The Alesis V25 is the perfect merging between a keyboard and a MIDI controller. You have everything you need to take command of your virtual instruments and plug-ins in your studio or on stage.
Alesis V25 Review – Introduction
The Alesis V25 is a powerful, intuitive MIDI controller that lets you take command of your music software with a series of pads, knobs, and buttons. With 25 full-size velocity-sensitive keys and Octave Up/Down buttons, you can expand the keyboard to the full melodic range and play bass lines, chords, and melodies. Even though the keys might create some problem to those that work with a different sensitivity, Alesis has a piece of software you can download to adjust several aspects of its sensitivity curve. V25 also features four assignable knobs and buttons for manipulating effect plugins and virtual instruments. You can open and close filters, adjust volume levels, activate effects and tweak parameters. Eight velocity-sensitive backlit pads allow you to launch clips or finger drum with exceptional response, and pitch and modulation wheels expand the expressive capabilities of your performing. The V25 is ideal for two-handed performing but it still remains a portable MIDI keyboard that you can use wherever you want to.
The V25 is bundled with Ableton Live Lite 9 and Xpand!2 by AIR Music Tech (a couple hundred bucks you save on software).
Alesis V25 Review – Features
- 25 full-sized, square-front keys.
- 8 velocity-sensitive backlit pads for beat production and clip launching.
- 4 assignable knobs and 4 assignable buttons.
- Octave buttons.
- Pitch and modulation wheels.
- Visual feedback via illuminated buttons and knobs.
- USB powered and USB-MIDI connectivity.
Alesis V25 Review- Final Verdict
This controller is a must. It’s built solid and the keys feel realistic. For a cheap, lightweight, and compact means of playing MIDI keys, this is hard to beat. The responsiveness of the keys and the touch pads is equal to a keys of midi controllers in a much higher price ranch such as the m-audio Air 49.