A new keyboard controller range with 25 or 49 full-size keys for iOS, Mac and PC, offering built-in audio interface
Mobile music production brand IK Multimedia has introduced iRig Keys I/O, a new keyboard controller range featuring a built-in audio interface. With either 25 or 49 full-size, synth-action keys, the controller features 24-bit audio up to 96kHz sampling rate, a combo input jack for line, instrument or mic input with phantom power, balanced stereo output and a 1/8-inch headphone output.
Both models feature a volume/data push knob, four touch-sensitive knobs on two banks (acting as eight total controls) and eight multicoloured LED velocity sensitive pads. There are also two fully programmable touch control strips acting by default as Pitch and Modulation controls. A complete touch sensitive transport and button section rounds out the controls available.
Being certified Apple MFi hardware, made for iPhone and iPad, iRig Keys I/O works out of the box with all iOS devices with a Lightning port, including the latest generation iPhone 7 that does not have an audio output jack. The controller can be powered by USB, an optional external power supply – that simultaneously charges an iOS device – or with four AA batteries.
Included in both 25 and 49 key versions is Ableton Live 9 Lite digital audio workstation, SampleTank 3 sound and groove workstation with over 43GB and 5000 sounds, T-RackS 4 Deluxe mix and mastering suite with nine EQ and dynamics processors, and the Syntronik Pro-V vintage synthesizer. Plus, iPhone and iPad users receive the full version of SampleTank. Additionally, the 49-key version comes with Miroslav Philharmonik 2 CE orchestral workstation for Mac/PC and the mobile edition for iOS.
iRig Keys I/O will be available in October and can be pre-ordered now at $/€299.99 for the 49-key version and $/€199.99 for the 25-key version. In addition to the bundle of included software, the keyboard also comes with four AA batteries, Mini-DIN to USB and Mini-DIN to Lightning cables and a device stand for iPhone and iPad. For more information, visit: irigkeys.io