Alesis have introduced the Photon X49 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller. Building upon the success of the companyâ€™s Photon Series, which includes the Photon 25 and Photon X25, the new Photon X49 provides a 49-key velocity sensitive keyboard, an intuitive and fully assignable user interface for controlling oneâ€™s software/hardware DAW (Digital Audio Workstation), a wealth of assignable knobs, buttons, and switches, and Alesisâ€™ unique AXYZ controller dome.
The new Photon X49â€™s revolutionary AXYZ controller dome facilitates control over software DAWs, plug-ins, and MIDI instruments in three dimensions with the wave of oneâ€™s hand. The Dome is particularly well suited, as an example, for creating filter effects. And with the Photon X49â€™s sixty assignable and immediately accessible knobs, buttons, and switchesâ€”including ten silky smooth, high resolution, 360-degree endless knobs, nine 60mm faders, and ten backlit buttonsâ€”users have a wealth of tactile control options when interfacing with their software. As expected, presets can then be stored for future recall. Add to this a 10-key keypad for direct access to software parameters along with dedicated transport controls for remotely controlling DAWs, and the Photon X49â€™s control capabilities are nothing short of extraordinary.
The Photon X49â€™s additional features include customizable template strips for software instruments and DAWs, as well as backlit Mod and Pitch wheels. Additionally, the Photon X49 ships with a copy of Steinbergâ€™s Cubase LE software. The Photon X49 is USB bus powered, and can also be powered by four â€œCâ€� cell batteries or with an optionally available external power adapter. The Photon X49 provides Plug and Play compatibility under both Windows XP and Mac OSX.
Alesis CEO Jack Oâ€™Donnell commented, â€œThe Photon X49 was designed for the performer who demands more creative options from their MIDI controller.â€�
With a suggested retail price of $499, the Photon X49 will be available in the fourth quarter of this year.