Alesis V49 49-Key MIDI Keyboard Controller (Discontinued)

91 out of 100. Incorporating 2100+ ratings and reviews.

The V49 is a compact 49 key MIDI controller with velocity-sensitive synth action keys, 8 velocity and pressure sensitive backlit pads, 4 assignable knobs and 4 assignable buttons.

These features allow the user various custom mapping options.

Backlit controls make them visible in the darkest stage or fit in with any studio illumination.

Key features:

  • Keys: 49 velocity-sensitive synth action keys
  • Pads: 8
  • Arpeggiator: No
  • Motorized Controls: No
  • Bundled Software: Ableton Live Lite Alesis Edition
  • Power:USB powered.
  • Connectivity: USB and TRS input for sustain pedal.
  • Control Hardware Directly: No
  • Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.6 or later + Windows 10, 8, 7 and Vista.
  • Dimensions: 37.6″ x 9.6″ x 4.5″
  • Weight 9.5 lbs.


Customizability and integration were hailed as consistent plus points for the Alesis V49. With so many map-able buttons and knobs, users were quick to establish custom mappings to suit their workflow. The key response was also noted to be decent.


Some issues with sensitivity popped up in some reviews. Additional research brought us to discussions saying that the issue was resolved with installing updates from the manufacturer’s website.


If you’re looking for a blank slate MIDI keyboard controller, the Alesis V49 is a great choice.

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