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Alesis Vortex Blowout


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I got the e-mail from my guy at Sweetwater about this.

 

I'm like Dude Why? LOL. If I want to do this I will play guitar through a GR-55 into my rack.

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I think the new Korg is the nicest looking one I have seen.

 

I'm looking forward to trying one out... if they ever show up at GC later this year.

 

http://www.tonylongmusic.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/korg-rk-100S-keytar-new-namm-2014.jpg

 

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I think they are blowing out the old model, in favor of the new model with wireless.

 

This. :thu:

 

The new one is going for $199.

 

I don't think comparing a $200 controller to a $700 full-on keytar synth is the reason.

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I'll buy one if David will paint it for me.

 

I'm easy but not CHEAP ;)

 

David, Have you ever had any issues with yours?

 

None whatsoever. It just works. I use the button with my left hand to switch between two programs i use for the song I use it on. I am either controlling my synth, or my iPad with it.

 

I am very selective about where I use it. Club dates on smallish stages I don't bring it out.

 

Large festival shows or arena type shows is when it gets used and gets the most favorable response from the crowd.

 

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Maybe I can get them to throw one in for free when I buy an SK1 tomorrow. After all, Kraft gives a gig bag with their SK1 purchase!

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Whether it's the old Vortex, the new Vortex, or the new Korg, I'm sorely tempted to plunge back into keytar land.

Could someone talk me off this ledge, please ? :eek:

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Whether it's the old Vortex, the new Vortex, or the new Korg, I'm sorely tempted to plunge back into keytar land.

Could someone talk me off this ledge, please ? :eek:

 

This reminds me of many years ago, my band was in LA for a festival and our two guitar players were having this exchange at a music store:

 

GP1: I'm really tempted to buy this brand X Martin knockoff...it's really pretty good value for $1000.

GP2: It's a waste of money.

GP1: Why?

GP2: Because you will take it home and it will sit next to your three authentic vintage Martins and you will never play it.

 

Does that help?

 

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Whether it's the old Vortex, the new Vortex, or the new Korg, I'm sorely tempted to plunge back into keytar land.

Could someone talk me off this ledge, please ? :eek:

Reminder: it does not have 76 keys.

 

:snax:

 

Say what ? :evil: That Korg has mini keys. I thought for sure they fit 76 in there.

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I know I get chastised here a bunch on my use of keytar. However, I use one gauge to guide me in this area. Does the crowd like it?

 

Haven't had a negative response yet. It's all in how you use it and present it. (that's what she said....preemptive strike).

 

I see some bands where the keytarist is just being silly, and some where the dude or dudette really jams on the thing and it looks cool.

 

The newer Roland Ax, while cool, was just to bulky and unwieldy for my taste. I sold it. I wish they had brought back something along the AX-1 or -7 line. The Vortex plays great. Fast trills are easy on its keybed. Hopefully the new Korg plays well.

 

I use the keytar simply because it's a fun part of our show for the 1 or 2 songs I will use it on, in context. Audience loves it, I'm having fun, and that's all that matters. Hell, I'm the guy who paints his main piano Camaro yellow ;)

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David, Have you ever had any issues with yours?

 

None whatsoever. It just works. I use the button with my left hand to switch between two programs i use for the song I use it on. I am either controlling my synth, or my iPad with it.

 

I am very selective about where I use it. Club dates on smallish stages I don't bring it out.

 

Large festival shows or arena type shows is when it gets used and gets the most favorable response from the crowd.

 

Thanks, David! I placed my order earlier today. After I posted my question, I realized you wouldn't have put the time and effort into painting yours if it wasn't working for you.

 

And I'm with you as to how and when I'll use it. I played an original RK-100 in the 80s and it was a good way to get out from behind the keyboard stacks on tunes I sang lead on.

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