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IK Multimedia iRig Keys I/O 49 49-Key Music Creation Workstation with Integrated Audio Interface
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- All-in-one, fully portable, ultra-compact MIDI controller with 24-bit/ 96Khz capable input/output audio interface for iPhone, iPad, Mac and Pc
- 49 full size keys and smooth, velocity-sensitive, synth-action keyboard
- Comprehensive controls: 2 slider strips for pitch and modulation (user programmable,) octave, Program change and transport controls
- Neutrik combo input jack for line, instrument or microphones, with 48V phantom power and balanced stereo and headphone outputs
- Comes with the most comprehensive collection of software instruments and Pro studio processors on the market: a value of over $750 of software and apps
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About IK Multimedia
IK Multimedia specializes in apps and accessories for mobile devices.
The all-in-one music creation workstation that goes anywhere
Available in 25- or 49-key configurations
The iRig Keys I/O series takes traditional controllers to the next level. Combining a full-featured MIDI controller with a professional audio interface and a comprehensive software bundle of any controller on the market, iRig Keys I/O gives you everything you need to create music on your Mac, PC, iPad or iPhone.
- MIDI controller with velocity-sensitive keys
- 24-bit / 96 kHz audio interface built-in
- Massive software recording bundle to compose, record, mix and master
- Comprehensive controls: 2 slider strips, 5 velocity-sensitive knobs and 8 multi-color pads
- Neutrik combo input with phantom power and adjustable gain
- TRS stereo and headphone outputs
- Runs off batteries, PSU or USB power
- Compatible with Mac, PC, iPad and iPhone
A full featured controller
Transport & function keys
Easily trigger record & playback with presets for a wide range of recording software.
Programmable touch controls
These touch-sensitive strips default to pitch & mod but can be assigned to control anything.
Endless rotary encoders
4 rotary encoders plus a bank switch for easy access to up to 8 parameters.
8 rugged beat pads offer multi-color velocity indication to trigger samples or loops.
A flexible audio interface
iRig Keys I/O offers a full range of input & output - a combo XLR/instrument input, 1/4" TRS stereo and headphone outputs.
The Neutrik combo input allows you to connect both instruments and microphones, with adjustable gain and phantom power.
iRig Keys I/O works out of the box with Mac, PC, iPhone and iPad, with no adaptors required, so you can make music anytime..
Loaded with recording software
iRig Keys I/O include Ableton Live 9 Lite, so you can start making music right out of the box, but is also compatible with all today's popular recording apps.
And a massive supply of sounds
Including SampleTank 3, Miroslav 2 CE and Syntronik Pro V - over 5000 sounds and 43 GB of samples covering every music genre. Use it stand-alone or inside your favorite recording software like Ableton Live or GarageBand.
Mix and master like a pro
T-RackS 4 Deluxe offers 9 professional-grade plug-ins and advanced metering to mix your tracks and add a final polish so they're ready for duplication or streaming.
Even on the go
Keys I/O also unlocks over 1100 sounds in SampleTank iOS and the Pro-V synth in Syntronik for iOS, so you can make music anywhere, even when you're away from your studio.
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|Item Dimensions||27.30 x 8.20 x 2.60 inches||32.36 x 2.68 x 7.44 inches||23.82 x 8.35 x 2.52 inches||7.13 x 12.52 x 1.73 inches||6.57 x 18.70 x 1.96 inches|
|Item Weight||4.81 lbs||4.85 lbs||4.20 lbs||1.65 lbs||2.20 lbs|
A total music production system in a controller The iRig Keys I/O series evolves the concept of traditional controllers as the only one available on the market that integrates 25 or 49 full sized keys together with a fully-fledged professional audio interface featuring 24-bit audio up to 96kHz sampling rate, balanced stereo and headphone outputs, plus a combo input jack for line, instrument or mic input (with Phantom power.) Together with an audio interface, iRig Keys I/O also packs all the controls you would expect from a premium controller including velocity sensitive multicolored pads and programmable touch-sensitive sliders, buttons and knobs for unique expressiveness and fast workflow. Both iRig Keys I/O 25 and 49 are also the smallest full sized keys on the market making them the best solution for working in small spaces and ideal when it comes to having a controller for traveling musicians, in addition to the consideration that they are the only truly mobile devices that can also work on AA batteries. Being certified Apple MFi keyboard controllers (“Made for iPod, iPhone, iPad,”) iRig Keys I/O are guaranteed to work out of the box with all iOS devices including the latest generation of iPhone 7, that does not have an audio output, thanks to the on-board audio interface. The included Lighting cable allows for straight plug-and-play with Apple iOS devices, the USB cable connects Mac and PC computers. Plus with over $/€550 (25) and $/€750 (49) worth of IK full software and apps they include an unmatched selection of everything that is needed to make complete, finished productions out of the box like the full SampleTank 3 sound and groove workstation, Miroslav Philharmonik 2 CE orchestral workstation, Syntronik Pro-V vintage synthesizer, T-Racks Deluxe mix and mastering suite and more, as the ultimate music production station.
