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Korg nanoPAD2 Slim-Line USB MIDI Pads - White
- Low-profile pad controller – excellent for playing or entering drum data
- Sixteen solid, responsive, and velocity-sensitive trigger pads
- Control multiple MIDI parameters via the X-Y Touchpad
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Korg nanoKONTROL 2
Convenient, compact control surface, with easy setup for immediate use
In 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.
Complete control for your DAW or software synthesizer
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.
- Low-profile, multi-function control surface
- New track select and marker advance parameters
- 8 Channels; each with three buttons, one fader, and one knob
- Dedicated transport control section
- Supports numerous software titles including major DAW programs
Complete control for your DAW or software synthesizer
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.
USB power for an uncluttered setup
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.
Korg Kontrol Editor software
The nanoKONTROL2 works with the "KORG Kontrol Editor" software – available free on the KORG 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.
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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Like all nanoSERIES2 controllers, the nanoPAD2 had to be compact, lightweight and sized to work well with any laptop or desktop computer. In addition, the nanoPAD2 also had to pack in 16 great-feeling and dynamic-sensing pads – as well as leaving room for the X-Y touchpad! The Korg nanoPAD2 does all this and more. In fact, there are four banks of pad assignments, providing a total of 64 pad assignments. The sixteen velocity-sensitive pads provide excellent response to your fingertips, and also realistically convey the playing feel to your sequencer or DAW software, ensuring that your drum parts will be full of life. By switching between the four scenes, you can experience 64 different pad assignments. The X-Y pad can be used to control multiple synthesizer parameters. In addition, the new "Touch Scale” function lets you intuitively play phrases on the X-Y touchpad, just as on the Kaossilator. You can choose from sixteen different scales, and specify the root key and note range to ensure that your performance stays within your song. The "Gate Arp” function, borrowed from the Kaossilator Pro, transmits note data based on tempo; Tap tempo and tempo sync are supported. Combined with the Touch Scale, the Gate Arp allows you to play tempo-synchronized phrases and rhythms simply by stroking the X-Y pad or playing the pads. The nanoPAD2 works with the "Korg Kontrol Editor" software – available free on the Korg website. Load it into your computer, and use it to make detailed customized settings. Choose from a total of four velocity settings: three velocity curves or fixed velocity. You can also specify note numbers, create user scales for the Touch Scale function, assign chords, assign control change messages, and save your settings. Just connect a single USB cable from your computer to the nanoPAD2, 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.
Top customer reviews
Bought the Korg Nano pad II, to help out with my DJ'ing, I also run the Hercules 4mx controller with VDJ 8-Pro, and the Nano pad needed to be re-mapped, after a Skype call and talking with the fellas @ auto mix Products, we both worked on the Mapping code, and even re wrote some of it, the Nano Pad II works floorlessly. After a few tweak's, we even got the X/y pad to effect the deepness and width of Whatever effect, Via re-mapping the P1 and P2 controls, Also Note that the Nano pad II also has a "Scene button", so infact, you have 16x4 banks (of pads) that you also can re-map to whatever you need to EG trigger off Loops, Cue points, Samples EfX etc, whatever you wanna re-map.
It is a solid unit and the price was right, however, none of the pads have back lit LED's, So you really got to watch the screen to see whats triggered when you fire things off, Hopefully the Korg Nano pad III will have back lit LED's built into the pads... Nano pad 3 ideas fellas...
You also need to set Limits on the P1 and P2 controls, or they will go out of Range, and then you run into audio issues. the Nano pad II has 6 padded feet on the bottom so it don't Slip n slide all over the place.
The Nano pad II is only about:
1/2 inch tall
by:12 inch and: 7/8th Long
by: 3 inch: 3/8th Wide, so it is very compact indeed ;)
I also stuck clear tape over the pads so i can mark what they are used for that way, the tape can be removed and no INK makes left behind also did the same as a separator if you look at my pic below, you will see a Black Line right in the middle, one part controls the "whatever effects" for deck "A" while the other half controls "whatever effects" for Deck "B"
all in all i give this unit a 8/10, if the back lit LED's in the pads, I wold give it a 10/10.
NOTE I have set the Nano pad up and it works with VDJ 8 Pro, I do not "own any other DJ Programs such as Traktor" so please don't ask for the code sorry, However I do have the code for VDJ 8-Pro.
1. Small and compact. Works off USB with low consumption Power.
2. Use's USB "A"-mini connection.
3. Has X/Y pad to control the P1 and P2 controls.
4. Has 16 pads laid out, that can expand to 64 pads via the Scenes,
5. Light weight.
7. LED Status light.
8. includes the USB Cable.
9. Super fast delivery. no dings scratches or banged up A+++.
10. Works with VDJ 8-Pro. (so I am happy)
11. Downloadable software to test out the pad. its very Basic.
1. No Back Lit LED's in the Pads so you have to watch the monitor for whatever effects you use as long as you map it.
2. Background lettering that's molded into the unit is hard to Read White on White? really duh.
3. * Mono color LED's RED (Scene's) and 1 Status LED White, not sure if that's a con or pro yet...
Note: Mapping is a bit tedious however, I did find a Map App (if you will) midi mapping app, that allows you to see the Nano pads code in action and you can Build your map out the way you like it. Google "Midi Trace" it will work for almost anything Midi/USB.
Before doing any work, for installing the Nano pad, you need to instal its "Driver" for the Korg Nano pad II, and get it recognized by your system first.
Thank you and enjoy
Incredibly glad I went with this fader/controller - it cleaned up my entrances/exits nicely The price is absolutely fair (at least when I bought it), and it feels more durable than I was expecting. There's a good weight to it, and the size is nice and portable. The backlights are surprisingly helpful as well. It does not feel like a cheap piece of plastic.
My only complaint is that the silicon buttons, especially the play and stop buttons, get caught occasionally, which just warrants a second press. They are the weakest quality of this fader.
I was recommended this fader by industry professionals in NYC as a portable, durable, and efficient piece to add to your collection, and it is exactly that. Price is good (wait for it to go on sale - check the price history with your Honey add-on).
The supplied mini USB cable fits nice and snug.
Bottom line, if you take reasonable care with this unit, it seems like it should give you a lot of dependable service.
I tried this right out of the box with Reason 7 - there is no built-in Reason template for it, but it was recognized by Reason when I did a controller surface scan, and it was a piece of cake to map the top knobs to pan controls and the faders to volume faders and the solo and mute buttons to their counterparts on the Reason mixer. Basically, I just bought this to do crossfades, and the nanoKontrol2 will be perfect for that, but I can also see using this to automate some softsynth parameters just as easily.
Next, I set this up to control Peff's Directre Rack Extension, and it's a blast!
The transport buttons did correctly automap to Reason's transport controls, so you can record, play, stop, fast forward and reverse from the nanoKontrol2.
I didn't download the nanoKontrol2 editor yet, but that should increase the utility of this device.
If the "S", "M" and "R" buttons lit up in different colors (all lights are red), it would make this unit more useful as a performance controller in my opinion, but as it stands, this budget mixer/performance control surface is well worth $50!