Ask Audio's Hollin Jones recently got a chance to check out iRig Keys 2 and he was quickly impressed by its design, ease of installation and versatility.
Here are some of his comments:
"The iRig keys 2 is the latest generation of the company’s portable MIDI controller and it comes with a slick new look - rounded and appealing, it certainly stands out from the crowd."
"You now get a headphone stereo out port, which can also be used to connect speakers. This is a nice touch since it means you’re not reliant on laptop or iPad speakers for playback monitoring."
"Tested on a Mac and various iOS devices it worked flawlessly, appearing automatically once connected."
"The software bundle is solid, with Cubasis LE for iOS and SampleTank 4 SE for Mac and PC included."
"The iRig Keys 2 is a great little MIDI controller with responsive keys and a useful set of controllers. It works with pretty much any device, with or without a computer if necessary."
Hollin's final verdict was:
"If you’re in the market for a portable controller or are just short on space, this is a great solution for MIDI control and simple monitoring."
+ Good build quality
+ Sleek new look
+ Multiple power options
+ Good key action
+ Use without a computer if required
+ Setup is nonexistent
+ Monitor audio