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Korg nanoKEY MIDI Keyboard Controller

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The nanoKEY is part of KORG's nanoSERIES USB-powered slimline controllers; so small you can put them on your workstation, in front of your laptop, on a recording console, or anywhere else you need ver... Click To Read More About This Product

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The nanoKEY is part of KORG's nanoSERIES USB-powered slimline controllers; 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 its small size, the nanoKEY 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 slimline MIDI controller keyboard, they utilized 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 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, you can customize the nanoKEY to match your control needs. It lets you select among 3 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 that faithfully re-creates 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 in all 3 models.


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: 44.1kHz192kHz
Number of instances available as plug-in: 1
Maximum 4 outputs
M1 Le software synthesizer has no data compatibility with M1 software synthesizer
Power consumption: less than 100 mA
Dimensions: 12.60"W x 0.55"H x 3.27"D
Weight: 0.49 lb.

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 onboard 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
Pro Coverage
Manufacturer's Warranty
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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Pretty Nifty... but...

By Ryan Williams

from Red Lion, PA

I picked this up this afternoon, and my only complaint is that they keys are a little "rattly." If the keys were designed like the pads on the nanoPAD, it would be a 100% knockout. Connection with Mac was easy - plugged it in and it worked instantly and exactly as expected with notation software (Sibelius) and with GarageBand.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Bad quality, very fragile!

By bernardo

from 10031

I just bouth it 3 days ago and now i have two keys lifted off, very bad quality, you shoud buy akai is much better!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Works for what it is


from Portland OR

This is essentially an adjunct computer keyboard you can play music on. The keys are not real music keyboard keys; they are laptop keyboard keys that happen to be velocity-sensitive. You can pry them off and snap them back on, just like laptop keys. If you want a cheap toy for covertly noodling around on soft synths while you work, get this. If you want a real miniature keyboard, get the AKAI LPK25.


Get the Akai instead

By Ron K

from Louisburg, Kansas

Bought to use on a plane and in hotel rooms. Really fragile. I had 2 bottons pop off even though I kept stored in a long tube sock in my computer bag. Works for what it is but I wouldn't buy again. The M1 software was nice but downloading off of Korgs web site was a mystery in itself.

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