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Alesis QX61Item ID: QX61
61-key Velocity-sensitive USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with Eight Rotary Encoders, Eight Sliders, Four Backlit Pads, and Dedicated Transport Controls
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A Matter of ControlControl freak? The Alesis QX61 USB MIDI keyboard controller is the cure. We all have control issues, especially when we're wrestling with our DAWs and virtual instruments. The QX61 comes to the rescue with an ergonomic, control-encrusted command surface and 61 synth-action keys. Eight sliders, eight knobs, four backlit drum pads, transport buttons, pitch and mod wheels, and and an LCD screen that let you control your sessions without constant mousing. The QX61 even gives you MIDI I/O to control additional hardware. Powerful, compact, lightweight, and affordable, the Alesis QX61 could save you thousands in therapy.
Alesis QX61 USB MIDI keyboard controller at a Glance:
The Alesis QX61, with its 61-note keyboard, is ideal for two-handed performing - while remaining portable. The QX61 gives you a bevy of controls, including pitch and mod wheels, octave up/down buttons, and the facility to send program changes right from the keys. The keyboard can even be split into sections to control multiple instruments simultaneously.
You've got connections
The Alesis QX61 includes both USB-MIDI and traditional MIDI ports for instant connection to Mac, PC - and MIDI hardware. The QX61's MIDI DIN jacks include one for sending MIDI data from the keyboard and another for routing MIDI data from a connected computer. The QX61 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 QX61 ships with Ableton Live Lite Alesis Edition software for performing, recording, and sequencing music right out of the box. With its traditional MIDI ports, the QX61 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 QX61 a tier above an existing workstation for streamlined optimization of your expanded road rig.
Alesis QX61 USB MIDI keyboard controller Features:
The Alesis QX61 is a powerful, affordable USB MIDI keyboard controller!
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Wyndell, Mckinney, TX
Reviewsbased on 2 reviews
by fromIts a very solid keyboard, the keys are velocity sensitive they dont fell soft like synth action or as good as weighted key, the drum pads are good but it could be better not so hard to setup with liv... read more [+]e and logic or pro tools does not requiere any setup close [-]
September 11, 2012
A good controller but more complex than I thought.
by John Semanas from Thoreau, New MexicoI am sure that this board will eventually turn out to be all that I had imagined but I had problems trying to get Ableton, the DAW software that came with it, to recognize the QX61. In order to get th... read more [+]e software to recognize it you have to go through a complex of file manipulations that are difficult if you are not a computer whiz. By now, they should have added the QX61 to the "Native" controller surfaces list so you don't have to be a genious to add the board to the DAW saftware.
July 11, 2012
Music Background: Composer, keyboardist
The board, itself, seems well made, except the action is a little stiff for me. What is outstanding is the 61 keys, along with a sustain pedal feature that lets you play this controller like a regular keyboard, which is why I bought it. The display is good but I wish it was in the center so it could be more visible.
I think that if they integrate the software by adding the QX61 to the Ableton Native Control Surface list, so I can use it all together, things will go well.
The board is usable with other software so that's what I am doing now. The QX61 has a lot going for it and I would buy it again but Alesis is not very responsive in the Customer Support Department, although Sweetwater certainly is and I appreciate doing business with them and plan to continue do give them my business in the future.
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