Line 6 has introduced the 25 and 49-key Mobile Keys, a new pair of keyboard controllers offering iOS and USB connectivity, along with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch compatibility.
The new lightweight, ultra-portable instruments are designed to control music Apps and both feature full-size keys and solid keyboard action. The keys are velocity sensitive, allowing them to accurately interpret the nuances and subtleties of a keyboardist’s playing. Both models are compatible with any iOS app that supports the CoreMIDI standard input – including GarageBand – as well as numerous drum machines, synthesizers and virtual instruments.
“With Mobile Keys 25 and 49, not only do you have two extremely portable options for playing and recording on the go with your iPhone and iPad music apps,” said Line 6 co-founder and digital audio innovator Marcus Ryle, “but you can move seamlessly between your iOS music apps and your Mac or PC, as well.”
The keyboards require no additional hardware to function, as they plug straight into an iOS device’s dock connector and they’re bus powered, so they need no external power supply or batteries. The two keyboards are equipped with pitch bend and modulation wheels for additional sonic control, and they also have a pair of 1/4-inch TRS jacks for plugging in sustain and expression pedals.
Both keyboards have USB jacks and are USB class-compliant, allowing for seamless connection with Mac and Windows desktop and laptop computers. Suggested retail price for Mobile Keys 25 is £99.99, and Mobile Keys 49 is £129.99, with both shipping early 2012.
Mobile Keys 25 and Mobile Keys 49 are compatible with iPod Touch (third and fourth generation), iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 2 and iPad, as well as Mac and PC computers.