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Vortex

USB/MIDI Keytar Controller with Accelerometer
 
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STORM THE STAGE

It's time to experience unprecedented keytar performance with the Alesis Vortex. The Vortex eliminates the barrier between you and your audience by giving you the freedom to move around the stage and take the lead. With an extensive layout of touch-sensitive keys and velocity-sensitive pads on its pearlescent white body, and radical pitch and modulation controls on its neck, the Vortex empowers you to rule the stage.


WHIP IT

The patent-pending Vortex is the first keytar to include a MIDI-assignable accelerometer. Now, you can get out from behind your keyboard stand and be just as visual as guitarists and singers with an instrument that will respond to your motion. You’ll be able to create incredible volume swells, amazing pitch bends, vibratos, filter sweeps, and more by tilting the Vortex’s neck in the heat of the moment during live performances.


VIRTUAL SYNTH INCLUDED

Perform right away: the Vortex comes with a premium virtual synth from Sonivox, which includes great-sounding pads, basses, leads, and drums. You also get Ableton Live Lite Alesis Edition software for performing, recording, and sequencing music right out of the box.




KEYS, CONTROL AND MORE

The Vortex includes even more features never before found on any keytar: both traditional MIDI and USB MIDI are onboard, empowering you to use the Vortex with all of your software instruments and synths on your Mac or PC. You'll have a virtually unlimited palette of sounds, ready to command with one of the most exciting keytar controllers ever.


The Vortex comes ready for instant performance, automapped for today’s most popular software synths and DAWs. Plus, you can customize and create your own mappings for virtually any MIDI software.


FULL EXPRESSION

Breathe new life into every performance with the most expressive keytar ever produced. The Vortex’s neck controls are laid out ergonomically: your thumb controls a volume slider and pitch-bend wheel while your fingers command nine front-facing controls that include a MIDI-assignable touch strip, and buttons for octave selection and sustain. Large transport and patch-select controls are centrally located on the Vortex’s body for instant access, and synth lovers will be happy to know that the Vortex’s 37 velocity-sensitive keys feature aftertouch to enable instant creative flourishes.


POWER & CONTROL

The Vortex is for controllerists, for those who want to perform without limitations to their movement or their sound set. The Vortex is bus-powered when connected to a Mac or PC, and can also be powered by batteries when used with MIDI modules and iOS devices. Standard strap pegs are located on the Vortex's neck and body, and an adjustable strap is included.


Outrageous keytar performance in a pristine, pearl-white body—the Vortex is the perfect storm of stunning design and incredible performance capability.


VYZEX VORTEX PATCH EDITOR SOFTWARE



Make the most of your Alesis Vortex with the free Vyzex Vortex patch editor software. Clear, concise, and easy to use, this point-and-click patch editor software brings quick and precise programming to your Vortex patches. With Vyzex Vortex running on your Mac or PC, use the mouse and/or keyboard to quickly configure any parameter of any patch on your Alesis Vortex. Save and load all of your Vortex patches to and from your hard drive for easy backup. The Vyzex Vortex patch editor software allows both beginning and advanced MIDI users to easily achieve the full potential of their Alesis Vortex keytar.


Note: A firmware update is needed for your Vortex before you can use the Vyzex Vortex software. This is available in the Docs & Downloads section above.


Yes! I am a Vortex owner and I want my free Vyzex Vortex patch editor software.

You will need your Alesis Vortex keytar’s serial number to start the download.


U.S. and International Patents Pending

  • 37 velocity-sensitive keys with aftertouch for compact, yet complete melodic range
  • The first USB keytar controller: works with all of your software instruments and synths on Mac & PC
  • USB and traditional MIDI jacks for use with virtually any synth, sound module, or other MIDI hardware or software
  • Free Virtual Synth from Sonivox included (downloads from sonivoxmi.com)
  • Ableton Live Lite Alesis Edition software included
  • Embedded, programmable, 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
  • Eight velocity-sensitive drum pads/sample triggers enable you to create beats or trigger clips
  • Battery-powered for use with MIDI modules and hardware synths (batteries not included)
  • Bus-powered when connected to Mac or PC via USB (cable included)
  • Large transport (Start/Stop) and patch-select controls for instant access
  • Standard guitar strap pegs on neck and body (strap included)
  • This product is class compliant; it does not require drivers
  • Make the most of your Alesis Vortex with the free Vyzex Vortex patch editor software here

Includes:
  • Vortex Keytar
  • Guitar Strap
  • Cable Harness
  • USB Cable
  • Quickstart Guide
  • Software Disc
  • Class Compliant USB 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


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  • How do I restore my Vortex’s patches to their default settings?


