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Korg nanoKEY MIDI Keyboard Controller - Black

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The nanoKEY MIDI controller is part of Korg's nanoSERIES USB-powered slimline controllers that are so small you can put them on your workstation, in ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Serious music production in a seriously small space”now in a cool black design.

The nanoKEY MIDI controller is part of Korg's nanoSERIES USB-powered slimline controllers that are 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 it's small size, the nanoKEY MIDI 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 slim-line MIDI controller keyboard, they used 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 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, you can customize the nanoKEY to match your control needs. It lets you select between three 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 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. You also get a free downloadable Editor/Librarian to help you create setups to suit your specific control needs.

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 four outputs
M1 Le software synthesizer has no data compatibility with M1 software synthesizer
Power consumption: less than 100 mA
Dimensions: 12.60"W x 0.55"H x 3.27"D
Weight: 0.49lbs.

System Requirements
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

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
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 on-board sound output port can be used)
(Plug-in) Depends on system requirements of host application program

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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Great Idea - Not Korg Quality

By MrBass

from L.A.

I use this primarily as a MIDI controller for Sibelius. Very handy with a laptop for scoring and arranging. Great tool when you don't have a whole rig available.Downside: Not up to Korg standards of quality. Feels cheap and flimsy. Keys don't react consistently.


Pure Garbage

By NickyFresh

from Medford, OR

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Bought it, and it worked okay for about 2 months. Then one day I plugged in and nothing. Just stopped working. I got it to light up after messing around and trying different usb cables, but it was fools gold. Looks like it's discontinued now, and for good reason.



By trlblz2005

from Maryland

If you buy the NanoKey be very, very careful. I purchase it and have not been able to get it to function with my Reason 4.0 program as of yet. Tried downloading re-downloading drivers for PC and everything nothing! I am using Microsoft XP.




from McKinney, TX

This thing is exactly what it sounds like. It's a simple, 25 key midi controller. In fact, that's all I expected until I actual bought the thing. Turns out, it also has a CC mode where you can assign each key to give different data so you can use it like a drum machine. That automatically made me give it a 5 for features. The only problem I see with this controller is the build quality. Although the thing is velocity-sensitive (incredibly) and plays good, it feels like it's going to break every now then. But then again, it only FEELS like it. Overall it's a great buy, you should cop one RIGHT NOW


Cheap Construction

By Alex V

from San Francisco, CA

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The keys are like the keys on your computer keyboard, not like an actual instrument keyboard. The only thing is they are constructed worse than the keys on a computer keyboard, I put mine in my book-bag to use on a plane and before I even used the damn thing, I snapped two keys off and they aren't replaceable.


Right idea...just poor quality

By mode

from West Virginia

Perect size and convient for someone whos travels alot...but mine didn't last 30 days before USB connector came of circuit board. Now trying to get a Korg repair center to fix it.


midi 4 kids..

By x4ohell

from GDL, MX

keys feel much like a computer keyboard.. its hard to hit em because they are really small.. i would recomend it for small hands only.. its sensitive keys arent consistent.. youll find hard to press them some times.. when recording youll happen to arrange the volume for single notes that even when u tought you pres em hard enough you didnt..


Worth the money But dont expect too much.

By Zach-GH9T-

from Chicago, IL

I make beats on Reason, i have been since 2.5. I got this for my laptop when I'm out of the studio. It does the trick! The keys do feel like keyboard keys (on your computer) and its pretty cheap. Your not gonna be able to play piano stuff good. But i got it for like 30 bucks. It was worth every penny. 50 is cool for this, Its nice and portable and does the trick!

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