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nanoKEY2, 25-Key MIDI Keyboard from Korg in the nano series.


7 user reviews
Prices starting at $50 average price: $53

Korg nanoKEY2 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Korg
  • Model:nanoKEY2
  • Series:nano
  • Category:25-Key MIDI Keyboards
  • Added in our database on: 08/23/2011

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Korg nanoKEY2 user reviews

Average Score:3.0( 3/5 based on 7 reviews )
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 1 user review14 %
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livewidmusic07/18/2014

livewidmusic's review""Making music on the road? Grab one!""

Korg nanoKEY2
I am a musician who constantly writes music on the roads, and the Korg nanoKEY2 was a great addition to my backpack. This 25- key USB powered midi keyboard is tiny, cute and responds to your finger tips in a much more better way than its predecessor nanoKEY.

Having used the old version nanoKEY that I was not quite happy with, I wanted an upgrade for this. Having gone through several other options, finally was happy to see the release of the nanoKEY2. Weighing only 0.54 Ibs, this tiny midi keyboard is easy to program with and make music. "Plug n Play" would be the right term I give to this "smaller than your keyboard" device that attracted me always.

Using Logic 9 and Logic X, The nanoKEY 2 immediately gets recognised as a new midi device. The new sustain add-on was a very good thought, as this was not there in nanoKEY1 (Also note that the CC feature in nanoKEY1 is not available in this version anymore).

Connectivity to an Apple's iPad (supports from iOS 4.2.1) using Apple's iPad camera connection kit is very handy for musicians on the go these days. Imagine you have the nanoKEY2 and your iPad (Make sure to have a music application that supports Apple Core Midi) and you want to write some music. Its possible now with the nanoKEY2 and only you would see playing the keyboard, because it is that tiny!

This is also a perfect addition if one has the dual USB ported MicroKey (another product by Korg). I usually connect the nanoKEY2 to the latter when in need of more keys while writing music.



UTILIZATION

The nanoKEY coming in two colours white or black, can be plugged directly onto your Mac (OS X 10.4 or later) or PC. Open up your favourite DAW and start using it. The manual is clear and to the point. Though I must say that it is a bit geeky.

There are two buttons for shifting the Pitch up/down. An Octave shift up/down with octave ranges up-to +4 or -4. The modulation button is similar to the previous version, though I have not found this feature useful unless one is performing live.

For those who are into extreme and advanced midi features, this also integrates with the Korg Kontrol Editor software, that comes as a free download on the Korg website. One can choose from four different velocity settings provided, which in-turn affects, reacts and responds with the modulation and sustain buttons of the nanoKEY2.

OVERALL OPINION

Pros

1) Soft key-bed and strong keys.
2) More velocity friendly than the nanoKEY1.
3) Easy Plug and Play. No driver needs to be installed.
4) Sustain button is very helpful.
5) Light weighted and gets into your work backpack.

Cons

1) The Keys could be more softer and a little longer. Some fingers might find it hard to get used to playing.
2) No free additional - bonus software licenses.
3) Be careful not to give this to a 5 year old kid. This is going to break.
4) No LED's displaying the Octave shift range.

I would say that for $68, the nanoKEY is a bit overpriced. Given the fact that one can't perform extreme musical and advanced writing nor put this inside a heavy tight luggage (as it would break), I wish this was priced a little more less.

But having said that and having a previous experience with its predecessor and using other midi devices like the Axiom keyboards etc, the precision and quality while playing the nanoKEY2 is worthwhile.

If you travel a lot and if you are looking for something small that could fit in to your quick midi-input needs, then this is a quick and easy solution. The Plug and Play feature makes it easy to connect to any system you need, wherever you go.

Lastly, while thinking about the price at this moment, I would have gone for a better and cheaper option that time, even though if it is more larger in size and weight than the nanoKEY2.
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bertrand.marle10/17/2014

bertrand.marle's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very simple (too?)"

Korg nanoKEY2
Hello

Personally I wanted to be able to do some simple keyboard and taken control of parts of my songs live.
Delighted by the price and the possibilities of a master keyboard.
Disappointed by their feel and sensitivity not great.

This is not a keyboard for pianists => looking at AKAI mpk mini

UTILIZATION

Touched plastic keyboard type of computer
Easily configurable on the PC
Difficult to adjust the sensitivity.

OVERALL OPINION

2-3 years now that I use for parts violins, synth, drums, ...

It's not a synth and not a keyboard (as piano), touch is the type of MPC.

==> Correct seen the price

I also often in the hands of the akai mpk mini, which is MUCH better with knobs, but more expensive
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M.Alexis.M06/11/2013

M.Alexis.M's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" super hard, no soft"

Korg nanoKEY2
small, self-powered USB (combined on the same port via a hub with a nanocontrol2 and mouse without additional transformer).

UTILIZATION

feel a little cheap of course, and velocity control is difficult.

the doc is good, easy config, software config (korg edit) could be optimized to reduce clicks and "upload" automatic.

OVERALL OPINION

softwares are available in bundle file: plethora of serial numbers and keys download, upload crappy, pathetic and lame installation, and it does not work (I'm talking about apps Korg M1 LE, but Toontrack ez thing, etc. .)

These bundles do not bring anything to the hardware, on the contrary, they are for the user a very negative start for the entire product!
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M.Alexis.M04/27/2013

M.Alexis.M's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" good material / bundle zero"

Korg nanoKEY2
portability, simplicity, price

UTILIZATION

very useful in terms of the product of course. The manual and drivers are good.

OVERALL OPINION

Few days. I use midi keyboards as master computer keyboards for years.

Very good value for money, the velocity settings are a little weak (low dynamic).

But I write this message especially to explain the bundled apps are quite nazes. Pourriciels, bloatwares and co. : Hidden behind pages and web pages, Korg and its partners, nums and serial key and multiple activation codes, downloads that foirent (but I'm on 3G, ok ...), weight not listed, lame facilities under Win8 (The Korg M1, Tootntrack EZ Drummer), full of shit on the disc, and nothing works. Lost big time ... I clean everything and go back to my vst (i) and free soundfonts (saffron) in Reaper, that work.
Korg drivers are ok, but it also works without them (I have not tested the combination of USB Devices found).
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