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Alesis VI49 49-Key Keyboard Controller

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Feel the expression of playing on full-sized, semi-weighted keys, but in a compact sized controller that will easily integrate into any desktop production setup. Introducing the VI49 Keyboard Controller with 49 full-sized, square-front keys, 16 LED backlit touchpads with velocity and pressure sensitivity, 12 assignable knobs and 36 assignable butto...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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Overview

Feel the expression of playing on full-sized, semi-weighted keys, but in a compact sized controller that will easily integrate into any desktop production setup. Introducing the VI49 Keyboard Controller with 49 full-sized, square-front keys, 16 LED backlit touchpads with velocity and pressure sensitivity, 12 assignable knobs and 36 assignable buttons, pitch and mod wheels with expressive control and seamless visual feedback from the illuminated buttons and knobs. The VI49 has everything you need to produce, perform and create music.

The VI Series adds semi-weighted keys and aftertouch to the V series line of controllers. This layout provides intensive command over the clip trigger workflow of top DAW and compositional software. The internal clock offers drum roll, tempo, and sync capabilities. An optional power supply and a standard MIDI output allow for stand-alone use.

Features

  • 49 full-sized, square-front, semi-weighted keys with aftertouch
  • 16 multi-color RGB backlit pads respond to both velocity and pressure
  • Designed for hands-on control of your DAW as well as plug-ins and instruments
  • 12 assignable knobs, 36 assignable buttons
  • Pitch & Mod wheels deliver expressive, creative control
  • Seamless visual feedback; LCD screen and 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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One year parts and labor warranty on all keyboards, DAT, and modules.
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AlesisVI49 49-Key Keyboard Controller
 
4.3

(based on 8 reviews)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

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(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

first impressions - great feel, solid build

By Robert

from Mays Landing, NJ

Comments about Alesis VI49 49-Key Keyboard Controller:

I brought my VI49 home last night and got as far as setting it up with my macbook in the living room. I spent some time getting to know Ableton Live this afternoon with it, but I'm primarily a Logic user. I found it a little frustrating working my way up a learning curve so I switched back to logic, and once I did I had a blast working with this board. This is the first midi controller I've ever purchased because I refuse to deal with the horrible synth action keyboards that characterize most midi controllers. This controller has a solid feel, nothing rattles when you pick it up; the knobs, pads and switches are all firm and solidly built. Playing the keyboard is very comfortable, the keybed and pads are stable and don't bottom out with an annoying click like everything else in the store did. I haven't had enough time with it to map out the controls, I'll come back for another review when I have, but in the meantime if the feel and build of your controller is important, take a look at the Alesis VI series.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very nice controller

By Donnie

from Evansville, Indiana

Site Member

Comments about Alesis VI49 49-Key Keyboard Controller:

I was in need of a new Midi controller. I originally asked my wife to run by Guitar Center while she was in town and pick up the little brother to this unit--the V49. I had done some research on it and had decided that would be good enough. She surprised me by bring home the VI49. This one has a few more bells and whistles as compared to the V Series. Out of the box, Ableton and Reaper both worked well enough with the controller. The included editor software is a easy to use and allows the capability to store many presets in the controller itself. This is good if you have multiple VST instruments. Each preset can use a different MIDI channel. It allows you to easily switch from one instrument to another, just make sure each is on it's own channel. The unit itself feels well built and sturdy, no squeaky keys that I have noticed. The semi-weighted key action is as expected--nothing like a real piano but much better than the synth action of many midi controllers. Documentation is sparse, and for newcomers, that may be a problem. The inclusion of Abelton Live Lite and Expand!2 is a great touch, especially for someone new to this that might not own any VST instruments already.

(1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

needs more improvement

By Dub T

from NY

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional

Cons

  • Poor Latency

Best Uses

    Comments about Alesis VI49 49-Key Keyboard Controller:

    This keyboard looked great it felt good but the latency is the killer for this keyboard i have a Macbook Pro 15" 16GB 500gb hard drive etc and the latency for this keyboard on any logic software was 193 when the i/o buffer was at 32 and 230ish at 1024 buffer that is crazy late especially when your playing the piano or trying to make a beat. but the keyboard i was really nice but they have to do something about that latency. people told me about it and i thought O maybe its their computer or they don'
    t know how to change it but it really is that bad

     
    5.0

    Great for tech-savvy beginners

    By Mariah

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Alesis VI49 49-Key Keyboard Controller:

    I bought this as a gift to my partner, who is the type to tinker with tech. I am not that person. Currently, we are both using the controller with ease. I use it for vocal lessons, and it is simple for me to use as just a piano keyboard. My partner likes to use it for more creative endeavors, and tests its limits more than I could ever think to. It is his first MIDI controller, and he is enjoying all of its capabilities. I would highly recommend this controller. The value is excellent, and it is very flexible for all levels. PS - the salespeople at the Lexington, KY location were top-notch and helped my decision tremendously. Sky was particularly knowledgeable, and I would buy from them again in a heartbeat!

     
    5.0

    Great product

    By Hugh Janus

    from Dallas, Texas

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Beat making
      • Practicing

      Comments about Alesis VI49 49-Key Keyboard Controller:

      I bought this keyboard because it had everything I was looking for in a midi controller, and wasn't too expensive. I wasn't quite sure that this controller would would work with Reason or not, so I took a chance and was pleasantly surprised to find out that it synced perfectly. Everything on the keyboard is fully assignable, and has a durable feel. The drum pads are really responsive and help with the flow of creativity. Great product.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      gret

      By Ernie

      from florida

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Alesis VI49 49-Key Keyboard Controller:

          good

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Good for first midi controller, but eventually need upgrade.

          By Chris the Music Lover

          from Nashville, Ten

          About Me Novice

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Simple

          Cons

          • Bulky

          Best Uses

          • Music Production
          • Scoring

          Comments about Alesis VI49 49-Key Keyboard Controller:

          I use this controller for producing my own music and scoring films. I've used a few other midi controllers( M-Audio Oxygen, Akai Professional MPK), but I'm not a fan of their keybeds. I like the feel of the VI-49 a little better, but eventually I want to upgrade to a Komplete Kontrol 61 or a Novation Impulse 61. Basically, if you're gonna buy this, you should probably have a plan to upgrade to something else.

           
          4.0

          Better Than Expected

          By Chris the Music Lover

          from Nashville, Ten

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          Pros

          • Keys

          Cons

          • Big

          Best Uses

          • Scoring

          Comments about Alesis VI49 49-Key Keyboard Controller:

          I really enjoy this product because of the keys. I'm a piano player, so I was looking for a different feel than the M-Audio or the Akai MIDI. You should know though, that this product is pretty big, it takes up most of my desk space. So if you want something thinner, you should probably get th V-49 instead.

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