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Korg nanoKEY 25-Key USB MIDI Controller

Get the same control and velocity response of a full size controller with the ultra-compact nanoKEY from Korg. (20) Read 11 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Korg nanoKEY USB MIDI Controller

Meet the most compact family of USB-MIDI controllers ever! Introducing the new Korg nanoSERIES USB powered slim-line controllers - so small you can put them on your workstation, in front of your laptop, on a recording console or anywhere else you need versatile control over your DAW, virtual instrument/effect or DJ software.

Korg nanoKEY - A Flexible MIDI Keyboard Controller That's Smaller Than a Laptop Keyboard

When Korg set out to build a slim-line MIDI controller keyboard, they utilized their years of experience in manufacturing innovative MIDI keyboards to create a great-feeling, velocity sensitive keyboard based off a laptop keyboard. The resulting 25-note keyboard on the Korg nanoKEY will transmit your playing dynamics to your software accurately and expressively. In CC (Control Change) MODE, the keys become MIDI controllers, allowing you to control any MIDI assignable parameters within your software.

The Octave Shift function offers immediate access to the entire MIDI note range. Pitch and modulation buttons are also provided, giving your performances the kind of expression that you would expect from any controller regardless of its size.

With the "KORG KONTROL Editor" (downloadable free of charge from korg.com), you can customize the nanoKEY to match your control needs. It lets you select between three velocity curves or fixed velocity, set MIDI CC values, and even allows you to edit the assignments for the minimum and maximum values of the control change messages transmitted by the modulation buttons or in CC MODE.

Korg nanoSERIES

Despite their small size, all three controllers go HUGE when it comes to functionality, yet their intuitive layouts provide extremely easy operation for any user. The nanoKEY features a great-feeling 25-key velocity-sensitive keyboard that's ideal for song production. The keys can also be set to send MIDI control data, further expanding its power. The nanoPAD features 12 highly responsive trigger pads, also capable of sending both notes and MIDI control data, plus an X-Y pad with roll and flam functions giving you a unique interface for realistic drum programming. The nanoKONTROL offers nine faders, nine knobs and 18 switches plus a full transport section for expansive control; plus it features a note input mode to help you lay down your next big groove!

What's a Controller Without Software?
Even if the Korg nanoSERIES controllers are your first foray into MIDI control, you can rest assured that you'll be able to get connected to software quickly. As an added value, the nanoKEY includes a download code for the full version of Korg's M1Le, which faithfully recreates the legendary Korg M1 workstation. Plus, an upgrade path will let you graduate to the Legacy DIGITAL EDITION software suite, which has an even more expansive version of the M1, the renowned WaveStation and 19 great MDEX effects. The nanoPAD comes complete with a download code for Toontrack's EZDrummer Lite, offering super-realistic, highly responsive drums in a convenient plug in, plus you can upgrade to the full version of EZDrummer for a special price. The nanoKONTROL includes a discount coupon for Ableton Live LE software. What's more; a free downloadable Editor/Librarian will help you create setups to suit your specific control needs in all three models.

Power Supply: USB Cable (Included)

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Specifications
Controllers:
Keyboard: 25-key with velocity and 4 velocity curves
CC MODE button

Octave Shift up/down buttons

Pitch up/down buttons

Modulation button

Connections: mini-USB

Power: USB bus power

Power Consumptions:
- USB bus power: less than 100 mA

Others:
Dimensions: 320(W) x 83(D) x 14(H) mm/ 12.60"(W) x 3.27"(D) x 0.55"(H)

Weight: 220g/ 0.49lbs.

Accessories: USB cable

System Requirements
Macintosh:
Supported OS: Mac OS X 10.3.9, or Mac OS X 10.4.7 or later

Supported Computer: Apple Macintosh with USB port, satisfying the operating requirements of Mac OS X or Apple Macintosh with PowerPC supported

Windows:
Supported OS: Microsoft Windows XP SP2 or later, or Microsoft Windows Vista SP1

Supported Computer: Computer with USB port, satisfying the operating requirements of Windows XP/ Vista (Intel USB chipset recommended)

