IK Multimedia iRig Keys review

The iOS app experts unleash an iPad-friendly keyboard

  • £60
  • €89
  • $99
The key's are chunky and stiff with a nice cushioned, bouncy playable action that reminded us of old 'Portasound' keyboards

Our Verdict

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Pros

  • Ultra portable. Playable action. Plug in and play convenience.

Cons

  • No iPhone 5 cable (yet).

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.