Korg nanoKEY MIDI Keyboard Controller - Black  

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The nanoKEY MIDI controller is part of Korg's nanoSERIES USB-powered slimline controllers that are so small you can put them on your workstation, in front of your laptop, on a recording console, or an... Read More

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The nanoKEY MIDI controller is part of Korg's nanoSERIES USB-powered slimline controllers that are 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, the nanoKEY MIDI controller goes big when it comes to functionality. Its intuitive layout provides extremely easy operation for any user. The nanoKEY features a great-feeling, 25-key velocity-sensitive keyboard that's ideal for song production. The keys can also be set to send MIDI control data, further expanding its power.

A flexible MIDI keyboard controller that's smaller than a laptop keyboard
When Korg set out to build a slim-line MIDI controller keyboard, they used their years of experience in manufacturing innovative MIDI keyboards to create a comfortable-feeling, velocity-sensitive keyboard based off a laptop keyboard. The resulting 25-note keyboard on the Korg nanoKEY will transmit your playing dynamics to your software accurately and expressively. In CC (Control Change) MODE, the keys become MIDI controllers, allowing you to control any MIDI-assignable parameters within your software.

The Octave Shift function offers immediate access to the entire MIDI note range. Pitch and modulation buttons are also provided, giving your performances the kind of expression that you would expect from any controller regardless of its size.

With the "KORG KONTROL Editor" (downloadable free of charge from korg.com), you can customize the nanoKEY to match your control needs. It lets you select between three velocity curves or fixed velocity, and set MIDI CC values. It even allows you to edit the assignments for the minimum and maximum values of the control change messages transmitted by the modulation buttons or in CC MODE.

Even if the Korg nanoKEY controller is your first foray into MIDI control, be assured that you'll be able to get connected to software quickly. As an added value, the nanoKEY includes a download code for the full version of Korg's M1 LE which faithfully recreates the legendary Korg M1 workstation. Plus, an upgrade path will let you graduate to the Legacy DIGITAL EDITION software suite, which has an even more expansive version of the M1, the renowned WaveStation, and 19 great MDEX effects. You also get a free downloadable Editor/Librarian to help you create setups to suit your specific control needs.

  • Controllers:
  • Keyboard: 25-key with velocity and 4 velocity curves
  • CC MODE button
  • Octave Shift up/down buttons
  • Pitch up/down buttons
  • Modulation button
  • mini-USB connection
  • USB bus power
  • Comes with USB cable
  • Downloadable code for Korg M1 LE workstation software
  • Free downloadable Editor/Librarian to help control needs
  • M1 Le Software Synthesizer Specifications
  • Maximum polyphony: 32 notes (depending on the CPU of host computer)
  • Number of parts: 8
  • Number of presets: 200 presets (100 Programs, 100 Combinations), a user bank (50 Programs, 50 Combinations)
  • 144 PCM waveforms (100 multi-sounds, 44 drum-sounds)
  • 33 effect types
  • Operates as standalone or VST/AU/RTAS plug-in instrument
  • Realtime MIDI control and automation supported
  • Supported sampling frequency: 44.1kHz 192kHz
  • Number of instances available as plug-in: 1
  • Maximum four outputs
  • Power consumption: less than 100 mA
    Dimensions: 12.60"W x 0.55"H x 3.27"D
    Weight: 0.49lbs.

    System Requirements
    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

    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)

    M1 LE System Requirements
    CPU: Apple G4/500MHz or faster, G4/800MHz or faster recommended
    Memory: 256MB or larger
    Display: 1,024 x 768 ” 32,000 colors or higher
    Operating system: Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
    Audio interface:
    (Standalone) Core Audio compatible audio interface (Macintosh's on-board sound output port can be used)
    (Plug-in) Depends on system requirements of host application program

