Summary: I bought this controller to use with my iPad 2. I works flawlessly - connect it via USB (iPad camera kit) and go. It takes power from the USB connection - no external power necessary. It has a programming mode which is simple to use. The keys are a bit flimsy but you get used to it. What it is NOT? It is not a keyboard with its own audio output. You cannot just connect it to speakers and play.
Summary: I was looking for a good usb keyboard to learn play piano with garageband and let me tell you there wasn't better choice when I found Alesis q49 with 49 keys, I think this keyboard is the best for me and other who are beginners with the piano but they already want to create his own music because this amazing keyboard not only works with garageband on my macbook pro, but with ableton live (it also came with a lite version of this software) and it is a very cool "fusion"...
Summary: There are several problems with this keyboard: 1. The only manual is a quick start guide that doesn't explain very much. 2. It doesn't work when playing songs in windows media, real player, audacity etc. I have a wedding band and bought this keyboard to learn songs on but it doesn't work when computer audio players are turned on at the same time as Live. I also bought it to input notation data with Encore but it doesn't work for that purpose either. 3.
Summary: I got this keyboard a few months ago and it has not disappointed me at all. PRO's: Sturdy overall Reliable Affordable CON's: The keys are quite flimsy It doesn't have a MIDI in socket, only a MIDI out It does NOT include a power adapter, but it can be powered by USB I would have given this product three stars, but for the price I gave it 4.
Summary: I bought this because it came with the Ableton Lite, and it's just what I needed, to find sounds in the computer software so I don't have to use my computer keyboard all the time. I can save space with this compact controller and I found myself working on my bed sometimes, isn't that nice.
Summary: The Q49 is your basic 49 key USB midi keyboard with scroll wheels for pitch and modulation. There's nothing fancy about this keyboard, really. I just needed a keyboard to compose music I'm doing for various projects. The price was fair and the keyboard works seamlessly with my Mac. I'm very satisfied with this purchase.
This is a very good deal, especially if you want to start recording music.
25 November 2011
Summary: I'll start with saying that this isn't the best keyboard in the world, but when you buy it, you're getting more than just a keyboard. It comes with a program named Ableton Live Lite Alesis Edition, which is a DAW. You will be able to record things right away with this keyboard because of that. And for Pro Tools users, Live Lite can run VST and AU software.
Summary: This thing looks cool, feels good, and is great value. Probably the perfect keyboard for Garageband users. More advanced users, say the Ableton Live crowd, should get the model up, the QX49, as that has lots of controller knobs, drum pads, DAW transport controls etc, that this basic model does not have.
Summary: The first thing I noticed was that the pitch velocity was erratic. Notes played in succession and then repeated (arpeggio) sound different each time. It's subtle but noticeable. I tested the keyboard through three different simple midi hosts (midirouter, vmpk and simplepiano) and got the same output. I should've researched this model better as the pitch velocity problem is noted at other sites.
Summary: This unit has some wonderful features, including easy controller assignments, and it is very competetively priced. But, until Alesis addresses a major problem, this model will be fairly useless to many of us. I owned one of these for about a month. At first i used it to control VST's that didn't need a sustain pedal. Then I plugged in a sustain pedal and found that once used, the sustain continued until the unit was re-started.