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Alesis Vortex Wireless Professional Keytar Keyboard Controller

This keytar sends MIDI wirelessly to a USB dongle, so you can rock software synths on stage -- and steal the show with its MIDI-assignable accelerometer. Rate and review this product
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Rock Your Softsynths On Stage -- Wirelessly!

Take the stage by storm with the Alesis Vortex Wireless keytar-style keyboard controller. Equipped with MIDI and USB, this versatile keytar controller provides so many ways to express yourself. On stage, walk the line (wirelessly!) with 37 touch-sensitive keys, a spread of velocity-sensitive pads, and a host of pitch and modulation controls ergonomically placed on the neck. You'll get a kick out of the Vortex Wireless's MIDI-assignable accelerometer, which responds to neck tilts and subtle movements with pitch bends, vibrato, and other fun performance features. This controller really follows your cue, giving you supreme reign over your virtual instruments, plug-ins, and MIDI-equipped gear.

The Controller That Plays Like an Instrument

The Vortex Wireless combines all the bells and whistles of a powerful keyboard controller with the mobility and playability of a guitar. At your fingertips, you have 37 velocity-sensitive keys with aftertouch, 8 velocity-sensitive drum pads, a line of tweakable knobs, and more. A series of neck controls -- MIDI-assignable touch strip, octave range buttons, sustain -- provide even more real-time performance control.

The Vortex's MIDI-assignable accelerometer allows the keytar to respond to your slightest move, adding more substance to your usual rock out sessions. By tilting the Vortex's neck, you can accentuate your sound with instant pitch bends, vibratos, filter sweeps, volume swells, and more.

Standard strap pegs are located on the Vortex's neck and body, and an adjustable strap is included, making it easier than ever to roam the stage.

Wireless MIDI Out with the Included USB Dongle

Stay connected to your computer and stage gear with USB-MIDI and MIDI Out. Want wireless integration? So named for that capability, the Vortex Wireless works hand-in-hand with a USB dongle for a wireless connection to any computer.

Ships with DAW, Virtual Synth, and Free Software

Since this keytar sports both traditional MIDI and USB-MIDI, you can use it with your choice of software instruments and synths on a Mac or PC.

This keytar is ready to rip with Ableton Live Lite Alesis Edition DAW software, along with several other important goodies that come with it. You can perform, tweak, and manipulate awesome sounds in real time with Sonivox's Vortex I virtual synthesizer, which was designed just for the keytar. Likewise, you can compose, write, and record songs using AIR Music Tech's Ignite music-creation software, also included.

You can also precisely program the Vortex Wireless with free Vyzex Vortex patch editor software. Load the software on a laptop and you have everything you need to configure and back up patch parameters.

Features:

- USB dongle creates a wireless connection to any Mac or PC
- 37 velocity-sensitive keys with aftertouch
- USB and traditional MIDI jacks for use with any synth, sound module, or other MIDI hardware or software
- Embedded, programmable, MIDI-assignable accelerometer for performance parameter control by tilting the neck
- Thumb-controlled volume slider and pitch-bend wheel on neck
- Finger-controlled MIDI-assignable touch strip, sustain, and octave-control buttons on neck
- 8 velocity-sensitive drum pads/sample triggers enable you to create beats or trigger clips
- Powers up with batteries, USB bus, or DC power adapter
- Large transport (Start/Stop) and patch-select controls for instant access
- Class compliant USB-MIDI I/O
- Standard guitar strap pegs on neck and body (strap included)
- Make music out of the box with a free Sonivox virtual synth, AIR Music Tech Ignite software, and Ableton Live Lite Alesis Edition
- Ships with a USB wireless receiver, USB extension cable, USB cable, 4 AA batteries, strap, and cable harness

zZounds is an authorized dealer of Alesis products.
- Class Compliant USB MIDI I/O
- 5-pin DIN MIDI output
- Powered via USB, four AA Batteries, or DC power adapter
Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Shipping Weight: 12 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 39 x 14 x 8 in
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 401-658-5760

