Update 16/1/31: The Alesis Vortex has been replaced by the Alesis Vortex Wireless . But the links below about in-depth reviews and complete user manual are still applicable and current.
Update: 2012/12/21 – I am reviewing the Vortex in new posts. The first part is at: http://practicalusage.com/?p=781
Update: 2012/12/29 – Second part of the Vortex Review/Guide. Programming and midi messages at: http://practicalusage.com/?p=799
This is the Vortex.
It’s a Keyboard/Midi controller: a keytar. You might read all sorts of reviews already. You might, or might not, like the idea. For me, two things are important: first, it’s not available yet(!)(not before May 2012) so, as far as I’m concerned, cannot be reviewed. Second, I’m looking at the controller possibilities. So this post is about the Vortex’s technical specs (or what I get/imagine from the Alesis site. I will probably get a unit when it’s available. So you will have to come back for more!
The main features are:
- The first USB keytar controller—works with all of your software instruments & synths on Mac, PC, & iOS* devices
- USB and traditional MIDI jacks for use with virtually any synth, sound module, or other MIDI hardware or software
- Embedded, MIDI-assignable accelerometer for performance parameter control by tilting the neck
- Thumb-controlled volume slider, sustain button and pitch-bend wheel on neck
- Finger-controlled MIDI-assignable touchstrip, sustain, and octave-control buttons on neck
- 37 velocity-sensitive keys with aftertouch for compact, yet complete melodic range
- Eight velocity-sensitive drum pads/sample triggers enable you to create beats or trigger clips
- Large transport & patch-select controls for instant access
- Includes strap; standard guitar strap pegs are compatible with virtually any strap
- Bus powered when USB-connected to Mac or PC; battery compartment for use with MIDI modules and iOS devices