IK Multimedia's iRig Keys Mini MIDI Controller Review

The ultimate portable MIDI keyboard gets an upgrade
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The ultimate portable MIDI keyboard gets an upgrade

IK Multimedia has been providing amazing tools for mobile musicians for a while now, and their reboot of their Mini MIDI keyboard is no exception. 

The new iRig Keys MINI is the smallest in their keyboard range and targets the mobile musician/composer/producer. This 25 key universal mini keyboard controller is one of my favorite pieces of portable gear and rolls with me just about everywhere I go. 

The ability to have real keys on the road is huge and beats using the key commands any day. The feel of the keys is perfect when you are trying to nail those leads, they just have more play than your laptop keyboard and will always yield better results. 

Plug and Play!

Plug and Play!

The iRig Keys MINI works with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android and Mac/PC.  iRig Keys MINI is simple to set up and get rocking right of the box, just plug and play (all cables included, for all devices except 30-pin cable which is sold separately). 

I tested with ODESI (Mixed In Key), Ableton Live and Garage Band and it worked seamlessly. 

If you are looking for a compact keyboard that will give serious usability and features the iRig Keys MINI is a slam dunk. 

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iRig Keys Mini Features

25 velocity-sensitive mini-keys (2 full octaves range plus 1 note)

Volume/Data knob (assignable)

Back-lit, soft-touch Octave Up/Down buttons

Core MIDI and USB class compliant - plug and play

Powered from iOS device or Mac/PC

Comes with SampleTank FREE iOS and iGrand Piano FREE apps (download from the App store)

Comes with iGrand Piano FREE and iLectric Piano FREE for Android (download from Google Play or Samsung Galaxy Apps)

Comes with free Mac/PC software: SampleTank 3 SE (download from IK User Area)

Comes with free Mac/PC virtual instrument collections for SampleTank 3: The Grid plus 5 collections from Beats and Elektronika series (choose and download from IK User Area), plus 25 free Gear Credits to use in the Custom Shop

Includes Lightning, OTG to Micro-USB and USB cables (optional 30-pin cable can be used for older iOS devices)