NAMM 2018: Alesis wants you on your feet as it unveils the Vortex 2 keytar MIDI controller

NAMM 2018: There have been surprisingly few wireless keytar-style MIDI controllers, so hats-off to Alesis for delivering a second version of its Vortex model.

This promises an enhanced control layout and superior playability in comparison to its predecessor, and comes in a gloss black housing. The wireless connection is achieved using a USB dongle rather than Bluetooth; this can be used with your PC or Mac.

Features include 37 velocity-sensitive keys with aftertouch, eight RGB backlit velocity-sensitive trigger pads and eight backlit faders. You also get a tilt sensor and touchstrip, both of which are MIDI-assignable.

As you’d expect, the Vortex 2 can be battery-powered and comes with a strap and cable harness so that you can get on your feet right away. You can assign controls using the supplied software editor and a bundle of software is included.

The Vortex 2 will be released in the first quarter of 2018 priced at $299. Find out more on the Alesis website.

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Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.