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Review MIDI keyboard Alesis VI25. Where to buy it?

Alesis is a company founded in the United States in 1980 that designs and markets electronic musical instruments, digital audio processors, audio mixers, drum amplifiers, digital audio interface amplifiers, recording equipment, drum machines, professional audio and electronic percussion products. I’ll tell you how this post is built. First I list the features of this Alesis VI25 keyboard. Then you have a video or two, purchase links and useful comments from other users and then you have one of the most useful parts; comparison tables with similar keyboards so you can compare.

  • 25 semi-built keys with full-size aftertouch with square front
  • 16 speed-sensitive trigger pads with RGB backlighting for rhythm production and clip release
  • Interface with 24 buttons and 8 knobs that can be assigned to your music software
  • Pitch and modulation wheels provide precise and creative control
  • Seamless visual information via LED display and illuminated buttons + knobs
  • USB MIDI port and 5-pin MIDI output offer flexible MIDI connectivity
  • USB powered
  • Plug-and-Play support for Mac and PC
  • Includes USB cable, Ableton Live Lite software (download), Xpand! 2 software (download)

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This MIDI keyboard is usually priced at around €139/£122/$138 and offers 25 half-backed keys with full-size aftertouch with a square front, allowing you to have 4 a 4 octave keyboard to express yourself in the best possible way.

It also features 16 speed-sensitive trigger pads with RGB backlighting for rhythm production and clip release, an interface with 24 assignable buttons and 8 assignable knobs with your music software, and pitch bend and modulation wheels that provide precise and creative control.

When connected, it is powered via USB, so no other external power source is needed. A 5-pin MIDI output is also integrated. And it’s Plug and Play for Mac and PC.

Finally we can mention that it includes Ableton Live Lite software (download), Xpand software! 2 software from Air Music Tech (download).

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Alesis VI25 vs Alesis V25

The Alesis VI25 MIDI Keyboard is priced at €139/£122/$138 and the Alesis V25 is priced at €75/£66/$73. Let’s move on to the face-to-face:

  • Both offer us 25 keys with sensitivity, but in the Alesis VI25, they are semi-heavy, having better quality and feel when playing the keyboard.
  • Both offer speed-sensitive backlit pads (intensity in MIDI language), in the Alesis V25 they are 8, and in the Alesis VI25 they are 16.
  • We also have assignable knobs and buttons, in the case of the Alesis V25 there are 4 knobs and 4 buttons, and in the Alesis VI25 there are 24 buttons and 8 knobs.
  • Both offer pitch bend and modulation wheels that allow you to change the height of a note while playing.
  • Both share visual information through the illuminated knobs and buttons, when the Alesis Vl49 also has an LED display.
  • Both can be powered via USB (USB port) and the Alesis VI25 has a 5-pin MIDI output offering flexible MIDI connectivity.
  • Both include the Ableton Live Lite software license (download), Xpand! software, and the Alesis VI25 software 2 software (download).

Let’s put the features of these keyboards in a table so you can compare

Alesis VI25

Alesis V25

  • 25 full-size semi-weighted aftertouch keys with square front
  • 16 speed-sensitive trigger pads with RGB backlighting for rhythm production and a clip release
  • Interface with 24 buttons and 8 knobs that can be assigned to your music software
  • Pitch and modulation wheels provide precise and creative control
  • Seamless visual information via LED display and illuminated buttons + knobs
  • USB MIDI port and 5-pin MIDI output offer flexible MIDI connectivity
  • USB powered
  • Plug-and-Play support for Mac and PC
  • Includes USB cable, Ableton Live Lite software (download), Xpand! 2 software (download)
  • 25 full-size keys
  • Square front keys
  • 8 speed-sensitive backlit pads
  • 4 assignable knobs and 4 assignable buttons
  • Octave up and down buttons allow you to access the full keyboard range
  • Pitch and modulation wheels
  • Visual information through illuminated knobs and buttons
  • USB-powered and USB MIDI connectivity for Mac and PC
  • Includes USB cable, Ableton Live Lite software (download) and xpand!2 by Air Music Tech software (download)

In our first comparison, we found two MIDI controllers that are very similar, due to the fact that they are of the same brand and one is an improvement of the other. On the one hand, we have the Alesis V25 that offers 25 keys with sensitivity, 8 speed-sensitive backlit pads, 4 assignable knobs and 4 assignable buttons, octave up and down buttons and pitch and modulation wheels. On the other hand, the Alesis VI25 improves or increases its same features, therefore we can say that it is a better controller and that its increase in price is worth paying.

And here is a video of the Alesis V25 keyboard

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Alesis V25 review.

