Alesis V49

USB MIDI Controller Keyboard

  • 49 Velocity sensitive keys
  • Pitch bend- and modulation wheels
  • 8 Velocity sensitive pads with blue LED illumination
  • 4 Assignable rotary encoders and buttons
  • Sustain pedal input
  • Incl. USB cable, Ableton Live Lite software (download), xpand!2 by AIR Music Tech software (download)

Further information

Aftertouch No
Split Zones 0
Layer function No
Pitch Bend / Modulation Yes
Rotary Encoder 4
Fader 0
Pads 8
Display No
MIDI Interface No
Sustain Pedal Connection Yes
USB-port Yes
Mains Operation No
Battery Operation No
Bus-Powered Yes

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Got what I expected more or less (less)

28.04.2015
My expectations for this keyboard weren't high to begin with but it managed to let me down regardless. The velocity sensitivity is useless. It can be edited to be useable on the lower sensitivity levels but even then it seemingly randomly jumps above treshold to play max velocity.

The keys are squeaky and in a loud way. You can imagine how annoying it can get. The knobs and slider work flawlessly. The pads seem very high quality. If I could, I would just have the pad section and remove the keys.

So my main use for this keyboard has been practising finger positions for different chord structures. For this the keyboard is okay. Also using the knobs to input automation and they've been working fine.

This keyboard looks good. I'll give it that much. It's black, it has shiny blue LED lights. The countour on the keys is pleasant to eye. This keyboard is nice decoration for your bedroom studio. And if you play loud enough your guests will barely hear the squeaking of the keys.

Oh yeah since my goal was to learn finger positions, I just completely disabled the velocity sensitivity which is what you should expect to do if you get this board.
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Mostly good

18.06.2015
Two things about this keyboard I do not like. The drum pads are unresponsive and you can't play rolls on them. If you want to play a snare roll you have to assign two pads to the same note. Secondly there is no program change increment/decrement feature. The buttons can be made to send prog-change, but not increment it.

Those things aside, it's good. The action is on the heavy side, with more piano than synth feeling to the action. It's pretty and does not hog a lot of desk space.

The included software is very nice. Well, Ableton Live Lite, while nice is quite limited. The Xpand2 VST synth however is a full featured version, and has a lot of good useful sounds.

All in all good bang for the buck. If I lost this one, I'd buy another one.

Addition: The firmware released autumn 2015, improved the velocity and pad sensitivity significantly.
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