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ION Audio PIANO APPRENTICE 25-note Lighted Keyboard for iPad, iPod and iPhone

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  • 25-note lighted keyboard with touch-sensitive mini-keys
  • Follow the lighted keys and learn how to play piano quickly
  • Free piano teaching app available via iTunes
  • Compatible with-iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch, 3rd gen iPod Touch, 4th gen iPad 1, iPad 2
  • Powered by batteries (included) or optional AC adapter
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Style: For iPad and iPad 2 | Product Packaging: Standard Packaging
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 10 x 4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B004YHTNVC
  • Item model number: ICK05
  • Batteries 4 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 20, 2011

Product Description

Style: For iPad and iPad 2 | Product Packaging: Standard Packaging

From the Manufacturer

Ion Audio ICK05 Piano Apprentice with Lighted Mini-Keys for iPad, iPod and iPhone is portable and so easy to use that you can learn to play piano virtually anywhere! Piano Apprentice is the ultimate piano teaching tool, providing light up mini-keys that show you where to place your hands. There's even a headphone jack for quiet practice.

Simply connect your iPad, iPod or iPhone, download the free Piano Apprentice app, and start playing piano instantly! Piano Apprentice is a lightweight, highly portable 25-note keyboard and features mini-keys that respond to your touch for maximum expression. It's easy to follow along as acclaimed piano instructor Scott Houston, aka the Piano Guy, appears on the screen demonstrating how to play while the actual keys on Piano Apprentice light up. The Piano Apprentice will even teach you how to read real music notation. The built-in stereo speakers deliver a rich, authentic piano sound.

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ION Piano Learning System iPad, iP


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Customer Reviews

The player worked great and easy to use with the exception of one key on the keyboard wouldn't play.
mary
The "ION Audio PIANO APPRENTICE 25-note Lighted Keyboard for iPad, iPod, and iPhone" is not compatible with my iPad and is not compatible with my iPhone.
Paul Gillespie
In this case I'm happy to be the one giving a much better review to something which has gotten a bad rap.
Sean Straus

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92 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Teresa Maloney on October 9, 2012
Style Name: For iPad and iPad 2Product Packaging: Standard Packaging Verified Purchase
The piano itself is pretty neat and works with both the iPad and iPod, but the piano apprentice app that you have to download leaves a lot to be desired. I thought it would be more of a basic piano lesson, learning the notes one at a time then putting them together to form the song, but instead the song plays at full tempo and is hard to follow. Besides which, there are only 4 songs to learn.
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85 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Sean Straus on October 24, 2013
Style Name: For iPad and iPad 2Product Packaging: Standard Packaging Verified Purchase
Usually I'm the guy to come in and rain on everyone's parade and tell them a product is not as good as they think it is. In this case I'm happy to be the one giving a much better review to something which has gotten a bad rap.

I paid $35 for this device which is worth a heck of a lot more, and I can say it's completely exceeded my expectations. After I read the reviews here, it was looking like this came with lousy software and might not work well with other software. It's partly true that the bundled software isn't great, but it's not deplorable either.

Thee good news is that you don't have to use the bundled software at all if you don't want to. There's a terrific piano teaching package called Synthesia which works almost perfectly with this keyboard and makes it the deal of the century. You have to go into it's settings page and set it up properly for the Ion Piano Apprentice (it has special settings for it), and once you do, it plays perfectly with the light up keys and everything. You have access to hundreds of songs and can learn in "guitar hero" style or by reading sheet music. This is really great software for learning songs (and lots of them).

EDIT: I have noticed a few anomalies with the way it handles the lights with synthesia. I don't think this is a major issue. A lot of it seems to be from passing through the metronome clicks to the keyboard, which I turned off. Sometimes repeat notes don't show up if you miss them the first time. This doesn't change my conclusion. At this price, the lights are really a bonus.

