The 49 key controller market is pretty saturated, but most of the products in it have something small to differentiate them from the pack. The Alesis QX49 looks like it’s shooting for the midrange players in the market, with a decent feature set including eight faders, eight 7 o’clock – 5 o’clock knobs, transport controls, and four pads which look like they are probably the same as the Akai LPD8/MPK Mini offerings.
The Alesis QX49 looks like it’s shooting for the midrange players in the market
Nothing particularly special there, although interesting features like the purported ability to split the keyboard to allow different instrument control and the included Alesis edition of Ableton Live Lite could help give the keyboard an edge.
Its success will, I imagine, depend largely on its price point, although I’ll have to get my hands on it to see whether the overall quality of the QX49 can outshine the competition.