iRig Keys From IK Multimedia Becomes the First Lightning-Compatible Music Keyboard

New Lightning accessory cable allows you to plug the MIDI controller into your device to play MIDI instruments and synths.

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IK Multimedia, the leader in mobile music-creation apps and accessories for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, is pleased to announce that it's now shipping a Lightning Cable for iRig KEYS - the first ultra-slim portable keyboard for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Mac/PC - which will allow players to use the popular compact keyboard with the new generation iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The cable is available for purchase from the IK website for only $19.99 / 17.99 (excluding taxes).

iRig KEYS is the universal portable keyboard MIDI controller for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac/PC that lets musicians create, compose and record on the go. Its plug-and-play design features 37 velocity-sensitive mini-keys, pitch-bend and modulation wheels, 5 backlit programming buttons and a volume/data knob. iRig KEYS is Core MIDI and USB class-compliant, so it works straight out of the box with no additional software necessary. It comes with a 30-pin dock-connection cable for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and a USB cable for hooking up to a Mac/PC.

iRig KEYS is the perfect companion for creating music on the go. It comes with iGrand Piano FREE (download from the App Store), a concert quality piano app; SampleTank FREE (download from the App Store), a sound and groove module app; and SampleTank L (register and download from the IK Multimedia website) for Mac/PC.

iRig KEYS works with all Core MIDI-compatible apps like GarageBand, and MIDI applications and DAWs on Mac/PC. When connected to an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, iRig KEYS is powered by the device. For longer playing sessions, it can be powered through its USB port, like when it's connected to a Mac/PC.

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    I thought the title meant iRig Keys was compatible with actual lightning (you know, the mother nature one). I'll have to check out what's so special about that "Lightning Cable".
    I'm disappointed that that's not the case. Something compatible with real lightning would be awesome.
    I mean... can't I just use a real keyboard instead? Judging from the picture, it looks like it would feel awfully microKORGish.
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    This is just an advertisement.
    advertisement for a cheap shitty product.... i would never dream of buying a midi controller for 20 bucks and thinking it would be good
    i was hoping this was compatible with real lighting some sort of mad scientist keyboard or something but nope just dissapointing news
    Okay...not sure what's significant about a Lightning-compatible keyboard considering it's only transferring note information. From a marketing perspective, it would have made more sense to just advertise it as iPhone/iPad compatible keyboard. Lightning compatibility is really only worthy of a side note.
    Hmmm this is crazy, Korg's Nanokey midi controller appears to work with an ipad fine, and I used to have one for my Mac that worked with a friends PC so it seems to me this keyboard isn't anything special. Also seems to me that it's a more on the go item and it only uses 25 keys with everything from changing octaves to pitch bending and ridiculous cheap price it's probably the better deal.
    Anyone thinking they can produce quality tracks from a mother****ing ipad can think again. i cant wait until this "mobile music making" fad is over and done with. and if i ever see anyone performing with one of these things, i shall point and wholeheartedly laugh at them.