Alesis V61 MKII Controller Keyboard
Alesis V61 MKII Controller Keyboard
Overview by GAK
The Alesis V61 MKII Controller Keyboard is a top choice for producers, performers and songwriters that are looking for a fluid, tactile way to control their software instruments, plugins or DAW. With its array of assignable hands-on controls, robust build-quality and affordable price, the USB bus-powered Alesis V61 MKII is primed to take your music production sessions to the next level.
Alesis have outfitted the V61 MKII MIDI keyboard with 61 full-size keys, which boast a rapid and responsive synth-action. When you want to venture beyond the Alesis V61 MKII’s 5-octave range, simply press one of the Octave buttons to instantly transpose the keyboard up or down.
The Alesis V61 MKII’s keys are also velocity-sensitive, which means you can affect the sound of compatible virtual instruments depending on how hard you hit the key - perfect for when you’re adding piano or string plug-ins to your track and want to make the performance sound natural.
Other ways you can express yourself with the Alesis V61 are the Pitch Bend and Modulation wheels, which feature a smooth, solid action. There’s also an input for a 1/4" TRS sustain pedal if you want to keep your notes going without holding down the keys.
Sleek Performance Controls
The V61 MKII is equipped with an assortment of MIDI-assignable controls, giving you quick, analog-style control over your DAW or software instruments. First up are the 4 knobs, which can be assigned to a wide range of functions - whether that’s the Cutoff control of your favourite soft synth or a track’s volume level. Nothing beats being able to turn a physical knob when performing or recording automation.
The Alesis V61 MKII features 8 velocity-sensitive, LED back-lit pads, which are suited to triggering samples and punching in drum beats. With the Note Repeat (useful for recording rolls & patterns) and Full Level (makes the pads play at max velocity) functionality, you can easily emulate the characteristic response of a classic drum machine or sequencer.
Alesis have kitted out the V61 MKII MIDI keyboard with an onboard arpeggiator, which is a handy tool for sparking inspiration and ideas. The arpeggiator features adjustable play modes (Up, Down, Exclusive, Inclusive, Order & Random), Time Division, Gate, Swing and number of octaves. The Tap Tempo button can be used to set the rate of the arp on the fly whilst the switchable Latch function allows you to take your hands off the keys and keep the arpeggiation going.
Free Software Bundle
In addition to a top-notch controller keyboard, Alesis also throw in a fantastic software bundle that gives you all the tools you need to start creating. A highlight of the V61 MKII’s premium software package is the MPC Beats software, a fully-featured digital audio workstation that offers an intuitive way to craft your own beats and productions. The included seven MPC Beats Expansion Packs cover a wide variety of genres you can get stuck in no matter what your style is. It never hurts to sharpen up your keyboard and piano skills, which is why Alesis also include 60 free lessons from Melodics. Melodics presents a fun way to learn and develop your ability to play the keys.
The straightforward point-and-click MIDI editor software makes tailoring the V61 MKII to your specifications a breeze. With the editor software, you can tweak the MIDI messages that the controls transmit and customise the response of the pads & keys to the way you play.
The Alesis V61 MKII controller keyboard is well worth your attention if you’re looking for a lightweight, compact and affordable way to use your favourite VSTs, plug-ins and DAW. Because of its simple plug-and-play operation, all you have to do is connect it to your computer and you're away!
- 61 full-size, velocity-sensitive, synth-action keys
- Lightweight design for easy setup and portability
- 8 velocity-sensitive, LED-backlit pads with full level and note repeat controls
- Arpeggiator with 6 modes, tap tempo, time division, gate, and swing controls
- 4 MIDI-assignable knobs for virtual instrument and DAW control
- Pitch-bend and modulation wheels for added expression
- Octave buttons enable access of the full piano range
- 1/4” TS sustain pedal input for connecting an external sustain pedal (sold separately)
- USB-powered with plug-and-play connectivity for Mac or PC
- Works with iOS devices via Apple Lightning to USB Camera Adapter (sold separately)
- Premium music education and production software bundle included
- Power: Via USB
- Dimensions (width x depth x height): 38.5” x 9.6” x 3.72”, 97.8 x 24.4 x 9.4cm
- Weight: 7.3 lbs., 3.3kg
No upgrades available