Alesis VI25 vs M-Audio Code 25 black

The Alesis VI25 MIDI Keyboard is priced at €139/£122/$138 and the M-Audio Code 25 black is priced at €160. Let’s go head to head:

  • Both controllers offer 25 full-size keys with sensitivity and aftertouch, those of the Alesis are semi-weighted.
  • The Alesis VI25 offers 16 speed-sensitive trigger pads, an interface with 24 assignable buttons and 8 assignable knobs, and pitch bend and modulation wheels. The M-Audio Code 25 Black also offers 1 assignable XY control pad, 16 fully assignable speed-sensitive trigger pads, 4 assignable knobs, 5 assignable faders, 5 assignable buttons, and pitch bend and modulation wheels.
  • Both are USB powered, and also accept external power supply input and accept sustain pedal. The Alesis VI25 has MIDI output.
  • The Alesis VI25 is licensed under Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid thirty and Loom by Air Music Technology. The M-Audio Code 25 Black includes Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid thirty and Loom by Air Music Technology software.

Let’s put the features of these keyboards in a table so you can compare

Alesis VI25

M-Audio Code 25 black

  • 25 full-size semi-weighted aftertouch keys with square front
  • 16 speed-sensitive trigger pads with RGB backlighting for rhythm production and a clip release
  • Interface with 24 buttons and 8 knobs that can be assigned to your music software
  • Pitch and modulation wheels provide precise and creative control
  • Seamless visual information via LED display and illuminated buttons + knobs
  • USB MIDI port and 5-pin MIDI output offer flexible MIDI connectivity
  • USB powered
  • Plug-and-Play support for Mac and PC
  • Includes USB cable, Ableton Live Lite software (download), Xpand! 2 software (download)
  • 25 full-size keys
  • Speed sensitive with aftertouch
  • 4 attributable zones for divisions and layers
  • XY control pad attributable for HID control
  • 16 fully assignable speed-sensitive trigger pads
  • 4 encoders three hundred and sixty attributable
  • 5 faders attributable
  • 5 attributable buttons
  • Pitch bend and modulation wheels
  • Transport control via Mackie/HUI protocol
  • LED gives an instant display of each factor
  • Input for volume and sustain pedal
  • Powered by USB with 5-pin midi input and output
  • Software included: Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid thirty and Loom by Air Music Technology
  • Input for power supply, not included.
  • Dimensions: 528mm x 257mm x 73mm (width x depth x height)
  • Weight: 2,6Kg
  • Color: Black

As in the previous comparison, we find two similar MIDI controllers, on the one hand the Alesis VI25 with its functions that we have already analyzed, and on the other hand the M-Audio Code 25 that offers 25 sensitive and aftertouch keys, 1 assignable XY control pad, 16 fully assignable speed-sensitive trigger pads, 4 assignable knobs, 5 assignable faders, 5 assignable buttons and pitch bend/modulation wheels.

Both controllers have almost the same control functions, as an advantage of the Alesis we can have more buttons assignable to different functions in the DAW to be used, and in the M-Audio we can count as an advantage the XY control which is a pad that allows real-time control of parameters or functions in two dimensions, and is useful to improvise with it. If you’re more inclined to use the assignable buttons and semi-weighted keys, go for the Alesis, and if you want XY control pad, the M-Audio will be your choice.

Here’s a video of the M-Audio Code 25 black keyboard

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the M-Audio Code 25 black review.

Alesis VI25 vs Akai MPK mini MK2 white

The Alesis VI25 MIDI Keyboard is priced at €139/£122/$138 and the Akai MPK mini MK2 white is priced at €79/£70/$81. This is the face-to-face one:

  • Both controllers offer 25 full-size keys with sensitivity and aftertouch, the Alesis’ are semi-weighted.
  • The Alesis VI25 offers 16 speed-sensitive trigger pads, an interface with 24 assignable buttons and 8 assignable knobs, and pitch bend and modulation wheels. And the Akai MPK mini MK2 white offers 1 4-way thumbstick for dynamic pitch/modulation control, 8 MPC (MIDI Production Center) pads with note repeat, Arpeggiator buttons, octaves up/down, and 8 assignable control knobs.
  • Both are USB powered, and also accept external power supply input and accept sustain pedal. The Alesis VI25 has a MIDI output.
  • The Alesis VI25 includes the Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid thirty and Loom by Air Music Technology licenses. The Akai MPK mini MK2 white is licensed under Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech, SONiVOX Wobble and Akai Pro MPC Essentials.

