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17 of 17 found the following review helpful:
Great for what it's supposed to doSep 05, 2011
By C. Nesmith
*SUPER FAST ACTION (I put in some fast double bass notes and it responded great!)
*lights on octave keys a big plus
*sustain is awesome
*Great for inputting notes into Sibelius, especially with Virtual Drumline
*Great for putting simple ideas into a DAW
*Velocity Sensitive aspet of the keys works very well
*Plug n Play (I'm on Mac OS X)
*Keys are like laptop keys so you won't be doing super fast keyboard runs on this thing without some awkwardness. The Akai keyboards are a little better for that (but they are super springy) But then again, why would you do super fast runs on a 2 octave travel keyboard?
Overall: This thing is great for note input into Finale/Sibelius and REALLY great for putting in drum beats into your daw. In fact, I like it better than the nanopad. It will capture simple melodic ideas for sequencer use, but don't expect to be ripping out your scales on this thing. Overall it's great for what I bought it for, virtual drumline :)
11 of 11 found the following review helpful:
Great Portable KeypadDec 19, 2012
By S. Rosewood
I went to the local Guitar Center and tried out every small keyboard they had in the store. They had quite a few. The problem I found with the majority of the small keyboards, beside the fact that most aren't actually very small, is that the keys have to be hit too hard before they register, making consistent dynamics difficult to achieve.
Nearly all of the keyboards I tried have WAY too much resistance in the keys. None of them are weighted keys but they seem to be trying to impart the feeling of having weighted keys and I think they are all a dismal failure. You feel like you're fighting against a stiff spring which doesn't work for me.
The keys on the nanoKEY2 don't try to emulate the feel of a real acoustic piano. The actual motion of the keys is negligible (which may take getting used to) and yet they pick up VERY soft touch initially. So you can play with a light touch. To register a full velocity of 127 you have to hit the keys fairly hard on the normal setting. Key response can be adjusted via software. So you can set it to hit 127 without having to hit the keys very hard if needed. Otherwise velocities of 1 through about 110 are where most of your articulation lies and this keypad works quite satisfactorily in that range on the normal setting.
One thing you should keep in mind with any of these USB keyboards is that the samples you're playing make all the difference in the world. If you're playing awful samples it's going to sound and feel awful no matter which keyboard you're playing.
The sustain key can be switched between momentary and toggle functions in the software which is a nice feature and I like being able to keep it toggled on with certain instruments like guitars.
I suspect some people won't like the way pitch bends work because it's an up/down button and you don't necessarily have precise control over bends like with a wheel. Again you have several options in the software but it's definitely something you'll want to be able to try in person before you buy if you do a great deal of pitch bending.
Of course I like the tiny, wafer thin back-packable size. And it seems perfectly sturdy to me. I seriously doubt it could handle being dropped frequently like some other reviewers seem to expect of it. Are they THAT clumsy? I can't think of many keyboards that would be able to handle being dropped. Try dropping a $3500 Yamaha Motif or a Vintage Fender Rhodes and let me know how that works out for you...
It was plug and play out of the box with Ableton and Logic. With Reason I had to activate it in preferences.
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Good fitAug 16, 2013
By Multi-Interest guy
I originally bought this keyboard to use with Finale 2011 for my Orchestration class. Though it suited its purpose well in that regard, I've found that it is actually more useful applications such as GarageBand. Much easier to make beats, play correct rhythms, and play quietly. This keyboard is probably the smallest electronic usb powered "pianoforte" (meaning it is sensitive to the strength and speed at which it is played) on the market.
It is very packable. I wish it came with a small plastic carrying case because I do worry the keys will be broken or permanently stuck after I've had it in a backpack.
Great product from Korg, works great with my MacBook Pro.
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Not my favorite controller, BUT....Jul 19, 2013
By Robert F. Fuqua
Well, I'll say this-- for note-by-note entry into editing software, it's ok. But for any serious noodling, for playing a bit for the joy of it, hell, even for the tiniest bit of performance based composing, I simply wouldn't recommend this, at least not on its own merits. It is a flimsy keyboard, with keys that are structured oddly, feel worse than most laptop keys, are far to "clicky" and is just neither pleasant enough or responsive enough for my tastes. HAVING SAID THAT, the package is a good buy for the following reason, if for no other. When you buy the Nanokey (new) you get with it a crippled version of the Korg M1 Legacy software synth. The complete Legacy package normally runs $199.00, but for registered owners of the Nanokey2, you can get it for $99.00. (Go to www.korg.com and wade through the product menus for that deal)Now, by my math, even if you buy the thing, register it, and sit it on a shelf to catch dust, at a cost for the Nanokey2 package of roughly $50.00, that's still a savings of roughly $50.00 on the complete Legacy Series package, a purchase that is well worth having. If one could say nothing else good about Korg (and I have a LOT of good things to say about Korg_) their voicings have always been a real treat to use. So for $150.00-ish, you get the Nanokey2, plus the complete Legacy collection, which is, IMHO, a great buy.
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Fun and portable!Jul 02, 2012
By Anna Adam
I am not a musician but any stretch of the imagination. I bought this keyboard so I could try to plunk out some sounds in GarageBand both on my MacBook Pro and with my iPad. I use the camera USB adapter with the iPad and it works great in GarageBand. I love how tiny and portable this is. I take it everywhere just because I can!
I can't imagine trying to do any real composing or playing with this little guy but I don't think that's a fault. You can LOOK at it and tell that. I think it's meant for portability and quick edits and recordings. Not masterpieces. I'm very happy with my purchase!
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