It’s 2018 and Alesis has debuted a new wireless keytar

It’s 2018 and Alesis has debuted a new wireless keytar
It’s 2018 and Alesis has debuted a new wireless keytar

prior to the National Affiliation of Song Merchants show (NAMM), Alesis has introduced the second one era of its legacy keytar, the Vortex Wireless 2. The MIDI keytar controller, which has 37 pace-sensitive keys with aftertouch, features a new fader interface at the front and springs bundled with more tool than its predecessor.

Alesis got here out with the Vortex keytar in 2012, and the first technology of the wireless model debuted in 2014. At The Same Time As it wasn’t the primary USB keytar controller (that nod can go to Roland with its AX-Synth and Lucina models), the Vortex Wireless had a good time options like eight velocity-sensitive pads that would be used to play samples or cause clips, a tilt-sensor within the neck for translating gestures into effects (pulling the neck up to cause a pitch bend, for example), and a MIDI-assignable touchstrip, zone, sustain, and octave-control buttons on the neck.

All of that is carried over to the Vortex Wireless 2. It additionally operates the similar — there may be a pc- and Mac-compatible USB dongle for a wireless connection, an integrated USB receiver, and stressed out USB and MIDI jacks. it will possibly be battery-powered, too. The keytar additionally comes with an app that allows for loading and saving presets as well as mapping all controls.

Vortex1.jpg vortex2.jpg Alesis Vortex Wi-Fi and Vortex Wi-Fi 2 Symbol: Alesis and Image: Alesis

There May Be one key difference. the brand new Vortex Wi-Fi 2 has an interface that’s been greatly simplified. The button keep watch over layout next to the pads has been changed by way of 8 back-lit faders that can be used to manage volumes or other virtual instrument parameters. Alesis says this will likely supply musicians with “awesome playability.” The Vortex Wireless 2 has additionally been given a moderate beauty refresh, with a extra angular design and multicolor lighting for the pads. It comes with a far extra robust device package deal that comes with synths and digital tools like Hybrid 3, Loom 2, Vacuum Professional, and Xpand!2 by way of AIR Track Tech, TimewARP 2600 via Approach Out Ware, to boot as DAW Ableton Live Lite.

New models of keytars don’t come round on a daily basis, so who knows, possibly Alesis is aware of something approximately 2018 that we don’t. I imply, Yamaha did recently announce a Vocaloid keytar a couple of months back, and keytars have been making their approach into more performances — trio Autograf lately makes use of a keytar, and artist Ookay uses the original Alesis Vortex in his new are living show. Look, the keytar is a a laugh software that has unfairly been tarnished as being deeply uncool. 2018, year of the keytar. Inform your pals.

The Alesis Vortex Wireless 2 has a US retail worth of $299 and will be available to buy sometime inside the next couple months.

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