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Old 3rd November 2008 , 06:40 PM
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I’ve been waiting for the Korg Nano set of controllers for quite a while. They are not entering into an existing crowded market; they are creating a new market. There are simply no other controllers that are this small and portable.

I’ve had my eye on the NanoKEY because it just fits with the laptop / mobile studio workflow so well. Laptops are portable, so are headphones, external drives and audio interfaces. But the MIDI keyboard was always the problem. Well, not any more.

The NanoKEY is two octave, the same width as a MacBook and as light as a feather. Derives its power from the USB port using the included lead. You are even given an LE version of the M1 plug-in.

It is, as you’d expect, very plasticky. But that’s not a problem. The rubber feet stop it from moving around too much. The keys take a little getting used to; they are more like qwerty keyboard keys than synth keys. The Pitch wheel is simulated with two keys (that give you full pitch down or up) and the Mod wheel is simulated with a single key (that gives you full on or off).

There is also a CC mode, where each key can used to send particular CC messages. That could be very useful. A downloadable editor allows you to change which CC messages are sent as well as other things such as MIDI channel.

I found that the keys are not perfect, when playing chords sometimes a note is missed, but that might well be my playing.

My biggest problem was accidentally hitting the “CC Mode” button while playing which means that everything stops working.

Overall I am very happy with it. It serves the purpose that it is intended for. It is very easy to use, needs no drivers and is rugged enough.

To summarise: if you think of the NanoKEY is going to be a replacement for a MIDI keyboard with full size keys and decent action then forget it. On the other hand, if you are looking for very portable keyboard that you really can throw in your laptop bag, a desktop space-saving keyboard for playing simple ideas or need a trigger for Ableton Live, then for £36 you really can’t go wrong.
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hows the velocity on the keys, does it read it correctly i know you have 3 different slopes but can you put down a basic velocity pattern?
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Old 3rd November 2008 , 11:28 PM
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hows the velocity on the keys, does it read it correctly i know you have 3 different slopes but can you put down a basic velocity pattern?
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The velocity sensitivity is not great, but good enough for a basic velocity pattern. I am on the standard velocity curve and the minimum MIDI velocity I can reach is about 22.
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The velocity sensitivity is not great, but good enough for a basic velocity pattern. I am on the standard velocity curve and the minimum MIDI velocity I can reach is about 22.
cool as long as you get a rough idea of how you want the velocity the rest can be done ITB
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They are not entering into an existing crowded market; they are creating a new market. There are simply no other controllers that are this small and portable.
Great point. Korg took a risk here but I think it will pay off. The Korg Nano reminds me of the Bias IPro Recorder sureno posted about a week or so ago. A market for small portable apps is defintely there. Nice write up
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Cheers for the review. I'm gonna buy in, but I'm holding out for the black ones.
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Cheers for the review. I'm gonna buy in, but I'm holding out for the black ones.
Excellent review Tyrone!

As for the black models, very sexy yes, but the keys version is a bit weird to look at and have to actually think where 'C' is
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Ooh, now they're sexy. :lol: The NanoKontrol would go nicely with my set up, though -- especially in black . Have to see what Santa brings...
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Excellent review Tyrone!

As for the black models, very sexy yes, but the keys version is a bit weird to look at and have to actually think where 'C' is
Fair point. If I wanted a job where I had to think I'd have become some sort of scientician.
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Hi

Thanks for all your comments about the “nano” review.

I guess another possible use would be to use it for key-switching sample banks when your main keyboard is doesn’t cover the key-switching keys?

Those black versions look good – but I take the point about finding C. But the white matches my MacBook!
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that looks the nuts T, is your MB 13' 0r 15'?
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that looks the nuts T, is your MB 13' 0r 15'?
It’s the “one up from entry level” 2GHz MacBook purchased in March 2007. It was my first experience of a Mac. I bought the “one up from entry level” because I wanted a DVD-RW built in.

I upgraded the RAM myself to 2GB and the HDD to 320 Gb. I am continually surprised at just how useful it is.

And unlike the modern MacBooks, it has a Firewire port
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It’s the “one up from entry level” 2GHz MacBook purchased in March 2007. It was my first experience of a Mac. I bought the “one up from entry level” because I wanted a DVD-RW built in.

I upgraded the RAM myself to 2GB and the HDD to 320 Gb. I am continually surprised at just how useful it is.

And unlike the modern MacBooks, it has a Firewire port
so is that 13' or 15' then im not too familiar with the MB's
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