
One year or 1500 hour warranty (whichever comes first) on tape heads.
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(No warranties are sent with product.)


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AlesisQ49 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller
 
4.0

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (12)
  • Functional (10)
  • Good quality (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (8)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Novice (3), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Keyboard

I chose to buy this keyboard because I needed an upgrade from my Behringer UMA25S and I didn't want anything too complicated, like extra knobs and all sorts of buttons. This was a good...Read complete review

I chose to buy this keyboard because I needed an upgrade from my Behringer UMA25S and I didn't want anything too complicated, like extra knobs and all sorts of buttons. This was a good choice because this keyboard doesn't need any drivers for it to work and it literally began working right away within' minutes on my DAW(Sonar Home Studio 7XL) once I plugged it into my Windows XP computer with the included usb cable. It comes with a Ableton Live Lite disc and small manual also. If you want a quick, simple, affordable keyboard that you can use right away with basic features like octave switching, volume, velocity, pitch, and modulation then this is for you.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

So close, but...

The quality and flexibility are fine for the MIDI hobbyist use I'm putting this to; however, there is one serious shortcoming in the design: the keys are too short! It's not that they're...Read complete review

The quality and flexibility are fine for the MIDI hobbyist use I'm putting this to; however, there is one serious shortcoming in the design: the keys are too short! It's not that they're non-standard in any way, it's just that the fulcrums are right at the back of the end of the exposed keys--they need to be three or four inches behind this for the touch to feel reasonably uniform along the length of each key. As it is, the touch is light at the front and nearly rigid toward the back of each key. Fine if you're going to pound away on the white keys, but it's impossible to play most chords pianissimo!

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4.0

Great for the price

By Greg

from NY

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional

Cons

  • Keys are hard to push

Best Uses

  • Home Recording
  • Practicing

Comments about Alesis Q49 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller:

I use it for demos mostly. The feel is definitely a keyboard, not a piano. It has all the ports you would want.

 
5.0

Excellent

By Km

from Pgh, pa

Comments about Alesis Q49 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller:

Really like the keyboard feel on this. More so than the Maudio which I founf the black keys very very stiff. Alesis keys have a good feel.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Worth the purchase price

By John Amsterdam

from Fairfield, ME

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • useful for practice and experimentation

Cons

  • keys are unevenly stiff and short

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Alesis Q49 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller:

The key pressure is uneven over the keyboard and is often very stiff. The keys are about 0.5 inch shorter than standard. Depressing two sharps with one hand is troublesome. This is my second Q49, which is actually better than the first one. Still, the buyer would get value for his money.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

No Frills Bargain

By Marc

from Havertown

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Great Price No Frills

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Alesis Q49 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller:

      I use this keyboard all the time. It's easy to use, and the price is perfect.

       
      4.0

      It works the way it's supposed to

      By SR37212

      from Nashville, TN

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Recording

        Comments about Alesis Q49 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller:

        Bought this when the Q25 proved to be to small and I really didn't want to use the space needed for 66 or 88 keys. Overall it works well with my Sonar midi software and it works well with my Native Instruments software and that was why I bought it.
        It was stupid easy to set up - plug the USB cable into the computer - job done!
        The only thing I would do differently and this is only if I were into EDM or Beat making is to buy a controller with assignable sliders or dials. I don't need that complication as I generally just use it as a keyboard.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        excellent buy for basic MIDI control

        By Denzil

        from Charleston, SC

        Comments about Alesis Q49 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller:

        If you know how to play, or have a familiarity with production, you don't need anything more than this. I use it with Ableton Live 9 and it works perfectly. The sensitivity is great. It really picks up on the tension of the touch. The keys are nice and light to the touch, which I prefer. Some players like a more tense feel, but I tend to play lightly on MIDI. This thing was ready to play out of the box. I paid $79 for it, and I think it could easily go for twice that price. Works right out of the box. No special drivers or installation necessary. I tap out drums on it, play melodies, control chopped samples... everything. If you like the bells and whistles and touchpads, this isn't for you. If you want a great MIDI controller at a great price, definitely grab this one if it's on sale.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Only a slight velocity problem on mine.

        By JohnKing67

        from Cuyahoga Falls, OH

        About Me Novice

        Comments about Alesis Q49 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller:

        I found this controller OK for my needs. I'm not a profession keyboard player and I'm using it as an input to a software sequencer on a laptop.

        I did notice a slight velocity problem similar to what some of the previous reviewers have mentioned. On one key I have to press down slightly harder to get it to trigger the note. It only happens on one key on mine and I didn't think it was serious enough to return it.

        For the price I paid (I got mine on sale for 80) I would recommend it as a basic MIDI input controller. It's definately more for novice players on a budget than professionals.

         
        5.0

        For the price it is a good deal!

        By fratello561

        from Colorado Springs, CO

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Alesis Q49 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller:

          I bought this keyboard to use with Garage Band and I must say that it works great. I use it on my iPad and Mac. I have not experienced any latency issues at all. It is said that "you get what you pay for" and this keyboard is not top of the line and I am sure the company does not make that claim. But, for the price it works for me and I am completely satisfied. Since I am a beginner in using MIDI and DAW, this keyboard is perfect. I recommend it as a good starter keyboard.

           
          5.0

          Q49 USB?MIDI Controller

          By violent seizures

          from Tampa FL

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Alesis Q49 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller:

              I like this instrument. The price was right and the quality is good. There is no latency issues like some indicated. Once I figured out how to get it to work with Cubase, I was good to go. The staff at MF were helpful and got me up and running.... Thank you for that MF staff.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Perfect

              By Fragments Of Light

              from Port Saint Lucie, Fl

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Alesis Q49 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller:

                What a great deal! I got it on sale , but it would still be a steal at the normal price! Took all of 10 seconds to set up, Sonar recognized it immediately and the velocity(contrary to a couple of reviews I saw here) works exactly as it should! Seems to me some folks should make sure they know how to use their software before writing a bad review. The controls work very intuitively. Also Musicians Friend is awesome, and one of the very few retailers out there that still know how to take care of customers and get repeat business! Recommended to anyone on any level.

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