16 Nov 2017

Engadget: iRig Keys I/O makes it easy to streamline your studio!

Rob Lefebvre's review of IK's keyboard controller with integrated audio interface


"Connecting was a simple plug and play affair - I never had to worry about extra cables or dongles, I just sat down, plugged the iRig Keys I/O into my iPad and I was up and running, playing all sorts of electronic and orchestral sounds with ease. I love having physical controls to control the various sounds I'm playing with on a keyboard like this, and the iRig Keys I/O has them all laid out in an intuitive way. Making music quickly and in a small space is exactly what I do; having the iRig Keys I/O makes doing so much more easy and cost-effective."


Here are some quotes from the extensive review of iRig Keys I/O 49 from Engadget.com:

"The physical layout of the iRig Keys I/O is intuitive, with big, easy to access controller buttons, knobs, and touch-sensitive sliders above the piano keys. I love having physical controls to control the various sounds I'm playing with on a keyboard like this, and the iRig unit has them all laid out in an intuitive way: pads on the right, knobs in the center and sliders to the left. Everything is labeled nicely."

"The ports and the switches on the back of the iRig Keys I/O 49 cover all the bases, too. There's a toggle for USB power, a DC port, and then a Mini-DIN MIDI port for the included USB or Lightning cables that connect the keyboard to your device. Importantly, there's a headphone jack and balanced outputs for connecting to a PA or amp."

"Connecting the controller was a simple plug and play affair -- I never had to worry about extra cables or dongles, or even power plugs. I just sat down, plugged the iRig Keys I/O into my iPad and I was up and running, playing all sorts of electronic and orchestral sounds with ease."

"What excites me about the iRig Keys I/O is that I can just have one main box on the table now, powered via USB. I can quickly plug in my guitar, bass or iPhone to the keyboard, monitor through the unit itself via headphones or a little studio monitor. When I'm finished, I simply unplug a couple of cables and lean the iRig up against the wall. The 49 keys allow me to stretch out across several octaves easily, and the smallish footprint lets me a create a fairly competent home studio right on my coffee table."

"All of that ability and potential adds up to a much more streamlined, capable rig for recording and performing. That it's only $300 is a huge plus, as well. Making music quickly and in a small space is exactly what I do; having the iRig Keys I/O makes doing so much more easy and cost-effective."

Read the review of iRig Keys I/O from Engadget

Learn more about the iRig Keys I/O keyboard controller and audio interface from IK Multimedia, so you can streamline your studio by being able to quickly plug into your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac and Pac and record MIDI or guitar/bass/vocals on the fly!

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