Alesis VI49 49-Key MIDI Controller Keyboard


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Alesis VI49 49-Key MIDI Controller

Gearank Recommendation

The Alesis VI49 appeared on our recommended list for 49 Key MIDI Controller Keyboards when we published the first edition back in February 2016.


In addition to its 16 pads, the Alesis VI49 also has 36 buttons and 12 knobs which are all assignable for controlling virtual instrument and effects plugins.

It works with most major DAWs and comes with a downloadable software editor.


  • Keys: 49 full size, square front, semi-weighted with aftertouch.
  • Pads: 16 velocity sensitive with RGB illumination.
  • Arpeggiator: No.
  • Motorized Controls: No.
  • Bundled Software: Ableton Live Lite and Xpand!2 by AIR Music Tech.
  • Power: USB or optional separate power supply.
  • Connectivity: USB, 5-pin MIDI out, 1 x TRS input for sustain pedal.
  • Control Hardware Directly: Yes.
  • Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.8 or later + Windows 10, 8, and 7.
  • Dimensions: 24.6" x 12.4" x 4.5"
  • Weight Not specified
Note: This had a Gearank score of 86 back in February 2016, however its ratings have dropped since then and it's no longer on our main recommended list - for our current recommendations see our guide to The Best 49 Key MIDI Controller Keyboards.


Here's an overview from when it was first released at NAMM 2014: