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Panic button and other suggestions

1) The Vortex needs a Panic Button that resets it without having to turn it off and back on. It keeps getting confused.

2) There should be a way to disable features that you don't plan to use such as pads, program up/down, ribbon, etc. It's very easy to hit these controls by mistake while playing and it messes up everything.

3) Portamento Switch

4) 3 or 4 little LEDs next to each Octave button so you know how many octaves up or down you are at any given time, plus some way to return to "home" quickly.
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  • Hi Bob,

    Thanks for providing these suggestions! We always appreciate it when users go out of their way to share their ideas on how to improve our products. I'll be happy to pass this feedback along to my software team for you. Please stay tuned to the product page on our website, or consider signing up for our newsletter.
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  • As far as disabling features- I really need this. I'm mostly controlling a Korg Kross. The Kross has global midi filters but the check box is for ALL controls, not each individual one. All I need is the pitch bend wheel, but this gets disabled along with all the extraneous stuff.
    The Vortex is too unpredictable to trust in a live setting. If a hand or a wire brushes against the wrong knob, pad, ribbon, or whatever, it turns the sound into a total mess. Either 3 octaves too low, or a full step high, or the arpeggiator starts running for no reason, or the sound cuts out entirely- I can't have this happen in a live gig. NO ONE CAN.
    Your designers need to re-think this entire controller. And don't get me started on the manual- the "instruction" manual is one of the worst such manuals I have ever tried to read. I've read it dozens of times and I still don't understand what a "patch" is- I thought I did, but it makes no sense the way it's "explained". I tried saving some settings, but I can't even tell if it worked or not.
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  • More ideas
    1) Means to disable three flashing blue LEDs. Electrical tape doesn't save batteries
    2) Use MIDI active sensing (0xFE) to so if wireless (or wired connection) fails, receiving instrument auto mutes all notes. Needs to be switchable to save batteries and for compatibility
    3) sleep using accelerometer to detect when device has not been moved in a while. Only needs to kill displays/LEDS and active sensing (again to conserve power)
    4) Hysteresis / Dead zone around current knob position on patch load to reduce sensitivity to bumps (see OP)
    5) Next version, add bluetooth to work directly with iOS MIDI and to support Bluetooth foot switch for sustain/patch advance/etc
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  • It would also be great if we could disable the octave up/down buttons. It's too easy to hit those when you're picking up the keytar, and if you have different sections of the keyboard mapped to different instruments, it can throw the whole thing out of whack.
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