    CPU: Intel Pentium III/1 GHz or faster, Pentium 4, Pentium M (Centrino), Celeron M/900MHz or faster recommended
    Memory: 256MB or larger
    Display: 1,024 x 768 ” 16-bit colors or higher
    Operating System
    Windows XP SP2 or later, Windows Vista SP1
    Audio Interface:
    (Standalone) ASIO, DirectSound/MME compatible audio interface
    (Plug-in) Depends on system requirements of host application program
USA Warranty Policy

All Korg products purchased from a Korg USA authorized dealer are warranted to be free from defects in material and workmanship to the original consumer purchaser as listed below:

Labor: 1 Year
Parts: 1 Year

Exceptions: Tubes, AC Adapters, Foot Switches: 90 days

Warranty Requirements and Limitations:

-Proof of Warranty - The customer must provide proof of purchase in order to obtain warranty service. The dated sales slip or copy thereof is the only acceptable proof of purchase.

-The product must be purchased from a Korg USA authorized dealer and have a valid serial number.

Damage resulting from the following causes are excluded from the warranty set forth above:
-Misuse, including damage occurring during shipment, damage caused by battery leakage, accident, fire, unauthorized repairs, tampering, cosmetic damage or other types of damage which are the result of improper handling or abuse.
-The cleaning of controls or contacts due to exposure to dirty, dusty, or otherwise contaminated environment.
-Damage resulting from modification.
-Damage to units used for loan or rental.

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Cheap and Portable

By Jason Pluemke

from Eagle Creek, Oregon

I bought the nanokey to go with FL Studio and use all the sounds on-stage instead of having to get another keyboard that would do all the sounds I wanted. Its extremely portable and was pretty easy to set up. The keys are a little weird (and they are actually sensitive to how hard you press them) and it takes some time to get use to playing it, but its a good deal.

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very nice and portable

By Larry Kyrala

from Cambridge, MA

This keyboard is great for exactly what I bought it for: portability and flexibility. I don't have a lot of space at home, so my big keyboard controller has to come out when I do stuff and then go back in the basement -- it's a pain. But this fits right on my desktop and lets me focus on sequencing and arranging. This doesn't replace a larger keyboard/controller for actual playing and has no aftertouch (and the pitchbend/mod control isn't as flexible), but for portable sequencing you can't beat it.

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By J.G. Productions of Volusia County

from FLA

no problem at all. i use with vista and fl studio 9 and it works great. i got the nanokontroller and the nanokeys and working on getting the nanopad. great addition for the price. i would suggest this product.

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By Danielle G.

from Plano, Texas

this is a great deal for thee price. it's got a whole bunch of different sounds. my only complaint would be that the keys are too much like lap top keys, which i think is what they were initially going for? but i think it's a great buy.

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Cheap and easy, just like---

By Redtail

from BIg Rock, Illinois

Budget-oriented miniature keyboard that offers plug-and-play functionality to computers already configured to operate USB-MIDI systems, sharp looks, and it does exactly what it says on the box. Not a lot of frills, but for this price, who's complaining? USB offers slightly higher latency than a suitable MIDI input, but with a properly configured ASIO audio driver and a decent DAW suite, it's enough.

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By tom

from St louis Mo

I bought this for a simple recording gig.So, I wouldn't have to haul my keyboard rig. The size, look and even the key's themselves,I liked.It says plug and play, but its far from it. It showed up on the computer connected hardware list. But,it requires a lot of adjusting to get any of the midi interfaces to work. So, I tried to download the free M1-LE software, for computer generated sounds.It wouldn't download from Korg's web site. I couldn't even register the product because my phone number required field wasn't in the proper form, no matter how I entered it.After 4 hours of messing with it, I went back to my keyboard rig.It may be fine if you have a lot of time to fool with it.

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Very good!

By DJPaleSkin

from ledyard, ct

This is a great buy for someone you wants an easy to use keyboard for recording. It's portable and very easy to set up on a PC. It works well with most software but my only complaint is that the keys take some time getting used to but once you get comfortable using it this keyboard will be a great addition to your setup.

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