IK Multimedia, the leader in mobile music-creation apps and accessories, announced that iRig KEYS, the first ultra-portable universal MIDI controller keyboard for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch with 30-pin connector, and Mac/PC, is now shipping.
Small enough to fit in a backpack, iRig KEYS offers a unique combination of portability, playability, and functionality. Because it's class-compliant on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac/PC, it's plug and play - no driver downloads or software or app installations are necessary. iRig KEYS is also entirely bus powered, via the dock connector on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, and the USB port on a Mac or PC, so it can be used virtually anywhere.
iRig KEYS works great as a mobile controller for all iOS MIDI compatible instruments and studio apps, including GarageBand; IK's iGrand Piano, the new concert-quality piano app; the iOS and Mac/PC versions of SampleTank; as well as any MIDI-compatible software or DAW plug-ins for Mac/PC.
Many of iRig KEYS' features are designed to allow keyboardists to play with the expressive techniques that they're accustomed to. To that end, the keyboard is equipped with mod and pitch wheels, 37 velocity-sensitive keys (enough for two-handed parts) a MIDI programmable knob, and an input for a sustain pedal or an expression pedal.
Five backlit soft-touch buttons are provided for editing, including Program and Octave up/down buttons, and a SET button for saving and recalling up to four user presets. In Edit Mode it's possible to transpose, select one of six preset velocity curves, set the MIDI transmit channel and program change number, and assign the knob to a particular MIDI controller.
iRig KEYS comes with free apps for iOS and software for Mac/PC. For the former, users can download SampleTank FREE from the App Store, which provides a collection of 68 sampled acoustic and electronic instruments, or iGrand Piano FREE, a great sounding piano app.
For the Mac/PC, iRig KEYS purchasers are entitled to download SampleTank 2 L, a sampling workstation (plug-in or standalone), that normally retails for $79.99/59.99, and comes with a 2GB instrument collection.
37 velocity-sensitive mini-keys (3 full octaves range plus one note)
Modulation and pitch bend wheels
Volume/data knob (assignable)
Octave, Program Up/Down back-lit, soft-touch buttons
SET button to store and recall 4 different customized setups
Input for an optional sustain or expression pedal
CoreMIDI (iOS) and USB class compliant (Mac/PC) - plug and play
Bus powered on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch with 30-pin connector; and Mac/PC
Comes with free Mac/PC virtual instrument: SampleTank 2 L (download from IK site)
Pricing and Availability
iRig KEYS is priced at $99.99/74.99 (excluding taxes) and is already available in musical instrument and electronic retailers around the world, and from the IK Online Store.
The SampleTank FREE and iGrand Piano FREE Apps are available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore.
For more information and video demos, please visit www.irigkeys.com and www.ikmultimedia.com.
iRig kEYS overview Demo from IK's Derrick Floyd: