ION has come up with a novel take on getting creative with your PC – a MIDI keyboard that plugs in to your laptop or desktop computer. The 25-key piano keyboard allows you to learn the basics of chords and harmonics and to record and play back the resulting cacophony so you can improve your playing over time.
The ION USB Discover MIDI Keyboard works with both Windows PCs and Mac computers and requires no driver installation. Dedicated buttons to the left of the piano keys allow the user to alter the pitch and the amount of sustain as well as changing up or down an octave. ION says the keys themselves are ‘velocity-sensitive, by which we assume they mean a short key-press might produce a minim rather than a quaver.
The £39 ION USB Discover MIDI Keyboard comes with two programs to help non-players learn the basics of piano: Acoustica Pianissimo and DAccord Keyboard Method Lite. It’s available from Firebox.
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