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1. For "synth-action" keys, these are actually pretty nice. The tension is just right and not TOO noisy, but that "hollow plastic" feel manages to creep in when playing fast.
2. Overall compactness with full-size keys. I wasn't sure how I'd like the layout of the keyboard with the Mod wheel and Pitch bend above the low end. Turns out I actually do like it. The touch-based mod/pitch are very responsive - much better than i anticipated.
3. That little device stand ... lol, I actually like that too. It doesn't 'lock' onto the back of the keyboard, and although it is rather cheap and flimsy, it works and is very convenient. the foot slides under the controller to keep it from tipping backwards when you are poking your screen.
1. No power cable included. They want another $40 (not sure if that includes shipping) for a $5 AC adapter for an already $300 MIDI keyboard. Right now I'm using a powered USB 3.0 hub to deliver power to the keyboard when using it with an iPad. That might have something to do with #5 below, but it doesn't explain that issue when connected to a PC ... I dunno.
2. Proprietary Data Cables. Seriously? Fragile mini-DIN style cables that terminate in either USB or Lightning. Oh, and if you break or lose one of those cables ... $30 each (not sure if that includes shipping). I suspect with this being a 'portable' keyboard and those cables getting plugged in and unplugged frequently, pins are going to get bent. I thought Apple was bad about this, but at least you can buy cheaper and better cables from 3rd-parties to replace Apple cables.
3. Bright, eye-damaging blue LEDs. Please give us a firmware update that actually dims ALL of the lights on this controller. No joke, I see ghost images of the info panel and drum pads for a while after I turn this thing off. That's really not funny. I really wish companies would stop using blue lights on their gear or at least give people the option to change the color to something less blinding.
4. Can't disable the Audio Interface to use only as USB MIDI controller. Maybe they can create a firmware update for this as well. Depending on where I use this, I don't always want to use THIS as my interface, but I DO want to use it as my MIDI keyboard - like I said, the controller is actually good.
5. Audio Interface sometimes disconnects from iPad and PC. Not sure whats up with that. Note: this does NOT happen while its being actively used, but when I take a break and come back, I usually end up having to unplug it and plug it back in.
6. Registration/Passwords/Downloads ... I don't even know where to begin with this mess - an absolute miserable experience. How about just give us codes in the box to download software or apps. If you create a new account, do NOT use a password with more than 19 characters and do NOT use any special characters in your password. If you do you may not be able to login with your iOS device inside of their apps. I ended up locked out of my account for a while. I had to reset my password a few times before I figured out that their system will not accept special characters on the website (even though it let me create a password with those characters when I signed up). Also took a few password resets to figure out that SampleTank iOS and Syntronik iOS don't allow you to input a password with more than 19 characters. Brilliant!
7. Even with the latest firmware (1.0.9 at the time of this review) and the pad sensitivity set to "REG" (the most sensitive), I still have to beat the crap out of the pads to reach full velocity. Its easier to just use the keyboard keys or go back in and adjust the velocity in the DAW. Unfortunately that pretty much 'de-humanizes' the performance. I can't imagine anyone using the other 2 velocity settings.
8. The middle of the keybed bends with very little effort while playing. The overall construction really seems a bit cheap. I get it - its a $300 controller AND interface (that you can't disable). But when I compare the overall construction to an old $120 Evolution 61-key controller, I can't help but be a bit disappointed. (Before you ask, that Evolution is really old, has become 'creaky', the keys now have spring-noise, and its a bit big to travel with).
I REALLY like the keyboard itself (the keys). I am a bit torn right now. I'd rate it closer to 2.5 stars if we could give half stars. I am on the fence as to whether or not I want to return this. Some of the issues could probably be fixed with a firmware update. The bright blue lights I don't think can be fixed, so if I keep it I will probably just tape a piece of cloth over the info panel (brightest light) that I can lift up when I need to see it and probably not use the pads and just put tape over them too.
Knowing what I know now, if I hadn't already bought it, I think I would probably buy a separate controller and interface. I'm just not sure there is another compact 4-octave controller with a full-size keybed this nice. I think if I find something in the next week or two I will end up returning this.
