4. Alesis VMini
If you’re interested in the features and functionality of the Alesis model above but prefer something smaller and more compact, this version from the same company could be a smart pick.
Its size makes it convenient to carry around, so if you need something you can slip in your bag, this model fits the bill.
Although it’s small, it still boasts four drum pads and four assignable knobs. The drum pads are velocity-sensitive too, meaning they react to how hard you hit them.
Along with these, it also boasts all the most important controls you would expect from any decent MIDI keyboard, including modulation, octave control, pitch bend and sustain – giving you plenty of flexibility and control over the music you play.
It’s simple to use, too, with plug-and-play capability. However, having said that, it comes with a software package that is a little more complicated to install and use, a process that some people might not enjoy going through.
Also, it has a slightly cheap feel to it – although, for something that sells at this price point, most people will still be happy with it considering everything it is capable of.
In sum, another great option for beginners looking for a simple and affordable MIDI keyboard that will allow them to learn the basics. If that’s what you need, this is an option that should be on your radar.
- Compact and portable design – ideal if you don’t want a larger instrument
- Velocity-sensitive drum pads – react to how hard you hit them
- 4 assignable knobs – to give you more control over the sounds you produce
- Includes all the most important features – like modulation, octave adjust and more
- Plug-and-play – no need to worry about complicated installation processes
- Keys feel a little cheap – but acceptable for an inexpensive product like this
- Included software complicated to install – but works well when you figure it out
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