Korg nanoKEY2
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Korg nanoKEY2

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

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Average Score:3.0( 3/5 based on 7 reviews )
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Value For Money : Excellent
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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.
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
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!
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).
jooldi10/23/2012

jooldi's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" What do you need?"

Korg nanoKEY2
Small, cheap and easy to use

UTILIZATION

Velocity works perfect, it is adjustable via the Kontroler editor. One branch, it configures his / her DAW, play.

OVERALL OPINION

I also have an M-Audio Keystation 61es, but I needed something less cumbersome at the moment.
This is a little cheap but considering the price ...
Nothing to say on these series Nano. I also nanoKONTROL version 1 and I am more than satisfied with these little critters.
BassPiérO12/02/2011

BassPiérO's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Korg nanoKEY2
Good

The size and price motivated me in my choice.

UTILIZATION

Trs good

I use the keyboard to send squence Live Ableton Live (one button per track).
I work on macbook pro t and installation of a monster simplicity.
The keys are quite enjoyable. very practical for small component of the arrangement. so small that all the keys in one hand almost yours.
Pa needs the manual for my use.

OVERALL OPINION

Trs good

I've had a few days now.
The particularity that j'apprcie least this is the length of the USB cable that came with it. But it's a good dtail that corrects this.
I try Oxygne ranges from M-Audio are trs well but did not fit the use that I make.

Report qualitprix I think are worth a price. This was not a box of COMPTITE adpanne but good design is clean, Ractive trs good and it may bulky.
sin05/14/2011

sin's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Pretty handy!"

Korg nanoKEY2
I needed a small MIDI keyboard really cheap to publish on a thumb M1R and TG77.
This is a mini keyboard with 25 keys / pads, velocity sensitive USB. In addition he was appointed to the MacBook Pro 13 "...

UTILIZATION

Small pads are pretty good in the end ... Velocity is even fine enough. We can also adjust the curves or make fixed through KONTROL Editor software (downloaded). It can also adjust the pitch, modulation, sustain ... Otherwise, the 2 buttons octave range from -4 to +4 (the button changes color to indicate the setting.)

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for a few days.
At first I was a bit scared but hey we made it! Sure to trigger piano is not the best but for percussion, analog synths, the brass (and yes it is like keys!) Is fun ... In fact it feels a bit like that playing a melodica.
It should do with aftertouch and a MIDI out!
Value for money excellent!
I'll buy one for each expander well! History to have small keyboards everywhere ... You can even put one on another keyboard ^ ^ (on the right kind of M1).
In short i like this little gadget well done and well thought out.