MIDI for your iOS device? Oh yeah. News from Summer NAMM 2011 tells of yet another awesome product from IK Multimedia, the folks who brought you the iRig microphone and Amplitube iRig guitar interface products for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.
[This article has been updated to refer to the new iRig MIDI2. The new version works with the latest iOS devices with a lightning port connection.]
This time it's iRig MIDI which, you guessed it, allows you to connect any MIDI device, like a keyboard, to your iOS device.
Why is this awesome? Well besides letting you connect anything from a super-compact portable keyboard to a full 88-key digital piano to your iPhone or iPad, iRig MIDI also includes IK's SampleTank free virtual instrument app, which IK describes as the first professional iOS multi-part sound module tailored for live usage.
That means you could be on stage with nothing but your iPhone and a compact MIDI keyboard in your hand, and play high-quality sampled instruments live. Your roadies will love you if nothing else (I've always wanted roadies but that job usually falls to us and a few friends:)).
I got my hands on an iRig MIDI and did a review of it. You can read that here: Review of iRig MIDI by IK Multimedia.