Alesis Q Mini 32-Key USB Controller Keyboard
Overview by GAK
The Alesis Qmini is a highly-portable and affordable USB controller keyboard. Its loaded with expressive features that’ll enable you to effortlessly compose and produce - wherever you take it. The included software suite is the icing on the cake! It’s part of the revitalised Q Series MKII range, which includes its larger siblings - the Q49 and Q88.
The Qmini is a fantastic solution if you’re looking for a well-priced MIDI keyboard that has features that you’d find on larger and pricier models, have a cramped studio and need a capable controller that can slot in anywhere or you’re an on-the-go producer that needs a lightweight, portable option.
Thanks to the Alesis Qmini’s USB capabilities, getting it set up and working with your software of choice couldn’t be easier. You don’t need to worry about bulky power supplies as it runs off of USB. The plug-and-play connectivity means the Qmini is instantly compatible with any music software or DAW that accepts MIDI controllers. If you’ve got a Camera Connection Kit, you can hook it up to your iOS device.
The 32 mini-keys feature a smooth synth-action that’s a breeze to play as well as velocity-sensitivity, allowing the nuance and expression of your playing to come through. The Alesis Qmini boasts a slightly larger keyboard than many of its rivals, which is great if you need some extra range.
Slick Performance Controls
There’s a panel on the left-hand side of the Alesis Qmini, which provides you with immediate access to the performance controls. First up are the two-octave buttons, which allow you to transition across a wide note-range in no time at all. Next, we have the modulation, pitch-up and pitch-down buttons for intuitive hardware-style control of your software synths/instruments. Whilst the Q mini’s knob is labelled “volume”, it can be easily reassigned to other controls such as a softsynth’s Cutoff or track’s pan setting in your DAW. Finally, we have the Sustain button - emulates the function of a traditional sustain pedal without having to plug one in! Perfect for those sprawling piano melodies (or ambient drones).
Overview by Alesis
Inspiration can strike at any moment – don’t let that awesome idea get away! Introducing the Alesis Qmini, the ultimate on-the-go songwriting and production companion. All of the essentials are here – 32 velocity-sensitive keys, controls for useful parameters such as Octave, Transpose and Pitch Bend, and plug-and-play connectivity to your computer or tablet. No need to worry about compatibility – the Qmini will work with any music production app or DAW that accepts a MIDI controller. There’s also a robust software suite that includes everything you need to make your next hit. Toss the portable Qmini in your bag and never let the music escape you again.
Don’t waste time clicking or typing your performance into the computer. Despite its compact size, the Qmini has all the essential controls to help give your playing character. Add feeling and expression with easily accessible Pitch Bend and Modulation buttons. Need that note to hang for a little bit longer? Use the Sustain button to keep it going. For more customisable control there’s also a re-assignable Volume knob that can be assigned to any parameter your software allows.
PREMIUM SOFTWARE BUNDLE
The Alesis Qmini comes with a premium software bundle that features world-class tools for composing and recording. Pro Tools is the industry standard in digital recording, and MPC Beats gives you access to the same sought-after production tools used by the best in the business. Both include tons of professional-grade sounds and virtual instruments that can boost any composition. If you’re just learning to play, or just want to sharpen your keyboard skills, the Qmini also includes 60 free lessons from Melodics, the best way to learn piano.
Pro Tools | First Alesis Edition
Pro Tools redefined the music, film, and TV industries and is trusted by more professionals than any other DAW for music creation, composition, audio post-production, mixing, sound design, live recording, and more. With our exclusive special edition of Pro Tools | First, you can join the esteemed Pro Tools family and start creating with many of the same tools these pros rely on daily.
Whatever you set out to achieve, MPC Beats will get you started. Incorporating the finest parts of the legendary MPC workflow, MPC Beats features all the essential tools for pro production. Edit samples, mixdown your tracks, find any sound with the synth engines found on the legendary MPCs, record audio and much more. MPC Beats will host your AU/VST plugins so as you expand your arsenal, know you’ll have complete compatibility with industry-standard virtual studio technology.
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Boom features a slick modern interface that pays homage to the most popular vintage drum machines of the past. Boom has been used on many famous projects since its launch, ranging from hit albums, feature films and radio projects. More and more musicians and producers rely on the incredible sonic firepower of this amazing Drum Machine.
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AIR Music’s Xpand!2 is a multitimbral workstation offering four active sound slots, or parts, per patch. Each part is provided with its own MIDI channel, Note Range (Zone), Mix, Arpeggiation, Modulation, and Effects settings — an excellent method for creating individual parts. Harnessing the four parts together to build one amazing Patch is where Xpand!2 reveals its true power. Using everything from wavetables and FM synthesis to sample playback, the expert sound design team at Air Music Tech has carefully created thousands of ready-to-play Xpand!2 patches.
Melodics is a desktop app that teaches you to play and perform with MIDI keyboards, pad controllers, and drums. Whether you’re just starting out or are a seasoned pro looking to learn advanced techniques Melodics grows with you. Register your Alesis Qmini for instant access to 60 free lessons!
- 32 compact velocity-sensitive synth-action keys
- Lightweight design for easy setup and portability
- USB-powered with plug-and-play connectivity for Mac or PC
- Works with iOS devices via Apple Lightning to USB Camera Adapter (sold separately)
- Octave/Transpose buttons enable access to the full piano range
- Pitch bend and modulation buttons for added expression
- Re-assignable volume knob for quick control during performing and recording
- Sustain button for emulating a traditional sustain pedal
- Premium music education and production software bundle included (Pro Tools | First Alesis Edition, MPC Beats, Vacuum Classic, BOOM, DB-33, Xpand!2, Melodics)
- Power: USB bus powered
- Dimensions (width x depth x height): 16.46" x 4.13" x 0.78"/418 x 105 x 20mm
- Weight: 1lb./0.5kg
No upgrades available
Basic but does the job