Connected to my iPad 4, with the USB camera connection kit, it just works! Here is what you get with this keyboard:
- Class compliant audio interface - 44.1khz 24-bit
- 4 total inputs - 2 mono Mic/Instr and 1 stereo from the VA synth
- Class compliant MIDI interface with external MIDI In/Out
- 49-key MIDI keyboard with pitch bend/mod wheels (no aftertouch)
It's a pretty great combination for playing live, or just jamming as you get MIDI and audio, can connect a guitar and a mic, plus you get a VA synth you can use if you so desire. The VA synth has a separate volume control so if you only want to work with iPad synths just turn the volume down.
Another nice plus - the bank/patch select wheel works in most iPad synths so you can change patches without having to reach for the iPad.
One thing about the Venom VA synth - in order to edit most of the patches and design your own sounds, you need a PC or a Mac and the included Vyzex editor. This is definitely a negative, as it would be nice if you could do sound design without a computer, but, what you could do is edit your custom patches on your computer, save them to the Venom memory, then when you play live just use your iPad and the Venom.
If you plan on picking one up, wait for another sale on Amazon - they have been clearing them out for as low as $167. You can setup a price alert using this website:
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