Alesis V49 Review with Software Demo

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With so many midi controllers on the market, it’s difficult to know which one is the best depending upon your individual needs and preferences.  I recently got my hands on a very popular controller that I’ve had my eyes on for quite some time.  Introducing the Alesis V49! 

This long and slender midi controller sports professional looking, square front piano keys with a few pads, knobs, buttons and wheels along the left.  The keys are not weighted, are made of plastic and are quite light, despite how they look.  In my opinion, the spring mechanism which controls each key is stretched a little bit too tight, causing one to really deliberately push each note for sound to occur.  It is however, the only 49 key midi controller I’ve come across that has the square front professional look.

On the left hand side, each knob, button wheel and pad are illuminated by a cool blue light which looks awesome in a dark studio at night.  Starting at the top, the knobs are easily assignable to control any midi learn parameter inside your DAW or VST plugin.  The buttons below also serve the same purpose.  Below them are the octave transpose buttons, allowing you to access the entire musical range of notes.  Though the buttons are sturdy, you’ll see in the video that they do not respond as quickly as one might expect.  They do work perfectly however with a little patience. 

To the left of the buttons lives two wheels, respectively for pitch bend and modulation.  Though the wheels are a bit on the small side, they have smooth action and feel quite sturdy.  Lastly, at the bottom there are eight soft velocity sensitive drum pads.  Along the back of the midi controller there are only two inputs.  One is for the sustain pedal and the other is for the USB connection, which means this board is 100% bus powered.  That means that there is no additional power wire to plug into the wall!  Therefore, set up and portability are very easy since only one wire is required for operation. 

Though this controller was released to the market in 2014, it still is a major player and can readily be found in music stores, magazines and online retailers around the world.  The thing I like the most about this midi controller is the sleek and simple, elegant design.  It is easy to understand and gives powerful controls in a minimal set up.  The Alesis V49 is a solid option for most personal studio needs. 

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I’m happy to present my review of the IK Multimedia iRig Keys I/O 49 which is specifically designed to be used with iOS devices.  Though this is the case, it is also compatible with both Mac and PC laptops with USB connections.  In terms of software, this midi controller is compatible with just about every DAW however, it has been created to integrate seamlessly with both GarageBand and Logic Pro applications. 

Straight away, the coolest thing about this midi controller that sets it apart from ALL other midi controllers is that it comes with a built in Audio Interface!  Yes, that’s right folks, now you can record 96kHz audio in 24 bit without the use of a dedicated audio interface.  The input supports both quarter inch and XLR connections and has V48 phantom power for condenser microphones all while being USB bus powered!  That’s truly incredible.  Batteries are required however when being used in conjunction with iOS devices but that’s hardly anything to complain about. 

The iRig Keys I/O sports a sleek and elegant design in black with white trim.  It is also available in both 25 key and 49 key sizes.  In addition to the sturdy velocity sensitive keys, both models also come equipped with velocity sensitive pads depending on your programming preference.  The pads and other indicators glows a soft blue which looks great and adds a special atmosphere in dark studio rooms.   
In terms of size, both models are the absolute smallest length possible, sporting full size piano keys while still being extremely compact.  This is excellent for travel and portability.  Both models weigh less than 5 pounds.  There are also transport controls which help keep the focus on the keyboard, not needing to shift back and forth between the connected device. 



There are 4 assignable knobs that can be easily programmed to manipulate midi data on virtually any VST with a midi learn function.  This is especially handy when wanting to create natural sounding automation in real time. 

In addition to all this incredible hardware options, the iRig Keys I/O comes fully equipped with over $500 of professional IK Multimedia Software including Sample Tank 3, Miroslav Philharmonik 2, Syntronik Pro-V, T-RackS 4 Delux and Ableton Live 10 Lite!  Combined with the hardware makes this a pretty incredible bundle you do not want to pass up. 

On a personal note, I really am enjoying this midi controller for its sleek design, compact size and overall simplicity.  It allows me to do exactly what I need and has a good balance of pads, knobs and faders that are arranged in a way that is easy to understand right away.  The built in audio interface is a huge bonus that puts this midi controller truly in a league of its own.  I recommend the iRig Keys I/O to anyone in the market as a solid option that will serve them well for many years to come. 