Product Description

Take back the stage and experience untethered, wireless keytar performance with the Alesis Vortex Wireless. This dynamic keytar controller connects wirelessly to your computer and integrates with popular virtual instruments, plug ins, and DAWs. For maximum stage and studio mobility, the PC- and Mac-compatible USB dongle uses a single USB port to create a reliable, wireless connection. Fastened with a piano black finish and intuitive ergonomic layout, Vortex Wireless offers comprehensive controller functionality in a stylish and stage-ready design. Create dynamic, expressive performances that the audience will both see and hear.

Shake it Up

Vortex Wireless offers unparalleled expressive control with an onboard MIDI-assignable accelerometer. Map the accelerometer to any software parameter, and create music that adapts to your performance. Glissando, pitch bends, vibrato, filter sweeps, and additional expressive actions can be conducted by simply altering the orientation of the Vortex Wireless. Now the sound of your music can match your performance style.

Onboard Control & Connectivity

Command the stage with 37 velocity-sensitive keys with aftertouch, 8 velocity-sensitive drum pads, and a row of physical knobs all laid out in an accessible, hands-on design. A series of neck controls provides further performance options: tweak sounds using the MIDI-assignable touch strip, expand melodic ideas with the octave range buttons, and activate sustain all while your right hand remains free to play. Vortex Wireless offers multiple connectivity options and comes equipped with USB-MIDI and MIDI Out.

Virtual Synth and DAWs Included

Vortex Wireless comes bundled with a versatile, high-definition virtual synthesizer designed specifically for it. The Vortex I, by SONiVOX, expands the sonic pallet of your Vortex Wireless with ambient pads, edgy leads, wobbly basses, and more. Vortex Wireless interfaces directly with the software so you can tweak your sounds to taste from any place on stage. For performing, producing, and improvising, Ableton Live Lite Alesis Edition is included and enables you to explore your musical ideas in real-time. Also included is Ignite, by AIR Music Tech, a powerful piece of music creation software that lets you compose, write, and record songs with a straightforward workflow.

VYZEX Vortex Patch Editor Software

Make the most of your Alesis Vortex with the free Vyzex Vortex patch editor software. Clear, concise, and easy to use, this point-and-click patch editor software brings quick and precise programming to your Vortex patches. With Vyzex Vortex running on your Mac or PC, use the mouse or keyboard or both to quickly configure any parameter of any patch on your Alesis Vortex. Save and load all of your Vortex patches to and from your hard drive for easy backup. The Vyzex Vortex patch editor software allows both beginning and advanced MIDI users to easily achieve the full potential of their Alesis Vortex keytar.

Features:

- USB dongle creates a wireless connection to any Mac or PC
- 37 velocity-sensitive keys with aftertouch for compact, yet complete melodic range
- USB and traditional MIDI jacks for use with virtually any synth, sound module, or other MIDI hardware or software
- Embedded, programmable, MIDI-assignable accelerometer for performance parameter control by tilting the neck
- Thumb-controlled volume slider and pitch-bend wheel on neck
- Finger-controlled MIDI-assignable touchstrip, sustain, and octave-control buttons on neck
- Eight velocity-sensitive drum pads/sample triggers enable you to create beats or trigger clips
- Battery-powered for use with MIDI modules and hardware synths (batteries included)
- Bus-powered when connected to Mac or PC via USB (cable included)
- Large transport (Start/Stop) and patch-select controls for instant access
- Standard guitar strap pegs on neck and body (strap included)
- This product is class compliant; it does not require drivers
- Production package included: free virtual synth from SONiVOX (download from sonivoxmi.com), Ignite by AIR Music Tech (download), and Ableton Live Lite Alesis Edition CD
- Make the most of your Alesis Vortex with the free Vyzex Vortex patch editor software here

Includes:
- Vortex Wireless Keytar
- 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
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