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Brand new Qmini, updated Q49 MKII and Q88 MKII pack essential controls and plug and play compatibility with PC, Mac, and iOS

Fort Lauderdale, FL US (January 19, 2021) — Alesis (alesis.com), the world’s leading manufacturer of tools for today’s electronic musician, today announced the release of three new MIDI keyboard controllers – the Qmini, Q49 MKII, and Q88 MKII. The updated Q Series feature responsive, velocity-sensitive keys and essential controls valued by modern composers and producers, at an amazing price-per-key ratio.

Plug and Play Keys, No Nonsense

The new Alesis Q Series offers practical plug-and-play solutions to players and producers in need of high-quality keys and meaningful control of parameters or music production software. These USB bus-powered MIDI controllers have everything needed to make a lasting impact on your compositions. First, there’s the compact Qmini, a 32-key controller small enough to throw in your backpack. Perfect for creating music on-the-go, the Qmini connects to your laptop or iOS device seamlessly to capture inspiration no matter where it strikes. Featuring easily accessible controls such as pitch, modulation, and sustain, the Qmini is a tool you won’t want to leave at home.

For a more static studio setup, the Q49 MKII and Q88 MKII are no-nonsense workhorses that have all the features modern productions demand. The Q49 MKII’s synth-action keys provide the perfect medium for playing or programming music of any style. If you need something more robust, the Q88 MKII’s semi-weighted keys emulate the look and feel of a traditional piano. Along with standard octave, transpose, pitch, and modulation controls, the Q49 and Q88 MKII both feature transport and directional buttons to control your music software. Speaking of software – all Alesis Q Series MIDI controllers include a premium software bundle packed with valuable learning and creation tools such as Avid Pro Tools, the industry standard in audio recording. The new Alesis Q Series have everything you need to get the job done.

Qmini Key Features:

  • 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 full piano range
  • Pitch bend and modulation buttons for added expression
  • Re-assignable volume knob for quick control during performance and recording
  • Sustain button for emulating a traditional sustain pedal
  • Premium music education and production software bundle included

The Qmini is available now. U.S. pricing is $59.

Q49 MKII Key Features:

  • 49 full-size, 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 full piano range
  • Pitch bend and modulation wheels for added expression
  • Transport and directional buttons to control your software
  • Re-assignable volume slider for quick control during performance and recording
  • 1/4-inch TS sustain pedal input for connecting an external sustain pedal (sold separately)
  • Premium music education and production software bundle included

The Q49 MKII is available now. U.S. pricing is $109.

Q88 MKII Key Features:

  • 88 full-size, velocity-sensitive, semi-weighted keys
  • Octave/Transpose buttons
  • Pitch bend and modulation wheels for added expression
  • Transport and directional buttons to control your software
  • Assignable volume slider for quick control during performing and recording
  • 1/4-inch TS sustain pedal and 1/4-inch TRS expression pedal inputs
  • 5-PIN MIDI output enables standalone operation with a power supply (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)
  • Lightweight design for easy setup and portability
  • Premium music education and production software bundle included

The Q88 MKII is available now. U.S. pricing is $229.

About Alesis

Since the 1985 unveiling of the affordable XT Reverb, Alesis (alesis.com) has led the charge to create inventive electronic products that benefit every stage or studio musician. Alesis innovation continues with electronic percussion, keyboards, monitors, recording gear, amplifiers, as well as professional products based on Bluetooth technology and Apple’s iOS platform. Alesis is a proud member of a premier family of brands known as inMusic (inmusicbrands.com).

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