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.
Watch out microKORG XL, Novation has just announced that they’re launching a portable version of their UltraNova synth called the MiniNova. With its portability, performance options and the deep roots in the Supernova series this critter is tailor-made for beefing up your studio productions or taking out with you on tour to jam with. You can utilize the gooseneck microphone and add some crazy vocoding or T-pain effects to your performance or have other instruments run through the MiniNova’s effect modules. With the 265 onboard sounds and all the options that lay in front of you you can tweak or mangle your sounds in real-time the way you like it.
Check out the full specs on Novation’s official website
To get you warmed up, check out this cool performance video of the MiniNova below.
The long awaited first update of Propellerhead’s addicting iOS app Figure has arrived in the App Store.
Besides overall performance fixes this update finally gives you the ability to save all the beats and grooves you’re laying down in the app as well
as an option to export your audio creations to iTunes’ File Sharing system. No more sampling your iPhone/iPad into your DAW to finish your Figure creations!