NAMM 2016: Alesis V Mini is a mini controller with keys, pads and knobs

It may be small, but the V Mini gives you plenty of control options.
It may be small, but the V Mini gives you plenty of control options.

NAMM 2016: If you want a portable 25-note controller that offers you a little more than just keys, Alesis is hoping to tempt you with its new V Mini.

This adds four backlit velocity-sensitive drum pads and the same number of assignable knobs, plus buttons for octave shifting, pitchbend, modulation and sustain. Those keys, meanwhile, have a synth action and are velocity sensitive.

"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," reckons 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 USB-powered V Mini will be available in the second quarter of the year for £50. Find out more on the Alesis website.

Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.