Sunrise, FL (PRWEB) September 26, 2014
IK Multimedia, the leader in mobile music creation apps and accessories, today announced it's shipping iRig® Pads, the full-featured, ultra-portable MIDI groove controller for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch as well as Mac and PC. It's the perfect companion for the mobile electronic music producer on the move; now musicians, producers and DJs can make beats, grooves and mixes anywhere.
iRig Pads is designed to be effortlessly portable. It's smaller than an iPad and less than 1" thick - it's the smallest groove controller in the market. It has a slim, compact form factor and it's lightweight, which means that it can be slipped into any iPad or laptop bag or backpack and carried around with ease. For maximum portability, iRig Pads is a low energy consumption device; it draws its power directly from its host device and does not need a power source to be fully functional. It can be used with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch via its included Lightning cable (30-pin connector sold separately) without the need of an adapter, as well as Mac and PC via its included USB cable. *iRig Pads are currently being tested for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus compatibility.
Extreme Versatility, Custom Controls
At the heart of iRig Pads is its 4x4 grid of 16 velocity-sensitive, backlit multicolor rubber pads. Each pad lights up in multiple colors - red, green, orange and every shade in between - depending on the velocity of the person playing and the MIDI information sent by the chosen music app or software.
But iRig Pads does more than the average mobile pad-based MIDI controller. Its full spread of controls - two knobs, two buttons, one slider and one pushbutton rotary encoder - let musicians get creative. All controls are MIDI assignable and customizable: Up to 16 distinct MIDI maps or "scenes" can be saved, which allows for full control of apps and software on stage or in the studio. iRig Pads comes with 6 pre-programmed scenes designed to work with many popular apps and software right out of the box.
Apps for Beats, Loops, Decks and More
To help musicians get in the groove, IK is working to make iRig Pads the ultimate controller for beats, loops and more by adding support for a growing suite of powerful apps and software. iOS users will be able to make beats out of the box with the included unpaid version of SampleTank® for iOS, and they'll soon be able to control grooves and launch loops with GrooveMaker® 2 free for iPhone and iPad and remix their preferred tracks with DJ Rig™ free.
On Mac/PC the included SampleTank 3 SE (worth $99.99/€79.99), available as a standalone and a plug-in virtual instrument for every major DAW, includes over 6.5 GB of sample contents, 400 instruments and 150 MIDI patterns, for a complete music production workstation, out of the box (coming soon as download from the IK user area). In addition, by registering their iRig Pads, users will be able to receive The Grid, an exclusive and a complimentary additional collection of 50 instruments (800 samples) and 50 MIDI patterns - designed exclusively for beat makers and groove performers who use iRig Pads - for SampleTank on iOS and Mac/PC (a value of $9.99/€7.99 for iOS and $39.99/€29.99 for Mac/PC).
The unpaid version of the SampleTank App is available from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch or at http://www.appstore.com/sampletankfree
The SampleTank App is available from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch or at http://www.appstore.com/sampletank
The unpaid version of the GrooveMaker 2 App is available from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch or at http://www.appstore.com/groovemaker2free
The unpaid version of the DJ Rig App is available from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch or at http://www.appstore.com/djrigfree
And that's only scratching the surface. iRig Pads is also fully MIDI class-compliant, which means users can customize its controls for use with virtually any MIDI-compatible app such as FL Studio Mobile, iMPC Studio and GarageBand or Mac/PC software such as MPC Studio, Ableton Live, Maschine, GarageBand and more.
Pricing and Availability
iRig Pads is now available from music and electronics retailers worldwide for $149.99/€119.99 (excluding taxes) as well as on the IK online store. Thanks to its generous feature set, included content value and universal uses for iOS devices as well as Mac and PC, iRig Pads offers the best quality to price ratio of any MIDI groove controller on the market.
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