Miniaturisation has been vogue for some years now – 25 key keyboards were first, and then mini controls blocks saw 49 and upwards sized keyboards increasingly forgotten in the budget market. Alesis know that when it comes to keyboard control, bigger can be better; here we have the QX49, a 49 key controller with a host of features. How does it fare?
In/Out: USB out, MIDI out, MIDI out from computer.
Bundled: Ableton Live Lite 8 Alesis Edition
Dimensions: (WxDxH) 32″ x 9″ x 3″
The QX49 nails the smart casual look
The pads illuminate red when pushed – the transport controls don’t, though, however much they look like they might.
The QX49’s main attraction however is the sheer number of controls it features for its knockdown price. As well as a 49 key keyboard with dedicated pitch and mod wheels there are eight faders, eight pots, four velocity pads, transport controls and system buttons. You also get expression pedal input, a MIDI out for the keyboard and a thru from the computer. There’s a 9V DC power option for controlling other hardware (not included), although the QX49 takes power directly over USB.
The top panel bows when banging on the pads and tweaking the controls
The top panel bows when banging on the pads and tweaking the controls, and whilst it doesn’t feel like there’s any danger of it breaking it does have have an effect on the feel.1
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