Alesis Melody 61 - Frequently Asked Questions

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Melody61 Ortho RGBThe Alesis Melody 61 keyboard has 61 compact, lightweight keys, built-in speakers, and 200 built-in sounds covering a wide variety of instruments--pianos, strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion, mallets, guitars, synths, even sound effects! You can layer multiple sounds together in “Layer” mode, or split two sounds across the keyboard in “Split” mode.

 

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What is included with the Melody 61?

The Melody 61 includes every accessory that you need to get started and learn to play today. Melody 61 comes with an easy-to-assemble stand, a bench with three adjustable height settings, headphones that automatically mute the speakers for private practice, a power adapter and even a microphone for singing along while you play.

 

What is Skoove and where do I find it?

Skoove is the easiest way to learn piano--- featuring in-depth online piano courses that adapt to you and give you feedback. Develop your repertoire on your own time, at your own pace with a curated catalog filled with everything from current chart hits to classical music. Need a little help? Skoove’s experienced team of musicians is on hand with one on one support to answer any of your questions. New, exclusive lessons are added every month so that you can keep expanding your repertoire with new music as well as up your piano game with new music theory tips and tricks.

Your keyboard includes a coupon code for a free 3-month Premium Subscription to Skoove. Look for a card in the box for your promotional code and navigate to the Skoove website to start your subscription:

 

Can I play my own music from either the USB port or Auxiliary jack?

Yes you can! 

  • USB: Plug in a thumb drive loaded with MP3 files.  Be sure your USB thumb drive is formatted as FAT32. Other formats, such as NTFS, will not work. When adding MP3 files to your USB thumb drive, place them on the root directory of the drive. Do not place them into any folders, or they will not be recognized.

  • AUX: Use the included auxiliary cord to connect to the headphone output of an ipod or phone.

 

What batteries are required to power the keyboard?

The Melody 61 requires 6 "AA" batteries if not using the power adapter.

 

What are the modes of the Intelligent Teaching function?

  • One Key: When the One-Key button is pressed, the One-Key teaching function is enabled, and the screen displays the number of the current demonstration song for teaching. You can select the song to be learned by pressing the number button or pressing + or –. One-Key teaching allows for mistakes when playing the keys, but the keyboard still plays correct notes. The One-Key teaching can be disabled by pressing the One-Key button again.

  • Follow: When the Follow button is pressed, the Follow teaching function is enabled, and the screen displays the number of the current demonstration song for teaching. You can select the song to be learned by pressing the number button or pressing + or –. The display will then show the correct note to play and will wait for you to play it before it moves to the next note. This will continue until the song is finished. The Follow teaching function can be disabled by pressing the Follow button again.

  • Ensemble: When the Ensemble button is pressed, the Ensemble teaching function is enabled, and the screen displays the number of the current demonstration song for teaching. You can select the song to be learned by pressing the number button or pressing + or –. The Ensemble teaching is used when you are able to play the correct song notes. If a note is not played within 3 seconds, the keyboard will automatically play the correct note. The Ensemble teaching function can be disabled by pressing the Ensemble button again.

 

How do I use the Rhythm Control feature?

  1.  Press the Start/Stop button to start the accompaniment rhythm.
  2.  Play the keys on the keyboard
  3.  Press the Fill-in button for a quick intermediate rhythm part to begin playing.
  4.  Press the Start/Stop button to stop the accompaniment rhythm.

 

How do I use the Recording Function?

  1.  Press the Rec button to start recording. When the memory is full, the screen will display “FUL”, and recording will automatically stop.
  2.  During the recording process, press Play to stop recording. Press Play again to play the recorded notes.
  3.  Press Play again to stop playback. 
  4.  Note: The recorded notes will be erased when recording is started again or when the keyboard is turned off.

  

How do I use the Rhythm Programming feature?

  1.  Press the Prog button and start programming the rhythm by playing each note in the pattern, one at a time.
  2.  Press Play to stop programming and hear the programmed rhythm.\
  3.  Press the Prog button again to disable the programming function and erase the programming data.
  4.  Note: The programmed rhythm will be erased when programming is performed again or if the keyboard is turned off.

 

 

Further Technical Support

Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own an Alesis product, or if you just have pre-sales questions, the Alesis technical support team is available to help! Visit the link below to connect with any of the following support options: phone support, email support.

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