iRig MIDI offers "a whole new territory of musical expression, creativity & pure enjoyment"
James Woodcock has been taking an in-depth look at iRig MIDI together with SampleTank for iPad from the perspective of the keyboard player. Commenting on the flexibility, he says: "This flexibility and creative potential will allow any musical keyboard, organ or piano player to delve into a whole new territory of musical expression, creativity and pure enjoyment."
As an experienced keyboard player and journalist, James is able to provide valuable insights and thoughts on using iRig MIDI. Here are some of his comments:
"iRig MIDI kit becomes an important addition to your Apple tablet and other compatible hardware."
"By using the iRig MIDI interface and connecting a MIDI compatible keyboard, the world of music literally takes flight, limited only by your imagination."
"The quality of these [SampleTank]voices ... shine very brightly indeed and although I have been totally spoilt by Yamaha’s flagship keyboard, they stand up very well for the price. The samples are all clear, expressive and more importantly musically appropriate."
"The polyphony [of SampleTank] stands up surprisingly well to say you are using a tablet to create all the voices & effects and, even with both hands playing complex multi-finger chords, each note remained represented in the sound produced."
"There was no noticeable delay from pressing the key on the keyboard to the iPad playing back the required sound and operations including using the pitch bend & modulation wheels were accurately recognised."
"iRig MIDI provides an essential connection to your Apple iOS device to allow your musical aspirations to come to life. Although IK Multimedia themselves have their own iOS app known as SampleTank to create your performances, the beauty of iRig MIDI is that you can use it with many more available within the iTunes App Store."
James sums up his conclusions with:
"This flexibility and creative potential will allow any musical keyboard, organ or piano player to delve into a whole new territory of musical expression, creativity and pure enjoyment. If you have any interest in taking your music experimentation to the next level, purchasing the iRig MIDI is surely a strong contender."
iRig MIDI is awarded 5 Star maximum score
You can read the full review here