At this year’s Winter NAMM Show, we spied the unannounced iRig Pads at the IK Multimedia booth. Now, IK has officially announced that the iRig Pads – a MIDI pad controller for iOS, Mac & Windows – is now shipping.
The iRig Pads is a portable MIDI pad controller. IK says it’s the smallest ‘groove controller’ on the market – so it will fit anywhere you can store an iPad, in a backpack or a laptop bag.
iRig Pads is also low energy consumption device – it draws its power directly from its host device, so does not need a separate power source to be fully functional.
It can be used with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, via the included Lightning cable (30-pin connector sold separately), without the need of an adapter, as well as with Mac and PC via the included USB cable.*
Here’s the official intro video for the iRig Pads:
iRig Pads Controls
At the heart of iRig Pads is its 4×4 grid of 16 velocity-sensitive, backlit multicolor rubber pads. Each pad lights up in multiple colors – red, green, orange and every shade in between – depending on the velocity of your playing and the MIDI information sent by your chosen music app or software.
In addition to the pad controls, the iRIg Pads offers two knobs, two buttons, one slider and one push-button rotary encoder. All controls are MIDI assignable and customizable: Up to 16 distinct MIDI maps or “scenes” can be saved, which allows for full control of apps and software on stage or in the studio.
iRig Pads comes with 6 pre-programmed scenes designed to work with popular apps right out of the box.
iOS users will be able to make beats out of the box with the included SampleTank free, and they’ll soon be able to control grooves and launch loops with GrooveMaker 2 free for iPhone and iPad and remix their preferred tracks with DJ Rig free.
On Mac/PC, the included SampleTank 3 SE (worth $99.99/€79.99), available as a standalone and a plug-in virtual instrument for every major DAW, includes over 6.5 GB of sample contents, 400 instruments and 150 MIDI patterns,. In addition, by registering their iRig Pads, users will be able to receive The Grid, a collection of 50 SampleTank instruments (800 samples) and 50 MIDI patterns – designed specifically for use with the iRig Pads.
iRig Pads is also fully MIDI class-compliant, which means you can use it and customize its controls for use with virtually any MIDI-compatible iOS app, such as FL Studio Mobile, iMPC Studio and GarageBand or Mac/PC software such as MPC Studio, Ableton Live, Maschine, GarageBand and more.
- The SampleTank Free App is available from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
- The SampleTank App is available from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
- The GrooveMaker 2 Free App is available from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
- The DJ Rig Free App is available from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
Pricing and Availability
iRig Pads is now available for US $149.99/€119.99 (excluding taxes) as well as on the IK online store.
*iRig Pads are currently being tested for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus compatibility.