How cool is this new IK Multimedia product? iRig KEYS boasts being “the first ultra-slim and highly portable MIDI controller keyboard” that works directly with your iPad (and iPhone or iPod Touch) connecting directly using the 30-pin dock connector (or USB port on your Mac/PC). With a complete 3-octave range (plus one note) accessed by 37 velocity-sensitive mini-keys, this might just become a revolutionary device for the musician on the go!
Not only does this keyboard fit easily in a backpack or carry-on bag, it also features ultra-low power consumption which means it is incredibly easy to be going further for longer (powered directly from your device)!
Included on the keyboard is a control panel containing 5 backlit soft-touch buttons and a volume/data knob. Combined with a host of configuration and customization options, every musician can personalize this instrument so it works best for them.
Flexible enough for live performance (especially with modulation and pitch-bending wheels and the input available for optional sustain or expression pedals) but ideal for having nearby for when inspiration hits. These things combined mean iRig KEYS is the very essence of good things coming in small packages.
To accompany the iRig KEYS, is SampleTank: a free professional-quality virtual instruments app “(based on the same SampleTank Mac/PC audio engine you’ll find being used in professional recording studios around the world)” that can be downloaded from the App Store and engaged as a virtual sound module complete with acoustic, electric and electronic instruments and patterns.
IK Multimedia was founded by two Italian engineers and has been around since 1996 (which the company jests is around the time electricity was discovered and cell phones were the size of your average 4-slot toaster). The company motto “Musicians First” is the founding principle upon which their product catalog was built.
iRig KEYS can be pre-ordered directly from the IK Multimedia website for USD $99.99.