Vortex 2 to Synth Keyboard!

Hey guys, I recently bought the Vortex 2, been wondering is it possible to wirelessly connect it to a sythesizer keyboard? like is there a wirless device that allows a midi controller to be hooked up to a synth keyboard?
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  • Hi Matt,

    Thanks for posting. 

     like is there a wirless device that allows a midi controller to be hooked up to a synth keyboard?
    I'm not aware of something like this, but if it does, you should be able to find it by searching online. If you wanted to use your Vortex 2 with another synth or keyboard, you could connect them both together using a MIDI cable. Connect the MIDI cable from the MIDI Out port on the Vortex Wireless 2 to the MIDI In port on your secondary keyboard or synth.
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  • YES! Matt, I wanted to do the same thing, and I think I found the best solution. You'll have to buy a USB MIDI to 5 pin DIN converter box, which can be around $100, but there is a simple one from the UK that does the trick for me called the MIDI USB to DIN Converter from Hobbytronics (http://www.hobbytronics.co.uk/usb-mid...). I plugged the wireless dongle into the box, then a short MIDI cable from the 5pin MIDI out into the MIDI in at the back of my vintage Korg Poly800II and BOOM! Controlling the vintage synth wirelessly. No latency or anything. I can roam all round the studio without any issues. Added bonus is the Vortex 2 was immediately able to control the pitch bend with the wheel, the slide ribbon controls the DCO vibrato, and the +/- (Up/Down) buttons change the synth patches (though it doesn's cycle through all the patches, only 11-41), no midi mapping at all!!!
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  • Also, that USB-MIDI box is only about $50 total to buy and ship to USA. Save about $50 compared to the other ones.
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  • I’m disappointed
    William, that box is no longer in production. Apparently that particular box was the baby of one person who built them. They are not in high demand and never went into full scaled production. That particular tech became very ill and retired, so they just quit selling them. However, I have now acquired a Kenton MIDI USB Host. That eliminates the laptop, the DAW and the Focusrite, but the problem remains. I can't change channel. The "preset" idea suggested previously didn't work because the Alesis seems to send on every channel all the time. I have preset 1 to send only on channel 1 and preset 2 to send only on channel 2 but Omni mode remains. I need to find a way to turn that Omni Mode off. Also, I apparently don't know how to use that editor. I set preset 1 up to send on channel 1, then preset 2 to send on channel 2, but they both send all channels, all the time. AND I don't know how to see the presets in real time, because if I am connected by USB I have to load one preset or the other. I want to have the software see me making patch changes and switch to the selected preset in real time. All in all I am really disappointed in Alesis. This is really not all that functional of a product. They should have stuck with the MIDI verb and rack effects and not gotten into something that apparently are happy half-stepping through.

    It would be a better MIDI world for me of they had engineered this a little better with a button that says channel and keys 1 thru 16 that send the channel message, like my Roland Axis did. I can probably find a way to jury rig this, like running a MIDI cable out of the Kenton into a manual MIDI thru box and manually switch it, with both keyboard stacks on the same channel, to send note messages to one stack or thee other. It's just for the last song of the night anyway. Still sucks that this relatively expensive toy isn't fully featured enough to send channel; changes.

    Here's what happens when you click your link.

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  • Well, Eureka! Slow but steady progress. Slow progress is still progress, right?

    Here's what I was missing. Yeah, I was creating presets and saving them to the laptop. ONLY THEN did I see something in the menu and ask "Hmmmm what is this SEND thing all about?" So what slowly became apparent to me was that you create presets on the screen in the editor, save those presets to the laptop, and then SEND them to get them into the instrument. Sine I realized that making them and putting them on the laptop had ZERO to do with the RAM in the instrument, and figured out how to get them INTO the instrument, I can now send MIDI notes and sustain and all that to each channel discreetly by changing from preset 1 to preset 2. The big test is tomorrow when I bring my stage gear in from the garage and set it all up in the living room. As a backup I have a physical switch that I can use by manually switching between A and B. Doesn't look as cool as standing out front, but what the hell.....
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