Alesis VI Series - Frequently Asked Questions

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alesis viseries mainIn this article we answer and discuss some of the features of the premium keyboard and pad controller, the Alesis VI series. These are ultra-compact keyboard controller designed for the traveling musician and the desktop producer. With an array of hardware controls, Alesis VI series lets you record, compose, and perform with virtual instruments, effect plugins, and DAWs whenever inspiration strikes. This article walks through a number of Frequently Asked Questions about the Alesis VI 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?
  • Can I use this with external midi devices?
  • What software does my controller come with?
  • Can I adjust the sensitivity of the keyboard?
  • Does this have pre programmed sounds?
  • Is the manual available online?
  • What is the ROLL function on the VI25?
  • 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 require a power supply.  If you would like to purchase a power supply, they can be powered with an optional power adapter (9V DC, 500 mA, center-positive) sold separately.

    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 VI 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.

    Can I use this with external midi devices? 

    Yes you can!  Use a standard five-pin MIDI cable to connect this MIDI Out to the MIDI In of an external MIDI device (e.g., a synthesizer, sequencer, drum machine, etc.).  If you are using VI25 to control an external MIDI module, connect VI25's power input to a power outlet using an optional power adapter (9 V DC, 500 mA, center-positive, sold separately).

    What software does my controller come with?

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

     

    Can I adjust the sensitivity of the keyboard?

    Yes! The Alesis VI 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:

    http://www.noterepeat.com/products/alesis/keyboards/vi-series/578-alesis-vi-series-adjusting-velocity-curve

     

     

    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 Live, Apple Logic ect...

    Is the manual available online?

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

     

    What is the ROLL function on the VI series? 

    Press the ROLL button to activate or deactivate Roll Mode.  In this mode, pressing and holding a pad (that is set to send Note On messages) causes the pad to re-trigger at a rate based on the current Tempo and Time Division settings. This button can function as a toggle (latching) or momentary button. In Roll Mode, some controls have different functions:

    • Press one of Assignable Buttons 17–24 to select the current Time Division, which determines the rate of the Roll feature.
    • Turn assignable Knob 1 to adjust the Gate, which determines the length of the repeated note.
    • Turn assignable Knob 2 to adjust the Swing, which determines how much swing (a "shuffle" feel) is applied to the repeated note.

     

    Where can I get 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.

  • www.alesis.com/support
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