Alesis Photon X25 USB/MIDI Keyboard with Audio

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24-bit, 44.1/48 kHz audio I/O. 25 keys.

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.

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)

Windows and Mac OS Ready

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 401-658-5760

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (49 ratings)
Submitted December 5, 2010 by a customer from
"Small And All Purpose"
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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The X25 is a MIDI controller and has no sounds.

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.

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.

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 read more 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.

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Kung Fu Grandmaster

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