Alesis Vortex Keytar First Hands On Video
By Mitchell Sigman
Mon, 18 Mar 2013
imgWhether for the sake of hipster irony or because it's actually a fun and flexible tool for keyboard performance, the "keytar" is making a comeback. (Actually, it's probably a little column A and a little column B. Works for us.) Alesis' Vortex is more than just kitschy-cool, though, offering some professional features for a street price of around $300: aftertouch (yes), velocity sensitive drum pads that can also send MIDI controller data, 24 editable and recallable control assignment setups, and the much talked-about accelerometer that can send a progressive MIDI CC based on the tilt position--so your sweet onstage moves can also sweep the filter.
We have a full review scheduled for our June 2013 issue, but in the meantime, check out our out-of-the-box, hands-on impressions in this video by reviewer Mitchell Sigman.
Register / login to rate articles and leave comments.

How many keyboards do you take to the gig?
 Four or more

Guitar World Guitar Player Guitar Aficionado Revolver Mag Bass Player Keyboard Mag Emusician
Keyboard Magazine is a trademark of New Bay Media, LLC. All material published on is copyrighted @2014 by New Bay Media, LLC. All rights reserved