Alesis Melody 61 MKII | Frequently Asked Questions

The Alesis Melody 61 MKII keyboard has 61 piano-style keys, built-in speakers, and 300 built-in sounds covering a wide variety of instruments--pianos, strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion, mallets, guitars, synths, even sound effects! You can layer multiple sounds together in Dual mode, or split two sounds across the keyboard in Split mode. The Melody 61 MKII gives you countless options to get started playing the piano today!


Frequently Asked Questions 


What comes in the box?

  • Melody 61 MKII
  • Microphone
  • Headphones
  • Music Rest
  • Keyboard Stand
  • Bench
  • Power Adapter
  • User Guide
  • Safety & Warranty Manual 


How many sounds are built into the unit? 

There are a total of 300 built in sounds! The appendix in the user guide will show you which sounds assoicates with each number! 


Does the unit come with software?

Yes! The Melody 61 MKII comes with 3 free months of Skoove Premium and 2 free months of TAKELESSONS | LIVE. Make sure to create an Alesis account and register your product! The links to these free lessons will be in your account upon registering your Melody 61 MKII 


How can I power the Melody 61 MKII? 

The Melody 61 MKII can be powered via the DC 9V port with the included power adapter or with 6 "AA" batteries via the battery compartment for on the go use! 


How can I change the tone of the Melody 61 MKII 

Press the "Tone" button and then use the number buttons or the + or - buttons to select a tone.


I want to record what I'm playing. How do I record? 

  1. To record your playing, press the Record button to start recording a song.
  2. During the recording process, press Play to stop recording. Press Play again to play the recorded song.
  3. Press Play again to stop playback.

Note: The recorded song will be erased when recording is started again or when the keyboard is turned off. When the memory is full, the screen will display “FUL”, and recording will automatically stop. 


How do I add accompaniment rhythm to my playing? 

To select an accompaniment rhythm, press Rhythm then use the number buttons or the + and – buttons.

To start or stop an accompaniment rhythm, press the Start/Stop button.

To have the accompaniment rhythm play a fill, press the Fill In button.

Press the Single Chord or Fingered Chord button to enable the automatic chord features. These features will generate chords for the accompaniment rhythms based on the keys you play that are the second lowest F# key or lower on the keyboard. Press this button again or press the Chord Clear button to disable the chord function.

Single Chord: When using the Single Chord feature you can use the abbreviated chord shapes shown below starting on any note to play major, minor, seventh, or minor seventh chords.

Fingered Chord: When using the Single Chord feature you can use the full chord shapes shown below starting on any note to play major, minor, seventh, or minor seventh chords. 


What do the number buttons to the right of the screen do?

These buttons allow you to select an instrument, rhythm, song, or tempo!


What does the One Key button do?

This function lets you play along with the demo songs by pressing any key to the rhythm of the song. Use the number buttons or the + or - buttons to select another demonstration song.


Can I transpose on the Melody 61 MKII?

Yes! Press the Transpose + or Transpose – button to increase or decrease the pitch of the keyboard by a half-step. Press the Transpose + and Transpose – buttons simultaneously to reset to the default value. 


The accompaniment rhythm is too loud. How do I turn it down? 

Press the Rhythm Vol + or Rhythm Vol – button to increase or decrease accompaniment rhythm volume. Press the Rhythm Vol + and Rhythm Vol – simultaneously to reset to the default value. 


What does the Program button do? 

This button allows you to program a custom accompaniment rhythm. 


How do I create a custom accompaniment rhythm?

  1. Press the Program button and start programming the rhythm by playing each note in the pattern, one at a time.
  2. Press Play to stop programming and hear the programmed rhythm.
  3. Press the Program button again to disable the programming function and erase the programming rhythm.

Note: The programmed rhythm will be erased when programming is performed again or if the keyboard is turned off.  


Further Technical Support 

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


Visit the link below to connect with any of the following support options: online community support, phone support, email support.  


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