Friday, August 31, 2012 by Tim Webb
IK Multimedia has announced the iRig Keys. This 37-key keyboard for iDevices will ship in Fall and retail for $99/€74,99.
iRig KEYS connects directly to the iOS device 30 pin dock connector or the USB port on Mac/PC. It features 37 velocity-sensitive mini-keys — 3 full octave range plus one note, that 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 app, software or drivers to be installed to have it go and running. For total mobility, iRig KEYS is also an ultra-low power consumption unit.
- 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.
Unfortunately those are 37 "mini" keys. My hands aren't particularly large, but I feel so damn clumsy on mini keys. Still, it lets them cram 3 octaves in a sleak form-factor, complete with pitch and mod wheels.
They try to hype this up by saying that it comes with SampleTank for both PC/Mac and iOS, but if you read the fine print you just get a free copy of the free version for both. The real full XL edition for computers is over two times the price of this keyboard. Classy, IK.
Update: IK have pulled the video that I had embedded, leaving an 857 pixel hole in the article. I'll fill it in with this from /r/iPadMusic.
"There is no other Keyboard out that works for all 3 platforms (iOS, Mac and PC)" - IKObi1
Before we were just playing the usual back and forth. Boy makes product, boy makes outrageous claims about product, snarky blogger makes snarky comments about outrageous claims. This right here pushes us into a whole new realm. In marketing speak you would call this a "game changer," perhaps our paradigms have shifted as well.
I guess you guys are used to dealing with much more professional media outlets; those professionals rely on keeping a good relationship with you for advertising dollars. Well I've got plenty of advertisers already, so we're doing this instead. You're welcome to make any silly claim you want in marketing materials, that's where that belongs, but the second you step out of the press release and engage me in a personal response you had better not fucking lie to me.
Pictured here (right) is the back of the Line 6 Mobile Keys. Both the 49-key and 25-key models have USB and "Mobile iOS" sockets. The ever elusive Akai SynthStation 49 is, according to Akai, out in the market and that too has iOS and USB connections.
You're not the first, stop saying you are. Don't get pissy with people when they call you on that as you did over on KVR.
Really? Your response to a member of the iOS musician community is:
"Herpity Derp! I didn't check all the keyboards out there, I'll go look for bigfoot next!"
After digging around a bit I can see why the community at KVR is sick of your shit. I can't believe IK hired 3 guys just to troll forums. Surely 2 of you is enough, maybe you'll consider removing this IKObi1 or Peter.