Alesis Q49


The Alesis Q49 midi keyboard is the perfect tool for music enthusiasts and producers looking to take their tracks to the next level.

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The Alesis Q49 MIDI keyboard is a versatile and affordable device that offers users the ability to control a wide variety of software and hardware instruments. With its 49 full-sized keys, pitch and modulation wheels, octave up and down buttons, and assignable data slider, the Q49 is a great option for beginners and professional musicians alike.

One of the greatest features of the Q49 is its compatibility with a wide range of music software applications. The device is class-compliant, which means it can be plugged into any computer or other MIDI-enabled device and be instantly recognized as a MIDI controller. Additionally, the Q49 is compatible with a variety of music software applications, including popular DAWs like Ableton Live, Logic Pro X, and Pro Tools.

The Q49 has a compact and lightweight design, making it easy to transport to gigs, and its plug-and-play capabilities make setup easy. The device is powered through USB, so no additional power supply is required, and it also includes a MIDI out jack, allowing it to communicate with other MIDI devices.

One of the standout features of the Q49 is its ability to assign MIDI data to any of its controls. This means that any of the device’s buttons, knobs, or sliders can be programmed to send MIDI data, making it easy to control different software parameters or hardware settings. This feature makes the Q49 an excellent option for live performance, as it allows users to switch between settings quickly and easily.

The Q49 also includes support for multiple velocity curves, allowing users to customize the feel of the keyboard to their liking. Additionally, the device includes transpose and octave shift buttons, which allow for easy keyboard transposition and octave changing on the fly.

Overall, the Alesis Q49 MIDI keyboard is an excellent option for musicians looking for an affordable and versatile MIDI controller. Its compatibility with a wide range of music software applications, customizable controls, and compact design make it a great option for home studios, live performances, and music production on the go.

Alesis Q49 properties

Product name Q49
Brand Alesis
Type Keyboard Instruments
Keyboard Instrument MIDI Keyboard
Drawbars/Sliders Yes
Colour Black

Additional information


Product type

Keyboard Instrument



1 review for Alesis Q49

  1. Tristan Nolan

    As a musician, I was initially skeptical about investing in an Alesis Q49 MIDI keyboard, but it surpassed my expectations at 80%. Despite the potential problem of software incompatibilities with certain music production suites, I found that the keyboard’s compatibility with popular DAWs like Ableton and Logic Pro made this a non-issue. Moreover, Alexis Q49’s keyboard instrument feature was particularly beneficial for me as it provides a versatile range of sound options without needing additional hardware or software purchases. My advice to potential buyers would be to research your preferred Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) beforehand, and ensure that the MIDI keyboard you choose is compatible with it. Also, keep an eye out for features like onboard sounds, as they can greatly enhance the functionality of your MIDI keyboard.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

"How do I properly connect and configure the Alesis Q49 MIDI keyboard to my computer's digital audio workstation via USB?"

To connect and configure the Alesis Q49 MIDI keyboard to your computer's digital audio workstation (DAW) via USB, follow these steps:

1. Make sure your DAW is installed and launched on your computer. Connect the USB cable that came with the Q49 to both the back of the keyboard and an open USB port on your computer. Turn on the Q49 by pressing the power button located in the top left corner of the keyboard. The LCD screen should display "USB" as the selected input/output source. In your DAW, go to the MIDI preferences menu (usually found under the "Options" or "Preferences" tab). Select the USB connection option for both input and output sources. This will allow your DAW to recognize the Q49 as an active MIDI device. In your DAW's interface, you should now see the Q49 listed as a selectable MIDI input/output source. Choose the Q49 as your primary MIDI device for your project or session. Test that your Q49 is properly connected and configured by playing a note on the keyboard or using a MIDI controller in your DAW. You should see the notes being registered and played back through your DAW's software instruments. If you encounter any issues with connectivity or functionality, refer to the user manual that came with the Q49 for further troubleshooting steps.