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Alesis V49 USB Pad/Keyboard Controller

Product Code: 395250

49 Key USB MIDI keyboard Controller with Pads

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At its core, the V49 is a USB MIDI controller keyboard. As the name probably suggests, this is a 49-note device, being equipped with 49, full-size, velocity sensitive keys. This means that the keys are of the same size that you'd expect to see on a piano, and they are sensitive to differences in dynamics- that is, if you press the keys softly, the resulting sound will be soft, and when you press them harder, the resulting sound will be louder. This gives it the kind of dynamic expression you might expect from an acoustic piano.

 

The keyboard is matched with a selection of other controls aimed at the modern, computer-based musician. On the panel to left of the keyboard, there is a pitch bend wheel and modulation wheel (for momentary changes in pitch, and vibrato like 'wobbles' respectively).

 

Below these are eight trigger pads. These are backlit with blue LEDs, making them very visible, and are also velocity and pressure sensitive. Pressure sensitivity means that when holding down the pad, they respond to any changes in pressure. This can be particularly useful for expressive volume changes. To find any trigger pads on a keyboard at this price-point is surprising, but to find pads that are velocity AND pressure sensitive is incredible.

 

Above the pads, mod and pitch wheels are four assignable rotary controls, and four assignable buttons. Whilst the computer studio has provided producers with power and flexibility beyond their wildest dreams, controlling effects, mixers and instruments other virtual devices with a mouse is not the most intuitive or inspiring experience. This is what assignable controllers are for. They can be set to control MIDI parameters from within music software, providing physical hands-on control.

Features:

  • 49 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
  • Seamless, visual feedback via illuminated buttons and knobs
  • USB power and USB-MIDI connectivity for Mac and PC
  • Production software included: Ableton Live Lite 9 and Xpand!2 by AIR Music Tech (downloads)

 

Contents

  • V49 USB-MIDI Controller
  • USB Cable
  • Ableton Live Lite (Download)
  • Xpand!2 by AIR Music Tech (Download)
  • User Guide
  • Safety & Warranty Manual

REQUIREMENTS

  • 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
  • Available USB Port
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