Korg nanoPAD2
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Korg nanoPAD2

nanoPAD2, PAD Controller from Korg in the nano series.

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Average Score:3.8( 3.8/5 based on 6 reviews )
 1 user review17 %
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Value For Money : Excellent
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TreDay10/22/2014

TreDay's review"Not so good velocity pads, great XY pad!"

Korg nanoPAD2
The unit is USB powered with one mini USB port. It features 16 velocity-sensitive pads and a single X-Y pad. It's very small, light, and portable. It's entirely plastic and a little flimsy. The pads themselves are significantly smaller than full-sized drum controller pads, but still big enough to be played without accidentally hitting multiple pads. Unfortunately, the quality of the pads is not as good as other pad controllers out there. The pads are a bit mushy with a bit of play before they'll trigger a sound. This means you have to hit the pad fairly hard to trigger a sound reliably, which makes playing lightly to get very low velocity notes very difficult if not impossible.

It's pretty easy to get started with, you simply plug it in and play. There are 4 lights used to represent 4 scenes which you switch between with the scene button. Each scene can be customized to send different midi values or behave differently with the Korg Kontrol Editor software. Each pad can also be customized to send up to 4 notes per pad. The software itself has a nice layout with everything on one page and you can easily change each pad to act as either a standard drum pad or as a toggle for things like clip launching in Ableton Live.

One interesting function is the touch scale which turns the X-Y pad into a midi ribbon controller sending notes determined by where you press on the pad. With the Gate Arpeggiator enabled, your notes will trigger in sync with your host. The velocity sensitive pads each have a note and scale written above them on the controller and when you hold down the Scale or Key button and press one of these pads, the XY pad will be quantized to that particular scale or key. The unit has most of the significant musical scales including Chromatic, Major, Minor, Pentatonics, Blues scale, and it also supports one user made scale that you can define in the Kontrol Software.

The NanoPad2 doesn't generate sounds itself but Korg does supply a very nice software bundle with the NanoPad which includes Korg M1LE, UVI Digital Synsations, EZ Drummer Lite, AAS Ultra Analog Sessions, Lounge Lizard Sessions, and Strum Sessions.

I haven't tried other pad controllers in this price range, but while the velocity sensitive pads aren't very good compared to more expensive products that feature drum pads like Native Instruments Maschine or Akai MPCs, the touch scale feature of the XY Pad makes the NanoPad2 worth purchasing. It's a pretty cheap unit at around $50 USD and the build quality certainly reflects that, but with the touch arpeggiator you get a pretty fun and inspiring way of creating leads and arpeggiated melodies.
stompboxjon10/02/2012

stompboxjon's review"Fast response"

Korg nanoPAD2
The Korg nanoPAD2 can either come in white or black, it is a Drum Pad Controller that has 16 pads on it that are all velocity sensitive. NanoPAD2 connects to your computer via USB and it is very easy to install and set up. The price of the nanoPAD2 is very competitive and sets it apart from other similar drum pads. The way that the PAD2 response is way different and better than the original nanoPAD did, it is a lot faster. On this model there is also a new function that is for gates/arps right on the nanoPAD2.

The Korg nanoPAD2 does not have any other connections except for USB, there are no MIDI ins or outs and no pedal inputs. You will need service pack 3 if you are on windows XP and it will run on Windows Vista and Windows 7. If you are on a Mac you just need OS 10.4 or higher to run the Korg nanoPAD2. The unit is very light and well built, it is small enough to take around with you in your carry bag or laptop case.

I have been using the Korg nanoPAD2 since last fall, I purchased it after I got rid of my Akai midi keyboard with the drum pads on it, so I still wanted something for my drum pads and decided to go with the Korg nanoPAD2. It has worked great since the day that I got it and has never gave me any issues using it on my Windows Vista system. Depending on which software you use it with will decide on how you set It up. You will probably need to refer to the manual to figure that out. I have been using it with Reason and a few times with FL Studio and it has worked great with both of them, I have also seen people use it with Ableton and Cubase so it seems to be a pretty universal drum pad controller all for a low price.
audiotrip06/02/2014

audiotrip's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Great"

Korg nanoPAD2
Bought it a month ago to finally taste the joys of pads, this is even better than I imagined.
Installation 2sec recognized immediately and nothing to configure, we selected a VST and go!
It's playful, super responsive and very endearing. Take another control over the sound and how to make music.
For the price, this machine is definitely worth the investment, it is a very good midi controller.
I remake this choice without hesitation, I want not to have to buy its output.
S6k05/11/2013

S6k's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Useful and effective"

Korg nanoPAD2
How long have you use it?
10 months

What is the particular feature you like best and least?
4 different scenes, its leaves a large choice of mapping, nothing negative

Have you tried many other models before buying it?
No

How would you rate the quality / price?
Excellent!

With experience, you do again this choice?
Obviously! for less than the 40th it is a gem!
Bogab08/15/2012

Bogab's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Nikel to take everywhere"

Korg nanoPAD2
How long you use it? 1 year
Did you tried many other models before buying it? A few in the genre.
What is so special that you love the most, least? Easily transportable or whatever, the little touch screen is not a great thing.
How would you rate the quality / price? Good
With experience, you do again this choice? I will take with knob.
revolle06/27/2011

revolle's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" trigger pads uncertain"

Korg nanoPAD2
After the big disappointment of the first NANOPAD, I try my luck with the nanoPAD series II, saying they could not put on the table that bad. Ben and not far ... Still very little sensitivity. You can never have tripped on the pad.
Bought a week ago
Previous material: NANOPAD first round two years ago (bin)
advantage: cheap
disadvantage: very poor sensitivity (not trigger)
Loss of € 50 ...
Not recommended if you need a minimum of sensitivity.