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This review is from: Alesis QX25 USB/MIDI 25-Key Controller w/ Faders - New
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.
Pros: Worked for some time
Cons: The plug that goes to it has teeth that catch the inside and actually gets stuck in the port, and has to be yanked out almost. After a few uses, i actually broke the port and it couldnt be charged ever again and therefore died out. What kind of production is that?
Other Thoughts: It was nice while it lasted, but it doesnt seem too practical. I'd avoid this.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Perfectly Long Enough
Looks Nice (Golden Color Faced)
No loss in data speeds
Wire is flexible in a comfortable extent.
Cons: None that i didnt pay for.
Other Thoughts: Its hard to go wrong with usb extension cables. Along with finding the right price, i always enjoy the extra ease these cables provide for connecting devices at distances.READ FULL REVIEW