Alesis keyboards have long provided features that defy their low price tags, but even with this reputation, the V Mini is something of a benchmark for incredible value. Featuring velocity sensitive keys and all the controls you need to make serious music, the V Mini is a steal.
Essentially, this is an ultra-compact, USB keyboard controller, equipped with 25-velocity sensitive mini keys. Velocity sensitivity means that when pressed softly the note played will be quiet, and when hit with more force, the volume will be louder- just like an acoustic piano, a feature not usually found on small controllers. If you've never used a compact controller keyboard, and play piano, the small number of keys may also be baffling. However, an octave shift button allows the notes assigned to the keys to be shifted up or down through the full piano range.
Back lit LED pads
Atop the keyboard, there’s a host of additional controllers including four, assignable trigger pads. These can be assigned to particular notes, to provide an easy set of controls for triggering samples or programming drum patterns. Incredibly at this price-point, they also respond to pressure. These pads are backlit with bright, blue LEDs.
The V mini four, assignable rotary controls. These can be assigned to control parameters within software, to provide more intuitive, ‘hands-on’ control of software. So, it you’re controlling a software synthesizer plug-in, you can use these to tweak filter settings, for example. Finally, buttons are present for pitch bend and modulation on/off for even more expression.
The Alesis V Mini is compatible with both Mac and PC, and is powered via USB, minimising the number of cables on your desktop, and plug-sockets used. now you can make music absolutely anywhere, with the Alesis V Mini Keyboard Controller.
Manufacturer Alesis Model V Mini USB Controller Keyboard Keyboard 25 velocity-sensitive mini keys USB 1 x USB MIDI Port Controls 4 Pads with blue LED illumination 4 Assignable knobs and buttons Octave -/+ Pitch Bend up/down buttons Modulation Button Sustain Button Power USB bus powered Included Accessories QuickStart Guide USB cable
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