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This is not a keyboard. It can not be played with any degree of keyboard technique. In many ways it less usable than the keys on the qwerty board. Do not buy this, buy some thing that at least functions as a piano keyboard would. Also, buy a device with much larger keys, these so called mini keys are useless.
I've been using it for writing music (sibelius) and it's all what you need when you are away from your studio and need to input notes quickly: extremely light to carry on, all right for all the rest (didn't even bother for checking how many velocity layer it could transmit, I don't think it would be great for very accurate sequencing).
Insanely portable and easy to install, however the keys feel cheap and wobble a lot. Decent as a ultra-portable midi controller, however for those looking for something more piano-like, the AKAI LPK25 is streets ahead.
If you're someone who is going to be traveling, or is very very short on space, this thing is a god send. Don't expect to record an entire grand piano piece in one go, but I make orchestral music and pulled off a couple of tracks with this. Granted I needed to do it in chunks, but a fine compromise for something so light, compact and useful! Good price too!
Brilliant item and exactly what I needed. For those who have reviewed and said its not a proper keyboard; you're right it isn't. But you can see that from the pictures and the images. This is not designed to play music. It has a whole lot of possibilities but I use mine as a lighting controller for QLC+. Just the right size and easy to use.
This lasted me a year of home use. The USB socket started to wobble and eventually stopped working. Another thing. The pads make a loud clicking noise.. this is not good if there is an open mic nearby. At this price and from KORG, I would expect a soft , pressure-sensitive pad.
I guess the most important thing to know about this keyboard that it's nothing like piano keys. The keys are velocity-sensitive buttons (which is nice), but feel a bit flimsy. The bundled software is nice (Reason Limited, for example), and installation is very easy. It's a nice touch that the octave up/down track the current position visually by changing the color of the buttons' lights.
Gift for son whose in to music production. Using with Abelton Live and he says its great. I think you get more of the features if used with the bundled Korg software as it doesn't seem to pick up velocity sensativity or pitch bending correctly at the moment.