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Thursday, May 30, 2013
The iRig BlueBoard is the first wireless MIDI pedalboard for iOS and Mac that allows you to control your music apps and more from the floor.
Now control parameters of your MIDI-compatible apps like AmpliTube wirelessly from the floor. Switch between presets, change patches, turn effects on and off and control effects like volume wah pedals all from the stage floor without worrying about tripping over wires. Setup is as simple as turning the iRig BlueBoard on and telling it what you want to control.
iRig BlueBoard features four backlit soft-touch pads housed in a sturdy, stage-worthy chassis, two TRS expansion jacks for connecting additional MIDI controllers like expression pedals, and is powered by four standard AAA batteries.
The control messages sent from iRig BlueBoard to AmpliTube or other Core MIDI music apps can include bank up/down, MIDI continuous controllers, as well as parameter changes on apps such as IK's AmpliTube, VocaLive, SampleTank, and iGrand Piano, or any other Core MIDI compatible app like Apple GarageBand.
Because it communicates with the mobile device via Bluetooth, it leaves the 30-pin, Lightning and mini-jack connector on the mobile device free for connection with other IK accessories like iRig HD, iRig STOMP, iRig, iRig Mic, iRig MIC Cast, iRig MIDI, iRig KEYS or any other favorite accessory.
Guitar and bass players, singers and keyboard players will now be able to play and control their preferred iOS app on stage or in studio, with the same degree of performance control offered by traditional music hardware, and the freedom of not being tethered by cables. Plus iRig BlueBoard is small enough to fit in a laptop bag. iRig BlueBoard companion apps for other computer and mobile platforms will also be available in the near future.
Although IK doesn't mention this, the iRig BlueBoard makes a great pedal for turning pages too! Although the BT-105 has been very popular for turning pages, the iRig BlueBoard is a great option to consider. Unlike the BT-105, the iRig BlueBoard is sending MIDI data, so you need an app such as Scorecerer that responds to MIDI commands. However, at a lower price and with 4 buttons instead of two pedals, the iRig BlueBoard is a good option to consider for turning pages.