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Pros: Plenty of keys for high and low note variation without needing to change octave All of the main control buttons work; Piano Keys, Octaves, Pitch shift, commands, Roll Fader and "other" roller. Digital Display relays info back without fault at all times.
Cons: The fader knobs and 'what you would think are' sample pads are basic and seemingly unusable. The sample pads themselves only operate four different keys that the keyboard already manages so they i personally only use them for when im in a different octave and need to reference what the instrument originally sounds like, rather than using it to drop samples during production recording, like i had expected i could do with them. You have to strike the keys fairly hard for them to register as full velocity. Otherwise will easily hit 70 or below with a typical press causeing the note to record fairly quietly and inconsistently leveled. Mainly i pound the key for each note hoping i just hit 100 BECAUSE: There is no way to turn off the "Velocity-sensitive" feature. That being said, i can only put up with instruments that force the note to register at 100 velocity at all times no matter what so that i dont have to mash the keys for a clear and consistant note. It only seems to work with Ableton as far as i have found. I bought this keyboard in hope to use it with various DAW's and it turns out that it doesnt work with my main go to of "Magix Music Maker" (dont judge. does all i need and more) so whenever i use this keyboard, it can only practically function as a background synth coordinater since i have to record and export my play out and then import it into Magix and disregard the fact that i have a keyboard altogether from here. This is pretty frustrating since i dont care much for the orientation of how ableton works vs what i know and like and can fluently use already. The manual doesnt explain how to program all of the keys. The faders in particular aren't explained, and all ableton can say is to install the drivers.
Other Thoughts: Its a great toy for beginners for sure, such as i am to the keyboard market, but i would have appreciated it more if i could disable some features or have had wider applicable use for this rather than in just ableton. I haven't tried the Midi capability just yet or using it with mixers or the like so i can't say how that goes but im sure its not much better than average.
Reviewed By:N/A,11/17/2015 2:25:46 PM
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Cons: some of the keys are completely off and poorly distanced from one another. and some are terrible at sensing velocity. I knew I should have went with an akai.
Reviewed By:N/A,10/22/2014 2:14:02 AM
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Just the basics, but still a decent keyboard controller.
Pros: Overall construction is fairly solid, or at least as solid as plastic can be in a keyboard meant for people on a budget (it's very lightweight). The keys have a good feel (having 61 of them helps). Installation was completely painless. I use the USB cable to connect it to the machines where I do my recording (both a Mac mini and a Windows 8 laptop), and in using it with almost a DOZEN different digital audio workstations -- ranging from GarageBand to Logic to Cakewalk SONAR -- it has *never* failed to work properly. It also doesn't require a separate power cable if you connect it via USB.
Cons: More expensive keyboards might be sturdier, but at this price point, does it matter?
Other Thoughts: I've owned this Alesis Q61 keyboard controller for almost a year, and it has served my needs very well. To give you an idea, what it replaced was actually a full-blown Alesis QS7 *synthesizer* -- yes, that's right, a full-blown synthesizer with its own sounds that set me back a pretty penny when I originally bought it years ago. But now that I'm using soft synths pretty much exclusively, all I need is something to simply tell the PC what to do. And this does it. Mind you, what this keyboard has going for it is that it's meant to cover the basics at a very attractive price. So, if you need a keyboard controller with a larger plethora of buttons to fiddle with, you might want to look elsewhere. But for me, the most important things that I care about are there, such as pitch/modulation, a simple means of data entry, and a few other essential functions like that. Everything else I don't mind doing through my recording software's interface. In short, I'm happy to be an owner of the Alesis Q61, and I look forward to continue using it in my future musical endeavors.
Reviewed By:msdos622wasfun,8/13/2014 7:09:27 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is average and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
A steal ! Newegg shippment was to fast I was very surprised,thanks for the hard work.
Pros: well built,japan technology,it was easy to set up with Ableton live,velocity sensor works great,has a pad sensor to modulate the sound you produce when you press, go vertical will change volume,horisontal will change speed...other features didnt use yet..
Cons: nothing so far..
Reviewed By:Metaphesis,1/5/2011 7:50:49 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is average and has owned this product 1 day to 1 week.