IK Multimedia Releases iRig Keys Pro & Upgrades iRig Keys
IK Multimedia has released iRig KEYS PRO and upgraded iRig KEYS with a Lightning connectivity. Both of these compact MIDI keyboard controllers have 37 velocity-sensitive keys and feature true plug and play compatibility with an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC. iRig KEYS PRO features mod and pitch wheels, illuminated octave and program buttons, 4 programmable sets for storing complete setups, and a programmable continuous-controller volume knob.
» 37 velocity-sensitive full-sized keys (a 3 full octaves range plus one note)
» Modulation and pitch bend wheels
» Volume/Data knob (assignable)
» Octave/Program Up/Down back-lit, soft-touch buttons
» SET button to store and recall 4 different customized setups
» Input for an optional sustain or expression pedal
» Core MIDI (iOS) and USB class compliant (Mac/PC) – plug and play
» Powered from the iOS device or Mac/PC USB
» Comes with SampleTank FREE iOS and iGrand Piano FREE apps (download from the App store)
» Comes with free Mac/PC virtual instrument: SampleTank 2 L (download from IK User Area)
» Includes Lightning, 30-pin and USB cables
iRig KEYS PRO also has powerful programming features that are useful during live performance and in the studio. Players can program iRig KEYS PRO with different set-ups and store them in one of the 4 Set banks. When iRig KEYS PRO is in Edit mode, the user can set the MIDI transmit channel, velocity (touch) response, assign Control Change numbers to the Volume/Data knob, send custom Program Change messages, transpose the keyboard in semi-tones and more. iRig KEYS PRO is also right at home in the studio, and works seamlessly with DAW software, including GarageBand, Logic Pro and many others.
For maximum playing comfort and versatility, iRig KEYS PRO includes modulation and pitch-bend wheels. It’s also equipped with an expansion jack, allowing you to connect a sustain pedal for an even more realistic piano playing experience, or an expression pedal for controlling continuous parameters like volume, tremolo, vibrato, rotary speaker speed and more (pedals not included).
iRig KEYS PRO features an easy-to-use control panel that gives you 5 backlit soft-touch buttons and one Volume/Data knob. You will find Program and Octave up/down buttons plus a Set button that allows you to store up to 4 different setups for the complete iRig KEYS PRO configuration. An Edit mode is also available to transpose the keyboard, send specific program change messages, customize touch sensitivity, change MIDI channel, reassign Vol/Data knob MIDI control change and access to other useful MIDI functions. All these parameters can be stored in Sets using the Set button and recalled instantly, to allow for quick sound switching and easy control of various instruments or apps.
In addition to being the smallest in its class, iRig KEYS PRO is also the lightest. In fact, it’s 20% lighter than it’s lightest competitor, and almost 45% lighter than the average weight of its 11 closest competitors.
iRig KEYS PRO comes with both Lightning and 30-pin iOS cables, you can plug it in right out of the box, no matter if you have one of the latest Apple devices or an older generation iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. The included USB cable lets you connect to your laptop or desktop Mac or PC. iRig KEYS PRO is also Core MIDI compatible, so you don’t need to download drivers or any helper software or apps, just plug in and go.
IK Multimedia’s iRig Keys Pro costs $149 / €119; iRig Keys Lightning costs $129 / €95 – both are available now.