Korg PlugKey BK

Portable Audio / Midi Interface

  • For iPhone and iPad with Lightning connection
  • 44.1 / 48 kHz, 16/24 bit
  • 2 Line outputs: 6.3 mm jack (L / R stereo)
  • 1 Stereo headphone output: 3.5mm mini jack with volume control
  • MIDI input
  • Micro USB connection
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 60 x 74 x 23 mm
  • Weight: 0.069 kg
  • Colour: Black

System Requirements:

  • iOS 8 or higher
  • iPhone 6s plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad Air
  • iPad mini 2
  • iPad mini
  • 4th generation iPad
  • iPod touch (5th and 6th generation)

Further information

Recording / Playback Channels 0x2
Number of Mic Inputs 0
Number of Instrument Inputs 0
Headphone Outs 1
Phantom power No
Number of S/PDIF Connectors 0
Number of ADAT Connectors 0
Numer of AES/EBU Connectors 0
Number of MADI Connectors 0
Ethernet 0
Other Connectors Lightning
MIDI interface Yes
Word Clock No
Max. sample rate (kHz) 48 kHz
Max. resolution in bit 24 bit
USB Bus-Powered Yes
Incl. power supply No
USB Version No
Width in mm 74 mm
Depth in mm 60 mm
Height in mm 23 mm

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Good and compact interface

S.Merk, 04.03.2017
The plugKEY should solve a problem with me, because my old tried and tested Technics sx-KN7000 could not be used by USB on the iPad. Audio files have been transferred perfectly, and there are strong failures with MIDI. With plugKEY I wanted to expand the iOS devices by sensible connections.

The two controllable outputs sound very good, with a Bowers & Wilkins P9 were only noticeable with minor music, but with organic sounds, the interface could sound. The amplification is also sufficient to use it as a headphone amplifier. With a maximum of 24 bits of word width and 48 KHz sampling frequency, the data is matched with the converters of the iOS devices and so it is not suitable for high-resolution music. But it is also not intended. The apps can natively drive the plugKEY, plug in is enough and it works.

The latency of the MIDI input is pleasantly low and depends on the performance and the apps used. With modules, no delay is actually heard. The processing in the solid plastic housing I like, the connections are solid and the strain relief of the fixed Lightning cable is good. Let's just hope that Apple will remain with Lightning in the future and will not switch to USB-C.

The micro-USB socket is only for charging, the attempt with a microKEY 61 and Novation Launchkey Mini connected to the USB OTG adapter has been unsuccessful. First of all, because there is no USB hub between plugKEY and iPad. After all, the iOS device can be filled with energy during use, which makes sense on the stage.

Overall, it is a good and compact compromise, which can particularly accommodate owners of older keyboards. With plugKEY you can not only convert the iOS device into a sound module, but you can optimize the audio quality and a small headphone amplifier is still on top. And all this for the boot pocket, a USB-A-Port could still find place.
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Casiopeia, 23.03.2018
I bought the interface to use it on the Turbosounds app. The sound quality is really good. The connections also make a stable impression. It is very annoying that when playing with more than 3 MIDI channels it comes to note hanger. I recorded a lot of data with the Oszi and also wrote down the raw MIDI data from my LIMEX MPR4 system. Here is the fact that all data is transmitted correctly to the interface. I wrote this problem to KORG, because it was very instructive that I should check the cable quality of the MIDI connection. I myself am a developer and can estimate well and also prove metrologically that the wiring fits. After I tested 5 devices and all 5 have the same problem, I have to assume that the interface has a problem (firmware ??). If I put a break of about 7ms after transfer after every 3rd NOTE_OFF, the interface works. This is of course regarding latency only a stopgap. Maybe KORG will eventually offer a solution here. Another problem is that the device does not provide MIDI Out. The Lightning cable is also a bit short. Reasonably and safely cabling for the stage you can not do the whole thing. Too bad, but that's not the way the interface works.
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Korg PlugKey BK
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Korg PlugKey BK

Portable Audio / Midi Interface For iPhone and iPad with Lightning connection, 44.1 / 48 kHz, 16/24 bit, 2 Line outputs: 6.3 mm jack (L / R stereo), 1 Stereo headphone output: 3.5mm mini jack with...

  • Recording / Playback Channels: 0x2
  • Number of Mic Inputs: 0
  • Number of Instrument Inputs: 0
  • Headphone Outs: 1
  • Phantom power: No
  • Number of S/PDIF Connectors: 0
  • Number of ADAT Connectors: 0
  • Numer of AES/EBU Connectors: 0
  • Number of MADI Connectors: 0
  • Ethernet: 0
  • Other Connectors: Lightning
  • MIDI interface: Yes
  • Word Clock: No
  • Max. sample rate (kHz): 48 kHz
  • Max. resolution in bit: 24 bit
  • USB Bus-Powered: Yes
  • Incl. power supply: No
  • USB Version: No
  • Width in mm: 74 mm
  • Depth in mm: 60 mm
  • Height in mm: 23 mm
  • Zero latency monitoring: Yes
Korg PlugKey WH
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Korg PlugKey WH

Portable audio / midi interface For iPhone and iPad with Lightning connection, 44.1 / 48 kHz, 16/24 bit, 2x line output: 6.3 mm jack (L / R stereo), 1x stereo headphone output: 3.5 mm mini-jack...

  • Recording / Playback Channels: 0x2
  • Number of Mic Inputs: 0
  • Number of Instrument Inputs: 0
  • Headphone Outs: 1
  • Phantom power: No
  • Number of S/PDIF Connectors: 0
  • Number of ADAT Connectors: 0
  • Numer of AES/EBU Connectors: 0
  • Number of MADI Connectors: 0
  • Ethernet: 0
  • Other Connectors: Lightning
  • MIDI interface: Yes
  • Word Clock: No
  • Max. sample rate (kHz): 48 kHz
  • Max. resolution in bit: 24 bit
  • USB Bus-Powered: Yes
  • Incl. power supply: No
  • USB Version: No
  • Width in mm: 74 mm
  • Depth in mm: 60 mm
  • Height in mm: 23 mm
  • Zero latency monitoring: Yes
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