IK Multimedia has an interesting new product called iRig Keys I/O. Ostensibly it’s a MIDI controller (i.e. a keyboard with either 25 or 49 full-size keys). But it also has a built-in audio interface so you can hook it up directly to your Mac, iOS device, or PC. Plus, it has a combo input jack for line, instrument or mic input (with Phantom power). It features 24-bit audio with sampling rates of up to 96kHz. In addition to the full-size keys, it also has touch-sensitive sliders, buttons and knobs for additional MIDI goodness. And it comes with full versions of SampleTank 3 sound and groove workstation, T-RackS 4 Deluxemix and mastering suite, Syntronik Pro-V vintage synthesizer, and Miroslav Philharmonik 2 CE. It’s available for preorder at $199.99 for the 25-key model and $299.99 for the 49-key model. It will ship in October.
Check out this awesome video by Mari Lesterberg (via Laughing Squid). It’s a MIDI Drawing where she draws a story—about Mario, in this case—with MIDI notes. That makes it both a soundtrack and a story, which is intensely clever. She has many more, including a still dedication to Frank Zappa, stories about cars and trains, and childrens’ fairy tales. Ms. Lesterberg is a performing musician, which is always awesome, but these MIDI projects are just too cool.