Korg's PlugKey interface gets MIDI into your iOS device and audio out of it

Korg has announced a potentially useful little iOS interface known as the plugKey. Designed to get MIDI into your device and audio out of it, it also gives you the option to charge your iPhone or iPad while you're using it.

Connecting over a Lightning cable, the plugKey has a 5-Pin MIDI In port, while its L/Mono and R line outs are on 1/4-inch jacks. There's an additional 1/8-inch mini headphones jack and a micro USB port for charging, plus a volume knob.

What isn't on offer is an audio input or a USB MIDI port. If you want those, you'll have to look elsewhere.

The plugKey will work with all manner of music apps, obviously, but Korg is throwing in Le versions of its Module and Gadget apps to get you started. You'll be able to choose between black and white versions.

Find out more on the Korg website. The plugKey's price and release date are still to be confirmed.

Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.