The First Studio-Quality Electric Piano App
Dozens of classic electric pianos — all inside your iPad
Imagine having access to the warm tube growl of a Rhodes® Suitcase model, the punch and presence of a Wurlitzer® 200A or the funky percussive tones of a vintage Hohner® D6 Clavinet. These classic electric pianos and electronic keyboards produce some of the most distinctive instrument sounds — tones that have graced and defined everything from mega pop hits to jazz standards to classic rock and more.
Now these sounds are available to you — in an app! With our new iLectric Piano, you can perform with some of the world's most revered vintage instruments, all painstakingly recreated down to their most subtle nuances. You get a veritable "who's who" (or perhaps we should say a "what's what”) of authentic sounding classic electric pianos and keyboards, all inside your iPad.
But there’s more: iLectric Piano is now Audiobus compatible, which means it can be opened through the Audiobus app (a 3rd-party app that requires separate purchase), and used along with other compatible apps, such as AmpliTube, for real-time, inter-app audio routing.
A rich tapestry of sounds
All 19 instruments that come with iLectric Piano are authentic, rich and warm. When you connect your mobile device to a speaker or headphones, close your eyes and listen, you'll think you're listening to the real deal. And you are.
The included instruments feature a wide variety of sonic textures, ranging from luscious and ethereal to sharp and funky to down, dirty, and distorted. You get multiple versions of "EP" and "Wurly," which were sampled from the two most iconic electric pianos of all time. And there are three different Clavinets in the collection, giving you many variations of the funkiest of all keyboards. And that's just the beginning. iLectric Piano is expandable via in-app purchase to add another 22 vintage and modern keyboards to your collection.
Under the hood
How do we provide such accurate emulations? We started developing new technologies to accurately reproduce the most realistic and "true-to-the-original" sounds of vintage instruments over 16 years ago. And while we can't give away all of our secrets, we can tell you that every note produced by each instrument was painstakingly sampled at multiple velocities (if you're not familiar with the terminology, velocity is a MIDI measurement of how hard you hit the key).
The multi-velocity sampling is a key factor (no pun intended) when you’re playing iLectric with a velocity-sensitive MIDI keyboard, like our iRig KEYS. Hit a key softly, and a soft sample is triggered, hit it a little harder, and a harder one is triggered, and so forth. With this type of dynamic response, the iLectric instruments offer an extremely true-to-life playing feel.
iLectric Piano is equipped with an ultra-low latency engine, which means that notes sound immediately when you hit a key, further adding to the realistic playing feel. You won’t experience any of the annoying and distracting latency delay that you find on many instrument apps.
In addition to the incredibly accurate reproduction of each instrument's original character and sound, we provide you with some modern tools to make the sounds your own. We added a powerful effects section to give you the creative tools to take the original sounds to a completely new level of originality and unique auditory bliss. And they're easy to use.
When you first open the app, you’ll notice the 3-band EQ conveniently located just above the keyboard. There are low- and high-frequency adjustment knobs (boost & cut), and two knobs for midrange: one that sets the mid-point frequency and one that boosts or cuts based upon the position of the frequency selector.
Now swipe the control area to the left, and you’ll find more effects for your tweaking pleasure. The ultra-smooth Reverb adds ambience and depth. There's an overdrive, which, unlike a standard guitar-type overdrive, is tailored specifically for capturing authentic electric piano textures. Set it low for a subtle, tube-like warmth, or crank it for an overdriven, edgy cabinet tone.ì
Finally, there’s the Modulation section, which gives you five different effects choices: Chorus, Phaser, Flanger, Tremolo, or AutoPan. You can adjust speed and depth for any of them, and your settings stay in place when you switch between the different mod effects, making it really easy to compare them. Go from subtle to crazy, depending on where you set the controls.
You can play iLectric Piano three ways: right from your iPad with the onscreen keyboard, with a dedicated MIDI controller like iRig KEYS designed specifically for mobile musicians, or with a standard MIDI controller and MIDI interface like iRig MIDI.
On-screen play is built-in. Simply tap the keys on the iPad screen (we recommend our iKlip Studio for securing your iPad in place for playing). Swipe the keyboard display to the right for lower octaves and left for higher ones.
iLectric Piano also supports Core MIDI and is immediately compatible with any Core MIDI device. If you want to get the most out of the app, and take advantage of the incredible multisampled dynamics, connect iRig KEYS to your iPad's 30-pin or Lightning port. iRig KEYS is our ultra-portable 37-mini-key controller, which comes with cables for your iPad or iPad mini (not to mention your iPhone/iPod touch and Mac), so you can start playing iLectric Piano right away. iRig KEYS is powered by your mobile device, so you can use it to play iLectric Piano’s smokin’ instruments virtually anywhere. Together, they make the ultimate portable electric piano rig!
If you already have a MIDI keyboard, another great option is iRig MIDI, our iOS MIDI interface. It lets you plug any MIDI controller into your iPad or other Apple mobile device, and play iLectric Piano or other Core MIDI apps, such as SampleTank and iGrand Piano.
So imagine you’re playing one of the cool instruments in iLectric Piano. Let’s say you choose “Wurly Suitcase,” and its awesome authentic tone is inspiring you to push your playing to the limits, or maybe come up with a really cool melody line. iLectric Piano’s recorder is right there, ready to go. There’s no need to stop playing, turn on your computer, connect your iPad, launch your DAW, set up and name a new file, setup the right kind of track, and then try to remember what you were playing that so inspired you. With iLectric Piano, the recorder is just a button push away, making it easy to immediately capture your inspirations.
Set the metronome if you want to (it even has a Tap Tempo feature), hit Record, and you’re rolling. You can even overdub as much as you want, layering over your original part, and you can easily export your recordings as audio via File Sharing, email or Copy.
Here’s another cool feature. When you’re in the Record window, pressing the little keyboard icon gives you an alternate keyboard view, which shows you the full keyboard. When a recording plays back, the sounding notes are highlighted in real-time, which can be a great way to see how something was played.
We're happy to report that iLectric Piano is now Audiobus compatible. That means you can launch it from inside the Audiobus app (a third-party app that requires separate purchase), and send its output through other audio apps, like AmpliTube, GarageBand, and many others, to be filtered, recorded, looped, and more. The ability to share audio between apps opens up incredible creative possibilities.
We've also added full support for background audio, which means iLectric Piano can now play in the background when other audio apps are playing in the foreground. That means you can now layer iLectric Piano's output with that of other audio apps, giving you even more creative options.