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How Long Does it Take To Learn Piano – Lesson 9

How long does it take to learn piano? That all depends on how good you want to be and what your goals are. For professional musicians, piano is a lifelong pursuit that never ends, always striving to reach the next level of technique and musical creativity. However, for many people, learning to play piano could be as simple as learning to play a few chords at a party to impress your peers.

Here is an EASY progression that will help you do exactly that! It utilizes only white notes and keeps the same hand formation allowing for almost anyone to pick it up right away.

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How To Play Piano Chords Smoothly – Lesson 8

This exercise is made up of two chords played in an arpeggio style. To learn how to play piano chords smoothly, practice the chords in block form as well as the style presented. As you become more familiar and gain mastery, feel free to add movement to the left hand bass part. This will help to drive the song forward and also keep things interesting musically.

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How To Play Piano Chords Smoothly – Lesson 7

This chord progression is simple and only has 3 chords. The way how to play piano chords smoothly is by alternating between just two chords for about 5 minutes being able to recall each hand position very quickly. Visually see the notes and the “shape” your hand forms. Also pay attention to how your hand “feels” going back and forth between the two.

Once the movement from chord 1 + 2 is mastered, then focus on alternating between chord 2 + 3 for another 5-10 minutes. Then and only then should you attempt to play the 3 chords in sequence. Practicing this way will drill the movement into you fingers on a subconscious level allowing you to – play without thinking, which is the ultimate goal.

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How To Play Piano Chords Smoothly – Lesson 6

This lesson breaks down the chord into four notes in the right hand and 1 note in the left. This allows for the left hand to have freedom of movement and function more like a bass player. The four note chords in the right should be memorized first before attempting to put the hands together. Focus on playing the chords smoothly WITHOUT using the pedal.

The pedal sometimes covers up mistakes so be honest with yourself and don’t use it. Make sure you play the right notes and make it sound as smooth as possible. Once this happens, feel free to add the bass and get the right / left hand coordination together. Naturally, you should start to experiment with moving the bass as opposed to just keeping it on the root for all 4 beats. Keep practicing this and then you’ll know how to play piano chords smoothly!

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Piano Keys Notes – Lesson 5

The piano is a combination of white and black keys in a repeating pattern. The musical alphabet is A B C D E F G – this repeats if going up to higher sounding notes, moving to the right. To descend or play lower notes, move to the left and the alphabet goes backwards, G F E D C B A G F E D C B A etc…

These piano keys notes make up a chord progression with the same intervalic structure, moving up a minor 3rd and then descending chromatically (half steps). This is a good beginner exercise that many other exercises will be built upon.

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How To Play Piano Chords For Songs – Lesson 4

This chord progression is part of a popular turn around used in many songs. The one that came to mind while creating it is called “Crush On You” by Lil Kim feat Lil Cease. Note the root movement in the left hand alternating from the 7th to the 3rd. This is very common and should be practiced in ALL keys as it will absolutely be encountered many times while learning how to play piano chords for songs. Even though, the progression only has 4 notes for each chord, note the tension and tasty harmony on the 2nd chord created by the tri-tone located between the middle intervals.

As always practice this in EVERY key to become fluid, carefully constructing the chord based on the correct number of half steps between each note.

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How Long Does It Take To Learn Piano Chords – Lesson 3

How long does it take to learn piano chords? Well it depends. The chord progression in this video is quite simple and if you follow along, I’m sure you’ll be able to learn it in a matter of MINUTES! It’s a natural human emotion to want success to happen in a moments notice and like any good thing that has worth or value, truly becoming proficient in piano chords does take time.

Taking the first step to learning something is often 50% of the work so congratulations on finding this video and taking ACTION! You’ll find that in time, through learning simple exercises like these, your playing will develop into a usable skill that will serve you well for years to come.

Stay focused, try not to get overwhelmed and enjoy the process. The BEST way to become good fast is through mastery of the basics – NOT sloppily playing through a lot of difficult things.

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How To Play Piano Chords Youtube – Lesson 2

This video breaks down another chord progression in a slow and easy to understand way. There are 4 chords in this cycle but practice going between chord 1-2 then 2-3 then 3-4 then 4-1 before putting them all together. Remember to arpeggiate the chords to learn how the chord SOUNDS, low to high and high to low. Repetition is the key. Once you feel comfortable, try to learn it in some other keys, analyzing the intervals to make sure you retain the same chord structure.