Mobile devices and MIDI controllers in the recording studio: iRig KEYS


Eric Parker's IK Multimedia iRig KEYS MIDI controller on top of a million dollar recording console.

Eric Parker’s IK Multimedia iRig KEYS MIDI controller on top of a million dollar recording console.

It’s not everyday that a music producer or engineer gets to work on a million dollar recording console, in a multi-million dollar recording studio..but when it does happen, it costs people money! And when you see a low cost, $99 MIDI controller that plugs directly into your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, like the iRig KEYS, sitting on an SSL in that multi-million dollar recording spot…well, it’s pretty damn cool. Music producer, Eric Parker,  was cool enough to send me this photo from his latest Miami session, where he was producing music with SampleTank for iOS and iLectric Piano for iPad, and using the iRig KEYS to control it, all the while, being in a the spot where the real instruments probably were sitting in the next room? Who needs them when SampleTank for iPhone has 500 sounds to start with?

Bottom line, it doesn’t matter what you’re using, as long as you’re inspired to make music. Eric probably worked on the plane, recording the tracks on his iPad with his iRig KEYS, and then when he got to the studio, dumped the recording on to Pro Tools or another DAW to work with the vocalist/rapper. Technology for mobile music production has become so effing sweet!

Learn more about how to connect your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or Android phone and make music with IK Multimedia’s music creation apps and peripherals, click here.

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~ by Starr Ackerman on March 11, 2013.

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