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Alesis V61 | 61-Key USB MIDI Keyboard & Drum Pad Controller (8 Pads / 4 Knobs / 4 Buttons)
- Perfect building block for music producer needing to control plug-ins and virtual instruments
- 61 full-sized, square-front keys with adjustable sensitivity
- 8 LED-backlit drum trigger pads respond to both velocity and pressure
- 4 assignable knobs, 4 assignable buttons, and Pitch & Mod wheels
- USB-powered with sustain-pedal input
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Compatible with PC and Mac
This product is class compliant; it does not require drivers.
- Mac: OS X 10.7, 10.8, or 10.9 (Software Requirements: OS X 10.8 or 10.9)
- PC: Windows 7 or Windows 8; Multicore Processor; 2GB RAM
The Building Blocks for any Music Producer
The Alesis V61 is a powerful, intuitive MIDI controller that lets you take command of your computer's music software without giving up your capacity for dynamic performances.
With 61 full-size velocity-sensitive keys and Octave Up/Down buttons, you can expand the keyboard to the full melodic range and play bass lines, chords, and melodies.
- Seamless, visual feedback via illuminated buttons and knobs
- USB power and USB-MIDI connectivity for Mac and PC
- Four assignable knobs and buttons for manipulating effect plugins and virtual instruments
- Eight impact-sensitive backlit pads allow you to launch clips or finger drum
61 full-sized keys and 8 Pads
With 61 full-size keys and 8 MPC-style drum pads, you're already well set up.
The V61 adds to that pitch and modulation wheels, and four assignable knobs and buttons to open and close filters, adjust volume levels, activate effects, tweak parameters, and more.
Adjustable to fit your style
The V61 Editor software offers an easy, visual way to edit the various MIDI messages that your keyboard's controls send to your computer.
For even more control you can adjust the velocity curves of keys and pads to find the sensitivity that best fits your playing style.
Powerful software included
The V series is bundled with Ableton Live Lite 9 and Xpand!2 by AIR Music Tech. Ableton Live Lite 9 is a fluid audio/MIDI environment that enables you to spontaneously record, remix, improvise, and edit musical ideas on the fly, while Xpand!2 is an advanced virtual instrument that comes with a collection of premium sounds.
- V61 USB-MIDI Controller
- USB Cable
- Ableton Live Lite (Download)
- Xpand!2 by AIR Music Tech (Download)
- User Guide
- Safety & Warranty Manual
- 61 full-sized, square-front keys
- 8 velocity- and pressure-sensitive backlit pads for beat production and clip launching
- 4 assignable knobs and 4 assignable buttons interface with your music software
- Octave Up and Down buttons let you access the full keyboard range
- Pitch and modulation wheels deliver expressive, creative control
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The performance-oriented Alesis V25 offers expressive hands-on control for the software musician seeking an inexpensive, compact MIDI keyboard controller with expanded features.
The new V series combines velocity-sensitive keys with eight drum/trigger pads, allowing virtual instruments to be played with dynamic expression. Cool blue LEDs illuminate the pads—as well as the four assignable knobs and buttons—for positive visibility. Musicians can make assignments quickly via the MIDI Learn feature. Octave shift keys provide access to the entire note range. A single USB cable provides both a power and data connection to nearly any computer.
The V25 also comes with Software Preset/Parameter utility that makes setup a snap and includes free downloads for Ableton Live Lite 9 and Xpand!2 by AIR Music Tech.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does this unit need a power supply to work?
These controllers are USB hub-powered and do not take an external power supply.
Do I need to install drivers for this to work on my PC/MAC?
No, these controllers are class-compliant meaning that they are plug-and-play and do not require a specific driver download in order to function. The V series controllers will function on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 as well as all Mac operating systems that are 10.4.11 and above. Also, because they are class-compliant, they will continue to function as Windows and Apple come out with later updates and operating systems.
What are the programmable buttons for?
Use these buttons to send MIDI CC messages to your software. They can function as momentary or toggle (latching) buttons. You can also use the V Editor software to set each button to send program and change messages to your software. See the V Editor's User Guide to learn how to do this.
Does this have pre-programmed sounds?
These controllers do not. They are midi controllers and are meant to trigger software in your computer that has sounds built into them such as Ableton, Logic ect...
