At the 2014 NAMM Show, Alesis has introduced a $199 wireless Keytar controller, the Alesis Vortex Wireless.
Plugging an 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 hardware MIDI gear.
- Two words: Wireless Keytar
- 37 velocity-sensitive keys with aftertouch
- 8 velocity-sensitive trigger/drum pads
- USB dongle creates a wireless connection to any Mac/PC
- Volume slider, pitch wheel, ribbon controller, sustain pedal jack
- USB, battery, or external power; USB MIDI + 5-pin MIDI outputs
- Includes SONiVOX Vortex I DVI and Ableton Live Lite Alesis Edition
Vortex Wireless can run on batteries, USB bus 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.
In addition, the Vyzex Vortex Patch Editor Software is also provided, making it easy to create, edit, and backup patches to your computer. Ableton Live Lite 8 Alesis Edition is also included.
The Alesis Vortex Wireless has a street price of about US $200.