Alesis Q Mini | Frequently Asked Questions

?The Alesis Q Mini USB bus-powered MIDI controller has everything you need to make your performance unique. This article walks through a number of frequently asked questions about the Alesis Q Mini.

Frequently Asked Questions


What software comes with the Q Mini?

Bundled with your purchase of the Q Mini, you will receive the following software titles to get you started:

  • Pro Tools First - Industry standard audio recording and production software. Pro Tools First introduces you to all of the same tools used by industry leaders. 
  • MPC Beats by Akai - The fully-featured, beat-making software based on the legendary MPC workflow to quickly make great-sounding beats.
  • Melodics - If you’re just learning to play, or just want to sharpen your keyboard skills, the Q Mini also includes 60 free lessons from Melodics. 
  • Skoove - Skoove is the easiest way to learn piano--- featuring in-depth online piano courses that adapt to you and give you feedback.


Does the Q Mini require a power supply?

No, the Q Mini is USB-bus-powered, which means that it is powered directly by your computer's USB port when connected with a USB-A to USB-B cable.


Do I need to install any drivers to use the Q Mini?

The Q Mini is a class-compliant device, meaning that it is plug-and-play and does not require any drivers to be installed. This also means that it will work and is supported on virtually all current Mac and Windows operating systems.


Will the Q Mini work with my Windows and macOS computer?

Yes! The Q Mini is a class-compliant device, meaning that it will work and is supported on virtually all current Mac and Windows operating systems, including Windows 10 and Mac OS X 11 Big Sur.


Will the Q Mini work with my iOS device?

Yes!  To use the Q Mini with your iOS device, connect it to your iPad or iPhone using the iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately) which enables you to perform and compose with audio apps on your iPad and other iOS devices. Be sure to find the correct lightning or 30-pin adapter type to match your iOS device.

See the following link for a great guide and video on Connecting USB Audio Interfaces, MIDI Controllers, and Keyboards to the iPad


What are the Advanced Functions for the Octave buttons?

The Octave + and - buttons on the Q Mini can be used to control 7 total functions. Press the Advanced button to enter the Edit mode and then press one of the 7 labeled black keys to choose a function (each key is labeled on the body of the keyboard).

  1. Octave
  2. Transpose
  3. Program
  4. Bank MSB
  5. Bank LSB
  6. Channel
  7. CC*

* When selecting CC, use the numbered keys to choose the CC value you would like to send and press the Enter key to select and exit Edit mode. 


Can I use the keyboard to cycle through sounds in my plugin?

To remotely change the sound or preset of your instrument plugin, a program change can be sent using an advanced function of the + and - Octave buttons on the Q Mini. To do this:

  1. Press the Advanced button
  2. Press F#2 (the black key labeled "Program")

Now the Octave + and - buttons will send an incremental/decremental program change that will cycle up and down through the presets in your plugins. Press the keys on the keyboard while cycling through your sounds to find a sound that you like. 


Can I reset the controller to the factory default settings?

Yes! To reset the controller to factory defaults:

  1. Power off the Q Mini.
  2. Hold down the buttons + and simultaneously until step 4.
  3. Power on the Q Mini.
  4. Release the buttons. 


My Q Mini is turning on but won't make any sound in my software. What do I do?

This may happen if the MIDI channel was accidentally changed on the keyboard. The easiest way to resolve this is to either factory reset the keyboard or assign the keyboard back to your preferred MIDI channel. 

Also, the volume fader sends a generic volume message (CC7) that may affect volume in your software automatically without any manual assignment of the control. Check that the volume fader is in the up position to guarantee a volume control in the software and/or plugin is not turned down. 


Additional Resources


Further Technical Support

Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own an Alesis product, or if you just have pre-sales questions, the Alesis technical support team is available to help!

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