Alesis VX49 Keyboard Controller

49-note USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with Aftertouch, 8 Backlit Pads, 8 Assignable Buttons, 8 Rotary Encoders, Transport Controls, and VIP Plug-in Software
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Comprehensive Control for Software Instruments

Automatically maps to your favorite plug-ins

With the Alesis VX49 USB/MIDI controller keyboard, you can load up your favorite software synthesizers, samplers, and drum machines as if you were working on a standalone keyboard workstation. The included VIP software scans your instrument plug-ins, indexes all of their presets, maps out the controls, and allows you to switch sounds and tweak parameters on the fly — without ever touching your mouse. With 49 velocity-sensitive keys (with aftertouch), eight pressure-sensitive pads, eight rotary encoders, and a built-in arpeggiator, the Alesis VX49 could be your ideal controller for production and performance.

  • Automatically maps controls to your selected software instrument
  • Lots of hands-on controls for parameter tweaking
  • Tempo and transport controls for your DAW

Use Your Plug-ins Like Hardware

Turn your software into a keyboard workstation

Let's face it — mapping control surfaces to your software can be a hassle, and navigating menus and preset lists can quickly take you out of your creative zone. The VIP software included with the Alesis VX49 does all that for you, allowing you to get hands-on with your sounds while you're still inspired to make music. When you first load up the VIP software, it will scan your plug-ins folder and associated presets and will automatically map the physical controls accordingly. You'll be able to explore presets, tweak parameters, and even switch to a different plug-in instrument entirely, without ever having to touch your mouse or computer keyboard.

  • Switch sounds and instruments without touching your mouse
  • Tweak parameters without wasting time mapping controls
  • Use VIP software in your DAW or standalone

Ample Control for Performance

Keys, pads, encoders, and more

With a 49-key playing surface and transposition keys to cover a 10-octave range, the Alesis VX49 strikes the ideal balance between being playable and compact. Eight velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads are arranged in four banks, giving you access to 32 individual MIDI events. Eight encoders are right where you need them to sweep filters and bring in effects. Pitch-bend and mod wheels are on hand, as are assignable switches to send MIDI commands to your software or hardware devices. Use the Roll button to create drum builds and glitch effects on the fly, and use the built-in arpeggiator to create looped phrases. Especially if you perform live with your software instruments, you'll be well served with the ample control set on the Alesis VX49.

  • 49 keys, eight performance pads, and eight rotary encoders
  • Assignable switches for sending MIDI commands
  • Built-in arpeggiator with tempo sync

Transport and Tempo Control for Your DAW

Free yourself from your computer's mouse and keyboard

On top of being a comprehensive controller for your software instruments, the Alesis VX49 is equipped with a transport section for your DAW. Record-enable tracks, loop sections, pause playback, and even adjust tempo. In fact, any MIDI-controllable function within your DAW can be controlled by the VX49. You'll be able to capture song ideas faster, without having to juggle your MIDI controller, keyboard, and mouse simultaneously.

  • Run your DAW with dedicated transport controls
  • Tap tempo button for tempo changes on the fly
  • Assignable switches can be mapped to DAW commands

Hover over features below for a detailed description

49 velocity-sensitive keys with aftertouch
Transpose keys allow you to cover a 10-octave range
Pitch bend and mod wheels
Built-in arpeggiator for use with any software instrument
Eight rotary encoders for tweaking parameters in your software or MIDI hardware
Assignable switches for sending MIDI CC, Program Change, or Program Bank messages
Eight velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads, backlit for color-coded visual feedback
Access four banks of eight pads to control up to 32 individual MIDI events
Change Time Division for Roll and Arpeggiator functions
Activate Full Level to make pads trigger at full velocity every time
Enable Roll to play repeated notes at the rate of the selected Time Division
Tap Tempo for changing tempo on the fly
Color 4.3" display for navigating presets, instruments, and settings
Manage presets and settings right from the VX49
Switch between Main, Setup, Browser, and Global Modes
Shift button to access additional functionality
Control your DAW software with dedicated transport controls (Stop, Play, Record, and Loop)
Power button (via USB or optional power supply)
Power input for optional power adapter (sold separately)
USB port for MIDI I/O
MIDI In and Out for connecting with hardware MIDI devices
1/4" Sustain and Expression pedal inputs for more performance control

With the Alesis VX49 and VIP software, you can control your software instruments just like a dedicated keyboard workstation. You'll be able to select sounds faster and capture ideas without leaving your creative zone. From production to performance, the VX49 is an outstanding controller for software instruments.

