Alesis Vortex Wireless USB/MIDI Keytar with Accelerometer

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4.6

(14 reviews)

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At last…! The Alesis Vortex Wireless gives you what you’ve wished for…untethered, USB and MIDI wireless keytar performance with the complete control and flexibility you want, but with the absolute simplicity you need.

The Alesis Vortex Wireless is a keytar controller that connects wirelessly to your computer, integrating with popular virtual instruments, plugins, and DAWs. For maximum mobility, the PC/Mac-compatible USB dongle creates a reliable, wireless connection through one USB port. Complete with an intuitive ergonomic layout and piano black finish the  Vortex Wireless offers slick controller functionality in a cool, professional design.

Shake Your Vortex
Vortex Wireless gives you great expressive control with its MIDI-assignable onboard accelerometer. Map it to any parameter in your software, vibrato, glissando, filter sweeps, pitch bends and other expressive actions can be executed instantly by simply changing the Vortex’s position. Now your music can match your performance.

Connect & Control
37 velocity-sensitive keys with aftertouch, a row of physical knobs, 8 velocity-sensitive drum pads, all laid out in an ergonomic design that’s friendly to your touch and to your reach. Various neck controls provide another set of performance options: Expand melody lines with octave range buttons, tweak your sounds with the MIDI-assignable touch strip, and activate sustain all with your left hand, leaving  your right hand free to play. Vortex Wireless offers multiple connectivity options including USB-MIDI I/O.

Included DAWs and Virtual Synth
Included with Vortex Wireless is Vortex I, by SONiVOX software, a versatile, high-definition virtual synthesizer designed specifically for the Vortex that expands its pallet with edgy leads, wobbly basses, ambient pads, and more. Vortex Wireless interfaces directly with the software so you can tweak your sounds from anywhere on stage.

For producing, performing and improvising, Ableton Live Lite Alesis Edition is also included, enabling you to explore musical ideas in real-time. Of course, what would Alesis music creation be without Ignite, by AIR Music Tech, the powerful music creation software that lets you compose, and record songs with a straightforward workflow.

Features:
  • USB dongle connect wirelessly to Mac or PC
  • 37 velocity-sensitive keys with aftertouch
  • USB and traditional MIDI jacks
  • Use with virtually any MIDI device or software
  • Embedded, programmable, MIDI-assignable accelerometer
  • Control by tilting the neck
  • Volume slider and pitch-bend wheel
  • MIDI-assignable touchstrip, sustain, and octave-control
  • Eight velocity-sensitive drum pads
  • Sample triggers enable you to create beats or trigger clips
  • Battery-powered to use with MIDI modules and hardware synths
  • Bus-powered when connected to Mac/PC via USB
  • Large transport & patch-select controls for instant access
  • Standard guitar strap pegs on neck and body
  • Class compliant; Does not require drivers

Things You Will Get:

    Vortex Wireless Keytar Controller
    USB Wireless Receiver
    USB Extension Cable
    USB Cable
    4 AA Batteries
    Strap
    Cable Harness
    Ableton Live Lite Alesis Edition Software CD, SONiVOX Vortex-I (download), and AIR Music Tech's Ignite (download)
    Quickstart Guide
    Safety & Warranty Manual"
Other Features Class Compliant
USB MIDI I/O
5-pin DIN MIDI output
Powered via USB, four AA Batteries, or DC power adapter
Number of Keys 37
USB Yes
Pads & Triggers Yes
MIDI I/O Yes
Dimensions 2.2" x 35.1" x 10.6" (HxLxW)
Weight 5.88 lbs.
Series Vortex
Model Vortex Wireless

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AlesisVortex Wireless USB/MIDI Keytar with Accelerometer
 
4.6

(based on 14 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (11)
  • Portable (10)
  • Responsive / good action (9)
  • Touch sensitive keys (8)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Electronic music (8)
    • MIDI (8)
    • Concerts (6)
    • Travel (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional musician (6), Experienced (4)

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    5.0

    The Vortex is now wireless!

    By 

    from Cleveland, OH

    About Me Professional Musician

    Staff Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Portable
    • Responsive / Good Action
    • Touch Sensitive Keys

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Concerts
      • Electronic Music
      • Learning
      • MIDI
      • Travel

      Comments about Alesis Vortex Wireless USB/MIDI Keytar with Accelerometer:

      Alesis has taken their Vortex keytar to the next level: they made it wireless! Now you can enjoy all of the great features of the original Vortex without being tethered to a computer or rack module. Its 37 velocity sensitive keys feel great and are very responsive. This model also has 8 velocity sensitive drum pads so you can even use it to trigger drum sounds or loops to add to your performance. And, to add to the expressiveness, the Vortex has built in accelerometers so you can shake it while you play to get even more variation in the sounds. It is also class compliant, meaning you can just plug it in and play with no drivers required.

      This is a real hands on product review by Steve at Sam Ash Music in Lyndhurst, OH.

       
      5.0

      Wireless Keytar!

