IK Multimedia iRig Keys
Officially the smallest and lightest (while still actually worth playing) iOS-ready keyboard you can buy.
"iRig Keys takes it's power from the device and works like a charm in Core MIDI apps such as GarageBand, Korg's iMS-20"
The key's are chunky and stiff with a nice cushioned, bouncy playable action that reminded us of old 'Portasound' keyboards and the addition of Volume/Data, Program change and Octave Up/Down buttons mean that it's the fullest featured iOS keyboard.
The proprietary mini DIN to 30-pin lead is a slight inconvenience (and there's no Lightning connection for iPhone 5 yet).
It takes it's power from the device and works like a charm in Core MIDI apps such as GarageBand, Korg's iMS-20, and IK's own Sampletank LE which comes free in the box.
Ultra portable. Playable action. Plug in and play convenience.
No iPhone 5 cable (yet).
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The first ultra-slim and highly portable universal MIDI controller keyboard for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac/PC
Modulation and pitch bend wheels; Powered from the iOS device or Mac/PC USB; Volume/Data knob (assignable); Octave/Program Up/Down back-lit, soft-touch buttons; Input for an optional sustain or expression pedal