What kind of sustain pedals does this use?
The V Series has a connection for a 1/4"" TS sustain pedal (Momentary non-latching footswitch). It would be helpful to have one that has a polarity switch on it in case you want to customize the way the pedal reacts when being pressed down or released.
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- Keyboard: 61 keys; velocity-sensitive; full range of 127 MIDI notes with Octave Up/Down buttons or transposition
- Pads: 8 assignable pads; velocity-sensitive; blue-backlit
- Knobs: 4 assignable 270° knobs; blue-backlit
- 4 assignable buttons; blue-backlit
- 2 Octave Up/Down buttons; blue-backlit
- Inputs / Outputs
- (1) USB port
- (1) 1/4” TS footswitch input
- Power: via computer USB connection
- Dimensions (width x depth x height): 44.1” x 9.6” x 4.5”
- Weight: 11.5 lbs
- V Editor Software (download)
- Software Download Cards
- USB Cable
- User Guide
- Safety & Warranty Manual
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Go there and follow the instructions. I recommend setting the velocity curve to #2. Updating the firmware (on Alesis' site) is a good idea, as well. I used this keyboard at practice for the first time yesterday and I love it. The action is a little stiff compared to what I'm used to, but that took all of about 20 seconds to get used to. For the price and functionality, you are going to have a hard time finding a better deal than this keyboard.
I love the editor, too. Being able to change the pads from note to CC, change the pad behavior to momentary or latch, and change the CC & on/off velocities for the pads and buttons is absolutely fantastic. I wish all keyboards had such an easy way to reroute and rework the internal commands.
Should Alesis have shipped this with velocity #4 as the default? No. Is it difficult to fix? Possibly: if you are blind, paralyzed from the neck down, or just straight up have no arms or legs. I am NOT an Alesis shill, I just think it's ridiculous that this keyboard is getting bashed by people who obviously don't know what they're talking about.
Update: figured out the problem with the pads double hitting, you have to use two finger press and they wont hit twice. Also a new firmware update corrected the problem and now one finger taps work great.
* Keys are good, not great. They're better than the cheap ones likes on the M-Audio Keystation, but they have a weird amount of resistance. You have to get used to pressing harder than usual.
* Overall build quality is very nice. Much nicer than most Alesis products.
* The slim size of the keyboard overall is great for fitting into a workstation and accommodating a computer keyboard or laptop. It has full sized keys and I can still reach over it to use my laptop easily. This is the main reason I didn't go with Akai (and cost).
* Dynamics on keys/pads out of the box is horrifyingly awful. After downloading their software and dialing in my preferred sensitivity, it still isn't great. You have 7 types of dynamic to choose from, only two of which actually make sense, and none of them nail it. The physical key resistance is just too much to get soft dynamics out of.
* Pads - After dialing in a sensitivity on the pads, they're somewhat playable IF you use a two finger tap to hit each pad, like another reviewer states. Double triggering is going to happen semi-frequently regardless of how careful you are. While the pads physically feel good, the biggest flaw is that even if you have the same sensitivity set for each pad, the physical sensor for each pad isn't the same so you'll have to tap one pad harder than the other.
Overall, I wouldn't pay the new price for this again. If youre limited by budget, find a used one for $110 or buy a used Akai.
Then the pads.... oh the pads.
Imagine inheriting a new house, but the house is in ruin. That is how I see these pads. On one hand, It's neat and they work ok 80 percent of the time. On the other, I had to tinker with velocity curve for about an hour to get to 80 percent. The double tapping happens, its annoying but not a deal breaker, since I'm using it for home recording not DJing, so a quick snip in piano roll fixes it fine.
Back to those keys, of those wonderful keys.
Pros: REALLY nice keys for the price,
Good design, space saving
Cons: The pads need tinkering and double tap sometimes.
Still give a 4 for the price to usability
But wow, these are probably the best keys I've seen on a controller. Full, have weight to them and feel like you're not playing with a toy. It looks and feels incredibly sleek with nice edges and blue backlights. The drum pads feel amazing. It might be the best feeling controller I've ever used.
If you need more knobs, sliders, etc, I might go with something else. But if you can make that sacrifice, you'll be treated to the nicest keys and pads I've seen on a controller. The best option would be this controller combined with another midi mixer for knobs and sliders.