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        KorgnanoKONTROL MIDI Controller
         
        4.0

        (based on 20 reviews)

        Ratings Distribution

        • 5 Stars

           

          (10)

        • 4 Stars

           

          (5)

        • 3 Stars

           

          (2)

        • 2 Stars

           

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        • 1 Stars

           

          (3)

        86%

        of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

        Pros

        • Easy to install (6)
        • Highly compatible (4)
        • Quiet (4)
        • Reliable (4)

        Cons

          Best Uses

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            Most Liked Positive Review

             

            Hardware controller for software

            Even if I can't give this a perfect 10 across the board, don't let the plastic build quality keep you from buying this. I've read other reviews of people gigging with no problems or...Read complete review

            Even if I can't give this a perfect 10 across the board, don't let the plastic build quality keep you from buying this. I've read other reviews of people gigging with no problems or worries of build quality and I'm sure it could be used in a live environment.

            The software programming of different scenes for the sliders, knobs and buttons make customizing easy.

            Even if you only think you need this item, pick it up. You really can't go wrong.
            Just got the Korg nanoKONTROL MIDI Controller last week and I'm already using it to control Sonar and soft synths. There's nothing like a real interface for mixing rather than a mouse, and soft synths are way more usable when you can tweek them in real time. I have hardware synths that are menu driven and I'm looking forward to trying to use this to control them in real time as well. Adjust filters, envelope times and so on.
            Not exactly a $1000 Mackie Pro hardware interface, but for the price, I'm not expecting it to be built like a tank. While it may be plastic, it is solid and I can't complain for the value.
            Speaking of value, you cannot go wrong with this. If you mix on the computer, or use soft synths you will find so many uses for this. It's a serious no brainer.

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            Most Liked Negative Review

             

            Incredible value for a low price!

            Bottom line: get it, you won't be sorry IF you invest the time to read the manual, experiment with the Korg Kontrol editor, find some helpful advice online, and just take your...Read complete review

            Bottom line: get it, you won't be sorry IF you invest the time to read the manual, experiment with the Korg Kontrol editor, find some helpful advice online, and just take your time!
            This thing is incredible for the price, I'm not quite sure what some people are complaining about?! You get 9 knobs, 9 sliders/faders, and 18 buttons. That's 36 individual parameters to control people! And you get 4 scenes, with each scene fully programmable with Korg's Kontrol Editor software - this is a MUST if you want to really dig deep into making the nanoKontrol do what you need, but as is, straight out of the box, it works just fine (particularly on a Mac where no drivers are needed, it's class-compliant, works perfectly with Reason 6).

            Pay no mind to the people that talk about buttons not doing certain things, etc, blah blah blah - you can easily get it to do EXACTLY what you want if you take the time to read the manual and experiment with the Kontrol Editor software. The full throw of any controller is 0 to 127. Need it to go the other way?, from 127 to 0, no problem. Need it go only between the values of, say, 32 to 46 for the full throw of the controller?, no problem, just program that knob or slider/fader to those specific bounds and you're good to go. Need a button to function as a push-on push-off (double press) type, or a momentary (single press) button, no problem, this is all part of the programming features within the Kontrol Editor software.

            You also get the full transport control on the left with play, stop, rewind, forward, record, and loop.

            I originally purchased my first nanoKontrol to work along with my Keystation 88es, which features a single fader alone - nothing along the top edge. I simply placed some self-stick velcro between the nanoKontrol and the Keystation and positioned it on the far left above the lower two octaves - perfect. In conjunction with Reason 6 I programmed the nanoKontrol to do everything I need for live stage use: all 4 Combinator knobs, all 4 Combinator buttons in two modes (top row of 4 buttons for push-on push-off, and bottom row of buttons for momentary, which by the way is incredibly useful as I can push the Combinator knob on with the upper button and momentarily turn it off with the lower button, or I can push the Combinator knob off with the upper button and momentarily turn it on with the lower button, it's amazingly cool), click on/off with click volume, pitch wheel on a fader and mod wheel on a knob, run and bypass Combinator buttons, go to left marker, go to right marker, tempo up and down, track up and down, and patch up and down.