Let’s put the features of these keyboards in a table so you can compare

Alesis VI25

Akai MPK mini MK2 white

  • 25 full-size semi-weighted aftertouch keys with square front
  • 16 speed-sensitive trigger pads with RGB backlighting for rhythm production and a clip release
  • Interface with 24 buttons and 8 knobs that can be assigned to your music software
  • Pitch and modulation wheels provide precise and creative control
  • Seamless visual information via LED display and illuminated buttons + knobs
  • USB MIDI port and 5-pin MIDI output offer flexible MIDI connectivity
  • USB powered
  • Plug-and-Play support for Mac and PC
  • Includes USB cable, Ableton Live Lite software (download), Xpand! 2 software (download)
  • 25 mini synthesizer action keys
  • New 4-way ‘thumbstick’ for dynamic tone/modulation control
  • 8 MPC pads with note repetition
  • Arpeggiator
  • 8 assignable control knobs for mixing, adjusting plugins and more
  • The ultra-compact design allows you to create anywhere
  • Additional inputs: 1 x 6.3 mm jack for sustain pedal
  • Powered by USB
  • No power adapter required
  • Full size sustain pedal input jack
  • Includes complete production software package (downloads): Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech, SONiVOX Wobble and Akai Pro MPC Essentials
  • Dimensions: 317 x 181 x 44 mm
  • Weight: 748 g
  • Color: White

Again we have another comparison with similar MIDI controllers, on the one hand, the Alesis VI25 with its familiar features and functions, on the other hand, the Akai MPK Mini MK2 which offers 25 mini synthesizer action keys, 1 4-way thumbstick for dynamic pitch/modulation control, 8 MPC (MIDI Production Center) pads with note repetition, Arpeggiator buttons, octaves up/down, and 8 assignable control knobs.

The Alesis VI 25 will be a better choice if you want to have a MIDI keyboard with normal and semi-weighted keys without removing certain controller functions. However, if you want a smaller rig the Akai MPK Mini MK2 will be a good choice and a bit cheaper too.

And here is a video of the Akai MPK mini MK2 white

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Akai MPK mini MK2 white review.

Alesis VI25 vs Novation Launchkey 25 MK2

The Alesis VI25 MIDI Keyboard is priced at €139/£122/$138 and the Novation Launchkey 25 MK2 is priced at €165/£149/$168, with a difference of £26 between the two. Let’s go head to head:

  • Both controllers offer 25 full-size keys with sensitivity, the Alesis’ are semi-weighted and have aftertouch.
  • The Alesis VI25 offers 16 speed-sensitive trigger pads, an interface with 24 assignable buttons and 8 assignable knobs, and pitch bend and modulation wheels. And the Novation Launchkey 25 MK2 offers 16 sensitive and backlit pads, 8 assignable knobs, transport buttons (rec, play, pause, etc) and modulation and pitch bend wheels.
  • Both are USB powered, and also accept external power supply input, both accept sustain pedal and have MIDI output.
  • The Alesis VI25 includes the Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid thirty and Loom by Air Music Technology licenses. The Novation Launchkey 25 MK2 is licensed under Ableton Live Lite, Serato Sample LE, AAS Session Bundle, XLN Addictive Keys (1 of 4 selectable virtual keyboards), Klevgrand R0Verb-, DAW Cassette and Spitfire Audio LABS-Expressive Strings.

Let’s put the features of these keyboards in a table so you can compare

Alesis VI25

Novation Launchkey 25 MK2

  • 25 full-size semi-weighted aftertouch keys with square front
  • 16 speed-sensitive trigger pads with RGB backlighting for rhythm production and a clip release
  • Interface with 24 buttons and 8 knobs that can be assigned to your music software
  • Pitch and modulation wheels provide precise and creative control
  • Seamless visual information via LED display and illuminated buttons + knobs
  • USB MIDI port and 5-pin MIDI output offer flexible MIDI connectivity
  • USB powered
  • Plug-and-Play support for Mac and PC
  • Includes USB cable, Ableton Live Lite software (download), Xpand! 2 software (download)
  • 25 speed-sensitive keys
  • 16 speed-sensitive pads backlit with RGB
  • Scale and chord mode
  • Arpeggiator
  • MIDI capture function
  • MIDI mappings
  • Locking the device
  • Tone shift and modulation wheel
  • 2 x 16 character display
  • 8 knobs
  • Power supply via USB
  • Dimensions: 463 x 77 x 258 mm (width x height x depth)
  • Weight: 1.81 kg

In this comparison we have a similar case to the previous ones, on one hand, we find the Alesis VI25 and on the other hand, we find the Novation Launchkey 25 MK2 that offers 25 sensitive keys, 16 sensitive and backlit pads, 8 assignable knobs, transport buttons (rec, play, pause, etc) and modulation and pitch bend wheels.

In the advantages of the first one, the Alesis VI25, we find a better keyboard due to the semi-controlled and aftertouch, and its faders that will be very useful in functions like mixing, and provides greater precision. In the advantages of the Novation Launchkey 25 MK3 we find a large number of licenses it offers, which for beginners are of great value. The Alesis VI25 would be the best choice.

