IK Multimedia, known for their iRig and iRig Midi devices that allow you to take your mobile music making into the studio have now introduced a keyboard controller that’s compatible with iPhone, iPad (CoreMidi) and Mac/PC. Conveniently named the iRig KEYS, the controller spans 3 octaves of velocity-sensitive keys, pitch- & mod wheels and is bus- and dock-powered. Unfortunately there is no way to charge your iDevice while playing, but the iRig KEYS does offer you true portability being slim-sized and lightweight. With the iRig KEYS you’ll also get a version of Sampletank, an unlocked Sampletank FREE for iPhone / iPad and Sampletank 2 L for PC/Mac to start playing around with.
We think this is a great device for when you’re only rocking an iPhone and no controller + iRig Midi yet. Because you can connect this keyboard to a wide variety of sources it looks like a handy gadget to keep around in your backpack at all times. The extra octave over the LPK25 makes it that more appealing. Let’s hope the playability factor is strong with this one.
The iRig KEYS should ship this autumn and you can place your pre-order for $99.99 / €74.99 on the official IK Multimedia website.
I remember when I first started out creating music on my laptop. First, programming my melodies note by note in the piano roll in my DAW. Then, I found out I could enable my typing keyboard to jam out some chords here and there. But I couldn’t capture any velocities, I needed to alter each note’s velocity manually after recording to get a human feel out of my composition. Okay, okay, let’s get a small midi keyboard so I can get a true human keyboard performance in there, even though I need to switch octaves with these buttons now and then.
Drat, I can’t lay down any drum patterns with these tiny keyboard keys, I need a portable drum pads! But, but, I also want to control my VST synth knobs and my mixer automation, I need some portable knobs and mixer faders. Now how do I get all of these controllers in my bag again?
By adding all of it on one mobile controller called the AKAI Pro MPK Mini.
The laptop producer nowadays can’t go without a proper pad or key controller with his in-the-box setup. Your laptop keyboard just doesn’t cut it anymore when you’re sketching out ideas for a song or beat. The AKAI LPK25 is one of those must-have midi controllers that can make your mobile productions a whole lot easier.