Alesis Vortex Wireless Keyboard Controller

37-key Wireless USB "Keytar-style" Keyboard Controller with Touch Strip, Volume Slider, Pitch Wheel, USB and MIDI Connectivity, and USB Bus Power
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Wireless Keyboard Freedom On Stage - or in Your Studio!

You'll be hooked on performing live with the Alesis Vortex Wireless keytar-style MIDI controller! You'll have powerful control over your software instruments and sound modules, and the included USB dongle lets you connect to any computer wirelessly. You can load up your favorite software instruments, then rock out on stage with your band. Even the most traditional keyboardists at Sweetwater can't deny how fun it is to strap on a keytar and let loose. Whether you want more freedom on stage, or just want to cut down on cables in your studio, you'll be pleased with the Alesis Vortex Wireless controller.

Alesis Vortex Wireless 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 Wireless 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 Wireless 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 Wireless 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 Wireless features a full transport section for running your DAW. Up at your left hand, there's 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 Wireless 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 Wireless 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 Wireless Keytar-style MIDI Controller Keyboard Features:
  • 37-key keyboard controller with wireless connectivity for any Mac or PC
  • 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
  • Does not require any software drivers to work with your computer
  • 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 Wireless keytar-style MIDI controller keyboard!

Additional Media

Alesis Vortex Wireless USB Keytar Controller Overview - Sweetwater at Winter NAMM 2014

Tech Specs

Number of Keys 37
Type of Keys Synth-action
Aftertouch Yes
Pads 8 x Velocity Sensitive
Other Controllers Pitchbend, Touchstrip, Accelerometer
Encoders/Pots 3
Faders 1 X Volume Slider
Dedicated Transport Control Yes
Pedal Inputs 1 x 1/4"
USB 1 x Type B
Power Supply Bus Powered, 4 x AA, DC Power Supply
Height 2.2"
Width 35.1"
Depth 10.6"
Weight 6.5 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number Vortex Wireless

Customer Reviews

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Great at what it is

Lightweight controller keytar with a great price. I would say you will love this if you understand midi interfacing with a compuer midi software or ios midi apps. Mine worked after putting batteries in and plugging the wirelees usb dongle into my iphone6+, ipad pro and Macbook 2015. I already knew how to set up midi interfaces.
Music background: amature

Exactly what I needed!

This thing is awesome!! I use it to control a stationary keyboard wirelessly. I have a nifty usb to midi conversion box I plug the dongle into then feed into the midi in port of my synth. I would buy this again if something happened to the one I own. I really wish they would make a "left handed" version...
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Lightweight and great performance

I thought what a great way to untether from a keyboard and stand for live performance, little did I know the great experience that was waiting for me. I really appreciate how well the wireless performs as well as the flexibility this has given me. I really recommend this great unit :)

Fantastic for live use

I disagree with the reviewer who said the Vortex was unsuitable for professional live use as I just used it for 3 gigs at SXSW and it performed flawlessly. It certainly takes some getting used to, but by the second gig I had no discomfort or awkward interactions with the instrument. The range of the wireless transmitter is impressive - probably around 100 feet. No issues with interactions from other wireless rigs, either. Most impressive is the level of configuration with regards to the pads, which can be set to transmit specific notes or CCs on specific channels, pad-by-pad. I set my Vortex up to control patches on Ableton Live using the Selected Track Control script and it worked without a hitch. The only annoying bit is that the accelerometer is enabled by default and needs to be manually disabled. It is a great idea but not so useful in practice. I haven't encountered a broken key yet. Other benefits are: - It is super-affordable - You can take it as carry-on - There are no other wireless keytars on the market - Audience members like the blue lights that blink when you play Overall it is a great solution for performance scenarios which require a minimal, easily-transported setup.
Music background: Composer, Performer

Alesis Vortex Wireless - Solid Controller

Well built and easy to use. Got it up and running with no problems whatsoever. I've not used any of the in depth features yet but all the basic stuff works flawlessly. I keep it in my living room and use it like a guitar... I can watch TV and noodle with this while I'm sitting in the recliner just the way I would with one of my wireless guitar rigs. Really fun. Not sure what the light on the tip of the thing is for... a bit distracting but not anything I'd take points off for. At $200 you can't go too far wrong. Oh... have dropped it a couple of times now (on carpeted floor) and it's pretty sturdy.. despite the cheap price it's actually pretty well made. Keyboard feel is quite good too.
Music background: Hobbyist - Guitar/Bass/Keys/Vocals
See also: Controller Keyboards, Alesis, Alesis iPad/iPhone Keyboard Controllers, Alesis MIDI Controllers