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ION Audio Piano Apprentice 25 Key Lighted Keyboard for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch

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  • 25-note lighted keyboard with touch-sensitive keys
  • Follow the lighted keys and learn how to play piano quickly
  • Free piano teaching app available via itunes
  • Lightweight, portable design, includes batteries. optional a/c adapter available
  • Core midi compliant for use with virtually all midi based software. works with garageband
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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight1.6 Kg
Product Dimensions38.1 x 25.4 x 10.2 cm
Batteries:4 AA batteries required. (included)
Item model numberICK05
Number of Keyboard Keys25
Country Produced Inchina
  
Additional Information
ASINB004YHTNVC
Best Sellers Rank 14,409 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.6 Kg
Date First Available10 Oct. 2011
  
 

Product Description

Product Description

Piano Apprentice is the ultimate piano teaching tool for iPad, iPod and iPhone. Simply connect your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, download the free PIANO APPRENTICE app, and start playing piano instantly.

Built-in Speakers, light-up keys

Piano Apprentice is a lightweight, highly portable 25-note keyboard with built-in stereo speakers that deliver authentic piano sound and keys that respond to your touch. The 25 mini-keys work with the app and light up to teach you how to play. The dedicated app will even teach you how to read real music notation.

ION Piano Apprentice suitable for all ages
Perfect for the whole family, learn to play whatever your age

The keyboard features a handy stand for your iPad or iPhone and connects to these via the attached connector cable. It also features onboard volume controls and octave +/- controls

Free App available

It’s easy to follow along as acclaimed piano instructor Scott Houston, aka the Piano Guy, appears on the screen demonstrating how to play while the actual keys light up, showing you where to place your hands. The Free app is available to download from iTunes and works with iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

ION Piano Apprentice for iPad with dedicated teaching app
Watch the tutorials, learn & be guided by the light up keys

Lessons
The App contains 5 free tutorial videos presented by EMMY award winning Scott Houston of the US show ‘The Piano Guy” with the option to purchase an additional 3 lessons, there is also a “Holiday Song 3 Pack” with popular Christmas songs available. Each lesson teaches you to play a specific song, it starts with a run through of the song and then you are guided through the rest, with helpful hints and tips included from a world renowned Piano teacher.

Play at your own pace
In sheet music mode the app plays through sheet music highlighting the notes and corresponding key on the piano, you can choose to learn either the right or left hand part or play both together, you can even control the speed of playback, slow it down for beginners and speed it up as you learn (range 60bpm – 180 BPM)

Piano Jam
Once you’ve gained some confidence you can freestyle in Piano Jam mode, use the built in octave +/- controls to move up and down the keyboard to play all the notes you would see on a full-sized Piano.

Core MIDI Compliant
Piano Apprentice is Core MIDI compliant and will work with all Core MIDI apps including GarageBand , Music Studio, Pianist Pro, Electronic Piano Synthesiser, Synth Station to turn your Piano Apprentice into a music production station.

Core MIDI compliant Keyboard for use with iPad apps
Works as a controller for GarageBand on iPad and iPhone

iOS Compatibility

PIANO APPRENTICE is compatible with the following devices (not included):
  • iPad™
  • iPad™ 2
  • iPhone® 4
  • iPhone® 4S
  • iPhone® 3GS (must have the most current iOS installed)
  • iPod touch® (3rd and 4th generation) (must have the most current iOS installed)

Additional information

Powered by 4 AA Batteries (included) or via wall power adapter (sold separately) Requires: 6V DC,1A, center pin-positive power adapter

Manufacturer's Description

Piano Apprentice is the ultimate piano teaching tool for iPad, iPod and iPhone. Simply connect your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, download the free PIANO APPRENTICE app, and start playing piano instantly.

Built-in Speakers, light-up keys

Piano Apprentice is a lightweight, highly portable 25-note keyboard with built-in stereo speakers that deliver authentic piano sound and keys that respond to your touch. The 25 mini-keys work with the app and light up to teach you how to play. The dedicated app will even teach you how to read real music notation.

ION Piano Apprentice suitable for all ages
Perfect for the whole family, learn to play whatever your age

The keyboard features a handy stand for your iPad or iPhone and connects to these via the attached connector cable. It also features onboard volume controls and octave +/- controls

Free App available

It’s easy to follow along as acclaimed piano instructor Scott Houston, aka the Piano Guy, appears on the screen demonstrating how to play while the actual keys light up, showing you where to place your hands. The Free app is available to download from iTunes and works with iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

ION Piano Apprentice for iPad with dedicated teaching app
Watch the tutorials, learn & be guided by the light up keys

Lessons
The App contains 5 free tutorial videos presented by EMMY award winning Scott Houston of the US show ‘The Piano Guy” with the option to purchase an additional 3 lessons, there is also a “Holiday Song 3 Pack” with popular Christmas songs available. Each lesson teaches you to play a specific song, it starts with a run through of the song and then you are guided through the rest, with helpful hints and tips included from a world renowned Piano teacher.

