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My old Korg Padkontrol has lasted for years. It's been a brilliant bit of a kit with excellent, dynamically responsive pads. No complaints. This is nowhere near that same quality. It's Jupiter and Pluto sized difference.
Seemingly robust enough and an excellent size, it's pads are absolutely rubbish. I had to give them a firm thump to get them to trigger off a sound and they couldn't get down into the lower dynamic range (about 40 and upwards on the midi 0-127 scale).
If you don't mind playing dynamically flat music that feels less like a performance and more like a work-out then go nuts. Otherwise, save your cash and buy the Padkontrol or something.
Having bought, and been very happy with, the Korg Nanokontrol 2 MIDI controller I bought this tiny Nanokey2 keyboard to go with it.
It matches the Nanokontrol in size BUT the quality of the keyboard is nowhere near that of the Nanokontrol. It's got a cheap and plasticy feel to it. The keys are just cheap lightweight switches with no feedback at all. I really disliked it.
I was almost relieved to find that one of the keys was faulty so I returned it and went on to buy an Akai LPK24 mini keyboard, which, although it doesn't match as well visually with the Nanokontrol, has the advantage of having proper keys that feel much nicer whilst being much, much better build quality. And it was a little cheaper at the time. Win-win!
In summary, if you've got other Korg nano gear and having matching gear is important to you, you might want to go for this keyboard. But for anyone else there are much better quality keyboards out there for about the same price IMHO.
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).
It's ok. I had to take it apart and 'mod' it in order to get anywhere near the sensitivity out of the drum pads that I needed, otherwise the velocity curve was pretty much non-existent. This was not helped at all by the fact that the tiny screws used to fasten the casing to the main board inside were insanely tight, forcing me to go and buy a specific screwdriver for the job so that I didn't wring the screws and render the device unusable.
I layered 2 strips of masking tape over each row of pads (there is a youtube guide to show you how) and then when I reassembled the device, I then had the full dynamic range, or at very least a much better dynamic range from the pads.
If it had have functioned this way out of the box I would have given it 4 stars, but 2 get deducted for being such a hassle to make it work as it should have out of the box.
I have tried everything on my pc & it wont work, even watching you tube videos & am not alone. I hear I would have to delete my usb drivers so it will work. its off to ebay. sure it works on some pc systems
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.