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  • Low-profile, multi-function control surface
  • New track select and marker advance parameters
  • Supports numerous software titles including major DAW programs
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Korg nanoPAD 2

Sixteen velocity-sensitive pads provide excellent response, delivering drum parts that are full of life. Four switchable scenes deliver 64 different pad assignments. The X-Y pad can control multiple synthesizer parameters. Use the new "Touch Scale" function to intuitively play phrases on the X-Y touchpad. Simply select one of sixteen different scales, specify the root key and note range to match your song.

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Color:Black  |  Style:Slim-Line USB Controller

N A body proportioned to fit perfectly in front of your laptop computer, The Nanokontrol2 provides eight channels of the controllers you need to control your music software. The Nanokontrol2 also features a dedicated transport control section. The buttons have been carefully selected to be useful with your software, ensuring simple and intuitive control. Many software titles – including major DAW programs – are supported, dramatically reducing the need to make complicated connection settings. A knob, fader, and three switches are provided for each of the eight channels, respectively assigned to pan, volume, and solo/mute/record. This arrangement is a real convenience when recording automation for multiple channels. There's also a marker button, making it easy to assign marks at important points in your song for more efficient recording and song production. When using a software synthesizer, you can assign parameters to the desired controllers for easy control. For example you could use the faders to control the ADSR of an envelope generator, and use the knobs to control the filter's cutoff frequency and resonance, etc. The Nanokontrol2 works with the "Kong KONTROL editor" Software – available free on the Kong website. Load it into your computer, and use it to make detailed customized settings. For example, the minimum and maximum values for each control change message can be specified. Just connect a single USB cable from your computer to the Nanokontrol2, and you've got a quick and portable music production system. Power and USB-MIDI data travels down the same wire for a clean, efficient workspace.


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Reviewed in the United States on November 16, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love, Love, Love: Mobile Practice
By Robert Grupe on November 16, 2019
This product is fantastic and the only option for highly portable keyboarding practice!
Just connect the USB cord, and you are ready to play with a smartphone, tablet, or computer without the need for any further power source connection!

I have been looking for a portable keyboard that I could use to practice anywhere: sitting on the couch, on airplane flights, waiting around somewhere, outdoors, etc.
I wanted something that would fit in my computer bag, and would with my mobile phone so I couldn't need to wrestle with the extra room needed for my laptop.

THE PROBLEM WITH MOST OTHER SMALL MIDI KEYBOARD CONTROLLERS
They have mushy plastic keys that are prone to snapping off over time (do a web search to see repair problems. 
* I didn't want the frustration and cost of trying to fix or replace every few months.
* They also require powered USB connections; which, for some laptops and tablets, and any smartphones, requires an additional USB powered hub connected to an electrical outlet or battery pack. 
I didn't want to have a snarl of wires and a third box to balance on my lap.

AWESOME REVOLUTIONARY KEYBOARD LAYOUT
If you aren't already fluent in playing scales and cords with correct fingering, this is a fantastic training aide.
At first I found the layout difficult to play in certain scales and chords, but then it slowly dawned on me that it was due to my incorrect fingering (e.g. trying to use my thumb to play black keys).  When I tried using correct scale fingering, then problem solved!
[If you don't know the correct hand fingering to use for each scale, do a web search 'piano scale fingering'.]
Practicing with the nanoKEY, it will force me to break my bad lazy habits for melody lines, runs, riffs, and chord inversions.

THE KEYS ARE QUIET
I had seen some review comments that they keys were noisy and therefore would be distracting to others in quiet settings.
I decided to take the risk of ordering it anyways, and I am very glad that I did because I found that this is not the case.
People sitting next to me in normal ambient environments will not hear anything from the nonKEY2. 
It is same noise level as my touch typing on a MacBook Air laptop computer- or quieter; it all depends on how aggressively or smoothly someone hits the keys.
If you like to bang away your keys, then yes, you will annoy others in very quite places.  But really, do everyone around you a favor and just STOP IT ALREADY! Learn to play (and type) with finesse and skill instead.

TIPS FOR SUCCESS
* Understand that any midi devices may need some system setting adjustments on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. If you've never used a midi keyboard before with your device, it might not just plug-in and work right away until you enable midi via USB.
* Understand that the music software you want to use needs to be configured to use a midi connected keyboard. So you will need to check user the help and settings.
* If your music software device doesn't have a full-sized USB port, you will need to an adapter.
* When playing along with other software (e.g. Spotify, Worship Team, etc.), you may need to turn your midi music software instrument (ORG 2020, etc.) volumes to maximum.

WHAT'S MISSING?
* Foot pedal input for sustain
This would be important for actual two handed playing performances or recording, but not necessary for highly portable practice or composing.
To use a foot pedal would required another item to be transported and stable floor space to use it.
Instead, get and use a separate tabletop midi keyboard that has full size, velocity sensitive, weighted keys.
* Korg software bundles for Android
No specific software isn't needed to use the nanoKey, but many new-player potential customers may not realize that. 
In the box is a license code that can be used for limited version of software for iPad/iPad, Windows, and Mac, but nothing for Android.
Korg is really missing a large market opportunity by not addressing and promoting to Android users.

MY SETUPS WITH nanoKEY2
* Smartphone: Motorola X4 running Android v9 + Android music apps (free versions of ORG 2020, Caustic, Perfect Piano, SymprezFM) +  USB C adapter
* Laptop: MacBook Air + Garage Band
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TJC
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product Works on Reaper.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 4, 2017
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DokterDokter
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but kludge required every time you use it.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 24, 2021
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Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars Works well in GarageBand, you'll need to install the ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 19, 2017
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Coincidence Vs Fate
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Controller
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 23, 2015
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Controller
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 23, 2015
I've been a bedroom musician since 1980 and over the years have had many instruments and recording tools. In the early 00's I switched to Fruity Loops and then FL Studio and VSTs and was happy making music that way with a Korg MicroKontrol. In the mid 00's we had a kid so all my stuff was sold to pay for the little blighter. Nine years later on a whim I decided to install the new version of FL Studio (luckily in 2004 I'd opted for the lifetime free upgrade package) and was amazed that we had reached V12; it had been V5 last time I'd used it. I listened to some of my old tracks and started to get the bug again, so I decided I needed a controller.

I didn't want to spend too much as I wasn't sure - and am still not - if I'll have the time I used to have. Looking on Amazon there were quite a few choices but in the end I decided to go for this. I know a few have remarked on the keys, which do take some getting used to. However, they are fine for me and actually took me on a nostalgia trip. In 1981 I saved up weeks and weeks of dinner money (sorry Mum) to buy a VL-Tone and the keys on the Korg are more or less the same feel of that old classic; obviously the size of the keys is better on the Korg, they are more weighty and have a better "bounce". Not quite as intuitive maybe as a "proper" keyboard, but after a while you don't really tend to notice.

This worked fine out of the box on my Windows 10 laptop and was recognised by FL Studio without any problems at all. In fact the only issues I had were installing the free software from Korg. It was a right nightmare and I had to sign up to too many different websites for my liking.

All-in-all, I'm really pleased with this controller, it's nice and small so I can use it on my lap and I can pop it on a shelf after use.
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JPks
2.0 out of 5 stars Great size, poor quality pads
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 24, 2020
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