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Old 6th June 2009 , 02:07 PM
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Thumbs down korg nanokey

I've owned it now for 3 months.. don't bother get one.
I paid £45 (haggled down from £50) and really it's a pretty poor piece of kit, even at half that price considering its true value is probably little above a standard usb qwerty keyboard. Yes, it's tiny, very light, looks cool and very handy for those on the move, but what's the point if it's not a little rugged, especially since it's portable?! One week in and one of the keys was already wobbly. I'd expect better from a reputable name like Korg. Also if you accidentally hit the 'CC MODE' key which is located bang next to the bottom note, (easily done) it stops triggering midi (ie the keys won't play anything). That's all very well in your bedroom but could ruin your day/career if playing a laptop set, for example, in front of an audience.
And God help you if one of the keys does pop off! You can't snap it back on as this tiny crumb-size bit of plastic comes off the hinge mechanism so either google around for a replacement key or give up (let me know if you find one!!)
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What's more, if you're planning to play anything more than simple one-note melodies, forget it as trying to strike a chord when the black keys don't protrude between the white ones (like on a piano) it's very tricky trying to project one finger up, the second down, the third up.. etc. If that doesn't make sense it's like playing twister with your hands. [url]http://forums.dv247.com/images/smilies/bbsc1_cursing.gif[/url]

Conclusion: the design is toilet, the build is... toilet.
The last thing this world needs is more landfill. Go buy something that'll last you years, not weeks.
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Old 6th June 2009 , 02:16 PM
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got to say it is a bit budget, given the choice all over again i would get the smallest 25 key controller i could find e.g oxygen8 etc, but then this is really for on the go edits etc, trains planes and automobiles and for simple programming... yes a tad on the expensive side, out of the whole range this is their weakest out of the 3 imo
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That's not a positive review.

I can honestly say I couldn't see a good reason to buy the nanokey.

Makes me wonder about the nanopad
I don't overly bang out my own notes but did look at that item. I don't like playing piano keys when triggering - it's like a dog meowing - and it always sounds weak.

It's definitely a problem if the build isn't up to it as you are poking it with your digits repeatedly.

So what's the next step up - the trigger finger?

You should be covered if it's falling apart - that's the law. 'Fit for use' is all it needs to be and that doesn't sound like it is.
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Actually I think itís not bad, all things considered.

I guess it really depends on what your expectations were before you purchased.

No, you canít compose a symphony with it Ė but then again, itís only two octaves; you canít compose a symphony with any two octave keyboard.

Itís best at putting in one line melodies or chords Ė again, precisely what any other two octave keyboard is good for.

It is the only keyboard Iíve seen that you that really can put in a laptop bag. I also own the two octave slim Edirol keyboard PCR-M1, and although itís very good, it will not fit in a laptop bag and if it did, there would be no room for a laptop!

This keyboard fills a niche area that can be very useful for some.

@kyp: if it has broken within a year, you should take it back for a refund / replacement. Definitely.

And yes the CC MODE key IS a pain. Iíd love to be able to disable that function!
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Old 8th June 2009 , 04:57 PM
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And yes the CC MODE key IS a pain. Iíd love to be able to disable that function!
should do the trick, may disable other features too if you are not tactful with it
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It would be good to ask the numbn*ts that designed the position of that key just WHAT he/she was thinking!
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I'm thinking of buying one for being on the move with RMX & S.D 2.
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I'm thinking of buying one for being on the move with RMX & S.D 2.
id use the pad for drums
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If you were playing the single hit type sounds, or using a kit to make your own grooves then Iíd definitely go for the nanoPad as Sureno suggested.

But if you tend to play RMX using Groove menus (to layer lots of sounds/loops) then the nanoKey will be more useful, since each sound/loop is played by a single key.

I also use my nanoKey as a cheap and easy way to control key-switches in other instruments.
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