Dubbing it “revolutionary,” the keyboard provides advanced control of virtual instruments and DAWs via a full-color, high resolution 4.3-inch screen, a 49-key keybed with aftertouch, and “intuitively placed,” performance-friendly hardware controls.
VX49 is powered by the Virtual Instrument Player (VIP) software (included). The VIP software enables users to access any VSTi virtual instrument in their computer directly from the keyboard. Using the built-in “tagging” function, users can quickly filter and search through every patch in their plugin library. After a plugin is selected, VIP auto-maps the VX49’s controls to the selected plugin, and displays the plugin parameters directly on the VX49’s full-color display for a full 1:1 workstation style experience.
The VIP software also works with the VX49 for creating a “multi” directly from the controller keyboard, combining up to 8 patches from 1 or more plugins, with the capability to layer, mix and pan these patches all at once. Users can even set keyboard splits, and transpose individual patches within their “multi.”
In addition, the VIP software can create “setlists” that provide on-demand access to virtual instruments for live performance, switching to the next plugin needed for the set with a single button press on the VX49.
- Integrated 4.3-inch high-resolution full-color screen with dedicated interface buttons
- Screen provides 1:1, real-time feedback of plugin parameters
- Includes Virtual Instrument Player software— load, play and control any VST plugin quickly
- Custom 49-key Alesis semi-weighted keybed with aftertouch
- 8 performance-ready 360-degree knobs
- 4 banks of 8 velocity- and pressure-sensitive drum pads with RGB illumination
- Roll mode, time division, transport, arpeggiator, and tap tempo buttons
- Functions as a standalone MIDI controller or controls your plugins and DAW simultaneously
- Includes software: Ableton Live Lite, Vacuum Pro, Loom, Hybrid 3, Xpand!2, Velvet, Transfuser, Eighty Eight Ensemble
Pricing and Availability. The Alesis VX49 has a U.S. retail price of $399.99, and will be available after December 15, 2015. For additional information, consult the Alesis website.