Alesis has introduced its Vortex USB/MIDI Keytar controller complete with an onboard accelerometer.
Bearing similarities to the Roland AX-Synth, the Vortex gives keyboard performers the freedom to move around during a performance while still being able to control a host of other equipment.
Alesis Vortex Key Features
- 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* 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 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
Alesis Vortex Specifications
- Class Compliant USB 1.1 MIDI I/O
- 5-pin DIN MIDI output
- Powered via USB, four AA Batteries, or DC power adapter
- Dimensions: 2.2″H x 35.1″L x 10.6″W
- Weight: 6.5LBS
Pricing and availability to be confirmed.