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Korg nanoKEY 25 Key USB Controller Keyboard, White

by Korg
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  • Keyboard: 25-Key With Velocity And 4 Velocity Curves
  • CC MODE Button
  • Octave Shift Up/Down Buttons
  • Pitch Up/Down Buttons
  • Modulation Button

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 2 x 5 inches ; 11.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B001H2X192
  • Item model number: NANOKEY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,444 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

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The nanoKEY is an ultra-compact keyboard controller, featuring a great-feeling 25-key velocity-sensitive keyboard that's ideal for song production. Each key on this USB-MIDI controller can also be set to send MIDI control data, further expanding its power.

Korg nanoKEY

Based off a laptop keyboard, this great-feeling, velocity sensitive, 25-note MIDI controller keyboard transmits 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.

Detail of the Korg nanoKEY

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.

Specifications

  • Controllers:
    • Keyboard: 25-key with velocity and 4 velocity curves
    • CC MODE button
    • Octave Shift up/down buttons
    • Pitch up/down buttons
    • Modulation button
  • Dimensions: 12.6 x 3.27 x 0.55 inches (WxDxH)
  • Weight: 8 ounces

What's in the Box

Korg nanoKEY, USB cable, and Owner's Manual.

The Korg nanoSERIES

The Korg nanoSERIES provide a keyboard controller, a pad controller, and a studio controller with dedicated transport controls. Each of these USB-powered, slim-line controllers is designed to make the most of your valuable studio space, and is small enough to take with you on any musical journey. Place one of our keyboard controllers in front of your laptop, rest a pad controller on your music workstation, park a studio controller on your recording console--or anywhere else you need versatile control over your DAW, virtual instrument, effect or DJ software. Although small in size, all three nanoSERIES controllers go huge when it comes to functionality, yet their intuitive layouts provide extremely easy operation for any user.

Product Description

The nanoKEY is an ultra-compact keyboard controller, featuring a great-feeling 25-key velocity-sensitive keyboard that's ideal for song production. Each key on this USB-MIDI controller can also be set to send MIDI control data, further expanding its power.

The Korg nanoSERIES
The Korg nanoSERIES provide a keyboard controller, a pad controller, and a studio controller with dedicated transport controls. Each of these USB-powered, slim-line controllers is designed to make the most of your valuable studio space, and is small enough to take with you on any musical journey. Place one of our keyboard controllers in front of your laptop, rest a pad controller on your music workstation, park a studio controller on your recording console--or anywhere else you need versatile control over your DAW, virtual instrument, effect or DJ software. Although small in size, all three nanoSERIES controllers go huge when it comes to functionality, yet their intuitive layouts provide extremely easy operation for any user.

nanoKEY--A Flexible MIDI Keyboard Controller That's Smaller Than a Laptop Keyboard
When Korg set out to build a slim-line MIDI controller keyboard, they utilized their years of experience in manufacturing innovative MIDI keyboards to create a great-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.

What's in the Box
Korg nanoKEY, USB cable, and Owner's Manual.



Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The keys are flimsy and break off very easily.
T.W.
Its been a lot of fun and I would recommend this to anyone who loves music.
M. Stefanko
Spend a few more bucks and get a sturdier keyboard, you won't regret it.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Connolly on March 12, 2009
The Korg Nano Series is, quite simply, among the most useful sets of tools ever produced for the COMPUTER... Let me say that word again: "COMPUTER."

I write, arrange and orchestrate music for a living. The nanoKey, in particular, is a lifesaver! It's portable, so I can stuff it into my laptop bag when I'm on the road. It works seamlessly with Finale, Encore and - my personal favorite - Sibelius (the "Big 3" of notation programs). It isn't as convenient for real-time sequencing, unless you've developed "the touch." It took me a while to get used to that, but I do play scratch tracks in Logic and Sonar, on occasion.

Anyone considering the purchase of this device should realize up front that it isn't really designed for stage performance, etc. It's best suited for computer entry. In fact, it's PERFECTLY suited for computer entry.

