IK Multimedia iRig Keys Reviews3.5/5.0 based on 3 customer reviews
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from Desoto, Tx
December 7, 2012Music Background:
Composer, Live/Studio Musician
You'll Be Surprised How Useful it Is...I use this in a multi-key rig to keep from having to lugging around a heavier keyboard for my second 'board––in fact just used this on stage in front of about 6,000 or so. Honestly initially I was NOT impressed with musicality of this piece...but, that was until I stopped using it to play the stock sounds in logic and used it with a nice multisampled sampled Piano Patch, synths, etc. (nothing expensive either just the Reason Pianos refill) and the difference was dramatic IMO. If you're playing synths, brass parts, bass parts, etc. it's more than adequate. The biggest concern for me is transport (right now I'm bouncing back and forth between the original box and a small guitar gig bag. It is absolutely too long to fit in any backpack, but in exchange you get sustain/expression (note it does not work with yamaha expression pedals) and 37 keys which to me seems to be a decent tradeoff between usability and portability.
But the best part of it for me is how it's revolutionized my composing workflow. This is my go to keyboard when I'm sitting at my writing desk (Sibelius 7)––or when I'm writing somewhere else for a change of scenery (starbucks, etc.).
In looking at the ratings I'm really tempted to give it 5 stars just because I keep finding so MANY uses for it and you really don't know how handy it is to have something like this until you actually have it. I mean I just used it while my rig was on stage to tweak sounds and review the songs one last time behind stage, and that's just one example. A main keyboard it is not, but it is a lot of other things. A worthwhile purchase no matter how you look at it. I give 4.5 overall only because the build quality and overall look of the keyboard is a little underwhelming. (side note: I have not tried it with iOS but really don't have high expectations for its usefulness there. An iPad patch will only sound so good, but that's just my opinion).
from Durham, NC
November 10, 2012Music Background:
Finally: mini keys with a sustain pedal!Hey, this thing is cool just because you can plug in a sustain pedal. Up 'til now, I had never seen that but had always wanted it. (I have never understood how I was expected to use a sustain button. I mean, I need two hands to play the keys.) Plus, it has 3 octaves - bigger than the usually two, but still pretty compact. I use this in a portable performance rig, so it is a great addition to my setup. Havn't had it long enough to review quality, but I will keep my fingers crossed! :-)
November 15, 2012
Does the Job but Severely OverpricedI was expecting much more in terms of quality from a $100, 37-key controller. Don't expect lot of variations in velocity to MIDI from this product but rather a simple and direct way to get MIDI into iOS devices.