NAMM 2014: Alesis Announces New Keyboard/Pad Controllers

VI and V series make their debut at the show      23/01/14
NAMM 2014: Alesis Announces New Keyboard/Pad Controllers


Alesis has announced the new V Series and VI Series of full-size keyboard/pad controllers. The performance-oriented V Series offers expressive hands-on control for the software musician. The step-up VI Series provides increased control for the keyboard performer. Both series include a Software Preset/Parameter utility that makes setup a snap.

The new Alesis V Series (V61, V49, V25) combine velocity-sensitive keys with eight drum/trigger pads, allowing virtual instruments to be played with dynamic expression. Cool blue LEDs illuminate the pads--as well as the four assignable knobs and buttons--for positive visibility. Assignments may be made quickly via the MIDI Learn feature. Octave shift keys provide access to the entire note range. A single USB cable provides both a power and data connection to nearly any computer.

The VI Series (VI61, VI49, VI25) add semi-weighted keys and aftertouch. The pad count has been increased to 16, with multi-color illumination. This layout provides intensive command over the clip trigger workflow of top DAW and compositional software. The internal clock offers drum roll, tempo, and sync capabilities. An optional power supply and a standard MIDI output allow for stand-alone use.

Alesis V Series Highlights:

  • Full size, flat-front keys (25, 49, or 61)
  • Pitch Bend and Modulation Wheels
  • 8 Pads with blue LED illumination
  • 4 Assignable knobs and buttons
  • Sustain pedal input
  • USB MIDI



Alesis VI Series Highlights:

  • Full size, flat-front keys (25, 49, or 61)
  • Semi-weighted keys with Aftertouch
  • Pitch Bend & Modulation Wheels
  • 16 Pads with Multi-color LED illumination
  • VI25: 8 knobs, 24 buttons
  • VI49: 12 knobs, 36 buttons
  • VI61: 16 knobs, 48 buttons
  • Transport and Present up/down buttons
  • Sustain pedal input
  • USD MIDI, MIDI Out
  • Internal Clock for sync, tempo, rolls, etc.


Alesis Product Manager Nate Lane, told us, "Our goal with the new V and VI series keyboards was to focus on live performance and studio workflow in an intuitive yet advanced way. The keys, pads, knobs, and buttons have an excellent, player-worthy, high-quality feel, and we developed an accompanying software editor to allow users to take a deep dive into defining preset and parameter configurations if they choose to do so."

Pricing and Availability:

The V and VI Series will have the following respective estimated street prices, V25 ($79.99 USD), V49 ($99.99 USD), V61 ($149.99 USD), VI25 ($169.99 USD), VI49 ($199.99 USD), and VI61 ($249.99 USD).

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5 Comments...  Post a comment    original story
eXode    Said...

I have to say that it looks silly to combine a controller keyboard with a drumpad in this manner. They are SO close but ruin it all by having the pitch/modwheel up in the top left corner above the drum pads. If I'm a keyboard player, which I'm likely to be if I get a KEYBOARD, I don't want the pitch/modwheel way up there away from the actual keyboard...

23-Jan-14 09:06 AM


sogo    Said...

control keyboard + a builtin "connectfour" game ! yeah ! this madness ...

23-Jan-14 10:55 AM


Rocker Mod    Said...

Having the pitch/mod wheels where they are isn't as bad as people here might think. If you've ever played an old Fatar 61 key keyboard, then you are playing them in the same exact position as they are in this configuration. I recall never having had any problems playing one of those -- and in fact, had it not been for the unfortunate lack of USB, then I would have kept my old Fatar.

Just saying.

23-Jan-14 12:34 PM


Volt    Said...

I’m left-handed and I still despise location for pads. These gimmicks features, this triggerism synth mentality is getting mediocre as new language of political correctness.. It seems to me everything mediocre is perceived as original today. From one hand I’m glad Alesis is releasing anything keyboard wise, but why reduce your production to sterile, faceless trigger keyboard, that are future’s past, before we even knot it? This is beyond my grasp

23-Jan-14 06:09 PM


Volt    Said...

I’m left-handed and I still despise location for pads. These gimmicks features, this triggerism synth mentality is getting mediocre as new language of political correctness.. It seems to me everything mediocre is perceived as original today. From one hand I’m glad Alesis is releasing anything keyboard wise, but why reduce your production to sterile, faceless trigger keyboard, that are future’s past, before we even knot it? This is beyond my grasp

23-Jan-14 06:10 PM


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