IK Multimedia has recently introduced their iRig Pads for iOS devices, a 16-pad MIDI controller for use with apps like Apples GarageBand, iMaschine or IK Multimedia’s own apps such as SampleTank, GrooveMaker or DJ Rig.
Like many of the apps for iOS devices, the iRig was built as a mobile hardware solution for the aspiring or even professional DJ/producer to draft up ideas for tracks. If you are one that needs the more tactile feel of actual controller then this is a great piece of gear for your road trips or even sitting around at home. We used it primarily with GarageBand and iMaschine and it worked great, but it was the best with iMaschine as it fit with the natural workflow of app.
iRig Pads were designed to be lightweight and portable for obvious reasons and feature a grid of sixteen pressure-sensitive and multi-color pads, two knobs, two pushbuttons, one slider, a combination pushbutton/knob controller and a TRS jack for an external footswitch.
iRig Pads includes both Lightning and USB cables for connecting to latest iOS Devices or a Mac or PC. A Dock Connector cable is sold separately for connecting to older iOS devices as well. The iRig Pads will pull power from your iOS device so make sure you are powered up when you are using it.
All of the 24 controls can be mapped just the way you want it and can also be set to trigger sounds/functions in many different ways giving you incredible control. The main pads support 128 levels of velocity response with three colors to give you visual feedback. The velocity sensitivity can be tweaked to three levels and can even be changed up via a single button at the top of the controller.
iRig Pads has six pre-programmed settings that will allow you to get started quickly if you are not an expert at mapping just yet. You can also have your settings saved for use with different apps so you can flow from app to app with ease.
If you are looking for a controller that is really geared for iOS devices and apps it’s really hard to beat iRig Pads. The lower price point, extremely portable size and wide array of functions make it top of the heap for us.
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