I ended up returning it. Currently have no idea what I will get in its place. What finally made up my mind was it started dropping connections on my PC while actively using it (didn't do this the first couple of weeks, just dropped when idle for a while). For now I'm back to an old Focusrite interface (works fine, doesn't drop connection) and Evolution keyboard with noisy keys.
Completely Unrelated to This Review: @IK, thank you for adding AUv3 support to Syntronik in iOS! When can we expect it in SampleTank?
After asking their support site, they say they have not tried the new ipads and they dont have a date to do so to fix the interface or update the apps, so i am stuck with a device that does not work properly without even a date to fix the problem.
Update 1: This is even worse than expected. I have spent thousands of dollars in their software and devices and when I write in their forum about the compatibility and that there is not an official upgrade announced, they erase my post. This happened twice. People should know that the device is not compatible before buying.
Returning it today.
It was the wrong decision to buy this controller.
Latency on PC makes it useless as an instrument.
Integration with DAW is Ok.
A latency on iPad is little. I could use the keyboard with iPad for my practice during vacation(for a).
Action - There is no action, but it seems like the manufacturer tried to build something that feels like an escapement.
SampleBank on iPad makes a lot of distortions when recording/playing back all 8 tracks.
- Original review ------------------------------------------------------------------
This controller requires some effort in order to prepare it to stable work and get access to additional features which come with the accompanying software.
1) The controller will start working as you just plug it in. It works as a MIDI controller just fine out of the box with iPad and Windows 10 (I did not try on Mac)
2) There is a newer firmware. The firmware adds extra factory presets for some software products. There is also a driver for Windows 10 which can be installed by a utility downloaded from the website. The naming of utilities and their versions are confusing.
The firmware update procedure has failed once. It stopped at 90%. The second attempt completed successfully.
3) The installation on iPad is straightforward if you know how to use QR-code.
4) On PC the full installation will require 30GB of space. The most of the space is taken by sound files.
I tried to have all advertised features working. It looks like I have achieved the goal.
There is a good forum where you can ask a question and get a virtually instant response.
The bottom line - this product is working as advertised. If you want to get the most from it you will have to spend some time.
Be aware that some features such as VSTs may require higher(st) edition of DAW. For instance, Studio One Prime does not have the support of VST. I understand it is required to use Studio One Professional in order to get access to provided with SampleTank and other packages VSTs.
Ableton LE provides support of VSTs.
About the keys. Nothing special.
They slightly lose original resilience very quickly(within a few days).
It is not the easiest(in terms of preparation) controller (for the first-time iRig user) but the complexity level is adequate to the set of provided features.
P.S. - I had zero problems with registration of the keyboard and all software (on iPad and Windows).
Top reviews from other countries
Fitted the batteries, plugged it in and turned it on. Everything powered up ok. Opened up Garageband ready for the "seamless integration" promised on the box. Picked a synth and tried the keyboard. NOTHING! Hmmmmm...ok, lets try IGrand app from the same people that make the keyboard. NOTHING!!!!! All I got was a warning message relating to microphone and privacy settings. After a lot of trial and error and dark muttering, found that if you unplug and re insert the proprietary din cable from the back of the keyboard and wait a few seconds then re insert, it did intermittently start working, only to randomly cut out again for no apparent reason regulary. Managed maybe 20mins at one point and thought maybe it just needed to settle down, but no, it must have heard me and proceeded to cut out again and refused to come back on. Obviously, it was trying to tell me to take a break and write this review! Updated the firmware (had to do it on PC as the mac download wouldn't install) to the latest version which has made no difference. Even the link to the product manual on the you've registered your product email is a dead link. DO IK Multimedia actually check/test anything before release?????? Bitterly disappointed as I was really hoping that I had a cracking little travel rig. Ended up keeping the secondhand irig Pro I bought and buying a secondhand Alesis q25 midi keyboard and it works flawlessly. Will return this and bank myself £145 in savings.
that was 4 weeks later. So what's the keyboard like to honest i started making a track and i found it really easy to use and the software that came with it was great I like making my own soundtracks so having a nice string section although I had to pay for it was a blast cant moan easy to use but I am a little scared about plugging it to my new Mac or even buying another from Amazon.
No lag, on a 2012 MacBook Pro 2.6ghz with 16GB RAM - integrates perfectly for my uses with Logic Pro X - with some further investigation I will figure out the midi mapping...
In short, I love it - it was between this and the AKAI for me and in the end, value won as you also have inputs so it negates the need for an additional soundcard - and all for under £200