A keytar for the modern performer, the Alesis Vortex Wireless eliminates the barrier between you and your audience by giving you the freedom to move around the stage and take the lead without being connected to any cables.
Vortex Wireless transmits MIDI via a wireless USB connection to your computer for dynamic on-stage freedom, and includes the virtual synthesizer plug-in Vortex-I Digital Virtual Instrument from acclaimed software creator SONiVOX.
Utilize 37 velocity-sensitive keys with after touch and an assignable accelerometer (tilt-sensor) in the neck that can translate gestures into additional controls, such as adding vibrato when the neck is pulled up. 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 AA batteries, USB 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.
Note: Vortex Gig Bag sold separately.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the main differences between the original Vortex and the new Vortex Wireless?
The Vortex and the Vortex Wireless are very similar in form, however the original Vortex was white, and the new Vortex Wireless comes with a black glossy finish. Â Also, the Vortex Wireless now includes a USB dongle which allows it to connect wirelessly to your Macintosh or PC, as well as a USB extender cable for USB dongle, 4x AA batteries, and a black strap to match the new black color.
What software does the Vortex Wireless come with?
The Vortex Wireless includes an activation code for Ableton Live Lite. Registering your product also givesÂ you access to theÂ Vortex EditorÂ andÂ AIR Xpand!2.
How can I get the software if it is not included in the box?
Ableton Live Lite is available forÂ download from Ableton's website. After you've downloaded and installed it, enter the code included with your Vortex Wireless to complete activation.
To download and activate the other included software, just visitÂ www.alesis.com/softwaredownloadÂ and register your Vortex. After registration is complete, a download link for the Vortex Editor, and a link and activation code for Xpand!2 will be in your account.
How does the Vortex Wireless achieve wireless capability?
The Vortex Wireless comes with a USB dongle allowing for easy wireless USB MIDI connection. Simply connect the USB dongle to your computer, and then power on the Vortex Wireless using the included 4x AA batteries. The USB Dongle will automatically pair with the Vortex Wireless and will be ready to use.
A USB extender cable is also included. This cable extends the USB connection port of your computer outwards so as to ensure that the Vortex Wireless dongle does not block the ability to connect to other local USB ports.
Is the Vortex Wireless battery powered?
Yes, the Vortex Wireless can be powered via 4x AA batteries (included), or via USB bus power.
Technical Support and Warranty Service
Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own a Alesis product, or if you just have pre-sales questions, the Alesis technical support team is available to help!
Each product has a dedicated support page on the website where you can find manuals, specifications, software updates, drivers and troubleshooting guides:Â www.alesis.com
Visit the link below to connect with any of the following support options: online community support, phone support, email support.
- 37 velocity-sensitive keys with aftertouch
- 8 velocity-sensitive drum pads/sample triggers
- 3 assignable knobs
- Class Compliant USB MIDI I/O
- 5-pin DIN MIDI output
- Power: 5V DC, 300mA, center-positive, USB bus power, or 4 AA batteries
- Dimensions (length x width x height): 35.1â€ x 10.6â€ x 2.2â€
- Weight: 6.5 lbs
- Vortex Wireless Keytar
- USB Wireless Receiver
- USB Extension Cable
- USB Cable
- 4 AA Batteries
- Cable Harness
- Ableton Live Lite Alesis Edition Software Disc
- SONiVOX Vortex-I (download)
- Ignite (download)
- User Guide
- Safety & Warranty Manual