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Alesis tells us that, a keytar for the modern performer, Vortex Wireless delivers unprecedented control and expression by transmitting MIDI via a wireless USB connection for dynamic on-stage freedom, and includes the virtual synthesizer plug-in Vortex-I Digital Virtual Instrument from software creator SONiVOX. In addition to 37 velocity sensitive keys with aftertouch--the keyboard features an assignable accelerometer (tilt-sensor) in the neck that can translate gestures into additional controls--adding vibrato when the neck is pulled up, for example. For additional control, Vortex Wireless provides 8 drum/trigger pads, 3 assignable knobs, a multimode ribbon controller, pitch bend wheel, and a volume slider.
Plugging the included USB receiver dongle into any MAC or PC establishes a live USB/MIDI link with the Vortex Wireless. There is also a standard MIDI output (5-pin) mounted in the Vortex Wireless for connecting to other MIDI-enabled equipment, such as a favorite hardware synthesizer. Vortex Wireless can run on batteries, USB bus power, or can be powered using an optional AC adaptor. Each Vortex Wireless also includes a USB cable with extension for the USB receiver dongle and 4 x AA batteries, so users can begin playing right away.
In addition, the Vyzex Vortex Patch Editor Software is also provided, making it easy to create, edit, and backup patches to your computer. Ableton Live Lite 8 Alesis Edition is also included.
Alesis Vortex Wireless Keytar Highlights:
Nate Lane, Product Manager at Alesis, tells us, "Nearly every keytar or remote keyboard has required a cable of one sort or another, be it power, MIDI, audio, or USB. With the Vortex Wireless, the player is truly free to move about at will. This onstage freedom allows the player to make the most of the onboard accelerometer and other extensive controls to create an original, expressive performance without the hassle of cables on stage."
Pricing and Availability:
Vortex Wireless will be available with an estimated street price of $199.99 USD
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