IK Multimedia has announced the iRig Keys 2 series of mobile MIDI keyboard controllers. A spokesperson told us, "Building upon the acclaimed features of IK's award-winning iRig Keys series, these new controllers offer new ways to connect and control, updated compatibility, and a sleek new look."
Here's the details direct frrom IK Multimedia...
The iRig Keys 2 Pro offers 37 full size velocity-sensitive keys, and the iRig Keys 2 features 37 velocity-sensitive mini keys for backpack portability or use in restricted spaces. Each model comes equipped with a variety of convenient top panel performance controls plus MIDI IN/OUT for use as a stand-alone MIDI controller.
In addition to offering laptop and desktop compatibility, these ultra-slim MFi (Made For iPhone) controllers connect directly to iPhone/iPad and most Android models*. They also include a dedicated audio output to connect speakers or headphones - especially useful for the owners of newer iPhone models.
For instant inspiration, a selection of powerful music-making apps is bundled with each controller, as well as an assortment of cables.
Control it all
Onboard MIDI input and output enable users to control stand-alone gear such as IK's UNO Synth and UNO Drum, other synths and drum machines, and more. While being used with a computer or mobile device, iRig Keys 2 controllers can also act as a MIDI interface to streamline an entire rig.
Each controller can be powered by a computer or mobile device, USB power supply, or USB battery pack, for reliable control whether in a studio or classroom, during a performance, while travelling, or even outdoors.
For additional musical expression, the rear panel also features an external pedal input.
Top panel customization and control
Controls for programming and performance are easily accessible from the top panel. They include modulation and pitch bend wheels, volume control, octave up/down buttons, a data push encoder, and a variety of other function buttons. Custom settings can be programmed to four assignable knobs for easy access to favourite performance parameters.
A convenient Edit mode lets users personalize the controllers and easily recall preferred settings with the touch of a button. Options include keyboard transpose, touch sensitivity customization, MIDI channel change, customized knob assignments, and more. All changes can also be saved into Sets using the Set button, for instant recall.
Be heard by all
Both iRig Keys 2 models work directly out of the box with iPhone, iPad and Mac/PC, and are compatible with most Android devices*.
A unique new headphone output can be used for silent practice or composition, especially while using newer iPhone models. The audio out can also be used to connect speakers for increased volume and audio quality that surpasses a device's built-in speakers.
Powerful software bundle and more
For instant inspiration, iRig Keys 2 controllers come complete with IK's award-winning Mac/PC sound and groove workstation, SampleTank 4 SE, which offers more than 2000 sounds to create cutting-edge tracks.
It also includes free apps like SampleTank FREE for iPhone and iPad, iGrand Piano FREE for iPhone, iPad and Android, and iLectric Piano FREE for Android.
The iRig Keys 2 series is compatible with hundreds of other popular music app titles for iPhone, iPad, Android and Mac/PC, offering an endless stream of possibilities for learning to play, practising, composition or live performance.
* Requires micro-USB to OTG or micro-USB to USB-C cables, sold separately.
Pricing and Availability:
Both iRig Keys 2 models are available now from the IK Multimedia online store and from authorized IK dealers worldwide for $/€129.99** (iRig Keys 2) and $/€149.99** (iRig Keys 2 Pro).
** All prices excluding taxes
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