iRig BlueBoard - Wireless MIDI Pedalboard
IK Multimedia introduces the iRig BlueBoard, a wireless MIDI controller pedalboard for iOS devices and Mac.
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Utilizing Bluetooth connectivity, this pedalboard gives you hands-free and wireless control over your favorite amp, effects and music production apps.
The iRig BlueBoard transmits MIDI messages to your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac, giving you control over various app and software functions. It works with music applications that are MIDI compatible, including IK's AmpliTube, VocaLive, SampleTank, iLectric Piano, iGrand Piano and other Core-MIDI-compatible app like Apple's GarageBand.
It utilizes Bluetooth 4.0 (LE - Low Energy) technology to connect to your device. It has a range of 32 meters, allowing for convenient setup in both stage, studio and practice situations. The hardware also comes with its own iRig BlueBoard app that converts the Bluetooth signals into MIDI messages, you can download the accompanying software via the App Store for iOs or through IK's website for Mac users.
Once paired with your iOS device or Mac, you can use this pedalboard to engage or disengage stompbox effects, to switch presets in real-time and other MIDI controllable functions. Setting up is as easy as turning the power on, launching the iRig BlueBoard companion app on your device, and assigning the backlit pads to your preferred functions.
Another cool feature of the iRig BlueBoard is the ability to add in two additional expression pedals or footswitches via two TRS 1/4" expansion jacks. This will let you expand your pedalboard, or utilize expression effects like Wah, Volume and more - while still maintaining wireless connectivity with your Mac or iOS device.
Finally, all these features are packed inside a compact profile that can easily slide into a laptop bag, backpack, or an instrument case. It measures only 10.6" x 3.5" and only 0.8" tall. The unit is powered by 4 standard AAA batteries that provide extended operation, thanks to its Low Energy consumption.
The obvious benefit for guitarists is to set it up as a convenient and clutter free foot pedal controller for their favorite guitar amp and effects modeling applications. Vocalists, keyboardists and other musicians that utilize iOS or Mac music apps will also find this hands-free unit quite "handy".
iRig BlueBoard is now available and has an MSRP of $99.99. You can visit IK Multimedia for more information.
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