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    Serious music production in a seriously small space.

    The nanoKEY is part of KORG's nanoSERIES USB-powered slimline 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.

    Despite its small size, the nanoKEY controller goes big when it comes to functionality. Its intuitive layout provides 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.

    A flexible MIDI keyboard controller that's smaller than a laptop keyboard
    When KORG set out to build a slimline MIDI controller keyboard, they utilized their years of experience in manufacturing innovative MIDI keyboards to create a comfortable-feeling, velocity-sensitive keyboard based off a laptop keyboard. The resulting 25-note keyboard on the 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 among 3 velocity curves or fixed velocity, and set MIDI CC values. It 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.

    Even if the KORG nanoKEY controller is your first foray into MIDI control, be 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 M1 LE that faithfully re-creates 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. You also get a free downloadable Editor/Librarian to help you create setups to suit your specific control needs in all 3 models.

    Features

    • Controllers:
    • Keyboard: 25-key with velocity and 4 velocity curves
    • CC MODE button
    • Octave Shift up/down buttons
    • Pitch up/down buttons
    • Modulation button
    • mini-USB connection
    • USB bus power
    • Comes with USB cable
    • Downloadable code for KORG M1 LE workstation software
    • Free downloadable Editor/Librarian to help control needs

    M1 Le Software Synthesizer Specifications

    • Maximum polyphony: 32 notes (depending on the CPU of host computer)
    • Number of parts: 8
    • Number of presets: 200 presets (100 programs, 100 combinations), a user bank (50 programs, 50 combinations)
    • 144 PCM waveforms (100 multi-sounds, 44 drum sounds)
    • 33 effect types
    • Operates as standalone or VST/AU/RTAS plug-in instrument
    • Realtime MIDI control and automation supported
    • Supported sampling frequency: 44.1kHz~192kHz
    • Number of instances available as plug-in: 1
    • Maximum 4 outputs

    Make the key to your DAW success the nanoKEY controller. Order this convenient solution today.

     

    nanoKEY MIDI Keyboard Controller Specifications:

    • Power consumption: less than 100 mA
    • Dimensions: 12.60"W x 0.55"H x 3.27"D
    • Weight: 0.49 lb.
    • System Requirements
    • Mac:
    • 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
    • Win:
    • 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)
    • M1 LE System Requirements
    • Mac:
    • CPU: Apple G4/500MHz or faster, G4/800MHz or faster recommended
    • Memory: 256MB or larger
    • Display: 1,024 x 768 — 32,000 colors or higher
    • Operating system: Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
    • Audio interface:
    • (Standalone) Core Audio compatible audio interface (Macintosh's onboard sound output port can be used)
    • (Plug-in) Depends on system requirements of host application program
    • Win:
    • CPU: Intel Pentium III/1 GHz or faster, Pentium 4, Pentium M (Centrino), Celeron M/900MHz or faster recommended
    • Memory: 256MB or larger
    • Display: 1,024 x 768 — 16-bit colors or higher
    • Operating System
    • Windows XP SP2 or later, Windows Vista SP1
    • Audio Interface:
    • (Standalone) ASIO, DirectSound/MME compatible audio interface
    • (Plug-in) Depends on system requirements of host application program
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    2.8

    (based on 13 reviews)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    pretty sweet little thing.

    Don't expect to get a Moog or a Nord, really, for the money this thing is fabulous, works flawlessly with Logic and GarageBand. Next, all the features it has are very useful, ...Read complete review

    Don't expect to get a Moog or a Nord, really, for the money this thing is fabulous, works flawlessly with Logic and GarageBand. Next, all the features it has are very useful, only thing I would like is 2 buttons added to it, one for sustain, and one to turn the touch velocity off. it is super useful sometimes but, i would like it off for some applications...and some sustain would be nice. Everything it does is great, I fly and go on the road a lot and its perfect for both of those. Even in my room just making demos, for the real thing I will use a Nord or Moog, but this thing can give you a good sound for your demos, IT LOOKS AMAZIng, (I have the black one, inverted colors) and it looks amazing with the new mac book. fits right in. Anothing has broken for me and I haven been using it for about a month NON-Stop with GB and Logic 8. works amazingly. ALso, the other day I used it at a live show, in Abelton Live, to make some loops and sounds and it workd awesomely, loops and stuff really add to an all acoustic show.. this thing was a savior. All in all this thing is amazing. Remember, not gunna be Micro Korg, just a nono korg, BUY IT! it is worth it, just dont be (too) rough with it and it will last for you. really. I recommend.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Qwerty felt better than this...

    Pros: Ability to track, arrange, and compose on the go with an actual midi controller and not just QWERTY (Fl Studio, Logic, Live, etc...). Easy to fit in bag ...Read complete review

    Pros: Ability to track, arrange, and compose on the go with an actual midi controller and not just QWERTY (Fl Studio, Logic, Live, etc...). Easy to fit in bag and carry around, although you may want to keep it in the box when you but it in your bag. Octave UP/Down, Pitch, and Mod Buttons...Cons: VERY cheap plastic! Feels even cheaper than my NanoKontrol, which I LOVE by the way. The keys are VERRRRY noisy! Also, the layout will take getting used to. Did I mention how cheap it feels and how noisy/clicky the keys are?Bottom line, mine is going back. I get a better feel from my QWERTY keys. That should tell you how bad this item is. Don't get me wrong, if you really need a controller to throw in the bag, this may work for you. But, you had better be careful with it because it will not last very long if you don't. I am sending it back before a key pops out. Not worth it in my opinion...