            I also programmed one of the scenes on the nanoKontrol to send MIDI note values so I can use it as a mini-keyboard of sorts. Again... you can't go wrong with this thing, it truly is incredible.
            Some people knock the quality of the plastic, but it's exactly what you would expect for the price, if not more. It's solid plastic, it's not cheap fast food toy plastic. I've had my original nanoKontrol for 2 1/2 years, never had a single problem with it - and I'm not babying it in a studio, this thing travels to numerous gigs every month, gets crammed into a gig bag with minimal care, and still... going strong. I recently picked up a 2nd unit because of the value, the bang for the buck, you can't go wrong. To be honest, every now and then I'll open the gig bag and one of the sliders has come off, but the actual electronic component itself, within the unit, is perfectly fine - just press the plastic fader back onto the unit and you're ready to go. I actually thought I would have sheared off a knob/pot by now, from the way I treat the thing, but so far it has been rock solid, no knob damage at all.
            As far as value is concerned, you can't go wrong - at the incredibly low price you can purchase this for, why wouldn't you get it?

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            5.0

            Amazing!

            By Beagle and Bird

            from Dallas, TX

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            Pros

            • Easy To Install
            • Great Value
            • Intuitive
            • Powerful
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Korg nanoKONTROL MIDI Controller:

                For the money, I'm simply amazed at this thing. I absolutely HATE mixing with a mouse, but I'm not made of money, so I could never justify spending several hundred for a control surface. For this price though, I had to give it a try.

                As with just about any other piece of computer hardware I've ever added to my system, it took a little research to get things up and running -- about 2.5 hours total. But now that it's working, I'm in disbelief at the value of this thing. You do have to do your homework, though.

                I've got it working with Reaper perfectly.

                No more mixing with a mouse! Korg is just knocking it out of the park lately!

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                3.0

                Needs extra software

                By heqtbaq

                from 29 palms , CA

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                Pros

                • Easy To Install
                • Quiet

                Cons

                • Software Not Included

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio

                Comments about Korg nanoKONTROL MIDI Controller:

                The description of this gear said it was compatable with most software , yet upon recieving the unit found it did not work at
                all with the 3 programs I currently have .
                It seems to be a good device but the savings
                are less since more software will have to
                be purchased to actually use it .

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                5.0

                KORG NanoKontrol

                By amped up

                from Southern Indiana

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                Pros

                • Easy To Install
                • Highly Compatible
                • Quiet
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • DAW control

                  Comments about Korg nanoKONTROL MIDI Controller:

                  Great little controller works with all my DAW's ie: Logic Pro, Ableton, Cubase. I am glad I purchased this instead of spending more on a more professional looking controller. Don't let the small size and design fool you into not buying this controller, it does what it's supposed to do very well.

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                  4.0

                  Does the trick

                  By MrMixer937

                  from Hillsboro, OH

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Install
                  • Highly Compatible
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                  • Cheap Knobs And Faders

                  Best Uses

                  • High-End Multimedia
                  • Live
                  • Studio

                  Comments about Korg nanoKONTROL MIDI Controller:

                  I got this bundled with a Nanopad2, I was going to purchase this anyway so I jumped on the deal. I had a little trouble getting it to work with garageband but after a little research and installing the Korg usb midi drivers and a plugin (both can easily be obtained by searching on korg's web site) I got it to work. I seems to do what it was intended to do. I wish I could say I have tried it with other programs such as Pro Tools but I recently got a new computer and my old version is not compatable and I have to upgrade to a newer version of Pro Tools :(

                  It's knobs and sliders do feel cheap but the soft keys seem firm. As long as you treat this nicely it will do it's job. This unit is small so it can fit nicely into a laptop bag (remember try not to lay anything heavy or put it in a place where it can be brushed, the body of it would be fine but the plastic knobs and faders could be broken off).

                  I would recommend this if you are trying to get away from using your mouse for everything. Yes there is better products but for the price it is a good starting point until you can afford the nicer Daw Mixers.

