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IK Multimedia iRig Keys - New 37-key keyboard

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.

Reader Comments 13

Post me some insulin. This company robs men of hard earned euro trash dollars & then some..sampletank should open up its pearly gates
& be the Soup Kitchen of the western world...

August 30, 2012  | person_outline Chezzdog

You can get a whole ton of great sounds out of SampleTank FREE and SampleTank iOS FREE. When you pay for the full version you get MANY times the amount of sounds found in the free versions. Not to many the frequent promotions we have where we discount the different libraries for SampleTank.

Check out how many sounds are in the different versions here:
SampleTank FREE Total Sounds: 204

August 30, 2012  | person_outline IK Multimedia

Actually, looks like it comes with sampletank L, which is normally $130.

August 31, 2012  | person_outline Will

Bummer, now they'll be spamming up this place like they do over at KVR

August 31, 2012  | person_outline Zymos

I don't think standing up for their product is spammy, per se, but repeating scripted lines with marketing flair is. Talk to us like a human and not a sales person.

Personally, a used nano key and generic cam dock works for me for under $40.. But $99 and works with iPod is a fair deal especially with knobby goodness to tweak. An akai synth station is a cheap alternative going for under $50 to your door..but 1.5 octive.. Pc compatible? anyway, this offering from IK does fit both price and feature holes in the market considering the cost of a synth station 49.

I think it's great ik wants to be directly involved with us.. Now they just need to get a little more real with us.

August 31, 2012  | person_outline Vdrumpro999

Is was a bit worried that calling them on their BS here might cost you ad revenue, but after all you added to this article I can see you aren't too concerned about that ;-)
Let 'em have it Tim!

August 31, 2012  | person_outline Zymos

the akai synthstation>25< can be used with mac/pc/ios. admitttedly using it for ipad requires a dock extender cable.
'who's on first, what's on second, i don't know is on third...'

August 31, 2012  | person_outline a1

I'm in a really unique position. Everyone who advertises on this site has products I genuinely endorse, and each one of them knows what they're in for with me! This gives me a whole range of freedom that most sites don't enjoy. If I had to worry about where the money was coming from, I wouldn't do articles like this or this or review as harshly as I do.

Thank you advertisers, you really do make this site possible!

Actually I will buy this. Good/bad advertising or not. I don't like the Apple connection kit so this will be perfect for me - one less accessory to carry around.

August 31, 2012  | person_outline Medo

Keep on keepin' it real, Tim!

By the way, did I mention that I'm the first person to ever use an iOS device for music? I'm planning on doing a song next week, and it's going to be game changing, because I'll the first.

August 31, 2012  | person_outline Fessaboy

"Bummer, now they'll be spamming up this place like they do over at KVR

August 31, 2012 | Zymos"

Dude IK is spamming pretty much every forum/site that even remotely touches the subject music.

August 31, 2012  | person_outline ChrisG

Their paid 'social media experts' actually make them look worse. I see it over and over again on music sites/forums: "marketing here is fine, just be honest and make it relevant" and that continues to not happen. Worse, they antagonize other members in response to criticism. I mean, it's rare that your customers tell you exactly what they want. If you think people are giving you too much shit, try listening.

August 31, 2012  | person_outline Will

I have seen that guy post before on a separate topic about going lookng for Bigfoot, possibly when a bunch of Ik spammers were arguing on kvr with the jamup guy. I believe they have since found love.

Thought it was a poor line the first time I saw it. Not improved with age. Makes you sound like an idiot ik spam muppet, stop saying it.

August 31, 2012  | person_outline Invisiblesupermonkey

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