New portable MIDI keyboards sport 37 keys, Lightning connector

IK Multimedia on Tuesday introduced two new keyboards for musicians on the go: the iRig Key Pro and iRig Keys with Lightning connector. They're available for $149.99 and $129.99 respectively.

Both keyboards sport 37 keys and the same feature set: pitch bend and mod wheels, an assignable data knob, lighted buttons for program and octave up/down, four programmable "Sets" keys to store custom setups, and an expansion pack to connect a sustain or expression pedal. They're both bus-powered, requiring no external power source, and both are Core MIDI compatible, requiring no additional drivers to work.

The iRig Keys Pro uses full-sized keys, and it comes with both Lightning and 30-pin Dock Connector cables to attach to old and newer iOS devices. A USB cable also connects you to a Mac or PC.

The iRig Keys with Lightning connector is physically smaller than its Pro counterpart, but is otherwise remarkably similar - with the same key count and features, just thinner, lighter and smaller. Despite its name, it also comes with Lightning, 30-pin Dock Connector and USB cables, so you can attach it to Macs, PCs or iOS devices.

IK has famed keyboard virtuoso Jordan Rudess (of Dream Theater and Liquid Tension Experiment) putting the new keyboard through its paces; watch the video above to see what it can do.

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Peter Cohen

Mac Managing Editor of iMore and weekend Apple Product Professional at a local independent Apple reseller. Follow him on Twitter @flargh

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