Alesis V Series - Frequently Asked Questions

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alesis vseries mainThe Alesis V series keyboard and pad controllers are ultra-compact controllers designed for the traveling musician and the desktop producer.  With an array of hardware controls, Alesis V series lets you record, compose, and perform with virtual instruments, effect plugins in DAWs whenever inspiration strikes. This article walks through a number of Frequently Asked Questions about the Alesis V series.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does this unit need a power supply in order to work?
  • Do I need to install drivers for this to work on my PC/MAC?
  • What software does my controller come with?
  • What are the programmable buttons for?
  • Does this have pre programmed sounds?
  • Can I adjust the sensitivity of the keyboard?
  • What kind sustain pedal does this use?hat kind sustain pedal does this use?
  • Is the manual available online?
  • Further Technical Support
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    Does this unit need a power supply to work?

    These controllers are USB hub-powered and do not take an external power supply.  

     

    Do I need to install drivers for this to work on my PC/MAC?

    No, these controller are class-compliant meaning that they are plug-and-play and do not require a specific driver download in order to function.  The V series controllers will function on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 as well as all Mac operating systems that are 10.4.11 and above.  Also, because they are class-compliant, they will continue to function as Windows and Apple come out with later updates and operating systems.

     

    What software does my controller come with?

    The VI series comes with Ableton Live Lite 9 and Xpand!2 by AIR Music Tech (downloads). 

     

    What are the programmable buttons for? 

    Use these buttons to send MIDI CC messages to your software. They can function as momentary or toggle (latching) buttons. You can also use the V Editor software to set each button to send program and change messages to your software. See the V Editor's User Guide to learn how to do this.

     

    Does this have pre-programmed sounds?

    These controllers do not.  They are midi controllers and are meant to trigger software in your computer that has sounds built into them such as Ableton, Logic ect...


    Can I adjust the sensitivity of the keyboard?

    Yes! The Alesis V series comes with a free software editor which, among many other things, can adjust the keyboard's velocity curve. Here is a guide on how to make this adjustment:

    Alesis V Series - Adjusting the velocity curve of the keybed


     

    What kind of sustain pedals does this use?

    The V25 has a connection for a 1/4" TS sustain pedal (Momentary non-latching footswitch). It would be helpful to have one that has a polarity switch on it in case you want to customize the way the pedal reacts when being pressed down or released.

     

    Is the manual available online?

    Yes the manual is available in the Docs & Download section for each controller. 

     

    Further Technical Support

    Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own a ION product, or if you just have pre-sales questions, the experienced ION technical support team is available to help!

    Visit the link below to connect with any of the following support options: online community support, phone support, email support.

     

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