Play at your own pace
In sheet music mode the app plays through sheet music highlighting the notes and corresponding key on the piano, you can choose to learn either the right or left hand part or play both together, you can even control the speed of playback, slow it down for beginners and speed it up as you learn (range 60bpm – 180 BPM)

Piano Jam
Once you’ve gained some confidence you can freestyle in Piano Jam mode, use the built in octave +/- controls to move up and down the keyboard to play all the notes you would see on a full-sized Piano.

Core MIDI Compliant
Piano Apprentice is Core MIDI compliant and will work with all Core MIDI apps including GarageBand , Music Studio, Pianist Pro, Electronic Piano Synthesiser, Synth Station to turn your Piano Apprentice into a music production station.

Core MIDI compliant Keyboard for use with iPad apps
Works as a controller for GarageBand on iPad and iPhone

iOS Compatibility

PIANO APPRENTICE is compatible with the following devices (not included):
  • iPad™
  • iPad™ 2
  • iPhone® 4
  • iPhone® 4S
  • iPhone® 3GS (must have the most current iOS installed)
  • iPod touch® (3rd and 4th generation) (must have the most current iOS installed)

Additional information

Powered by 4 AA Batteries (included) or via wall power adapter (sold separately) Requires: 6V DC,1A, center pin-positive power adapter

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This keyboard will only function when linked to an Ipad, Ipod touch,or Iphone running the Ion free app.

It is is a wonderful way to use technology in order to demonstrate how to play the keyboard. App teaches various tunes using lights and video and sheet music. Video can be paused rewound and replayed and the sheet music can be played at any speed. Video Teaches fingering for Left hand and Right hand separately or together . The keyboard app can also be set so that it can be played freely.

The keyboard is small but touch sensitive and by pressing a switch be played in different octaves. Can be mains operated but you will need to purchase an appropriate adapter - details for which are included in the package.
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For £30 it is worth getting, but I would have been furious if I had bought it at full price. It is very much a child's toy, although quite a fun one. The speakers are very poor quality (try playing music through them to see what I mean) and I had hoped there would be an output jack. The free app is also quite poor and very limited-- Synthesia allows a much greater choice of music but using it with this keyboard is very hit and miss. Sometimes the keys light up but sometimes they don't. The keys are also much too small and the range too limited to allow you to use both hands. It's a pity they never brought out a full sized keyboard that worked on a similar principle. For a young child it would be a great little toy, but that is all it is.
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The item came every quickly and met my expectation. My only criticism with the product. Yes the keys light up but it's like watching a video so if you get something wrong the app doesn't tell you I would have liked more of a trainer that waits for you to get the sequence right
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Bought as a Christmas present. We paid extra for peace of mind to ensure that the keyboard arrived in time for Christmas, but it took a day or two longer than expected to arrive. Not sure it was worth paying the extra as we were starting to worry that we wouldn't have it for Christmas. When it did arrive,the corner of the box containing the keyboard was crumpled and damaged and looked as though it had received a hard knock. However the keyboard itself was protected by polystyrene inside the box so was ok when we checked it. Our grandson was very happy with it and we were happy with his pleasure.
I did email the seller to ask about purchasing and AC adaptor as the description on Amazon said it was an optional extra. They replied that they would check and get back to me. So far they haven't and although I would have preferred to use an adaptor recommended by the seller, I have now bought one from somewhere else that seems to work. Hopefully there will now be no need to keep buying batteries.
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Bought for my grand-daughter for christmas,- she loved it and so did the whole family, it was easy to download the app too.
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Need iPad,iPhone or itouch to get any sound out of this...so not stand alone. The App works well with the keyboard but is limited to a few tunes with no option to get more. Other than that it is a great way to learn piano and teach yourself to read music.
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I bought this for my children for Christmas as a fun gadget with the newly purchased iPad i have. They seem to have enjoyed learning with the accompanying app (especially my 7 year old daughter), and it keeps them occupied. It's compact and portable which makes it easier. I'm not very music savvy, but get the feeling this controller could be used for more, as it is MIDI compliant. Really pleased with the purchase. Good delivery too.
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I had bought this for my little grandson to get him interested in music and because it had smaller keys which I thought would accommodate his little fingers. However it would have been better to buy a straightforward, full size keyboard for 3 reasons - in order to play a lot of things you have to keep switching octaves because you soon run out of notes, the keys are very firm and I didn't find the keys lighting up helpful - more a distraction. It does what it says on the box but I definitely wouldn't recommend it for a child/beginner because of the reasons above.
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