Alesis has introduced its V Mini portable 25-key USB-MIDI controller at the 2016 Winter NAMM Show.

Alesis V Mini

The V Mini is a serious piece of creative gear for the modern musician. The Alesis V Mini enables musicians to take full command of their music software and gives them the freedom to create, produce and perform whenever and wherever inspiration strikes.

The V Mini features 25 velocity-sensitive mini keys with octave controls that expand the keyboard to the full melodic range for playing bass lines, chords and/or melodies. It also has editable pitch-bend, modulation and sustain buttons for added expression; four assignable knobs for manipulating effect plugins and virtual instruments; and four velocity-sensitive backlit pads for clip launching and finger drumming. To cap off the playing experience, Alesis has included Xpand!2 by AIR Music Tech, a powerful and intuitive multitimbral virtual workstation instrument that has over 3000 fully-editable presets covering every musical style. Most importantly, the V Mini connects to any computer with just a single USB connection to power up and send/receive MIDI data, making it the perfect creation and production tool for musicians on-the-go.

V Mini features

  • Compact USB-powered design lets you create anywhere.
  • 25 expressive velocity‐sensitive, synth-­action mini keys.
  • 4 backlit velocity-­sensitive drum pads; 4 backlit assignable knobs.
  • Dedicated octave, pitch bend, modulation, and sustain buttons.
  • Includes Xpand!2 virtual instrument software by AIR Music Tech.

“If you’re looking for a MIDI controller that’s perfect for writing and producing tracks on-the-go, or you’re looking to save valuable space in your home studio or live setup, you can’t do better than the new V Mini,” said Walter Skorupski, Product Manager for Alesis. “The V Mini is fully loaded with intuitive controls and features while maintaining a very small footprint, and it’s incredibly easy to use – just plug it in and create! Plus, the included Xpand!2 software by AIR Music Tech has tons of amazing sounding presets that cover all the bases. We envision the V Mini is going to be extremely popular with a wide range of users from beginner to advanced players, and they’ll all have their own reasons for loving the V Mini.”

The V Mini will be available in Q2 2016, priced at MSRP £49.99 GBP.

More information: Alesis