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Alesis VX49 MIDI Keyboard Controller

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The Alesis VX49 MIDI Keyboard Controller provides advanced control of VST Instruments and music production software DAWs.

Alesis VX49 MIDI Keyboard Controller

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The Alesis VX49 is the first midi keyboard controller to work alongside the innovative VIP software. Virtual Instrument Player (VIP) software enables direct and full usage of Virtual Studio Technology (VST) instruments. The controller consists of a high resolution, full colour, 4.3-inch screen and a 49-key good-quality keybed with aftertouch. The VX49 MIDI controller enables the user to have full control of virtual instruments and DAWs. The combination of the VIP software and the controller layout allows the user to have a smooth and uncomplicated workflow experience.

VIP software

Not only are users who purchase the Alesis VX49 provided with the VIP software, they are able to upload, play and manage their virtual instruments directly from the MIDI controller.  As a result, usefully, this modern usb keyboard reduces the time required to use a computer and directly increases flexible performance capabilities.

The included VIP software has various functions that can be accessed directly from the controller.  First off there is the ‘tagging’ function which enables users to search and filter through single patches in their plug-in library effortlessly.  Once the chosen plug-in has been selected the VIP software auto-maps the VX49’s hardware controls to that plug-in and in turn the parameters are displayed.

Secondly, there is the ‘multi’ function which allows the user to merge up to 8 patches from 1 or more plug-ins.  In addition, the user is then able to modify the patches through layering, panning or mixing.  Also under this function there is the ablity to set keyboard splits and switch patches along with saving and recalling any new sound created.

Finally, another feature worth mentioning is the means for the VIP software to produce ‘setlists’ which enables virtual instruments to be instantaneously accessed for live performances.  The VX49 MIDI controller allows the user to switch to the next plug-in at the touch of the button.

VIP 2.0 Software
VIP 2.0 is the latest version from Virtual Instruments Player (VIP) which builds on their ever popular software.  This latest update provides users with full control of VST Effects in addition to having the ability to play, control and catalogue all their VST instruments directly from the keyboard.

As with the first release, the VIP software allows users to access any patch from any VST virtual instrument on their computer straight from their keyboard.  VIP 2.0 allows users to do the same but with the added inclusion of VST effects.  The in-built ‘tagging’ function allows users to speedily search and filter through each individual patch or instrument in their plugin library.  This feature saves a lot of time and effort when locating a particular sound or effect.  When the patch is selected, VIP auto-maps the plugin to the keyboards controls and in turn displays the parameter of the plugin on the keyboards, full-colour display, for 1:1 workstation.

Another feature of the well-known software is the ‘Multis’ feature which allows users to merge up to eight patches from one or more plugins with the added option of layering, panning or mixing.  Version 2.0 now allows the user to add up to four effects by sending and inserting them in to each slot of the Multis.  The effects can be saved as Effect Stacks and are able to be recalled in an instant for fast testing or for use in other setups.

Having the ability to layer up to 8 different VST instruments with each one having their own effects is exciting.  Being able to recall Multis or effect stacks from a single patch change, and all from the keyboard, provides the user with a great deal of flexibility and control.  This is extremely useful for studio or live performance uses.  Another very helpful feature is the new Custom Control Mode.  This enables the user to map any plugin parameter from any VST (instrument or effect) to any of the VIP-enabled keyboards buttons or knobs.

2.0 Features

  • Expanded Multi Mixer – now includes Send Effects, Insert Effects, Bus Tracks and Master Output channel strip.  The ability to minimise sections means the view can be modified to suit small or large monitors.
  • Effects Browser – mimics the VIPs instrument browser by speedy and effortless searching.
  • Effects Stacks – combines multiple effects into patches which can be saved and re-used.
  • Custom Control Mode - map any plugin parameter from any VST (instrument or effect) to any of the VIP-enabled keyboards buttons or knobs.
  • New Plugin maps – updated maps available for virtual instruments and effects plugins.

Re-cap of what VIP is

VIP is included as box standard within keyboard brands such as Akai Professional Advance 25, 49 and 61 and Alesis VX49.  Alternatively, VIP works on its own as an application or as any digital audio workstation as a VST, AU or AAX plug-in.  The VIP software allows users to access their VST instruments and effects plugins stored on their computer directly from a VIP-enabled keyboard effortlessly.

Alesis VX49 MIDI Keyboard Controller Key Features:

  • 8 performance-ready 360-degree knobs
  • Custom 49-key Alesis semi-weighted keybed with aftertouch
  • Screen provides 1:1, real-time feedback of plug-in parameters
  • Roll mode, time division, transport, arpeggiator, and tap tempo buttons
  • 4 banks of 8 velocity- and pressure-sensitive drum pads with RGB illumination
  • Integrated 4.3-inch high-resolution full-colour screen with dedicated interface buttons
  • Functions as a standalone MIDI controller or controls your plug-ins and DAW simultaneously
  • Includes Virtual Instrument Player software--- load, play and control any VST plug-in quickly
  • Includes software: Ableton Live Lite, Vacuum Pro, Loom, Hybrid 3, Xpand!2, Velvet, Transfuser and Eighty Eight Ensemble

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