The combination of Synthesia's software with this keyboard makes this thing a ridiculous deal at $35. The action of the piano is quite good at that price and you won't find any other kind of keyboard with lighted keys at 3x the price.
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54 of 60 people found the following review helpful By L. K. on December 19, 2011
Style Name: For iPad and iPad 2Product Packaging: Standard Packaging
This is an excellent device! No, it won't turn you into a concert pianist, and it may not inspire a non-musician. But if you really want to add piano to your repertoire, it's an excellent way to start. Rather than spending hours playing Angry Birds, why not learn some chords, and learn to navigate your way around a keyboard? It sounds good and is portable. Good for kids (not too much money invested) as well as adults.
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52 of 60 people found the following review helpful By G. Anderson on August 15, 2012
Style Name: For iPad and iPad 2Product Packaging: Standard Packaging Verified Purchase
I gave this a try and the keyboard itself is good but the APP that comes with it sucks. What good is having keys that light up if they don't wait for you to hit them before moving on. You have to watch them light up and memorize them as they do. The key to playing piano is developing muscle memory. You can't do that with this APP. I did find an APP called Piano Tutor that works with the keyboard. This APP does not light up the keyboard but it does let you learn to read music as you practice and keeps score to watch as you improve. It helps you develop music reading and muscle memory. If you bought this keyboard I recommend you try the APP Piano Tutor.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Luis Taveras on January 5, 2014
Style Name: For iPad and iPad 2Product Packaging: Standard Packaging Verified Purchase
To add to Sean Straus review, which I'm thankful for because the Synthesia app does work lovely with the keyboard minus the occasional bloop when it fails to light up on keys. But it happens about once every 50 key strokes so it a livable flaw. I like the fact that the keyboard waits for your keypress and also has other options where it can just play the song along without waiting, etc. I want to add the settings that I am using which helps greatly because some of the built in songs in Synthesia use octaves that are outside the reach of the keyboard which makes it hard to play so here goes:

Settings:
Music Devices: Make sure ION Piano is in the Music Input and in the 2nd option of Music Output.
Music Output: I disabled metronome and percussion in this option as per Sean Straus's suggestion to avoid keylighting failures.

Songs:
Song View: Simple
The Other Hand: Played by Synthesia, Hidden (I chose hidden so that the screen on the ipad doesn't fly left and right)
Background Instruments: Muted, Hidden

After you have chosen your song and you hit continue and chose right hand as this is usually the hand that plays the main keys and the left hand usually plays the cords of the song which will be played by "Synthesia" instead as we played in the "The other hand" setting. This makes song playing a lot more enjoyable on this short 25 key piano. Feel free to take this setting off and choosing both hands but playing a song gets to be a bit difficult when certain notes fall off the 25 key octave.

Also, another preferred setting of mine is hitting the magnifying glass at the top right while the song is playing and choosing 25 key to keep the ipad layout closer to the length of the piano.
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Style Name: For new iPadProduct Packaging: Standard Packaging Verified Purchase
Important part: If you want a Piano Apprentice that will work with both generations of Apple devices, you want to get the more expensive version.

(I'll talk more about the compatibility issues and then discuss the keyboard and software.)

The ION Piano is a great learning tool. The ION app is helpful and there are others available to extend those capabilities.

What I want to mention is the two "versions" listed for sale. Turns out, there is only one piano. (It's not really a piano and I'll get to that in a minute.) The device has the old style 30-pin connector. The version which is compatible with newer iDevices includes an adapter that converts 30-pin to Apples newer 8-pin lightning configuration.

What is confusing is that the Amazon listing shows a USB cable and creates the impression that the ION device has a USB socket where you plug that cable. It does not have such a socket. All it has is a hardwired cable that terminates in a 30-pin connector. The extra "piece" you get is an adapter.

But wait, you say, "There are adapters available that cost less than the $10 difference between the two version of this (not really a) piano. Can't I save money by buying the cheaper version and a less expensive adapter?"

To which I would answer, "Probably not because most of the inexpensive adapters are designed to charge and sync only. The more complete product listings for these adapters will mention there is no A/V support." Regardless, the cheaper adapters will NOT have A/V support. The ones that do will cost $20 or more. If you need to have this keyboard work with a newer iDevice the PAYING THE ADDITIONAL $10 FOR A WORKING ADAPTER IS A BARGAIN.
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