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Great Product I bought to use with Reaper running on Windows 10. However it does need setting up and there's conflicting advice on the web of doing this for Reaper. After following these instructions it worked perfectly:
All you have to do before connecting the nanoKONTROL 2 to your computer is hold down the SET MARKER button along with the main RECORD button, and then plug in your USB cable. This will load the template for Cakewalk Sonar. You’ll notice the record button blinks a few times after it’s connected, to let you know you’re in Sonar mode. Although that template is designed for Cakewalk Sonar, it works perfectly for Reaper, if you set Reaper correctly:
1. Start Reaper of course… and then go to Reaper’s PREFERENCES (CTRL-P), go into Control Surfaces (left menu, near the bottom).
2. Click ADD and Reaper will ask you what kind of Control Surface Mode…. choose “Mackie Control Universal.”
3. Then choose your MIDI input and output to be “nanoKONTROL2”. Done.
Now, once you’ve exited Preferences, you’ll see that the nanoKONTROL2’s buttons respond perfectly in Reaper… all mute/solo/arm record buttons work for every track, the faders work for the track volumes, and the knobs work for the track panning. You’ll also notice the transport controls (RECORD, PLAY, STOP, REWIND, FF) all work in Reaper as well, and of course.. the SET MARKER and marker left/marker right buttons all work, too.
If you have more than 8 tracks loaded (say, 16, or 24), you can use the TRACK < > buttons to navigate your track groups
A small and highly portable DAW controller which can operate transport functions and faders / record - mute - solo buttons. Quite useful to help recordings.
There is, however, one serious issue when used in Logic Pro X. I installed the suggested plugin for the Korg USB driver and the NanoKontroler 2 plug-in. The controller only worked on initial installation and failed to work on every subsequent time. I tried loading the Korg controller software and removing and reloading the Korg software but no joy. The workaround appears to be to delete the controller and toggle the automatic option - restart if required. I’m not sue if it is a Korg or Logic Pro issue.
My cable was hidden in a small compartment at the end of the box Open one end for the controller - the other for the cable. Took me a day to find it! I wonder if the users who have commented on the missing cable also missed it. I guess 50% of people find the cable and 50% the controller. Korg support didn't tell me to where to look for it - just told me contact the supplier. Ho hum!
Works well in GarageBand, you'll need to install the driver from the korg site. If you were wondering about the settings making your track settings jump about when loading different projects, then worry not, the control doesn't change unless it is latched - for example your track volume is at 0% on the control surface but the volume is 50% in GarageBand when you open it or saved it last time. It won't change until you move the slider up or down past 50% at which point it latches. This was the main question I had and was unsure of - hope it helps someone.
Update - first one I had was returned after it stopped working randomly in garageband. Worked on another mac fine. Korg support weren't very knowledgable.
After the recent big garageband update, I reordered on a punt and pleased to say it's working as before.
I bought the nanoKONTROL2 for it's size and functionality - specifically to use for CC inputs for MIDI instruments. Initially, it seemed to work fine ,but now I'm finding that without even touching it, it's sending values to my DAW, meaning I have to go through every take and delete those values. In addition, sometimes when I AM using it, it sends random values, rather than the value I'm inputting.
This is really disappointing, as yet again I'm on the hunt for a reliable control surface!
There's currently a problem with Logic Pro X 10.5.1 where it loses the setup when you exit Logic. The Logic Controller setup file is not saving the nanoKONTROL2 midi assignments when you save your session or exit Logic. There is a work-around that involves deleting a parameter file under MAC OS - but you then also lose any other controller assignments if you have more than just the Korg nanoKONTROL2 plugged in.
Purchased this November 2018 to run with Cubase. Some issues to start with, buttons didn't work. But for the money I was happy. Now 7 months later it don't work at all. I upgraded to Cubase 10 and it stopped working. Contacted Kory support and they were quick to reply and inform me of the possible reasons for the issue. It seems the recent windows 10 update has buggered up the drivers. Korg are working on the problem and will be bringing out a new driver shortly. Will hang on and see what happens.
Product was excellent for first year or so of use, controlling MIDI data for live visuals in Resolume. The only fault at first was how easily the knobs and sliders come off and get lost.
However, after a year, the slider's connections have been failing badly - when I attempt to map anything, the third slider is constantly being read as sending a signal, even though it is remaining still. As you can imagine, this is very annoying - most of my mapping is now useless because of it.
Recommended for beginners & light use at home, but not well made enough for professional use or taking around with you (which is sad considering its portability).
Great product, my only compliant is korg couldnt be bothered to put a power on/off button on the unit, which would be ok, but you need to switch the unit off and on again while holding different keys to set its operating mode of either daw controller or cc controller. In the end i had to buy a usb hub with power on / off buttons to save me having to pull the cable out of the korg unit to switch it on / off . Apart from this , the unit is a joy to use.