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    2.0

    Cheap price, cheap feel

    By bobdole53

    from Asheville, NC

    The features on this keyboard are good enough for anyone who just wants to mess around with a program like Massive, but it is very cheap. If you're not very careful with it, it will break. The USB out port snapped off and fell into the actual keyboard after about a month.

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    1.0

    You get what you pay for...

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I don't normally leave reviews, but this purchase was so disappointing I had to warn any would be buyers. The whole thing feels flimsy and awkward, and within a couple weeks of owning it, the keys popped off. The keys also use cheap plastic clip-in connectors, so once they're off, it's near impossible to fix it. I just threw mine in the trash. Waste of money.

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    2.0

    Fun but flimsy

    By Kanoa

    from Undisclosed

    What a lot of fun while it lasted!!! brilliant little gadget kept me delighted for days until a key popped off, then another - then I dropped it and it disintegrated. I'll try to Akai one next and see if it is any tougher.

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    3.0

    works, but keys pop off too easy..

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    worked great in sonar 8 PE, does what is says. mod,pitch and octave keys are nice but keys are noisy and WILL fall off after repeated use. Useful for on the go type situations (for a while and then it will fall apart) Overall it was a neat idea but key design is horrible and noisy and then the keys just start popping off left and right. I would consider this a kinda "disposable" midi controller. If you are on a budget and think this will work for you as your main I would suggest keep looking and save your money, nothing to see here. I used this for toontrack easydrummer and some arturia moog modular v2 and feel I overwhelmed this little device. I now have the m-audio axiom 25 and I am very happy:) the oxygen from m-audio is nice too and closer to this price range.dont buy this it is more or less a garbage product (mine is in the garbage can under the desk rite now with 6 keys missing)

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    5.0

    awesome

    By lee-BiJMy

    from mexico city, l.a., new york, liverpool

    well, i use it to make loops and stuff like that, even drums...its a great piece of gear if you know how to use it, feels awkward but its good for make music on the go or even at a studio...dont spect to be able to play the piano cuz its very difficult but jordan rudes can so if you cant play on it its your fault not the controller, overall great gear! and comes with m1le nice!!

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    5.0

    pretty sweet little thing.

    By VOXismyLOVE

    from So Cal.

    Don't expect to get a Moog or a Nord, really, for the money this thing is fabulous, works flawlessly with Logic and GarageBand. Next, all the features it has are very useful, only thing I would like is 2 buttons added to it, one for sustain, and one to turn the touch velocity off. it is super useful sometimes but, i would like it off for some applications...and some sustain would be nice. Everything it does is great, I fly and go on the road a lot and its perfect for both of those. Even in my room just making demos, for the real thing I will use a Nord or Moog, but this thing can give you a good sound for your demos, IT LOOKS AMAZIng, (I have the black one, inverted colors) and it looks amazing with the new mac book. fits right in. Anothing has broken for me and I haven been using it for about a month NON-Stop with GB and Logic 8. works amazingly. ALso, the other day I used it at a live show, in Abelton Live, to make some loops and sounds and it workd awesomely, loops and stuff really add to an all acoustic show.. this thing was a savior. All in all this thing is amazing. Remember, not gunna be Micro Korg, just a nono korg, BUY IT! it is worth it, just dont be (too) rough with it and it will last for you. really. I recommend.

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    1.0

    Lame

    By ITW-1066

    from Virginia

    Not can be much to added to what has been said. It's cheap plastic, and feels very awkward, even more so than a normal computer keyboard. The only plus is it's portability, but if you're that pressed for space, it's easier just to use qwerty. I'd recommend to spend a little more money on an M-Audio KeyRig 25 if you are looking for a good portable midi keyboard.

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    1.0

    Practically disintegrated under my fingers

    By Drineprod

    from Rockford, il

    I bought this hoping for a more space efficient means of getting my ideas out rather than yanking out my big keyboard but within 15 minutes of using it the keys started to pop off. There is no getting them back on. Is this some sort of a joke?

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    3.0

    Qwerty felt better than this...

    By Julio-xK0Xm

    from In the South

    Pros: Ability to track, arrange, and compose on the go with an actual midi controller and not just QWERTY (Fl Studio, Logic, Live, etc...). Easy to fit in bag and carry around, although you may want to keep it in the box when you but it in your bag. Octave UP/Down, Pitch, and Mod Buttons...Cons: VERY cheap plastic! Feels even cheaper than my NanoKontrol, which I LOVE by the way. The keys are VERRRRY noisy! Also, the layout will take getting used to. Did I mention how cheap it feels and how noisy/clicky the keys are?Bottom line, mine is going back. I get a better feel from my QWERTY keys. That should tell you how bad this item is. Don't get me wrong, if you really need a controller to throw in the bag, this may work for you. But, you had better be careful with it because it will not last very long if you don't. I am sending it back before a key pops out. Not worth it in my opinion...

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    4.0

    Portable but cheap

    By Doesn't matter

    from Doesn't matter

    Overall, it's a decent buy for the price and portability. I bought the NK so I could drag a keyboard along in a backpack for quick and easy use and it definitely serves that purpose. However, there are two drawbacks: noise and materials. This keyboard sounds like a standard computer keyboard, which is essentially what it is; but, it's louder than a standard keyboard because you ended up striking the keys harder to take advantage of the velocity-sensitivity. As far as materials are concerned, each key is held in place by one metal bracket and one plastic bracket with four very small plastic fingers that snap to the casing. I learned within two weeks that a protective sleeve will be needed for future travel. One of the keys came off with in ease in my backpack and couldn't be put back on.

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