The iRig MIDI allows musicians to connect their keyboard or other MIDI capable device to the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

Keyboardists and producers may now rejoice because there is a new option for connecting your MIDI-capable music device to your iPhone or iPod. IK Multimedia just introduced at Summer NAMM the latest in their pro-line audio interfaces for iOS, the iRig MIDI.

Guitarists with iPhones and iPads have had it easy for a while. Interfaces like the iRig and Ampkit LiNK have allowed us to plug our guitars in and play through simulated amps in apps like Amplitube. But other musicians such as keyboardists and producers used to using drum machines and other MIDI devices to make their music have had fewer options. There are lots apps that let you create other types of music, but most of them have required you to rely on screen-based input methods. While the interfaces are sometimes quite inventive and often work well, there’s usually no comparison to using a real keyboard when you want to add that perfect piano or B3 part to your composition.

The iRig MIDI is a compact standard Core MIDI interface for iOS that IK says will allow you to connect any MIDI-compatible device to the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. That would include keyboards, drum machines, drum pads, pedal boards and more. The interface works both ways too because you can also use the iOS device to control an external MIDI device such as sound modules, Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) or lighting systems.

IK’s MIDI interface comes with a free version of SampleTank for iOS, a virtual sound workstation, but iRig MIDI is also compatible with other MIDI-capable iOS apps such as GarageBand for the iPad.

At the suggested retail price of $69.99, iRig MIDI is priced similarly to other MIDI interfaces already available. IK’s dedication to iOS music creation makes this a welcome addition to the marketplace.