Korg microKEY 61-Key USB-Powered Keyboard - Black/White
- USB MIDI keyboard thin, lightweight, and USB-powered
- Velocity-sensitive natural-touch mini-keyboard with excellent playing feel
- Octave Shift and Key Transpose features access the full MIDI note range
- Pitch Bend and Modulation wheels add expression to your performance
- No need to install a driver; just connect it to your computer, and it's ready for use
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From the manufacturer
- Keyboard: 61 keys
- Controllers: Pitch bend wheel, Modulation wheel
- Octave Shift: -3~+3
- Connections: USB: Type A (x 2); Type B (x1)
- Power: USB bus power
- Power Consumption: Less than 500mA
- Dimensions: 850（W）x 139（D）x 54（H）mm
- Weight: 1.71 kg / 3.77 lbs.
- Accessories: USB cable, KORG BUNDLE SOFTWARE PIN Card
61-Key Micro USB MIDI Keyboard
The microKEY USB MIDI keyboard family has expanded! The perfect companion for PC-based music production or performance is now available with 25 or 61 keys, in addition to the original 37-key model. The microKEY is a compact USB MIDI keyboard that’s ideal for the musician who wants to assemble a convenient and compact music production system. All models feature the acclaimed velocity-sensitive Natural Touch mini-keyboard found on instruments such as the microKORG XL+ and microARRANGER.
In addition to the existing 37-key model, the lineup has been expanded with the addition of a supremely portable 25-key model, and a five-octave 61-key model designed for performing keyboardists. In addition to the bundled software and discount coupons included with the 25 and 37-key models, the 61-key model comes complete with a license for the entire Korg Legacy Collection, giving access to soft synth versions of legendary and popular Korg synths and Music Workstations. Using the KORG KONTROL Editor software (provided), you'll be able to customize the microKEY for your setup. You can choose from eight velocity curves plus fixed velocity (a total of nine types), and also specify the control change number of the modulation wheel or joystick, as well as specify their maximum and minimum values.
The microKEY61 provides a full five octaves while fitting in the same horizontal space as a full-sized 49-key model. The 61-key model is ideal for use in the home studio, while still satisfying the needs of a performing musician. microKEY61 harmoniously joins hardware with software by including the Korg Legacy Collection Special Bundle, providing software versions of five of Korg's most coveted synthesizers: the MS-20 analog monophonic synthesizer, the Polysix polyphonic synthesizer, the Mono/Poly analog synthesizer, the M1, and the Wavestation digital synthesizer, as a suite of 19 of Korg’s sought after effects plugins. The microKEY61 also serves double-duty as a USB hub. The two USB ports (Type A) allow you to expand your custom control center by adding on a Korg nanoPAD2 or nanoKONTROL2 or any other USB device. Also included are licenses* for Applied Acoustics Systems' Strum Acoustic Session, Lounge Lizard Session, and Ultra Analog Session as well as a license for Toontrack's software drum sound module EzDrummer Lite,* and a discount coupon* for Ableton's Live, Live Suite, and Live LE DAW software, widely popular for its sophisticated functionality.
Top Customer Reviews
This is a well-built keyboard. Nothing feels cheap about it, and everything worked exactly as it should. I like the fact that is has pitch and mod wheels, unlike some other mini boards which have buttons instead of wheels. The other great thing about this keyboard is that you can get Korg's Legacy Collection for half price as a MicroKey owner. I found this to be a fabulous deal, since it saves you more than you'll pay for the keyboard. With Legacy, you'll get access to a whole batch of Korg's truly classic synths and sounds. I've found literally hundreds of good presets that I can use in my music. It's absolutely the best deal I know of for quality vsti's.
So if you're looking for a compact little keyboard, get this and then buy the Legacy Collection. You'll be glad you did.
FIRST UPDATE 2015-01-16: I have contacted KORG. That took a while because they only do consumer stuff via email. The guy that I called was very helpful in providing contact email addresses and describing the process. After three emails (post Christmas rush), they wrote me back and gave me a return authorization number. Next step is to send it in. Stand by...
You can't tell if the mini keys will work for you until you've tried them.
If you expect piano action or you're focused on live performance then maybe this product is not for you. But if you are more focused on composing and want to record chords or melody lines into a software sequencer, this product certainly has great value.
Less space on the desktop, with more octaves and the included Korg instruments are of course amazing emulations of Korg's legendary hardware. Worked out of the box with Mac & PC. Keys have a slight spongy feel, could have seen some improvement there, but for the money overall a great deal.
After almost 6 months of use, I have to add that this keyboard has some USB issues.
It will occasionally power off for no reason and you need to unplug and reconnect several times for it switch on.
Changing the USB port it's connected to seems to help although there is no clear logic for that.
Considering the bundled software, I still think it's great value, but with the drop out in connection I would not recommend it for live stage use, only for a desktop studio when you're prepared to occasionally spend a few minutes fiddling with a USB cable.
Have had it for about a year now and while I still think the included software makes this a great value purchase, I have noted some problems using it on a mac:
- device sometimes shuts down even when it's still connected to the mac via USB.
- sometimes works through a USB hub, but other times, just won't power up unless connected to a computer USB port directly.
- a few months ago I noticed my mac would not restart properly, just idling around for minutes. I tested if this was caused by any connected peripherals and sure enough, once I unplugged the Korg micro-key, the computer booted just fine. This isn't a fatal issue for me but it's a bit of a pain having to remember to unplug the Micro-key every time I start or reboot my mac.
I'm still keeping the 4 star review because while these USB issues are annoying they aren't a complete deal breaker and the usefulness of the device coupled with the great software instruments, for the price is still outstanding value. Not to mention lots and lots of fun.
Okay so I've had this keyboard for well over a year now. I've mentioned the USB problems it suffers from and that I was prepared to live with them.
HOWEVER: things have got so bad, I've decided to unplug it and stop using it. My mac mini was becoming fairly unstable, (freezing and restarting) and this began to occur more and more frequently. I investigated the issue by disconnecting peripherals and even swapping out the memory. The problem still persisted.
Finally as an after thought, I decided to try and remove the Korg Micro-key. Sure enough, the random hangups and restarts disappeared.
Because I like the keyboard, I initially tried to apply any driver or firmware updates. I found that I already had the latest drivers installed. Nonetheless, I deleted and reinstalled the drivers, but that didn't seem to help at all.
Conclusion: I've decided to stop using the keyboard all together and go back to using my old novation keyboard.
It's a shame since this is a pretty handy midi keyboard with a lot of octaves in a small footprint. But the instability was just not worth it. I'd originally given it 5 stars, then 4 and now 3 stars. I'm not giving it an even lower rating because perhaps those issues aren't present for other users. But for me, it's now parked against the wall in my studio, providing nothing more than abstract decor.
I happened to need an extra keyboard for a jamming session so after about 9 months of abandonment (because of the previously discribed problems) I decided to dust this keyboard and plug it in.
And ... nothing ... just wouldn't power up. Apparently it died in it's sleep.
I started off giving this product 5 stars, reduced it to 4 stars in spite of the USB quirks, because of the wonderful software instruments included. I then bounced it down to 3 stars because I discovered it was the reason my rock solid mac was freezing and restarting at random. Now, having it simply die out... I am tempted to give it one star, but to be fair, the virtual Korg synthesizers are still a favorite choice when I'm writing, they simply sound awesome. So with a shaky hand, I finally rest on 2 stars.
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