I own and have used both the Alesis Vortex Wireless and the Alesis Vortex II wireless keytars on stage for almost four years. While I’ve loved the mobility and the wow factor of not only being mobile on stage, but moving into the audience and dancing along with them while playing, there have been latency, note-hanging and other issues along the way. I initially bought the Vortex II as both a backup, and also hoping the wireless implementation was improved. While the latency issue did improve, it introduced some note hanging behavior that got worse with age…
After significant research, trial and error, I determined that the real issue was with the Alesis wireless implementation in the case of both instruments. After further research, I decided to order a Panda Audio Midibeam from Hungary. So far, the results have been absolutely amazing! With the default power settings (which are not as high as you can crank them), I am able to get up to 200 hundred feet away from the receiver in my rack without any significant latency even on percussive sounds. I play banjo on the keytar for the song ‘Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy’ by Big and Rich. At my show last Saturday, I was a long way from the stage playing the banjo parts with precision and it still sounded great!
After some research, I discovered that Panda Audio has been an R&D company for a number of other great devices such as the Fishman Triple Play. Now I’m thinking I may need to add add the triple play to my guitar rig. I’m trying to convince my bass player to get a Panda Audio Future Impact bass synthesizer/midi pedal as well. We’ll see how long it performs well, but for the first two shows out, the improved wireless performance is amazing! I’m already thinking about ways to incorporate the keytar more into our shows now that I have a solid wireless performance platform.