                  This can make you more productive and efficient and in this buisness time always counts =)

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                  4.0

                  Makes mixing so much better

                  By Taco/ Salad/ Massive

                  from Muskegon, Michigan

                  About Me Frequent User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Cheap
                  • Easy To Install
                  • Fast
                  • Highly Compatible
                  • Quiet
                  • Reliable
                  • Small

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Mixing Small Projects

                    Comments about Korg nanoKONTROL MIDI Controller:

                    I got this product free with my order so i figured it would be pretty cheap, but when I plugged it FL Studio immediately recognized it and it was an ease to link to the mixer.

                    There the scene mode to, which allows each slider to control 4 different...well... anythings.

                    Big ups to Musicians Friend for hooking me up!

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                    5.0

                    Awesome -Remake more of this model

                    By JK

                    from Abilene, TX

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Install
                    • Fast
                    • Highly Compatible
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Reason Abelton Layering

                      Comments about Korg nanoKONTROL MIDI Controller:

                      This unit for the price is the best thing out there in my opinion for Layering keyboard sounds in Reason rewired to Abelton. "Learning" Assigning works great right out of the box for Reason and Abelton and Korg Editor is super simple to use. Only thing I regularly edit are the buttons toggle / Momentary feature. Highly recommend!

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                      • Business

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                      (2 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Not as stated

                      By John

                      from High Desert, So Calif.

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                      Pros

                      • Nothing Good

                      Cons

                      • Doesn't Work Period
                      • Does not work

                      Best Uses

                      • Makes N Ugly Paper Weight

                      Comments about Korg nanoKONTROL MIDI Controller:

                      Be cautious when buying this as a DAW control platform. It's advertised to work with most recording/mixing programs, yet this is not so.
                      As a matter of fact, out of hundreds of DAW's it is only designed to work with a half a dozen or so. Not good! It has no "learn" function whatsoever. Add to that the fact that manual is written in several languages, but only two pages per (one page if it's two sided). Again, Not good. Another big negative is that it comes with NO software. You must go online to get the software and USB drivers etc. I tried using this with my main recording software and after trying every possible configuration, I could only make it operate two of the pan pots or the "scrub" fader on the mixer. I tired to use two different programs. First, Samplitude, then Cubase LE 5 (a rather remedial program), and still nothing. It doesn't communicate at all with either. For Korg to tout this as working with most DAW's is just plain false advertising.
                      I have written many reviews on different products, almost all were very positive. I have a small recording set-up in my home, and use a lot of guitars, amps, computer software, mixers, effects, etc.
                      One more thing before I end this, the instructions on the two pages in the manual are vague and confusing. It is not an HUI compatible device. Maybe this is meant for a "midi" type person. But not in a language easily understood by someone with many decades of recording engineering. I'm sure this device works well for those of you who have one of the few particular types of software it was intended for, but for most it will be useless. The only not so negative thing I can say about it is, it was cheap, so I wasn't out that much money. I guess I chalk this one up to experience, and do what I should have done in the first place, and go with a more professional device. If you're still interested in buying this, check out the online auctions, mine is practically new and will be going for less than a fast food meal.

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                      • Personal

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                      (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Hardware controller for software

                      Comments about Korg nanoKONTROL MIDI Controller:

                      Even if I can't give this a perfect 10 across the board, don't let the plastic build quality keep you from buying this. I've read other reviews of people gigging with no problems or worries of build quality and I'm sure it could be used in a live environment.

                      The software programming of different scenes for the sliders, knobs and buttons make customizing easy.

                      Even if you only think you need this item, pick it up. You really can't go wrong.
                      Just got the Korg nanoKONTROL MIDI Controller last week and I'm already using it to control Sonar and soft synths. There's nothing like a real interface for mixing rather than a mouse, and soft synths are way more usable when you can tweek them in real time. I have hardware synths that are menu driven and I'm looking forward to trying to use this to control them in real time as well. Adjust filters, envelope times and so on.
                      Not exactly a $1000 Mackie Pro hardware interface, but for the price, I'm not expecting it to be built like a tank. While it may be plastic, it is solid and I can't complain for the value.
                      Speaking of value, you cannot go wrong with this. If you mix on the computer, or use soft synths you will find so many uses for this. It's a serious no brainer.

