Review: Alesis Vortex Wireless Keytar

There's normally two camps at music school: guitars and keyboards. But what happens when the two worlds collide? Alesis feel this would bring reason for a keytar, and a wireless one at that!  

I have a confession: I love keytars! I don't even have long hair, and yet I love them just the same. There's something about the concept of shifting out of my comfort zone and coming up with lines that you can play with a single hand that jump-starts my creativity. The Alesis Vortex Wireless takes the keytar category up a few steps by giving you a lot more control as well as built-in, reliable wireless access to your sounds of choice. Let's check it out!

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Matt Vanacoro is one of New York's premier musicans. Matt has collaborated as a keyboardist in studio and on stage with artists such as Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Mark Wood (Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Mark Rivera (Billy Joel Band), Aaron Carter, Amy Regan, Jay Azzolina, Marcus Ratzenboeck (Tantric), KeKe Palmer, C-Note, Jordan Knig... Read More


I am a keyboard player from Goa, India and I'm really interested in using the alesis vortex wireless with my kronos x 61. Is it as simple as just connecting the USB dongle to the USB port behind my kronos? I haven't purchased the vortex wireless yet so before I do, I need to know that's possible. Otherwise I'd rather pick up the roland lucina 09.
Matt Vanacoro
That is exactly how it worked with my Kronos X 88!
Thank you for your quick reply Matt. I am technically not very savvy at all so please bear with me when I ask what else would I have to do? How do I assign the tones of the kronos that I'd like to use on the alesis? Bearing in mind I've never used midi before :) thanks for your help.
Matt Vanacoro
I don't think I could type that out entirely, it would be an entire article onto itself! However, to get you started - if you plug in the dongle for the Vortex then it will automatically play whatever patch you have selected, with no configuration. Whatever sound is called up on your Kronos will be triggered with the Vortex. If you want to go more complicated, do a little research on how to do a MIDI PROGRAM CHANGE message. You can use that to send a message to the Kronos to switch sounds. Good luck!
Thank you for your time Matt. Appreciate it. Cheers...
where and how i can buy the alexis vortex wireless keytar???????


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