Alesis Q49

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The Alesis Q49 is a medium keyboard controller that forms part of the Alesis Q family of MIDI keyboard controllers. The Q49 is pretty straight forward when it comes to design and capabilities. It has a 49 keynote keyboard, giving you more space than the Q25 allowing you to play and to control vast MIDI hardware and software. These keys are velocity-sensitive making it a comprehensive keyboard to play for a live performance or sensitive enough to express your own touch at your working station of preference. This keyboard controller is USB MIDI ready as well as traditional MIDI ready to connect your Mac, PC or any MIDI hardware of your preference.

Hooking up the Alesis Q49 to your favourite DAW is easy if you don’t have any, out of the box you will find a CD with the Lite version of Ableton software letting you start right away. Assigning parameters to the Q49 will take you seconds to set and with its Pitch and Modulation wheels, you can capture captivating musical expression. If you would like to add extra expression to your performance you could add a sustain pedal to the mix, which is sold separately. Another great feature with the Q49 is that its Bus powered via USB letting you power your controller without too many cables, making your workspace much more clean and organized.

The Q49 also works with the Apple iPad via a special USB adaptor that is sold separately and is class-compliant, meaning that it does not require you to instal drivers on your computer to set it up. Included with the keyboard controller you will find a quick start guide and a USB cable. It has 1 5-pin MISI jack and 1 slave connector that is MIDI over USB. The Q49 is a portable music production essential with complete MIDI capabilities letting you perform, play and record with any MIDI software or hardware out there.

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