All user reviews for the Korg microKONTROL
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robdelap's review"Pretty, compact, useful."
I chose this particular one because of it's small size, which fits perfectly on my desk just front of my qwerty keyboard. It also features all of the standard controls you'd expect in bigger controllers: 8 knobs, 8 faders, 16 velocity sensitive pads, an XY joystick and three octaves, which should accommodate for most of the day to day midi exercises of the project studio and pro studios that need a desktop solution.
It's also very, very sexy with it's metal framing (maybe a bit too korgish for some people) and pretty well made, and 9 LCD 6-letters-long 3-color displays that show the value of either the knob or fader in question and a label of the parameter you're adjusting, the extra one being for a central knob that serves as a setup knob. Sadly though, these cannot be customized (you pick the labels from inside the controller), but on some DAWs like (il)Logic it does reflect the parameters you see on screen.
You can run this little cutie on 6 AA batteries, and included AC adaptor or just do it like everyone else and power it directly through the USB port (the square to classic kind). Yeah.
If you've ever used korg's stuff you know exactly what you're getting into: Changing parameters takes a couple of dj-esque moves such as holding a button then pressing another then turning a knob then hitting save to get the job done. It's not a bad system, it's 'color coded' and once you get the hang of it you'll be doing just fine and perhaps look a little cool in the process, unless you take out the manual and prefer to look like a nerd.
If you do choose the latter, it's also a very straightforward manual and it shouldn't take you more than 5 minutes to do some troubleshooting.
Scene changing is a breeze and you can hold up to 12 in the internal memory, which should appeal to those looking to control several devices during a live show. You can edit these on the included librarian software, but I feel it's much faster to do so on the keyboard itself since the program takes too much mouse work to feel effective.
I use it mostly to doodle ideas in Live, and it took some basic .txt programming and tutorials to get it to automatically control the faders, knobs and pads that the software was displaying, and that it does very well after I got that figured out. These controls feel good, more so the knobs than the faders, which feel toyish sometimes.
I must, however, say that the pads do suck. They are trash compared to Akai's or M-audio's. When on velocity-sensitive mode, they respond awkwardly and it's never like you intended to, and when used on a fixed velocity, sometimes you get double notes or no notes at all. If pad-drumming is your thing, you'll do better with an Axiom or an Akai MPK.
The keys are fine and deliver for said doodling and the three octave range works for me, but they might feel awkward to true piano players. But hey, you did read the 'micro' on the name when you bought it right?
It has served me well and it's there where I need to twist or push something in the midi realm, but hardcore key programmers or piano players might want to go for something more pro. I've thought about upgrading to a more sophisticated controller, but somehow it doesn't wanna leave it's place on my desk.
I feel it's a good piece for the price, and mine has hold up very well for the last 4 years. That being said, it's a not-that-serious controller, and you an easily go more pro, and you should, if you're a hardcore midi user.
tedr56's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
3 octave keyboard, 8 faders, 8 knobs, 16 pads
12 programmable scenes
And tap tempo
The sensitivity of the keyboard seems pretty random and keys are slim.
Endless encoders knob is actually impractical live to advance to the desired value.
The faders are not very good.
The scene setup is practical. A name is assigned to the scene from a defined list. Each fader and knob also has a name from a list. The display above the knob moving indicates ca. The backlight turns orange for a fader, knob and green for a (configurable colors).
Midday configuration can easily from the table by advancing through the menu with the rotary knob and arrows shift octave keyboard. The software works well.
And not two years of intensive use, the knobs have all passed away and faders become unusable. The values sent are random.
I got it half price at the time (Model Expo) and happily. I would not put € 300 in this machine. Unlike my CME Bitstream 3X still holds up.
Apparently, refurbish components back almost at the cost of the table.
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voicetrack's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" can do better"
I use it mainly on camera style and Micromodular Modular G2 Engine.
Ergonomics is not always best. The rotary encoders are endless pots and not nearly so innutilisables in alot of cases ... (Aventage of the pots for me being able to gradually change the settings with one hand while doing something else, then it is almost impossible because you have to keep an eye on the screen).
The tap tempo is wrong and against the clock rather precise and steady.
