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ALESIS VORTEX KEYBOARD/GUITAR MIDI CONTROLLER

ALESIS VORTEX KEYTAR KEYBOARD/GUITAR MIDI CONTROLLER

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Alesis, the world's leading manufacturer of instruments and tools for today's musician, introduces the Vortex, the first USB/MIDI keytar controller.

The Vortex eliminates the barrier between keyboardists and the audience. With an extensive layout of touch-sensitive keys and velocity-sensitive pads on its pearlescent white body, and radical octave and pitch controls on its neck, the Vortex will have keyboard players ruling the stage.

The Vortex has features never before found on any keytar: both traditional MIDI and USB MIDI are onboard, empowering keyboardists to use the Vortex with all of their software instruments and synths on Mac, PC, and iPad*. They'll have a virtually unlimited palette of sounds, ready to command with one of the most exciting and eye-catching controllers ever created. And for instant performance, the Vortex comes automapped for today's most popular software synths and DAWs. Users can customize and create their own mappings for virtually any software they like.

The Vortex comes ready to rock with an embedded, MIDI-assignable accelerometer-now, keyboardists can freely roam the stage and control virtually any parameter with their motion. They'll be able to create incredible volume swells, amazing pitch bends, vibratos, filter cutoffs and more by tilting the Vortex's neck during live performances.

The Vortex's neck controls are laid out ergonomically: your thumb controls a volume slider and pitch-bend wheel while your fingers command nine front-facing controls that include a MIDI-assignable touchstrip, and buttons for octave selection and sustain. Large transport and patch-select controls are centrally located on the Vortex's body for instant access, and keyboard players will be happy to know that the Vortex's 37 velocity-sensitive keys feature aftertouch to enable instant creative flourishes.

The Vortex is bus powered when connected to a Mac or PC, and can also be powered by batteries when used with MIDI modules and iOS devices including the iPad. Standard guitar strap pegs are located on its neck and body, and an adjustable strap is included.

"The Vortex liberates keyboard players from stationary setups and visual performance limitations," said Dan Radin, Alesis Product Manager. "The audience won't know what hit them."

The Alesis Vortex USB/MIDI Keytar Controller with Accelerometer features 37 velocity keys and trigger pads for unrestricted, expressive keyboard playing on stage. The controller features both USB and MIDI connections, and is completely compatible with Mac, Windows and Apple iPad. The Vortex's accelerometer feature allows for motion triggered expression and control over sounds and visually expressive performances. The neck of the Vortex Keytar features an array of expressive controls that include thumb controls for volume slider and pitch-bend wheel, a MIDI assignable touch strip, and buttons for octave selection and sustain. The controller is USB bus powered, or powered with AA batteries or DC power adapter.

STORM THE STAGE

It's time to experience outrageous, unprecedented keytar performance with the Alesis Vortex (patent pending). The Vortex eliminates the barrier between you and your audience by giving you the freedom to move around the stage and take the lead. With an extensive layout of touch-sensitive keys and velocity-sensitive pads on its pearlescent white body, and radical pitch and modulation controls on its neck, the Vortex empowers you to rule the stage.

WHIP IT

The Vortex is the first keytar to include a MIDI-assignable accelerometer. Now, you can get out from behind your keyboard stand and be just as visual as guitarists and singers with an instrument that will respond to your motion. You’ll be able to create incredible volume swells, amazing pitch bends, vibratos, filter cutoffs and more by tilting the Vortex’s neck in the heat of the moment during live performances.

KEYS, CONTROL AND MORE

The Vortex has even more features never before found on any keytar: both traditional MIDI and USB MIDI are onboard, empowering you to use the Vortex with all of your software instruments and synths on Mac, PC, and iPad*. You'll have a virtually unlimited palette of sounds, ready to command with one of the most exciting keytar controllers ever.

The Vortex comes ready for instant performance, automapped for today’s most popular software synths and DAWs. Plus, you can customize and create your own mappings for virtually any MIDI software.

FULL EXPRESSION

Breathe new life into every performance with the most expressive keytar ever produced. The Vortex’s neck controls are laid out ergonomically: your thumb controls a volume slider and pitch-bend wheel while your fingers command nine front-facing controls that include a MIDI-assignable touch strip, and buttons for octave selection and sustain. Large transport and patch-select controls are centrally located on the Vortex’s body for instant access, and synth lovers will be happy to know that the Vortex’s 37 velocity-sensitive keys feature aftertouch to enable instant creative flourishes.

EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD

But you can rule the stage. The Vortex is for controllerists, for those who want to perform without limitations to their movement or their sound set. The Vortex is bus powered when connected to a Mac or PC, and can also be powered by batteries when used with MIDI modules and iOS devices including the iPad. Standard strap pegs are located on the Vortex's neck and body, and an adjustable strap is included.

Outrageous keytar performance in a pristine, pearl-white body-the Vortex is the perfect storm of stunning design and incredible performance capability.

Your audience won't know what hit them.

Dynamic, shoulder-worn performance keyboard with attention-grabbing looks
The first USB keytar controller-works with all of your software instruments & synths on Mac, PC, & iOS (requires optional adapter) devices
USB and traditional MIDI jacks to be used 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 to be used with MIDI modules and iOS devices

Connections Class Compliant USB 1.1 MIDI I/O
5-pin DIN MIDI Output
Power Powered via USB, four AA Batteries, or DC power adapter (batteries and power supply not included)
Dimensions 2.2 x 35.1 x 10.6" (5.58 x 89.15 x 26.92cm)
Weight 6.5lb (2.94kg)

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ALESIS

Alesis warrants its products to be free from defects for 1 year from the date of purchase.

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