IK Multimedia releases iRig Keys, a slim and portable MIDI controller keyboard that connects to iOS devices and computers.
Looks like IK Multimedia is going for compatibility and portability with their latest product. iRig Keys is a hardware that can conveniently connect to iPads, iPhones and iPod Touch while at the same time be compatible with Macs and PCs. It is CoreMIDI and USB class compliant.
This universal compatibility gives the iRig Keys a competitive edge against other controllers. With this mini keyboard, you have the flexibility to work with any device that is available - a good all around tool and a great back up to fall back on when something went awry.
Portability is achieved by reducing the size of the controller. This compact controller is easy to carry around and will fit in a regular backpack or carry-on bag. It will also take very little space on your work area, which can be a plus for those working in cluttered or small spaces. Although it was scaled down, it does maintain a 3 octave range, provided by its 37 velocity sensitive mini-keys. Another cool feature of this keyboard is that it can be powered by the device you are connected to, be it an iPad, iPhone, Mac or PC.
The controls on iRig Keys is a bit stripped down compared to other mini-keyboards but it does come with essentials like modulation and pitch bend wheels, assignable volume/data knob, octave/program back-lit buttons and other buttons for recalling your settings. It also has an input for connection an optional sustain or expression pedal.
Upon purchase, you can download IK Multimedia made compatible software - SampleTank Free for iOS and SampleTank 2 L for Mac and PC.
iRig Keys is set to ship in Fall of 2012 with an expected price of around $99.99. For more information on this compact MIDI controller, you can visit IK Multimedia.
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