"IK have made an attractive controller keyboard that's portable yet full-size and supports both iOS and desktop as equals. It is also currently unique in offering USB audio I/O."
Sound on Sound has been taking a look at iRig Keys I/O 49, courtesy of pro-audio specialist Simon Sherbourne. He was particularly impressed that iRig Keys I/O offers both MIDI control and an audio interface all in convenient mobile friendly format.
Here are some of his key comments:
"iRig Keys I/O 49 is an attractive, compact, master keyboard and audio interface providing a one-cable solution for simple computer or iPad-based music setups."
"The glossy panel, touch sliders and cool blue lights give it a pleasing futuristic appearance."
"A big plus is the use of touch-sensitive, endless encoders rather than basic pots."
"The iRig Keys I/O 49 is a light and portable, yet full-size, controller keyboard made for both iOS devices and computers."
"The keyboard feels positive and 'non-budget' and the pads are robust with decent sensitivity and range."
The ability to send messages on touch show a degree of sophistication that pros can dig into."
Simon's verdict is:
"IK have made an attractive controller keyboard that's portable yet full-size and supports both iOS and desktop as equals. It is also currently unique in offering USB audio l/O. lf this ticks all your boxes you should definitely check it out."
Key Plusses+ All-in-one keyboard and audio interface+ Phantom power and high impedance input+ Configurable with up to 99 user pages+ Custom iPad cradle
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