12 knobs and 36 buttons assignable for hands-on control of your digital audio workstation, plug-ins, and instruments
Powered by USB connection to computer with optional power adapter for more complex setups
Includes AIR Xpand!2 virtual instrument and Ableton Live Lite free downloads
The Alesis VI49 is an advanced USB MIDI keyboard controller that lets you take command of your music software with a series of pads, knobs, and buttons without needing to reach for your mouse.
The 49 keys are semi-weighted, velocity- and pressure-sensitive, and you can expand the keyboard to the full melodic range to play bass lines, chords, and melodies using dedicated Octave Up/Down buttons. Pitch and modulation wheels expand the expressive capabilities of your performing, and you can launch clips or finger drum using the 16 velocity-sensitive RGB trigger pads.
VI49 features 12 assignable knobs and 36 assignable buttons for manipulating effect plugins and virtual instruments. Open and close filters, adjust volume levels, activate effects, tweak parameters, and more.
A single USB connection to your Mac or PC provides power and MIDI functionality, allowing you to plug into your computer and start making music.
Keyboard: 49 keys; velocity-sensitive with aftertouch; full range of 127 MIDI notes with Octave Up/Down buttons or transposition
6 assignable transport buttons; blue- or red-backlit
2 Octave Up/Down buttons; blue-backlit
2 Value Up/Down buttons; blue-backlit
1 Tempo button; blue-backlit
1 Roll Mode button; blue-backlit
Inputs / Outputs
(1) USB port
(1) 1/4” TS footswitch input
(1) 5-pin MIDI out
Display: 3-digit, 7-segment LCD
via computer USB bus
via power adapter (sold separately): 9V DC, 500mA, center-positive
Dimensions (width x depth x height): 37.6” x 12.4” x 4.5”
Weight: 11.0 lbs
VI Editor Software (download)
Software Download Cards
Safety & Warranty Manual
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
After months in playing with the Alesis VI61, I still really enjoy it! Great value for what it provides, however, it does have flaws, so I'll get the biggest one out of the way first...
The biggest flaw I've had so far with the VI61 so far is squeaky keys... I've seen others with the same complaints with the V, and VI series as well, however, I was able to find a solution. I wish I had saved the pictures of the keyboard with the casing off, but when the piano keys are popped off, there are 2 support beams per key, the one near the waterfall drop has a guard with lube, and the one near the springs does not. I guess Alesis thought the spring would be strong enough to prevent the key from creating friction with the unprotected beam, but that wasn't the case for me, and I'm sure it's the same issue for the others with this problem. I ended up lubing up the unprotected beam, placed the keys back on, and since then, not a single squeak, and a pretty simple fix. Now, I know...
Alesis has really outdone itself with the VI series! The keyboard itself is beautifully built and the full face keys are really weighted--finally! The velocity of the keys are very easily controlled and your key velocity is shown for each note in the LED display. The pads are also more sensitive and respond to both light and heavy strikes and their velocity is also shown in the display. They also light up and the color indicates whether it is a light or heavy strike. The pitch and modulation wheels are very heavy duty and have a great feel as do the other controls. The keyboard also has an awesome aftertouch! Most virtual instruments do not respond to aftertouch but ME80, Memorymoon, Messiah, and Minimogue do very nicely and they might be installed in your DAW(they can also be purchased separately). This keyboard has an on/off switch in the back and you need to turn it on even if you are just using the usual USB connection, so don't forget to turn it on! A great additional feature of...
I want to give this keyboard 5 stars for design and feel. Its beautiful. 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
The authorised South African distributor of this product is under no obligation to honour the manufacture's guarantees/warranties or to provide after-sales service.
Please note that this item is imported from the USA, and is designed to be used in the USA. In addition, if the unit is powered it will come with a US plug and an adapter/transformer may be required. Please click here for more information on power requirements, or check with us if you are unsure or need any assistance!
Please also note that certain items cannot be imported, these include Alcohol, Animals, Flammable Materials, Currency, Food, Furs, Chemicals, Explosives, Medications, Plants, Seeds, Supplements, Pressurized Cans, Tactical Equipment, Vitamins, Weaponry and Weaponry Accessories. In these cases, the item and information is displayed for reference purposes only. If you are not sure if we are permitted to bring an item, please send us an e-mail with a link to the item to confirm.
Please also ensure that you are ordering the correct item for your particular application as returns to the USA are costly. Product reviews are also provided for most of our items, which can give you a good idea for possible things to look out for and the quality of the item. By clicking Add to Cart, you are confirming that the item is correct and you accept the conditions listed here.