I use it for over two years and I'm paying attention, I have already two pots that are broken and to change them, count quarentaine a screw with nearly 10 different types ... You have to have a good memory ... what Visblement Korg has not planned that evening controller specially serviceable ...
To compare, I trimbal much my UC33 (much cheaper) and I have no concern over ...
Basically, the front and sides aluminum Broce bein ... It just serves to reassure buyers (but I knew it by purchasing it) and if they had put there in this budget build quality that would could be a very good controller ... I bought it mainly because of its internal midi clock.
Unlike other brand products, I find that there, value for money is bad enough ...
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Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" It matches me perfectly"
I find that the touch is okay but not great. An axiom is more pleasant but bigger too. The manual is sufficient, but it is quite simple to program ds when we tamper a bit all buttons. Logic is the ultimate pleasure! It programs the keyboard to adjust immediately so nothing configure the screen display track names in real time, faders contrlent console, buttons contrlent scales. By default the pads are used as transport.
I've had a few months. I tried several models such as Axiom, which are in my opinion more agrables but this model best fits me on all other points. I would do this choice unless I find a price for which the manufacturing quality is Superior and whose touch is heavier. The price is just much more expensive would have been too much, but at the same time it notches and bright pads, a heavier addition.
rotopotopo's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
24/24 7 / 7
Perfect in front of a screen 22 "with Ableton Live in a home studio.
Easy MIDI set up, and pad assignable.
Very handy for Native Instruments products as well.
The rotary is indeed heinous and unhelpful, the coup-
Better go to a Behringer BCF-2000 for this purpose.
I use it for 2 years now. Home studio and live.
Predict a suitcase for traveling, because the plane is not his
best friend. I still have two faders 8. But they can be returned
on track with a bit of superglue. Should that be ..
So nearly perfect complement to a master keyboard to the touch heavy
for the studio.
One can even use it on the train!
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sotiug's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
So just a little info for users live!!
This controller is exellent, only it is not solid
live in two years, I have only 4 knobs fairly reliable.
other deconnent they (are swings), and therefore more reliable for the scene
I admit that I am a big nag but hey, if you are an old school musician who used to work on analog, it's still a toy. no more!
.... But a great toy!
# nanchang #'s review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
What I like is having the knobs, a small keyboard, 8 faders and pads 16 on a single controller. In combo with the UC17 (bought a year ago and is trs good), it's pretty terrible for CONTRL moultes effects, tracks on Live.
Report quality price not bad, bought Hong Kong less than in Europe.
I referrer that choice but I'm even a little keyboard, it's a little playskool, c mouuuuu ... it seems to be mounted on springs dj uss. The faders are shaky ... but for a basic use of small stud 'amat' ... a must
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hakron's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
"I had a bf essay UC-33, not really comparable
Qualitrsistance-good (despite a little too insipid plastok) rsiste she lives with and I think it will take a while yet.
It is fully-configurable (12-presets scnes mmorisables).
-Pads practice, but a little hard.
-Free pots for unusable for my taste (the values jump / drailles when they are running some activities, or dfilent too slowly (for me c his biggest default)
Keyboard in good quality (for cons n'esprez not play piano on it: small buttons: It is for the dpanner, but little does he assign midi.CC!).
-She is beautiful Rhaaaaaa ....... ....... ....... c bo lalubross finishes and everything (except the faders-grrr-but hey ..).
-He sometimes has DCON with the USB power supply (it does not start) but there are rare and c the area, so ...
Finally, Voil qualitprix good value, it is beautiful, she walks, it is easy to use (no need to be a pro to use it for MIDI), I put 8 (not 10 because of a has eight pots ... even when controllers!, c damage ...). I would do the same choice.
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kyuss rock's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
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tatapoum's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
- Highly configurable, you can send a control where you want, what the intended as well to control equipment that harware software,
- Light and not very large,
- Everything is programmable without the help of a computer and quite friendly.
- The pads do not stay lit when activated Toggle mode,
- The race is quite cumbersome rotating, in fact you have to spend almost two laps to the minimum value to maximum (may be, as the previous point, fixed by an update from Korg)
- No ability to send notes USB and Midi, but this may be due to the fact that the microKONTROL can also serve as a MIDI interface.
The keyboard is what it is, but I'm not a pianist.
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