    1. Make sure Vortex is powered off.
    2. Press and hold the Start/Stop and Patch Select buttons.
    3. While holding these buttons, turn Vortex’s power on.
    4. After all LEDs are illuminated on the body of the Vortex, release the buttons.
    5. All LEDs on the neck of Vortex will flash 4 times to confirm that all patches are now at their default settings
  • Can I turn off the accelerometer?


    To turn off the accelerometer on a patch, follow this procedure:

    1. Press Patch Edit. (Display screen will display PE).
    2. Press the Edit Accelerometer key. (Display screen will display Acc).
    3. Press the Mode Assign key until the display screen displays oFF.
    4. Press the Enter key. (Display screen will display PE).
    5. Press Patch Edit to return to Performance Mode. (Display screen will display PF).
  • Can I reverse the ribbon, slider, knobs and accelerometer controls on my Vortex so that the minimum and maximum positions for the controls are opposite than their default settings?


    Yes, do this by setting the minimum value of a control to 127, and the maximum value of a control to 0. For example, follow the steps below to reverse the direction of the ribbon controller in Ribbon Mode 1, so that the maximum value is located at the left of the ribbon and the minimum value is located on the right side of the ribbon:

    1. Press Patch Edit. (Display screen will display PE).
    2. Press the Ribbon Mode 1 button. (Display screen will display rb1).
    3. Turn K2 to 127 and Turn K3 to 0.
    4. Press the Enter key on Vortex’s keyboard.
    5. Press Patch Edit to return to Performance Mode. (Display screen will display PF).
    6. The ribbon controller will now be reversed in Ribbon Mode 1.
  • How do I set the Vortex to work with Ableton Live?


    1. Download and Install the Vortex Controller Surface Map here.
    2. Press Patch Select until the LED located next to A is lit.
    3. Press P1 (Pad 1) within 5 seconds.
    4. The display screen will display P1 when the correct patch is selected. Note: P1 will not display if the correct patch is already selected.
  • Where can I download the SONiVOX Vortex-I DVi for my Vortex?

  • How do I set the Vortex to work with the SONiVOX Vortex-I DVi?


    1. Press Patch Select until the LED located next to C is lit.
    2. Press P7 (Pad 7) within 5 seconds.
    3. The display screen will display P23 when the correct patch is selected.
  • How do I assign the touch ribbon to Pitch Bend?


    To assign the touch ribbon to pitch bend on a patch, do the following:


    1. Press Patch Edit to enter patch edit mode.
    2. Press the Ribbon Mode 1 button. The ribbon mode buttons are the circular buttons located to the left of the touch ribbon. rb1 will be shown on the display screen.
    3. Press the key labeled Mode Assign until Pb is shown on the display screen.
    4. Press the key labeled Enter to save your patch. PE will be shown on the display screen.
    5. Press Patch Edit to exit patch edit mode and return to performance mode.  PF will be shown on the display screen.

      Note: The touch ribbon control can be in Latch or Return mode. When assigning the touch ribbon to pitch bend, I would recommend that you set it to return mode, because otherwise it will be very tedious to return to the original pitch for a key.

    To put the touch ribbon in “Return” mode, perform the following:


    1. Press Patch Edit to enter patch edit mode.
    2. Touch the touch ribbon itself. strong>rib will be shown on the display screen.
    3. Press the key labeled Mode Assign until rn is shown on the display screen.
    4. Press the key labeled Enter to save your patch. PE will be shown on the display screen.
    5. Press Patch Edit to exit patch edit mode and return to performance mode. PF will be shown on the display screen.
Live DocumentsType
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Manuals & DocumentationSizeType
Vortex Quickstart Guide RevC
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Vortex Ableton Live Controller Map
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Vyzex Vortex User Guide
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Vortex Firmware v1.20 Update for Mac OS X 10.7, 10.8
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Vortex Firmware v1.20 Update for Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8
  • Allows compatibility with the Vyzex Vortex patch editor software
  • Allows the pitch-bend wheel to be reversed
  • Allows any pad to be set to "Panic Mode" (pad will send an "all-notes off" message)
  • Allows a default volume message to be set for both the lower and upper keyboard zones of each patch

Note: Installing or re-installing Vortex firmware is not a troubleshooting measure, and is recommended only for adding the specific features described above. For product support visit www.alesis.com/support.

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Vyzex Vortex Patch Editor Software for Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and Mac OS X 10.6-10.8
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