...and for fifty bucks it's WAY ahead of anything else!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Keiichiro Emura on March 2, 2009
This little device is great for my small desktop homestudio. The Nano Key doesn't take away space, i can just put it in front of my typing keyboard or on my lap and start playing and recording. When i'm done with making music, i just put it beside my monitor. Since i am not a serious piano/keyboard player, i don't need the full range of keys, however there are 2 buttons; ocatve up/down with which you can go an octave higher or lower. I mainly use it to play some chord changes, easy melody lines and to trigger drum sounds for midi recording.

The keys feel like laptop keys but with velocity function built in! I like laptop keyboards, so no problem for me.

There is a button called CC mode. If you press that, you can send midi commands to your DAW using any or all of the keys, (very cool!)you can assign any function via an editor which is downloadable. However, the CC button is located too close to the keys, so it is very easy to hit it by accident (not so cool).

If you have a small laptop with music software on it, you can bring it along with nano key and make music on the go! How about a coffee break jam session at Starbucks or at the airport?

The Korg Nanos get their power from one usb port each, i also own the NanoKontrol (which is also amazing btw.) and therefore use a usb hub. I just wished they had 2 usb connectors so i can daisy chain them and save a usb port.
But for the price, the Nano Key is unbeatable right now and if it breaks for some reason, i'd buy one again.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Gonzalito on January 27, 2009
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This keyboard is okay, and for the price that okay turns out to be a pretty good. This keyboard is decent for the price, but the poor construction limits the musician to only playing simple melodies. I've seen people give this thing a pounding though, and this keyboard can handle it too. If you are a pro or almost pro, and you are trying to build a small studio, I would recommend a keyboard with keys that actually feel like keys, since these feel like laptop keys, making the velocity input a little difficult. But all in all, this is a decent player, with no compatibility issues (at least not for me, works with Reason, FL Studio, Samplitude, etc.) and I would recommend it for those who have limited budgets or need a lot of space or just make music as a hobby. If you want something good, spend $200-$300 on an m-audio axiom.

Pros: Small, Compatibility, price, about 1/4 of an inch thick, lighter than a small binder

Cons: Maybe too small, keys are too close together so hands start to cramp, hard to play chords, velocity is tricky, laptop keys were a bad idea, keys are hard to play because you have to play at the bottom of the key which is a big obstacle when playing chords
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Melissa on March 29, 2009
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I got this to help me noodle around in Garage Band on my MacBook (typing music is just, well, wrong). For that, it's perfect. As someone that played piano in high school, playing chords and melodies on it's two octaves and small keys is fine. The keys are definitely "laptop keyboard" feeling as people have described them, but velocity sensitive. When I plugged it into my MacBook and brought up Garage Band it worked right out of the box. My 2 year old daughter loves playing the piano on it and watching herself in Photo Booth.

For the price (and size constraint), it's fine. For picking out chords and melodies, it's great. For it's size being able to hide it away or carry it along, just right. To replace a real music keyboard to play Chopin or Ben Folds Five, obviously not.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. mcnalley on August 5, 2009
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** Update **
After a few months of light use, keys started to pop off of my Nanokey. I've since replaced it with an Akai LPK25.
** Original Review Below **

The nanoKEY is the best small keyboard ever made. The price is right and Korg has struck a great balance between size and usability. Don't expect it to be like any other keyboard and you won't be disappointed. Perfect for travel or cramped workspaces.

The Korg nanoKEY is not like any keyboard - MIDI or computer - you've ever used. Although the velocity sensitive keys are shaped somewhat like piano keys, the action most closely resembles that of your laptop keyboard. Unlike the very light action of my MacBook keyboard (or the very similar Aluminum Apple Keyboard the nanoKEY offers more resistance. If The Apple keyboards were synth-action keyboards, the nanoKEY would be a semi-weighted keyboard.

The nanoKEY is incredibly compact. If I place it on top of my 15" MacBook's keyboard, the nano is narrower than the MacBook. There is also plenty of room below for my nanoKONTROL. Small size doesn't mean cramped though. The keys are roughly the same width as the letter keys on my MacBook and they are maybe two or three times as "long." No space is wasted, the keys run right up to the edge of the device.

Connectivity is via a Mini-B USB port.
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