To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. It also analyses reviews to verify trustworthiness.
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.
When I first got this in July 2020 I was struggling to get it to work fully in Logic Pro X. I saw on the Korg site that it only worked up to a version of LPX that was several years old! I was about to give up when I spotted that Korg had just, after 5 years, updated their software and, presto!, it seems to work now! I'm still fiddling with it but at least it makes sense now.
As a unit it seems well built and solid. If anything, I'd say the buttons were a little too firm but at least it means you're not likely to accidentally press record on a track you don't mean to!
The software that comes with it is quite an impressive list, better than the stuff that usually comes with these things and probably worth the cost of the unit alone!
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.
This is a great little keyboard. I hoped that it would be set up in Windows 7 without drivers needing installing (as a USB composite device) but the Korg software needed installing before my DAW (Reaper) would recognise it.
After that it was just a case of letting the DAW know what it was and I was entering MIDI note data into the program literally in minutes. It's obviously nowhere near as lush as a proper controller keyboard, and there's no niceties like aftertouch available, although there is rudimentary velocity sensing, and the small keybed needs careful playing if you're after any kind of subtlety or nuance - but it does try.
For me, its a way of entering melodies into the DAW as a kind of MIDI notepad, and it does a grand job of that. It's small enough to slot into your laptop case, probably along with the other Korg nano controllers.
So long as you're not expecting to emulate Chopin using this keyboard you'll not be dissappointed. It will be pretty good for entering basic synth elements into club music and electronica - it just won't offer you the expressive capabilities that aftertouch can provide. If you're good with that limitation and need a go-anywhere keybord this is certainly worth a look.
Korg also offer a download code for various software components to get you going, together with introductory versions of DAWs like Ableton Live Lite. This bundle isn't quite as good as the one I received with a NanoPad a year or two ago. If you buy this you might want to check what the bundle presently is. It's possible that Korg changes it from time to time, or perhaps there's a different bundle depending on whether you buy the NanoKey, NanoPad or NanoController.
I already have a Samson Graphite full-function controller keyboard, and also use a Yamaha digital grand piano (88-key) for playing, but realised I have a need for something that is as portable as possible for a mobile setup. This is that keyboard - basic, useable, sometimes even fun!
This is probably the lightest USB MIDI keyboard I have ever come across. While it feels incredibly cheap (you might be left wondering why it is over £30 and not £15) and the keys dont feel much like normal piano keys they are light and responsive, though I cant imagine them lasting very long. The six buttons on the side (the two octave switchers and the two pitch switches have colour coded lighting, the mod button is easy to work, sustain probably is too) seem to work fine and while this keyboard isn't heavy on features or build quality, it does the job fine.
This MIDI keyboard sits perfectly in front of my MacBook Pro and I regularly use it with various DAWs; mainly Bitwig Studio and GarageBand. The device gets recognised as soon as it’s plugged into a USB port. This also comes with free software downloadable from Korg’s website; there’s also quite a selection you can buy. The NanoKEY2’s size is its strong point, but be aware that the 25 keys themselves take some getting used to, as they’re so small.
For the price, this works great as a MIDI expression controller - e.g. to add a bit of life into VSTi performances. The bad news: the faders are a bit small - could be fiddly if you have big hands / fingers. But: other than that, its all good news. Because the unit is small and low-profile, its easy to place in a comfy location. I used the freely available Korg Kontrol Editor software to set which MIDI CC controllers are assigned to each fader and also set the buttons to switch between articulations. Great controller unit at a great price!
At this price, I doubt you would find anything better. The one other budget mini keyboard I found was the Akai LPK25, and the rest are around double this price. So that is a really big pro.
Velocity sensitivity is great, it's the most portable out of everything that I can see, and the octave buttons etc are useful. The only issue is the layout of the keys, which make playing some chords really difficult coming from a classically trained pianist. If you are just using this for single melodies, you will not have any issue.
I heard the keys on the Akai are stiffer with less velocity sensitivity, which is the main reason I chose this one over it. Whilst the inability to play chords is very annoying, I won't swap it for stiff and insensitive keys. Also portability is always a plus!!
Edit: after trying it for a few days I have returned it in favour of getting the korg micro key 25 instead. It is more bulky but still portable and has way way better keys
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.