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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
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month. Did you find this review helpful?
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.
Cons: the actual device has faulty soddering inside, and simply does not work as an audio device for MIDI. I've tried many things and wasted 2 seperate days searching heavily online for a solution. when I did, it turns out one needs to actually add on a small component for this to work.
not worth it.
Reviewed By:N/A,12/4/2013 10:56:19 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year. Did you find 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.