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"It's small enough to find a space on even the most hectic studio desks"

6 March 2018

MusicRadar and Computer Music have been taking a close look at iRig Keys I/O 49 and its associated software bundle, and they were highly impressed by the combination.

Here are some of their key comments:

"The unweighted keys are light and responsive, with satisfying travel and minimal lateral movement."

"What we do dig, is that the unit can be powered via USB or four AA batteries, so you don’t have to invest in a separate power adaptor for use with your iPad. The included one-piece tablet stand is another very nice touch."

"Complementing the keys are eight backlit, velocity-sensitive drum pads."

"The onboard audio interface operates at up to 24-bit/96kHz, and sounds good doing it."

"Plenty of customisation is possible, including reassignment of the touchstrips to output MIDI CCs; setting individual pads to output MIDI notes, CCs or Program Change messages; adjustment of velocity sensitivity for pads
 and keys; and keyboard transposition."

"The iRig Keys I/O 49 is a great success."

"In terms of value for money, the iRig Keys I/O is a pretty good deal on its own, but IK has sweetened the pot big time by throwing in €750 worth of software."

Their final verdict is:

"It’s small enough to find a space on even the most hectic of studio desks, equipped to handle basic recording duties and general purpose MIDI control on stage and in the studio, and comparatively good value, particularly if the excellent bundled software appeals."

Key Plusses

+ For MIDI control and audio I/O in one
+ Mac, PC and iOS compatibility
+ Impressive bundled software
+ Tablet stand included

Final score: 4/5 stars

Read the full review on MusicRadar
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