And here’s a video of the Novation Launchkey 25 MK2

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Novation Launchkey 25 MK2 review.

Alesis VI25 vs Novation Impulse 25

The Alesis VI25 MIDI Keyboard is priced at €139/£122/$138 while the Novation Impulse 25 is priced at €165/£149/$168, with a difference of 26 euros. The face-to-face:

  • Both controllers offer 25 full-size keys with sensitivity, semi-weighted and aftertouch function.
  • The Alesis VI25 offers 16 speed-sensitive trigger pads, an interface with 24 assignable buttons and 8 assignable knobs, and pitch bend and modulation wheels. And the Novation Impulse 25 offers 8 backlit Drum Pads, 1 55mm Fader, 8 assignable knobs, modulation and pitch bend wheels and up/down octave keys. It offers the option of auto-mapping, where each button or function assigns itself a parameter or function.
  • Both are USB powered, and also accept external power supply input, both accept sustain pedal and have MIDI output. The Novation Impulse 25 also has a MIDI input.
  • The Alesis VI25 is licensed under Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid thirty and Loom by Air Music Technology. The Novation Impulse 25 is licensed under the Xcite+ Software Pack, Ableton Live Lite.

Let’s put the features of these keyboards in a table so you can compare

Alesis VI25

Novation Impulse 25

  • 25 full-size semi-weighted aftertouch keys with square front
  • 16 speed-sensitive trigger pads with RGB backlighting for rhythm production and clip release
  • Interface with 24 buttons and 8 knobs that can be assigned to your music software
  • Pitch and modulation wheels provide precise and creative control
  • Seamless visual information via LED display and illuminated buttons + knobs
  • USB MIDI port and 5-pin MIDI output offer flexible MIDI connectivity
  • USB powered
  • Plug-and-Play support for Mac and PC
  • Includes USB cable, Ableton Live Lite software (download), Xpand! 2 software (download)
  • 25 semi-heavy keys and Aftertouch
  • Full DAW and Plug-in control
  • 8 Backlit Drum Pads
  • 1 Fader of 55mm
  • 8 assignable controllers
  • Modulation-pitch wheel
  • 2 octave keys
  • Beat-Roll and Clip-Launch buttons
  • LCD screen
  • USB socket
  • Connections for expression and sustain pedals
  • MIDI in/out
  • Automap-Control-Software
  • Includes Xcite+ Software Pack, Ableton Live Lite
  • Size: 525 x 332 x 100 mm
  • Weight: 3.5kg

Again we have another comparison with similar MIDI controllers, on the one hand the Alesis VI25 with its features and functions we already know, on the other hand the Novation Impulse 25 which offers 25 full size keys, semi-balanced and with aftertouch, 8 backlit Drum-Pads, 1 55mm Fader, 8 assignable knobs, modulation and pitch bend wheels and up/down octave keys. It also offers the option of automation, where each button or function is self-assigned a parameter or function.

As mentioned above, these are two very similar MIDI controllers, both offering a keyboard with the same features and the other control functions are also very similar. The difference lies in the number of elements, for example in the Alesis we have 16 pads, while in the Novation 8. The Alesis VI25 has a slight advantage because of the latter, so it will be the best choice.

And here is a video of the Novation Impulse 25 keyboard

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Novation Impulse 25 review.

Which is the best of these MIDI keyboards if I am a beginner on a low budget?

While the answer to this question lies mostly in what specific need you have, for example, if you want to have a keyboard with the widest range of notes possible, or if you want to have as many control functions as possible, or perhaps a mix between the two, that is without leaving behind the different connections and software licenses that most MIDI controllers offer, we will give an objective opinion according to our experience in music production and thus also with the price demanded by the controllers, a kind of value for money.

And in this post, we find cheap MIDI controllers up to a maximum of 165 euros, and as a star product, we have the Alesis VI25 that offers a semi-balanced keyboard with 25 keys and great control functions like: pads, buttons and knobs, and a relevant amount of each one unlike other controllers, all of them assignable. It integrates the USB connection, sustains pedal input, and also MIDI output. A great controller for a fair price. If you have the opportunity to buy it, go for it.

Where to buy the Alesis VI25 keyboard

Thomann

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  • Full warranty. If you have any problems, they take care of everything.
  • 100% reliable payment.
  • A leader in trouble-free shipping.
  • Usually the Best price.
  • Best Reputation: They are the leading online store in Europe and have the best catalog and information.

Amazon

  • Free Shipping and the possibility of shipping in one day with Amazon Premium.
  • Full Guarantee but they are no experts in music equipment.
  • Sometimes a better price.
  • He’s got worse stock than Thomann.

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