Power Supply: USB Cable (Included)
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 631-390-6800
Customer Reviews
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"Korg Nanokey. And affordable, portable midi controller."
Sound: This is a midi controller so it doesn´t have any sound by itself. Nevertheless, it comes with a coupon to license the software version of the Korg M1, which an exact version of the M1. The sounds are cool and very useful (even for a sound engine made for the late 80's) I enjoy playing the M1 with the Nanokey and I can carry it wherever I go with my laptop! Feature: This is a very basic keyboard controller. It have two octaves, a pitch bend, a modulator, keys to move the octaves up and down and a switch to turn your keys into CC event senders. You can edit their functions with an editor. The keys are like laptop keys but velocity sensitive. Just what it is required for a very portable solution. Ease of Use: As I mentioned in the "Features" section, this device is very basic. You won´t get loss using it. Quality: It's a Korg. With normal care it will last years. Just keep in mind that this is not a weighted piano-like keyboard...it is a portable midi controller of $49!! If you can set your mind on the purpose it is meant to be, you will find that the quality is quite enough for the purpose it has been designed. Value: I don't think that there is another product like this one in this price range. It fits my purposes and I´m satisfied of what I get from what I paid for it Manufacturer Support: I have never contacted Korg support before. I own also an M3 and some other accesories. The Wow Factor: For me it was so cool to have the Black version. It looks great! Also the size of it called my attention. This is the most portable midi controller I found. Overall: Although relatively easy to use, it does take some time and practice to master all of the unit•s effects and features.As I said before, I own an M3 but unfortunatelly I'm not able to carry it everywhere anytime I want. With this tiny keyboard, I can go everywhere and I just need my laptop (with the M1 Le) and headphones to enjoy the music! I'm a music addict and with this device I can play the keyboard almost everywhere! If you doubt if this keyboard can be useful for something, just check the videos from Jordan Rudess rocking with it!
Style of Music: Rock, Alternative, ProgRock, Gospel, Classic
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Sound: The nanoKEY is a MIDI controller, so it obviously doesn't have sounds. But when controlling Reason 4.0 on my laptop, the program's sounds have no latency being controlled from this keyboard. So that's good. Feature: Pitch bend is included, as is a mod button. Octave shift, I think, brings this instrument out of the toy category because you can be working over a full 88 keys in a form factor smaller than a wireless computer keyboard. Ease of Use: Took a small bit of tinkering to get it to work properly with my setup. About what was expected. There is a "CC Mode" button immediately below the lowest key. I do not know what the button does because I have not needed it in set up or normal use. However, when accidentally pressed, my MIDI signal cuts off and the button must be unswitched. Don't know why it's happening but it's irritating. Quality: I have to disagree with the existing review. I've had my nanoKEY for about a month. I turn the volume down on the PC and beat the heck out of the keys for maximum expressiveness - did I mention the velocity sensitive keys? They do feel exactly like laptop keys, so the action is more like tapping than pressing, but durability does not seem an issue. Works well for my electronic production style and drum programming. Value: Next above this in size, you have the smallest Axiom. If you don't mind paying $180 and carrying an additional laptop bag sized parcel with you, it's the vastly superior controller. Mixers, faders, pads, stop and record controls. But in order to toss a KORG controller IN my laptop bag and have 88 keys of velocity sensitive control, I was delighted to shell out $50. Manufacturer Support: I've never had to contact KORG with any problems with my Triton after all these years. I carry my nanoKEY in a neoprene wine bottle pouch by Built NY. If you can find one of these online, it's the perfect carrier because its padding is very protective. WARNING: The frame of the nanoKEY is thin plastic. It is meant for desktop use only or extremely careful carriage. Could not support even a small amount of weight, I'm sure. The Wow Factor: I knew the thing would have a chintzy construction when I sought it out. It's so small and sleek, very minimalist. The KORG name lights up and the LEDS in various colors look pretty sharp too. Overall: The nanoKEY has surpassed my expectations in pretty much every possible way. It's smaller than I thought. The keys, though they take a little getting used to, are satisfyingly sensitive and durable. Though I cannot speak for the quality of the rest of the nano series, I do fully understand and appreciate what KORG set out to do: create a miniature control environment that takes up very little room in a tight space and doesn't cost an arm and a leg. For $150, you can have a virtual desktop studio. I highly recommend this keyboard to anyone as a backup, highly portable alternative to an at-home keyboard, or an inexpensive first controller.
Style of Music: Electronica, Hip Hop, R&B
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