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Alesis Q49 49-key USB MIDI Controller Reviews

4.0 stars based on 5 customer reviews
  • Paul
    from Beaverville, Il. December 23, 2012Music Background:
    1yr home studio eng. 45 yr. guitar player

    can't beat it for the price

    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 model, but picked this up on a "black friday" sale for $50 which was even sweeter. It does everything I need and want.
    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.

  • Jim Gramze
    from Hastings, MI, USA December 21, 2012Music Background:
    Classic Rock Band, BS Piano Major, Composer, Teacher

    Q49

    For 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 drivers 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.

  • Tom
    from Indiana December 19, 2011Music Background:
    serious hobbyist

    Good basic controller

    I 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's supposed to.

  • Jay
    from Westfield MA July 23, 2011Music Background:
    Engineer and teacher

    Great buy

    If 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 wheels are really handy. The only minor issue is that the keys feel a bit squishy and cheap. But it's an acceptable trade-off.

  • Customer
    from August 6, 2015Music Background:
    All the musics

    One dead key, will be returning

    Does what its supposed to, except one key (E below mid C) is dead. Will return for another, can't beat it for the price & everything else works fine.

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