Alesis Q49

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The Alesis Q49 is a medium keyboard controller that belongs to the Alesis Q family of MIDI controllers. It’s pretty straight forward when it comes to design and capabilities. In particular, it has a 49 keynote keyboard. This gives you more space than the Q25, which in turn allows you to play and to control vast MIDI hardware and software. These keys are velocity-sensitive, thus making it a comprehensive keyboard to play for a live performance. Similarly, they’re sensitive enough to express your own touch at your working station of preference. Moreover, this keyboard controller is USB MIDI ready, as well as traditional MIDI ready, to connect your Mac, PC, or any MIDI hardware.

Alesis Q49: Features

Hooking up the Alesis Q49 to your favorite DAW is easy. However, if you don’t have any, when you pull this controller out of the box you’ll find a CD with the Lite version of Ableton software. As a result, you can start creating right away. In addition, assigning parameters to the Alesis Q49 will take you seconds to set. Moreover, with its pitch and modulation wheels, you can capture captivating musical expression. If you’d like to add extra expression to your performance, you could include a sustain pedal to the mix. Yet, this one you have to buy separately. Regardless, another great feature is that it’s bus-powered via USB. This allows you to power your controller without too many cables, making your workspace much more clean and organized.

The Alesis Q49 also works with the Apple iPad via a special USB adaptor. This, however, you’d have to get separately too. It might be a good addition because it’s class-compliant, meaning that it doesn’t require you to instal drivers on your computer to set it up. Furthermore, included with the keyboard controller, you’ll find a quick start guide and a USB cable. It has 1 5-pin MISI jack and one slave connector that is MIDI over USB. In conclusion the Alesis Q49 is a portable music production essential with complete MIDI capabilities: it helps you perform, play, and record with any MIDI software or hardware out there.

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