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The Korg nanoKONTROL is a USB-powered slim-line MIDI controller from the nanoSERIES. It's so small you can put it on your workstation, in front of yo...Click To Read More About This Product

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This incredibly simple and compact MIDI controller is now back in black.

The Korg nanoKONTROL is a USB-powered slim-line MIDI controller from the nanoSERIES. It's so small you can put it 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, this MIDI controller goes big when it comes to functionality. Its intuitive layout provides extremely easy operation for any user. The Korg nanoKONTROL offers 9 faders, 9 knobs, and 18 switches, plus a full transport section for expansive control. It also features a note input mode to help you lay down your next big groove.

Even if the Korg nanoKONTROL MIDI controller is your first foray into MIDI control, be assured that you'll be able to get connected to software quickly. The nanoKONTROL includes a discount coupon for Ableton Live LE software. What's more, you get a free downloadable Editor/Librarian to help you create setups to suit your specific control needs.

  • Controllers
  • 9 knobs
  • 9 sliders
  • 18 buttons
  • Transport buttons: REW/PLAY/FF/LOOP/STOP/REC
  • SCENE buttons (SCENE 1-4)
  • 4 user scene memories
  • mini-USB connection
  • USB bus powered
  • USB cable included

nanoKONTROL MIDI Controller - Black

  • Dimensions: 12.60"W x 1.16"H x 3.23"D
  • Weight: 0.64lb.
  • USB bus power consumption: less than 100 mA
  • 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

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KorgnanoKONTROL MIDI Controller - Black

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Does NOT work with DAWs, Don't buy it!!

By grjstudio

from San Diego, CA

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Comments about Korg nanoKONTROL MIDI Controller - Black:

I bought the nano series, both the nanoPad and nanoKeys work fine, but the nanoKontrol is completely unresponsive as a controller. I downloaded the Korg USB-midi driver and Korg Kontrol Editor. This didn't help at all and I've tried it with four different DAWs. I called Korg tech support and they were not at all helpful. If you read the Korg forums, it seems a lot of buyers are having the same problem and Korg won't help their customers use the product. I've spent over 20 hours trying to make this piece of junk work and can't devote any more time to it. Don't waste your time with this like I did.


Couldn't get it to work with Cubase LE/Win XP

By Compur

from SF

Comments about Korg nanoKONTROL MIDI Controller - Black:

I'm not computer illiterate and I spent plenty of time trying to work it out, but the DAW just wouldn't learn the Nanokontrol functions. It's a great little tool for the money, looks like decent build quality and I imagine it would be great with the right software, but I had to return it.


Korg NanoKontrol

By avguy19

from Jackson MS

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Comments about Korg nanoKONTROL MIDI Controller - Black:

The Korg NanoKontrol works very well once you get it set up. The key to setting it up is to throw away the included USB cable and purchase a better quality one. I worked technical support for another tech company and the usual problem with the device we supported was a bad USB cable. I would have given a much higher rating if not for the quality of the USB cable.


Solid performer

By Vis

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Korg nanoKONTROL MIDI Controller - Black:

Does exactly what it says on the tin. Feels surprisingly solid and sturdy and the knobs and faders have a nice smooth action. Ease of setup depends largely on the software you're using it with but haven't run into any trouble with Cubase, Korg Legacy Collection or Traktor. Programming software is optional, default settings will work for most anything but if you need it the software is straightforward to use.There's pretty much nothing else available for much less than twice this price that will do the same job but if other manufacturers want to compete, they had better be aware that Korg has set the bar pretty high.


Using it with Sonar 7

By Frank Stone

from Memphis Tn

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Comments about Korg nanoKONTROL MIDI Controller - Black:

I was at first confused on setting it up, then got it Right. I was not expecting much but run the transport controls, and maybe control some synth stuff. It lets me control the Console in Sonar 7. I'm glad I bought it


Nice, Compact Mixer for a Low Price

By Six-Stringed Flamberge

from Columbus, OH

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Comments about Korg nanoKONTROL MIDI Controller - Black:

I bought the Korg nanoKontrol (Black) so that I could have some hardware to control the mixer in my DAW. After spending years controlling everything with my mouse, I figured this was the way to go. I didn't want to spend a lot of money, and I have limited desk space. I saw this advertised in a music mag and decided to try it out.I installed the drivers and whatnot and tried to use it as soon as I got it. However, nothing I tried would work. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling over and over again, but nothing worked! I was getting pretty mad and wondered if maybe I had a defective product. So I tried installing it on my non-music laptop, and it worked just fine! So I knew it worked, but it just wouldn't work on my main PC!After fiddling with it for hours, I finally managed to get it to work. First off, it's a little weird how you have to set it up. When you plug the USB cable in, it auto-installs some drivers, but the drivers don't offer much flexibility. To access Korg's editor/librarian for the nano series, you need to download an additional driver from their website. But even after doing all this again and again, I could not get it to work. I finally got it to work when, and this is weird, I looked at the first drivers that installed on my PC and clicked to "roll back to previous version". Not sure why this worked, but as soon as I did it, everything worked just fine! So if anyone out there has the same problem, try this before calling customer service.Anyway, after I got all that out of the way, the controller worked really well. You can set up 4 presets on the nanoKontrol using the Korg editor software, KorgKontrolEditor. $59 isn't a bad price for 9 knobs, 9 faders, 18 buttons plus transport controls (play, stop, record). And all of these are fully customizable, with writable patches to store 4 complete sets. Some people complain that it feels cheap, but I didn't have a problem with it. It's not the greatest, but the knobs and faders are responsive and offer some resistance. The buttons you can set to momentary or toggle. All in all, I think it's an excellent deal for the recording musician on a budget. If you can just get past the installation process, you'll find a great little mixer that'll fit in your laptop bag for the producer on the go!

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