                      Comment on this review

                      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      A Great Little Controller

                      Comments about Korg nanoKONTROL MIDI Controller:

                      GIve it 9.99999, Take the time to read the manuels and the pdf manuels online at korg. I heard a lot of talk about this controller being junk . Well I guess those people didn't take the time to do there home work before they try to use it. Ive had mine for less than 24hrs and already done a 32track mix with it. Just amazing.
                      All though this thing is not perfect, for the price I'll give it 10+++++ Its amazing for the price rage.
                      Well could have been better built but for 29.99 controller can't say much about this.
                      Well worth the money can't go wrong here.

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                      (9 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Incredible value for a low price!

                      By Ed Bauman

                      from San Francisco Bay Area

                      Comments about Korg nanoKONTROL MIDI Controller:

                      Bottom line: get it, you won't be sorry IF you invest the time to read the manual, experiment with the Korg Kontrol editor, find some helpful advice online, and just take your time!
                      This thing is incredible for the price, I'm not quite sure what some people are complaining about?! You get 9 knobs, 9 sliders/faders, and 18 buttons. That's 36 individual parameters to control people! And you get 4 scenes, with each scene fully programmable with Korg's Kontrol Editor software - this is a MUST if you want to really dig deep into making the nanoKontrol do what you need, but as is, straight out of the box, it works just fine (particularly on a Mac where no drivers are needed, it's class-compliant, works perfectly with Reason 6).

                      Pay no mind to the people that talk about buttons not doing certain things, etc, blah blah blah - you can easily get it to do EXACTLY what you want if you take the time to read the manual and experiment with the Kontrol Editor software. The full throw of any controller is 0 to 127. Need it to go the other way?, from 127 to 0, no problem. Need it go only between the values of, say, 32 to 46 for the full throw of the controller?, no problem, just program that knob or slider/fader to those specific bounds and you're good to go. Need a button to function as a push-on push-off (double press) type, or a momentary (single press) button, no problem, this is all part of the programming features within the Kontrol Editor software.

                      You also get the full transport control on the left with play, stop, rewind, forward, record, and loop.

                      I originally purchased my first nanoKontrol to work along with my Keystation 88es, which features a single fader alone - nothing along the top edge. I simply placed some self-stick velcro between the nanoKontrol and the Keystation and positioned it on the far left above the lower two octaves - perfect. In conjunction with Reason 6 I programmed the nanoKontrol to do everything I need for live stage use: all 4 Combinator knobs, all 4 Combinator buttons in two modes (top row of 4 buttons for push-on push-off, and bottom row of buttons for momentary, which by the way is incredibly useful as I can push the Combinator knob on with the upper button and momentarily turn it off with the lower button, or I can push the Combinator knob off with the upper button and momentarily turn it on with the lower button, it's amazingly cool), click on/off with click volume, pitch wheel on a fader and mod wheel on a knob, run and bypass Combinator buttons, go to left marker, go to right marker, tempo up and down, track up and down, and patch up and down.

                      I also programmed one of the scenes on the nanoKontrol to send MIDI note values so I can use it as a mini-keyboard of sorts. Again... you can't go wrong with this thing, it truly is incredible.
                      Some people knock the quality of the plastic, but it's exactly what you would expect for the price, if not more. It's solid plastic, it's not cheap fast food toy plastic. I've had my original nanoKontrol for 2 1/2 years, never had a single problem with it - and I'm not babying it in a studio, this thing travels to numerous gigs every month, gets crammed into a gig bag with minimal care, and still... going strong. I recently picked up a 2nd unit because of the value, the bang for the buck, you can't go wrong. To be honest, every now and then I'll open the gig bag and one of the sliders has come off, but the actual electronic component itself, within the unit, is perfectly fine - just press the plastic fader back onto the unit and you're ready to go. I actually thought I would have sheared off a knob/pot by now, from the way I treat the thing, but so far it has been rock solid, no knob damage at all.
                      As far as value is concerned, you can't go wrong - at the incredibly low price you can purchase this for, why wouldn't you get it?

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