Alesis launches the Q mini MIDI keyboard for Mac / iOS for $ 59, more

The last line of controller Alesis brings one of the cheapest mini MIDI keyboards around along with updated versions of its 49 and 88 key Q series models. All compatible with Mac / PC and iOS devices, the new Q mini MIDI keyboard is the real highlight here, offering a particularly capable package and an even more affordable price. Go below for a closer look.

New Alesis Q mini MIDI keyboard

The new Alesis Q mini MIDI keyboard packs 32 keys within a frame not much wider than a typical laptop. Described as the “songwriting and production companion on the go,” you’re looking at velocity-sensitive keys and full compatibility with any DAW or production app that accepts MIDI, which is basically all of them.

From there, the Q mini sports a modest but usable side control panel for basic MIDI controller functionality. It carries buttons for octave and transposition switching, general and assignable modulation and volume controls and trusty pitch bending (in the form of buttons compared to the more typical wheel). Though you’ll have to swap the more familiar sustain input jack (for MIDI sustain pedals sold separately) in favor of a secondary sustain button function. It essentially works like its pedal counterpart, but in a top-mounted button form factor.

In addition to compatibility with Mac / PC out of the box, as well as iOS devices with the Apple Lightning to USB Camera Adapter (sold separately), the new Alesis Q mini MIDI keyboard comes with a number of bundled software . Includes a copy of Pro Tools First and MPC Beats, both with “tons of pro-grade sounds and virtual instruments”, plus “60 Free Lessons” from Melodics to “hone your keyboard skills.”

The Alesis Q mini MIDI keyboard is now available for purchase for $ 59 with a release date of January 28, 2021. The new Alesis Q49 MKII is Q88 MKII they are starting from $ 109 is $ 229, respectively, and include the same bundled software package.

9to5Toys’ Take

While there is nothing overly new in terms of functionality here, whenever we see the big brands launch a new model in price below $ 100 category is worth a look. A quick look at our latest roundup of best full-size and mini MIDI keyboards out there will show just how remarkable the price the Q mini really carries. The next best bet for a branded MIDI controller under $ 100 rests with the $ 79 + Arturia MicroLab with only 25 keys. While we would have preferred to see a proper pitch bend wheel or sliding pad on the Q mini, there’s no denying how affordable this MIDI keyboard is for Mac and iOS.

Just be sure to check out the new Gibson iOS / Android guitar app and the Moog Model 15 synth for Mac now available.

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