      By 

      from Cincinnati, Ohio

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Portable
      • Responsive / Good Action
      • Touch Sensitive Keys

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Stage
        • Studio

        Comments about Alesis Vortex Wireless USB/MIDI Keytar with Accelerometer:

        Bringing back the 80's!

         
        4.0

        KEYTAR!!!

        By 

        from KOP

        Staff Reviewer

        Comments about Alesis Vortex Wireless USB/MIDI Keytar with Accelerometer:

        Great product. Easy to use, easy to setup. Great sound. Nice functionality. Great deal for the price. Lots of fun.
        "This is a real hands on product review from Dave @ Sam Ash KOP"

         
        5.0

        Fun with live controller 101

        By 

        from Torrance, CA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Staff Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Portable
        • Responsive / Good Action

        Cons

        • No Speakers

        Best Uses

        • Electronic Music
        • MIDI
        • Travel

        Comments about Alesis Vortex Wireless USB/MIDI Keytar with Accelerometer:

        Everyone loves the key-tar. Ok, maybe not everyone, but this is a wireless key-tar controller! We demoed this controller during a Saturday morning Ableton live class and found it to be the most fun controller on the market. You can play any plugin and assign to any key or pad. Its a very fun product, especially for live performance.
        "This is a real hands-on product review from Z @ Sam Ash Torrance"

         
        5.0

        Great Fun!

        By 

        from Cleveland

        About Me Experienced

        Staff Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Portable
        • Touch Sensitive Keys

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Electronic Music
          • MIDI

          Comments about Alesis Vortex Wireless USB/MIDI Keytar with Accelerometer:

          The Vortex wireless is an awesome keytar. The fact that it's wireless USB opens up so many possibilites. Not only for a live application but for studio use as well. The MIDI assignable accelerometer also adds a great deal of expression to your live set and the fact that it controls MIDI through USB to your computer makes the possibilities for sound endless. The Vortex wireless is a ton of fun to play and is extremely versitile. Two Thumbs up!!

          [ This was a hands on product review by Austin at Sam Ash Cleveland ]

           
          4.0

          Get your 80's on!

          By 

          from Cerritos, CA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Staff Reviewer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Alesis Vortex Wireless USB/MIDI Keytar with Accelerometer:

                Super fun keytar! Its very lightweight, and its a kick to use the expression bar to bend notes and control effects! You cant help but get into it when you put this on your shoulder!

                This is a real hands-on product review from Mike @ Sam Ash Cerritos

                 
                4.0

                A great little controller

                By 

                from Sam Ash Music Cleveland

                About Me Experienced

                Staff Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Portable
                • Responsive / Good Action
                • Touch Sensitive Keys

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Alesis Vortex Wireless USB/MIDI Keytar with Accelerometer:

                    I like to have the flexibility to move around in the studio and on stage and this little controller suits the bill for me. It's very versatile with the ability to go wireless and have all the features as many of the larger controllers, such as octave controller, usb and midi compatibility It also has a great feel for a small controller.

                     
                    5.0

                    Vortex

                    By 

                    from Cinci, OH

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Staff Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Portable
                    • Responsive / Good Action
                    • Touch Sensitive Keys

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Concerts
                      • Electronic Music
                      • MIDI

                      Comments about Alesis Vortex Wireless USB/MIDI Keytar with Accelerometer:

                      Its time to fire up the DeLorean again Mcfly and travel back to 1985......
                      A great alternative to someone who wants to get from behind the keyboard and challenge the guitar player to a solo..if only Jon Lord had one :)
                      A great midi controller just ask Gerald @ Sam Ash Cinci..he has 2 !
                      Staff writer @ Sam Ash

                       
                      5.0

                      Phenomenal!

                      By 

                      from Chicago, Il

                      Staff Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Responsive / Good Action
                      • Touch Sensitive Keys

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Electronic Music
                        • MIDI

                        Comments about Alesis Vortex Wireless USB/MIDI Keytar with Accelerometer:

                        The Alesis Vortex is killer! The new black glossy coating is sweet. I was surprised when there was zero to no latency.
                        Great synth keyboard action for playing fast licks and pads feel soft in a good way. Light beam on the head is cool too when you play it.
                        Accelerometer allows you to change parameters just by positioning the keyboard.
                        Phenomenal!
                        This is a real hands on product review from Warren @  Sam Ash Buffalo Grove

                         
                        5.0

                        Killer Keytar at a Killer Price

                        By 

                        from NYC

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Staff Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Portable
                        • Responsive / Good Action
                        • Touch Sensitive Keys
                        • Unique Control Funcitons

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Concerts
                          • Electronic Music
                          • Live Performance
                          • MIDI
                          • Usb Control For Vsts

                          Comments about Alesis Vortex Wireless USB/MIDI Keytar with Accelerometer:

                          The keytar is back with a vengeance. The control parameters on the Vortex at this price are simply outstanding. Cool to look at and way cool to play. This is a hands-on review from John Keim at Sam Ash, NYC.

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                          The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for one year and labor for one year from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.