Alesis VI61 61-Key MIDI Keyboard Controller


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Alesis VI61 61 Key MIDI Keyboard Controller

Gearank Recommendation

The Alesis VI61 was on our recommended list for 61 Key MIDI Controller Keyboards from when we published the first edition in March 2016 until November 2019.


It's major highlight is the medium tension piano-style keys with aftertouch that it comes equipped with.

And it's not just about the keys, because the Alesis VI61 comes packed with features, with a staggering number of buttons to boot!

It comes with 16 full-color RGB backlit drum pads for controlling software drums and percussion instruments.

It also features 6 transport controls, nine sliders and eight knobs, all of which allow for in-depth control of your sound parameters and your DAW, right at the controller.


  • Keys: 61 / semi-weighted / piano-style / velocity-sensitive / aftertouch
  • Pads: 16 multi-color pads with velocity and pressure sensitivity
  • Controls: 16 illuminated Encoders/Pots, 16 Knobs, 48 Buttons and Dedicated Transport Controls
  • Bundled Software: Ableton Live Lite Alesis Edition
  • Power: USB powered and can use an optional power adapter (sold separately)
  • Connectivity: USB, 5-pin MIDI out, Sustain pedal jack
  • Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.7 or higher, Windows 7 & 8 compatible
  • Dimensions: 12.4 x 4.5 x 44.1 inches
  • Weight: 6.8 lbs
Alesis VI61 isn't on our current recommended list - to see that go to our guide about The Best 61 Key MIDI Controller Keyboards.