Another one for the producers out there… Alesis have got a mini keyboard controller to rival Korg’s entry. The V Mini features a 25 key keyboard along with four velocity sensitive pads and four knobs. InMusic have also thrown in a bit of software to sweeten the deal. You get the AIR Xpand!2 VST virtual instrument to practice your ‘Chopsticks’ on.

Full info:


Feature-packed portable controller with backlit drum pads, assignable knobs and VST software enables musicians to take command of their music and create, produce and perform anywhere.

Ash Vale, UK (January 21, 2016)—Alesis (, the world’s leading manufacturer of electronic instruments and components for today’s musician, today announced the introduction of its V Mini portable 25-key USB-MIDI controller. 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.


  • 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 MSRP for the V Mini will be £49.99 The V Mini will be available in Q2 2016

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My thoughts

This is a nice little keyboard for producers, which is mostly no-frills, but stylish. The backlights would be a nice help on those late night jam sessions you imagine yourself taking part in. I’ve got an ageing EMU Xboard 25 that gets hauled out every so often, and I’d take this as a replacement if I needed it. I also noticed they’ve stuck the USB port on the left side, meaning the cable doesn’t get in the way of pushing the controller flush against your laptop, which is nice.

Your thoughts

Does this look like a nice compact controller package? Let us know in the comments!

The Alesis V Mini is expected Q2 2016 for around £50.


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