Korg has announced the MicroKEY AIR series of wireless MIDI controllers, which can connect wirelessly to iPad, iPhone, or Mac. The microKEY Air supports Apple's Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) MIDI Standard for wireless devices. Korg says that you can easily connect wirelessly to iPad/iPhone music apps such as KORG Gadget, KORG Module, and GarageBand, as well as any MIDI-capable music production software on your Mac. They tell us that painstaking tuning of the Bluetooth capabilities means high stability and low latency, no strings – or wires – attached. Here's more details in their own words...
Lasts a month between battery changes
With an average of one hour of use per day, the batteries allow approximately one month of operation. And best of all, the microKEY Air runs on just two AA batteries.
To USB or not to USB?
MicroKEY Air can also be connected via a traditional USB cable. Since the microKEY is USB bus-powered, you only need a single USB cable to connect it to Mac or Windows. There's no need to install a driver; just connect it to your computer and start playing. The second generation newly supports connection to iPad and iPhone. Add an Apple Lightning - USB camera adaptor and one USB cable and your setup is complete, allowing you to access apps such as KORG Gadget, KORG Module, and GarageBand.
Compact and playable Natural Touch Mini Keyboard
KORG's Natural Touch mini keyboard has been carefully designed to assure playability while staying compact, and makes it easy to play chords or rapid phrases. Choose between 25, 37, 49 or 61-key configurations to suit your specific playing style and space/travel requirements.
Connect a pedal, and enjoy full control functionality
The 37, 49, and 61-key models provide an assignable switch jack for connecting a damper pedal. The 25-key model provides a sustain button that implements the damper function. On all models, you can use the octave buttons in conjunction with the key transpose function to play MIDI's entire range of notes.
The 37, 49, and 61-key models provide pitch bend and modulation wheels. The 25-key model provides a joystick that can also control pitch bend and modulation, as well as an arpeggiator function, giving you full control in spite of this model's space-saving dimensions, and providing a wealth of performance expression.
Lavish array of powerful music software bundled free of charge
The microKEY comes with a serious collection of powerful music software titles including popular special editions of KORG Gadget and KORG Module plus the KORG Legacy Collection offering five classic KORG instruments as plug-ins. With microKEY Air you won't have to purchase additional software; you can start creating music right away.
Software for Mac/Windows
Apps for iPad/iPhone
Dedicated editor software "KORG KONTROL Editor" is provided
By using the dedicated KORG KONTROL Editor for Mac/Windows you can customize the keyboard to your preferences, including fine adjustments to the velocity curve.
Pricing and Availability:
Price RRP : 25-Key - £ 73.00 ex VAT / £87.60 inc VAT Availability: Jan 2016
37-Key - £ 100.00 ex VAT / £120.00 inc VAT
49-Key - £ 125.00 ex VAT / £150.00 inc VAT
61-Key - £ 146.00 ex VAT / £175.00 inc VAT