Alesis Vortex USB Keytar Controller with Accelerometer No Longer Available

37-key USB "Keytar-style" Keyboard Controller with Touch Strip, Volume Slider, Pitch Wheel, CoreMIDI Class Compliant USB Connectivity, and USB Bus Power
Item ID: VortexKB

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Rock Out with This Killer Keyboard Controller!

Ditch the keyboard rig! Alesis's Vortex keytar-style MIDI controller keyboard lets you get up and rock out with the rest of the band. You'll enjoy the Vortex's cleverly arranged ergonomic layout, which allows your hands to freely move across its 37 keys and 8 drum pads. From aftertouch to an integrated tilt-sensor, the Vortex gives you a ton of hands-on controls for your synths and virtual instruments. And since it features both 5-pin MIDI and class-compliant MIDI-over-USB output, you can use your Alesis Vortex controller with all your keyboard gear, including your iPad!

Alesis Vortex Keytar-style MIDI Controller Keyboard at a Glance:
  • Lightweight and low-profile design makes this shoulder-worn keyboard fun to play
  • All of the controls you need, right where you need them to be
  • USB and MIDI outputs provide compatibility with all of your gear - even your iOS device
Lightweight and low-profile design makes this shoulder-worn keyboard fun to play

At Sweetwater, we've seen our share of shoulder-worn or "keytar style" keyboards. They're super fun to play, but they tend to be a bit heavy. That's why Alesis designed their Vortex keyboard controller to weigh in at under seven pounds - without sacrificing a thing when it comes to control or feel. What's more, you can run the Vortex on USB bus power, DC adapter (sold separately), or even four AA batteries.

All of the controls you need, right where you need them to be

Check out the wide selection of controls the Alesis Vortex controller keyboard puts at your fingertips. First, there are the keys themselves, all 37 of which give you aftertouch control. Eight velocity-sensitive drum pads let you tap out rhythms and trigger loops, plus the Vortex features a full transport section for running your DAW. Up at your left hand, theres a volume slider, a pitch wheel, and an assignable touch strip. There's even an accelerometer built into the body, so you can control modulation and other parameters by merely tilting your Vortex as you play.

USB and MIDI outputs provide compatibility with all of your gear - even your iOS device

Whether you use a MIDI keyboard or a computer running virtual instruments for your sounds, the Vortex controller will integrate perfectly with your synth rig. That's because Alesis outfitted it with both a 5-pin MIDI output port and a fully class-compliant USB port, which gives you plug-and-play computer connectivity. The Vortex's MIDI-over-USB port is also CoreMIDI compatible, so you can hook it up to your iPad and tap into a world of amazing iOS music apps.

Alesis Vortex Keytar-style MIDI Controller Keyboard Features:
  • Portable and lightweight shoulder-worn MIDI controller keyboard you can use with any MIDI rig
  • Sleek, ergonomic design is easy to play and looks amazing
  • USB and traditional 5-pin MIDI output jack lets you connect to virtually any synth, sound module, computer-based virtual instrument
  • Class-compliant/CoreMIDI-compatible MIDI over USB lets you connect to your iPad via the Apple Camera Connection Kit
  • 37 x velocity-sensitive keys with aftertouch for extra expression control
  • 8 x velocity-sensitive drum pads/triggers let you create beats or launch clips
  • Thumb-controlled volume slider and pitch-bend wheel are located within easy reach on the neck
  • MIDI-assignable touchstrip, sustain, and octave-control buttons give your left hand even more control options
  • Embedded, MIDI-assignable accelerometer lets you control parameters by tilting the neck
  • Large transport and patch-select controls for instant access to advanced functions and DAW playback
  • USB bus powered with optional DC power (adapter not included) or battery power when USB bus power isn't available
  • Comes with adjustable strap, USB cable, software, and quickstart guide
Step out from behind your synth rig and rock out with an Alesis Vortex keytar-style MIDI controller keyboard!

Tech Specs

Manufacturer Part Number Vortex

Customer Reviews

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See also: Controller Keyboards, Alesis, Alesis MIDI Controllers