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Alesis Photon X25 USB/MIDI Keyboard with Audio

24-bit, 44.1/48 kHz audio I/O. 25 keys. (59) Read 4 reviews for this product | Rate and Review This Product
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The Photon X25 is a USB MIDI controller and audio interface featuring the revolutionary Axyz controller dome for 3D control over audio effects and virtual instruments. It offers complete MIDI control with 10 360-degree endless knobs, 10 buttons, and 3 active layers for over 60 immediately-accessible controls.

Features
24-bit, 44.1/48 kHz audio with balanced, stereo audio inputs and outputs

25-key, velocity-sensitive keyboard and great-feeling, full-size pitch and modulation wheels

LCD screen with dedicated encoder for fast and easy setup

Easy template placement for instruments and DAWs

20 editable, storable configurations

Three-way power: USB bus power, external adapter (optional), 4 C-size batteries (optional)

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"Small And All Purpose"
Sound: The X25 is a MIDI controller and has no sounds. Feature: The features are probably one of the X25's strongest points. With the latest driver the controller had no problem expressing all it's knobs and buttons through Reason on my Windows 7 laptop. It's knobs and wheels are smooth, the AXYZ sensor is also very sensitive. Balanced or un-balanced audio inputs too?! I mean c'mon... The only thing I can say against the features is this units lack of pads, it would truly be an all purpose MIDI controller if it had even 4. Ease of Use: Although the LCD display is small, it clearly displays all of the controllers information. Quality: This is high quality synth gear, the best plastic synth keys can get, nice rubber knobs and wheels, and a bit of weight to it is always a good sign of quality electronics. Value: The value of this product is of course quite reletive to an individuals needs. If you are looking for a small MIDI setup, this plus a pad trigger is probably it. Manufacturer Support: Easy to find and read downloadable manuals and drivers. It's very likely you won't need to call Alesis. When I purchaced this gear I read a lot of posts on forums about getting the Photon X25 to respond with Windows 7 and Vista. I can tell you that it's all NONSENSE written by people who either don't know the basics of hardware interfacing or they are posting before they gave it a good try, starting with the basics, READING THE MANUALS and DOCUMENTATION. To get mine to work was very simple. Of course it didn't respond as soon as I plugged it in, rarely anything ever does! Alesis provides a document for resetting the AXYZ and the factory defaults. Windows provides great documentation about configuring and updating USB ports. Having trouble? Start there. The Wow Factor: Great spacey colors and lights, the mod and bend wheels gradually glow brighter as you roll them, backlit green display. Looks like a ton of fun. One rating point lost because Alesis doesn't make a black one.
Style of Music: Many
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"Good find if you can work it..."
Sound: Works well on my tower with no issues. BUTT, (thats a big butt) my Dell Inspiron 8200 laptop for some Reason, cant power this particular keyboard via USB and the Battery power drained right down so I had to suffer the expense, and worse, the inconvenience of another cable (power supply). Also, the audio would squeal out high pitched sounds that I couldnt use whenever the laptops disk drive spun. So, the audio i/o was basically useless for me. Feature: The templates arent to usable for the synths in Reason. Similar buttons are mapped to different layers. Too much togling back and forth. Its kinda sucky like that, at least for me. Ease of Use: The thing went into melt down from the low power conditions when connected to my (kickass) notebook. USB is rated for 5 volts but this units power supply requirements is 6 volts, also four C batteries at 1.5 volts, equals 6v total. So, I dont understand this. Although, again it does work on my tower PC. Anyway, the thing had to be reflashed as per Alesis website instructions. Really the whole thing was a PITA and sucked up half my Saturday for nothing. I needed this to connect to my notebook so Im going to return it. I wish it worked. becuase its the best for the money, no doubt. If it worked that is. Ease of use? Yea, right. Quality: The keys feel way better than M-Audio's do. Only Novations higher up SL series feels better. The Alesis knobs also fell WAY sturdier than the M-Audio stuff. Overall very solid and well built. Not crappy feeling. Value: Great value if it works with your setup, worthless in my case. Manufacturer Support: Some support, but I shouldnt have needed it. I felt like a Alesis tech when I was running thier flash upload utility. The Wow Factor: Like I said, best bang for the dollar IF it works for you. Overall: Just didnt have any luck, I guess.
Style of Music: Rock
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