Ultra-portable production fun for the traveling composer!
Korg nanoKEY2 Keyboard Controller is a perfect companion for the musician on the go. It’s hard to get any more portable than this tiny machine! At just .65” high, the Nanokey2 is a perfect extension of any low-profile laptop computer.
25 velocity-sensitive keys, expressively convey your ideas to your DAW. While you’re clearly not going to get the same effect as a set of semi-weighted, or even synth-style keys, this product never claims that you will.
*I just thought I’d address this up front because after reading dozens of reviews this seems to be an issue that a number of people are unaware of… I’m trying to see where these disappointed customers are coming from, but I just do not understand how anybody who has seen a picture of the nanoKEY2 would expect anything else than an ultra-compact, pad style keyboard. If you are looking for piano style keys then check out some other options that would be a better match for you.*
Simple is the word I would use to describe the nanoKEY2. Obviously there is an octave toggle to give you greater range, and there are also pitch and modulation buttons (although they will feel different than a wheel, they get the job done). There is even a sustain button, to emulate piano style effects. Pretty nifty for under fifty! ( <- I’m sorry, I had to!)
While this MIDI controller is great for producing sequences on the go, don’t expect to be hammering out Beethoven’s 5th symphony gracefully. The pads allow for bass lines and some chords (once your fingers adjust to the pad-style keys), but it is a miniature keyboard after all.
Although I don’t personally own this Korg, I have had the opportunity to test it out several times. The keys do have a different feel to them, but they are totally manageable and the device itself is pretty cool.
Midi Controller NANOKEY2BK Key Features:
- 25 Velocity-sensitive keys
- Sustain button
- USB powered
- Pitch and Mod buttons
- Octave up and down buttons
- PC, Mac and iOS compatible
Who is 25-Key Midi Controller NANOKEY2BK for?
In the market for an ULTRA-portable MIDI keyboard controller? This might be the device you’ve been looking for! This Korg product is designed to be by the side of any traveling composer who often pines for the use of a keyboard when the time and place doesn’t permit a full 88 key ensemble!
If you are looking for full-sized, weighted keys that play your concerto on, this is, hands down, NOT the keyboard for you.
If you are looking for a device that speaks MIDI to hammer out some tunes while you’re at Starbucks/your shoebox apartment/*insert any uncomfortably small space you might feel musically inspired here”, then this might be EXACTLY what you are looking for.
Pros and Cons
- TINY, super portable which means music anywhere
- Velocity-sensitive keys feel the way you play
- Reasonable price
- PC, Mac, and iOS (through camera USB adapter) compatible
- Pad-style keys are NOT similar to piano keys
- Very few extra features
- Limited expressive ability
The Key Issue Factor – This is the main complaint customer’s have with the second incarnation of the nanoKEY, and it really can’t be avoided. I think the bottom line is this; If you are wanting the feel of pushing down on a piano key, there are several ultra-compact MIDI keyboards around the same price that will suit you better.
The Lack of Extras Factor – Yes. The Korg NanoKEY2 has very few features on the device itself. I am actually surprised that it has pitch and mod functions! Features take up real estate, which is precious when designing a controller that can go with you anywhere. If can deal with adjusting your sound parameters, post recording on your DAW then you’ll be fine with this keyboard. If you just need ‘em, you’ll need to dig a little deeper to find your match, and it’ll cost you bag space!
The Limited Expressive Ability Factor – Yes. She’s small. As with all 25 key MIDI keyboards, you are only working with two octaves so playing two handed is not going to happen. This device is really meant for laying down some sequences to be edited later in production. Even the feature-laden larger keyboards still require an octave toggle to get those different ranges. Again, if you have seen a picture of this Korg you should be very aware of what you’re getting.
The Overall, the Korg nanoKEY2 is exactly what it says it is. A NANO midi controller. At $50 or less, this little guy isn’t going to break the bank, and gets the job done! If, however, you are expecting something that plays and feels like an actual piano, you’d be better off checking out something like the Akai Pro LPK25 which has actual keys. The majority of customer’s who have used this device are very happy with the product they’ve received.
To read more customer Korg NanoKey2 reviews! Check out the links below to go to the product details page on Amazon!
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Korg nanoKEY2 Keyboard Controller Review
Ultra-portable production fun for the traveling composer! Korg nanoKEY2 Keyboard Controller is a perfect companion for the musician on the go. It’s hard to