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The nanoKONTROL is part of Korg's nanoSERIES USB powered slimline MIDI controllers; so small you can put them on your workstation, in front of your l...Click To Read More About This Product

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Take KONTROL of your DAW with this space-saving controller.

The nanoKONTROL is part of Korg's nanoSERIES USB powered slimline MIDI 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 it's small size, this MIDI controller goes big when it comes to functionality. It's 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 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.

FEATURES
  • 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
SPECIFICATIONS

nanoKONTROL MIDI Controller

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

    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)
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KorgnanoKONTROL MIDI Controller
 
4.0

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (3)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
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    • Frequent user (6)
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    • Personal (6)

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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(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?

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Hardware controller for software

By drsamura

from Bradenton, FL

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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.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Is it a toy?

By WinterWineStudio

from Saint Sebastian, Puerto Rico

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Comments about Korg nanoKONTROL MIDI Controller:

This is just a cheap almost useless "thing" designed to look cool and nice and make money out of it. It's almost imposible to get it to work the way you want it too. Had to go all over the internet and download stuff just to do something. It's really cheap quality, feels like a free toy in a fast food kids meal, the buttons get stuck, sliders feel weak.

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

nanoKontrol

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Korg nanoKONTROL MIDI Controller:

I'm writing to clarify that the reviews that claim poor functionality did not understand how to use this device. It is class compliant and fully programmable. The knobs/faders send CC data and the buttons send program changes/notes. The knobs are not continuous, but send absolute MIDI data. Korg provides a fantastic editor and drivers, as well as progam templates for some DAWs. Some comment that it feels cheap... but it is cheap. In its defense the feel is far superior to the hardware on more expensive products like the 1st gen axiom or the novation nocturn.

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome control surface.

By Stephen Stripling

from Georgia

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Comments about Korg nanoKONTROL MIDI Controller:

The Korg NanoKontrol is a great control surface. It has lots of good options and is very useful. The only problem is that the plastic may be a little cheap, and it could use a little more resistence on the sliders. You can hit every number from 1-127 with it, so it's very precise. For the money, it's a great deal. I've had it for about a month and so far no problems. I would definitely recommend it.

(2 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Not as stated

By John

from San Antonio

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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

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Apparently some are MIDI inept

By This Guy-R23xt

from Close to Chicago

Comments about Korg nanoKONTROL MIDI Controller:

Some people reviewing this seem to have no real knowledge MIDI. The unit is a very low end solution, thus it is cheap(just like the price, lol). That being said, I am very happy with the product. It is a little hard to program if you have no real understanding of MIDI messages though. It is a basic controller with tons of programmable knobs, sliders, buttons, etc. For that it does its job very well. I have been using it for various things, pretty much any thing I didn't want to buy a dedicated controller for, in my home studio for almost two years now. Still kicking and doing its job great. It is a low end product but don't let the uninformed discourage your purchase.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Wait for 2nd Gen

By Free hat

from Tulsa, OK

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Comments about Korg nanoKONTROL MIDI Controller:

Bought one of these yesterday and I will be returning it. After I finally figured out how to set it up to work with Live (all the buttons were set to temporary instead of toggle out of the box - this made absolutely no sense to me), it still wasn't working 100% correctly. I'd have to hit certain buttons twice before they would perform their programmed function.As far as build quality, I think it's just fine for the price. I wish that the knobs were encoders instead of just rotary knobs (they have a stop on either side), but that's my only real beef with the components.I am taking this back, getting my refund, and waiting for the 2nd gen to be available for purchase.If you have a ton of patience and knowledge about MIDI, I'm sure you could figure this out, but for someone with limited knowledge about MIDI...this is not the product for you.At least it's cheap though.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

korgKONTROL review

By Reagan Martin

from Houston

Comments about Korg nanoKONTROL MIDI Controller:

I should have bought more portable KORG usb controllers.
Very basic and simple to use! When you plug in the device it will say it failed to install the drivers (windows 7). However, if you use Reason 4.0 (or higher) by Propellerhead, all you have to do is click auto detect and then its ready to use! Took about five minutes for me to install. This includes scimming through the instructions.
For it's portability, the quality is great! It's weight is comparable to an iPhone 4 with an Ottorbox. For the price, the knobs, buttons and sliders work very well.
free shipping (only took 2 days to get to south Texas). This was a good bargin.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Great Little Controller

By Paul Pendleton

from ky

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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