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Alesis VX49 | 49-Key USB MIDI Keyboard & Drum Pad Controller with Full-Color Screen (8 Drum Pads+8 Switch Pads / 8 Knobs)
- Integrated 4.3-inch high-resolution full-color screen with dedicated interface buttons
- Screen provides 1:1, real-time feedback of plugin parameters
- Includes Virtual Instrument Player software-load, play and control any VST plugin
- Custom 49-key Alesis semi-weighted keybed with aftertouch
- 8 performance-ready 360-degree knobs
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- Mac OS X 10.8 or later
- Windows 7 32-Bit, Windows 7 64-Bit, Windows 8 64-Bit, or later
- 2 GB free disk space for basic installation, 20GB free disk space for full content installation
- 4 GB RAM (8 GB recommended)
- Multi-core CPU
Introducing the VX49
The VX49 fuses the creative power of software instruments with the live playability of a keyboard workstation, by transforming computer based VST plugins into entirely hands-on production experience. Maximize your workflow with integrated software because its time to control, express an create the music you want.
- High resolution colored screen with dedicated interface buttons
- Screen provides 1:1, real-time feedback of plugin parameters
- Includes VIP — load, play, & control any VST plugin
- Roll mode, time division, pattern arpeggiator, and tap tempo buttons
- Standalone MIDI controller or control your plugins and DAW simultaneously
Step Up Your Workflow
At the heart of the VX49 is a 4.3" full color high-resolution display screen. This screen allows you to directly interface with your DAW and virtual instrument plugins better than ever before.
Fully Integrated with VIP
Using the included Virtual Instrument Player (VIP) software*, the VX49 fuses the power of software instruments with the live playability of a keyboard workstation.
*VIP works with any VSTi virtual instrument, including plugins by software giants SONiVOX and AIR Music Tech.
Sort and Create New Sounds Quickly
An integrated patch browser presents every patch for every VST plugin you have, and enables you to quickly filter, select, and preview patches based on their specific attributes.
Includes Virtual Instrument Player software—load, play and control any VST plugin.
Custom 49-key Alesis semi-weighted keybed with aftertouch.
8 performance-ready 360-degree knobs.
Dedicated pad bank, transport control, octave, and performance buttons.
8 velocity- and pressure-sensitive drum pads with RGB illumination.
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The Alesis VX49 offers an unprecedentedly efficient control layout and workflow to be the perfect choice for demanding producers and keyboardists.
At the heart of the VX49 is a 4.3-inch full-color high-res display screen, so you can directly interface with your Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) and virtual instrument plugins better than ever before.
The VX49 also features an all-new custom 49-key semi-weighted keybed with aftertouch, four banks of 8 RGB backlit velocity- and pressure-sensitive drum pads, eight 360-degree performance-ready knobs, backlit and rubberized pitch and mod wheels, built-in “Roll Mode” and arpeggiator features, and more.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you obtain the included software?
You can obtain the included software for the Alesis VX49 by registering the product on the Alesis website. Here you can create your account, and then register your keyboard to have immediate access to your software downloads. You can also use the included software download card and type the link alesis.com/softwaredownload in your web browser to obtain the software download.
Does the VX49 have pre-programmed sounds?
This does not have any built in sounds. It needs to be connected to a computer to be used with software that generates sound.
What is the difference between the Roll function and Arpeggiator?
The Roll function is going to repeat the note or hit over and over, while the Arpeggiator will repeat and apply a pattern of other notes with it depending on the selection of arpeggiation you choose. Also, if you choose the Latch feature while using the arpegiator, it will continue the pattern even after you let go of the keys. You can even add in new notes and alter the pattern while in Latch mode by pressing more keys while the pattern in looping.
Do I need to install drivers for the Alesis VX49 to work on my PC/MAC?
Yes, if you are going to be using this with the included VIP software. The driver can be found in your Alesis account when you register it here. If you are not going to use the Alesis VX49 with the VIP software it will work as a class compliant midi controller with your software.
- 49 velocity- and pressure-sensitive keys
- 10-octave range with Octave Down/Up buttons
- Pitch-bend wheel
- Modulation wheel
- (8) 360° assignable encoders
- (1) 360° encoder with push function for display navigation
- 8 velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads, multicolor-backlit
- 8 assignable button pads, blue-backlit
- 23 function switches, blue-backlit
- 4 directional cursor buttons
- 75” x 2.125” full-color LCD
- (1) 1/4” TRS expression pedal input
- (1) 1/4” TS sustain pedal input
- (1) 5-pin MIDI input
- (1) 5-pin MIDI output
- (1) USB port
- (1) power adapter input
- via USB or via 9 VDC, 500 mA, center-positive (power adapter sold separately)
- 6” x 12.4” x 5.5”
- 5 lbs
- Software Download Cards
- USB Cable
- Quickstart Guide
- Safety & Warranty Manual
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So far (after a day of use) everything is great. But I will note a few quirks:
1) Dimensions are listed incorrectly - Description says something like 24" wide. I got this for a travel gig so I was concerned about size. The actual dimensions are 33.75" long, by 10" wide (power switch sticks out by 1/4"), by just under 3" tall including feet and knobs.
2) There was a strip of adhesive plastic across all the keys - A nice feature to protect them in shipping... But I felt I was going to yank all the keys out of alignment unless I took extreme care. Perhaps warming it with a hair dryer would have helped.
3) The free editor software works, BUT, you really have to make sure certain options are selected in order for it to communicate with the keyboard. This took me two hours to figure out. Options -> Device Setup will open a menu for connecting to the device. See attached screenshot. Before you try to Send or Get a preset to/from the connected keyboard, open this and select VI49 EDITOR Out and VI49EDITOR In and click Apply. You might even have to do this every single time, it seems to forget easily. At first I felt like this dialog does nothing at all but it makes all the difference when you get the MIDI Communication error. It did not work for me to just select VI49 Out and VI49 In, it has to be the "EDITOR" option for sending and receiving presets.
My biggest concern was the 25 key limit. As I'm working on a budget, I couldn't afford the 49 key, and the 61 would be too big for my desk. It was either the V49 or VI25 for me. I am SO glad I went with the VI series. If you're wondering if 25 keys is enough, ask yourself this question: what am I going to be playing? If you're just using it to put in simple chords into your DAW, this'll work great. As I already mentioned, soloing is what this thing is designed for. I've included a short video demonstrating a solo that requires the use of multiple octaves, to give you a good impression what it'll look and feel like switching between them. Sorry in advance for the quality, I was using my webcam as the camera and mic.
As for the drum pad, the buttons are very sensitive. Good detection, and it's cool that you can trigger them just by pressing, not striking. This is where my only "con" is. If you're getting into your music while using the pitch and/or mod wheel, it's quite easy to trigger the pads and screw up your sound. I hope there is a setting within the Alesis software that I'm unaware of that will fix this. If not, it'll be something I just get used to. Either way, not really a con, just a heads up.
The nobs and buttons can all be mapped to various functions within your favorite DAW. I'm using Mixcraft 7 Pro Studios and everything seems to work wonderfully. That is, after I configured the play, stop, loop, etc. buttons.
Aftertouch is an amazing feature. For those who don't know, aftertouch is the ability to press into key after it's been struck and at it's lowest point. This can trigger different effects to your favorite synths. Think of it like 3D Touch for your keyboard. It's cool, but I haven't used it much.
I am VERY pleased with this product and am glad I bought it. If you're on the fence and have the money, get it.
I'm a little indifferent to the software, but thats preference.
Its a solid 4.5. I'm sure it will be hugely dependable and in 2-3 years I'll give it that extra .5