IK Multimedia has expanded the iRig Keys 2 series of mobile MIDI keyboard controllers with the addition of the compact iRig Keys 2 Mini ($99.99). It features 25 mini keys for backpack portability or use in a small studio workplace, MIDI I/O and a unique audio/headphone output. DJs, beginner laptop musicians and anyone looking for a mobile solution can use it to trigger analog synths, create beats on a smartphone or tablet, control a DAW, and much more, says the company.
The iRig Keys 2 controller series, which also includes iRig Keys 2 (37 velocity-sensitive mini keys) and iRig Keys 2 Pro (37 full size velocity-sensitive keys), offers new ways to connect and control, updated compatibility, and a sleek look. In addition to offering laptop and desktop compatibility, each of these ultra-slim MFi (Made For iPhone) controllers connect directly to iPhones, iPads and most Android models. They all also include a dedicated audio output to connect speakers or headphones – especially useful with newer iPhone/iPad models without headphone outputs. Each controller also comes equipped with a variety of convenient top-panel performance controls, and all feature MIDI IN/OUT for use as a stand-alone MIDI controller or MIDI interface. A selection of music-making apps is bundled with each controller, as well as all the necessary cables, says the company.
iRig Keys 2 Mini works directly out of the box with iPhone, iPad and Mac/PC, and is compatible with most Android devices. The headphone output can be used for silent practice or composition. The audio out can also be used to connect speakers for increased volume and audio quality that surpasses a mobile device’s built-in speakers.
The onboard MIDI IN/OUT enables users to control stand-alone gear such as IK’s UNO Synth and UNO Drum, other synths and drum machines, and more. While being used with a computer or mobile device, iRig Keys 2 Mini can also act as a MIDI interface to streamline an entire rig.
All iRig Keys 2 controllers can be powered by a computer or mobile device, USB power supply, or USB battery pack, for reliable control while creating, performing or even traveling.
Programming and performance controls are easily accessible from iRig Keys 2 Mini’s top panel. They include volume control, octave up/down buttons, a data push encoder, and a variety of other function buttons. Custom settings can be programmed to four assignable knobs for easy access to favorite performance parameters.
An Edit mode lets users personalize the controllers and recall preferred settings with the touch of a button. Options include keyboard transpose, touch sensitivity customization, MIDI channel change, customized knob assignments, and more. All changes can also be saved into Sets using the Set button for instant recall.
iRig Keys 2 Mini and all iRig Keys 2 controllers come complete with IK’s Mac/PC sound and groove workstation, SampleTank 4 SE, which offers more than 2,000 sounds to create cutting-edge tracks. Also included are free apps like SampleTank FREE for iPhone and iPad, iGrand Piano FREE for iPhone, iPad and Android, and iLectric Piano FREE for Android.
The series is also compatible with many other popular music app titles for iPhone, iPad, Android and Mac/PC, says the company.