"If you want the convenience of single unit providing a comprehensive demo production solution, then look no further. IK Multimedia have turned the development of affordable music gadgetry into a fine art."
Here are some of the key comments from his review:
"With the iRig Keys I/O they break new ground by combining two distinct tools: the USB controller keyboard and the audio interface."
The iRig Keys I/O comes in either a 25-key or a 49-key model, but both manage to fit 8 multi-coloured, velocity-sensitive drum pads, a modulation/pitch bend wheel and a five-knob control panel. It’s no mean feat considering that both controllers still manage to be, what IK Multimedia claim are, 'the smallest controllers with full sized keys on the market'."
"If you’re looking for this to provide a basic scratchpad, demo production set-up then you really won’t go far wrong here."
"It’s a way to capture ideas quickly, with flexibility and ease that you might not achieve without a simplified recording solution."
What is especially pleasing, is that not only have IK Multimedia packaged a comprehensive piece of recording hardware into one convenient unit, but they’ve also bundled 'the largest selection of software and apps amongst any comparable controller'."
"A neat, comprehensive and affordable recording interface"
Aaron's final verdict is:
"IK Multimedia have turned the development of affordable music gadgetry into a fine art and continue to offer the modern, production-savvy songwriter with some damn fine solutions– the iRig Keys I/O being yet another one of them."
iRig Keys I/O receives Songwriting Magazine's Editors Choice award.