New Korg MicroKey Air and 2nd-Gen MicroKey Controllers Add iOS

Compact MIDI keyboards support iPads and iPhones either over USB or Bluetooth.
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Attention nomadic keyboardists: Korg has doubled-down on its line of MicroKey compact MIDI keyboard controllers. Today Korg announced the second-generation MicroKey series, which keeps the simple, compact design with easy USB powered connectivity, but adds a damper pedal jack and iOS compatibility, because to be truly mobile, you have to support the #1 mobile platform for making music, don't you?

Also, the MicroKey now comes in 25-, 37-, 49- and 61-key models, all including Korg's Natural Touch mini keys, with the goal of retaining playability for chords and rapid phrases in a small size.

How do you make the MicroKey even more mobile friendly? Make it wireless and battery powered! The brand new MicroKey Air series supports Apple's Bluetooth Smart Low-Energy MIDI technology to connect wirelessly with a Mac, iPad or iPhone. It also has USB connectivity to save battery juice and to connect to a PC. Two AA batteries supposedly keep the boards ready to go for 30 hours of operation.

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Both the MicroKey and MicroKey Air series come with Korg Kontrol Editor software for editing its preferences. The 25-key models use a joystick rather than pitchband/mod wheels, and they have a damper button rather than a damper pedal input.

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We see announcements like this as further proof that you can no longer really offer a "compact" MIDI controller that doesn't have iOS compatibility. Soon enough, we think that all relevant audio gear regardless of size will have to give in and support iOS; it's not going away and is only getting better.