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Alesis Q49Item ID: Q49
49-key Velocity-sensitive USB MIDI Keyboard Controller With Pitch and Modulation Wheels, Backlit Octave Up/Down Buttons, and Sustain Pedal Input, and Software
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The Uncomplicated MIDI ControllerThe Alesis Q49 USB MIDI controller keeps things simple. The Q49 sports a clean layout, not overloaded with pads, knobs, and sliders - but it's got the essentials: pitch and mod wheels, a volume/data entry slider, a MIDI/select button, Octave Up/Down buttons, a sustain pedal input, and traditional MIDI out for controlling external hardware. With no complicated setups and controls you'll never use, the Q49 is also easy to operate. It's even USB bus-powered, eliminating the need for a power supply. Sometimes less is more. If you like to keep things simple, we've got your controller - the Alesis Q49.
Alesis Q49 MIDI Controller at a Glance:
The Alesis Q49, with its 49-note keyboard, is ideal for two-handed performing - while remaining portable. The Q49 gives you the basics, including pitch and mod wheels, octave up/down buttons, and the facility to send program changes right from the keys.
You've got connections
The Alesis Q49 includes both USB-MIDI and a traditional MIDI out for instant connection to Mac, PC - and MIDI hardware. The Q49 is bus-powered, but can also be powered using a wall power adaptor (sold separately) when not using a computer. You also get a sustain pedal input on the back panel.
The Q49 ships with Ableton Live Lite Alesis Edition software for performing, recording, and sequencing music right out of the box. With its traditional MIDI out port, the Q49 is also a great choice for controlling MIDI hardware. Integrating a computer into your live set? With its petite size and light weight, you can place the Q49 a tier above an existing workstation for streamlined optimization of your expanded road rig.
Alesis Q49 MIDI Controller Features:
Keep it simple with the Alesis Q49 USB MIDI Controller!
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Rick, Gloucester, MA
Reviewsbased on 4 reviews
can't beat it for the price
by Paul from Beaverville, Il.This is exactly what I was looking for. A no frills straight forward midi controller. I tried more costly models, the action seemed stiff to me. I like the action on this one. I wanted the 25 key mode... read more [+]l, but picked this up on a "black friday" sale for $50 which was even sweeter. It does everything I need and want.
December 23, 2012
Music Background: 1yr home studio eng. 45 yr. guitar player
One thing, my DAW program didn't auto find or offer it as an option for midi control. I'm not savvy enough to know if this is a problem in the DAW or in the model. I selected another Alesis product (photon x25) as the controller and everything works fine. close [-]
by Jim Gramze from Hastings, MI, USAFor the sale price of 1/4 regular price this light little keyboard pops on and off my desk very easily. For entry into my DAW Logic used with my Mac Pro it is plug and play simple as can be. No driver... read more [+]s no nothing, it just works. The feel of the keys are pretty good given I normally use keyboards in the 4K+ range. The mod and pitch wheels have a delicious amount of resistance that some might find a little too much. Trust me you will get used to it. Wonderful. The octave keys work perfectly and intuitively. I have not used the data entry slider which again feels nice when moving it. It is worth the 200 dollar price tag, BUY THIS at 50, it even has MIDI out if you want organ style keys to play the sounds from your fully weighted main axe. close [-]
December 21, 2012
Music Background: Classic Rock Band, BS Piano Major, Composer, Teacher
Good basic controller
by Tom from IndianaI needed a basic keyboard controller to add sounds to my recorded tracks. I don't need a lot of extra features to clutter things up. This fits the bill nicely. Simple, easy to use, and does what it... read more [+]'s supposed to. close [-]
December 19, 2011
Music Background: serious hobbyist
by Jay from Westfield MAIf you're looking for a small MIDI controller with plenty of features, this is a good value. The USB interface works seamlessly with my Mac. The unit is really portable. The portamento and pitch wheel... read more [+]s are really handy. The only minor issue is that the keys feel a bit squishy and cheap. But it's an acceptable trade-off. close [-]
July 23, 2011
Music Background: Engineer and teacher
The Alesis Q49 is a USB-powered MIDI keyboard that has quickly become an important part of my studio. I depend on it for all my virtual instrument needs from piano and synths to acoustic drum software. It's extremely responsive and as simple as plugging in and playing!
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