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Tech Specs

Pads 8
Number of Keys 49
Type of Keys Velocity sensitive semi-weighted
Aftertouch Yes
Other Controllers Pitchbend, Mod Wheel
Encoders/Pots 8
Dedicated Transport Control Yes
Pedal Inputs 1 x 1/4" (sustain), 1 x 1/4" (expression)
MIDI I/O IN/Out/USB
USB Type B
Hardware Requirements - Mac Multi-Core CPU, 8GB RAM recommended
Hardware Requirements - PC Multi-Core CPU, 8GB RAM recommended
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.8 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 or later
Power Supply USB
Height 5.5"
Width 37.6"
Depth 12.4"
Weight 9.5 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number VX49

Customer Reviews

5/5
Based on 5 reviews
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5/5

Extremely satisfied

The VX49 exceeded all expectations. I was only looking for a new controller upgrade my Korg K49. However, the VIP software blew me away. I used to work off of the Roland XP-80 years back and i have been looking for the same workstation set up to pull up my sounds on the keyboard screen without have to wait all day for the sounds to load on the computer. Trust me, I found the workstation feel I was looking for. I also enjoy the extra drumpads as well. Great controller. Hands down the best controller.
Music background: Songwriter/Producer
5/5

Awesome Controller for the price

I own an extensive amount of digital Instruments ranging from synths to the most common kontakt libraries. VIP has helped me organize my sounds fairly easily. In some cases you'll have to import your patches manually because VIP would not recognize them but that is to be expected. Accessing your sounds via the hardware is seamless and it will become second nature in a short period of time. The controller itself is sturdy and the key-bed feels awesome, it is very responsive. The pads are not as responsive as the ones in Maschines or MPCs but they are most def usable unlike the earlier versions of Alesis controllers. Arend Abby my sales rep is amazing as always. I am glad Alesis finally stepped it up.
Music background: Producer and Sound Engineer 10 years
5/5

THIS Controller ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!

I have had this for a month now and wow it rocks. I love the VIP 2.0 software. Very solid and no issues so far. The keybed feels great. I have read a few places people being so finicky about the keybed but this one has absolutely no issues. Plays and feels awesome. I use this with Sonar Platinum and it is very solid. I can't wait til I learn all of the functions to really utilize my workflow and creating new sounds. Buy this controller.....you will not be disappointed.
Music background: Full Time Musician
5/5

Very Pleased

I was also concerned about the key bed, other Alesis controller keybeds I tested were not very good. I had to have this board so I rolled the dice. Very pleased with the feel, the black keys have a nice matte finish. VIP is a game changer!!!
5/5

Great Job Alesis

I cannot begin to give enough praise for this thing. I have been searching for weeks now to find a good midi controller that ticks all the boxes, and Alesis delivers! It's usually hard being the first person to buy and write a review for a product. There are no critiques to base you purchase decision on so you're pretty much going in with utmost faith that you don't buy a dud. Alesis isn't exactly known in the midi keyboard world for quality products. If you read the reviews of the V and VI series you will see many complaining of squeaky keys and bad velocity response among other things. I was really hoping this board would be different and it seems Alesis has learned from its mistakes with those earlier models. So what makes it good? THE KEYBED Oh man...this is IT as far as action and response go. I am an intermediate level pianist and action matters greatly to me. I had returned the Nektar LX and M-Audio Code because of their poor velocity response and lack of curve options. A keyboard should breathe with your playing and have a 1 to 1 response to your touch. No other controller feels this natural to me. I don't think anyone will complain about this action. I only bought this board because on the Alesis website they say that this model has a custom keybed different from the V/VI series. Whatever they fine tuned it makes for a lovely playing experience that matches my Casio PX-750 digital piano. Please make a 61 or an 88 key version Alesis! PADS/KNOBS/BUTTONS Pads are super responsive and their sensitivity can be adjusted to suit your playstyle. I had no trouble banging out 16th note high hat runs an a moderate tempo. Mod and pitch wheel feel solid and built to last. Knobs have the perfect amount of resistance and wont fly off like the Novation launchkey's. All the buttons are super clicky with no wobble. Overall this controller is built like a tank. It may be plastic but it has some weight and rigidity to it. SOFTWARE I haven't gotten too far into browsing all of what VIP has to offer, but even if it didn't come with the keyboard I still would have bought it. You also get a lot of free synth software which sounds really great if you're in need of a quick preset. Most of my instruments are mapped with the new update to VIP. The ones I use mostly are Omnisphere 2 and East West. When the Akai Advanced was released there were many bugs and a only handful of mappings for plugins, but the ecosystem has matured a bit and more plugins are being mapped/requested every month or so. It can only get better from here. And now we come to the bad: SETUP Nonexistant. I have done my research as far as setting up controllers in DAWs so I didn't have a problem, but a newbie would definitely struggle. The manual doesn't help much and the Alesis website is as barebones as you can get. My advice is to lookup the setup on the Akai Advance to guide you through because they are essentially the same board with a different layout. Their website has pictures and step by step instructions. Its odd though because Akai and Alesis are owned by the same company...laziness I suppose. In conclusion I would definitely recommend this board. All the included software and VIP make this a great deal, and its $100 cheaper than the advanced. When Alesis does quality they do it right.
See also: Controller Keyboards, Alesis, Alesis MIDI Controllers