This is one of those things that I have been hoping for from IK Multimedia for a while – a mini keyboard that integrates perfectly with my iPad; something bigger and more useful than the Korg nanoKeys yet smaller and more portable than the mAudio Axiom Pro I often use. I know there are some other options (mAudio has a decent entry), but most are like the little plasticky Akai that is frankly … awful.
The things that immediately stand out for me are:
- Pricing is an affordable $99.99 MSRP
- USB or 30-pin options, future-proofed dur to plug-in cables.
- 37 keys – most others only have 25
- Programmable buttons integrate with IK software for iOS, Mac and PC.
- Comes with SampleTank 2 L for Mac/PC, SampleTank Free for iOS.
Here is a chunk from the press release:
iRig KEYS connects directly to the dock connector of the iOS device or the USB port on Mac/PC. It features 37 velocity-sensitive mini-keys — 3 full octave range plus one note, which takes up minimal space when used on a desktop, and can easily fit in a backpack or a carry-on bag.
iRig KEYS is Core MIDI and USB class compliant for a true plug-and-play experience both with iOS devices or Mac/PC, with no additional apps, software or drivers needed. For total mobility, iRig KEYS also is an ultra-low power consumption unit. When hooked up to an iPhone/iPod touch/iPad, it can be powered by the device and for longer playing sessions it can be powered by the available USB port. When connected to a Mac/PC, the USB port powers it.
iRig KEYS is the ultimate player and producers’ companion that can be used any time and anywhere inspiration strikes. Players simply hook it up to an iOS device or a computer and start playing. iRig KEYS can be used for live performance, songwriting and composition with the included apps and software or with a multitude of other MIDI compatible instruments and recorders on any iOS, MacOS or Windows system
A small controller with great features
For maximum playing comfort and versatility, iRig KEYS includes regular modulation and pitch-bending wheels, plus an input for an optional standard sustain pedal that accommodates any playing style, all housed in a sleek ultra-compact durable package.
iRig KEYS features an “easy-to-use” programmable control panel with 5 backlit soft-touch buttons and one volume/data knob. Program and Octave up/down buttons are included plus a Set button that allows storage of up to 4 different customized set-ups for the two wheels and the data knob. Each set-up can be instantly recalled for specific instruments configurations. An Edit mode is also available to transpose the keyboard, send specific program change messages, change MIDI channel and reassign the data knob MIDI control changes in a flash.
iRig Keys is due out in the Fall of 2012, and as mentioned it will list for $99.99. Pre-orders have started now at IK and elsewhere.