If you were excited or interested by Korg’s recent Minilogue poly analog synth announcement, but secretly wished they had something new in the MIDI controller category to seriously enhance your workflow, then the new nanoKey and nanoKontrol Studio controllers will not disappoint…
Just how exciting can a wireless MIDI controller be? Read on and watch the video to find out!
Korg tell us “The nanoKEY Studio provides a keyboard, knobs, trigger pads, and touch pad that lets you instantly convert your inspiration into sound. It is battery operated and can connect wirelessly to iPhone/iPad or Mac/Windows. It’s a compact, mobile MIDI keyboard that is easy to travel with, allowing ease of use anytime, anywhere.”
Now you can use this via bluetooth for wireless control or USB. We’re waiting to try these out, but Korg tell us the nanoKEY features “low latency and high stability.”
There’s an easy way to step-record via the 25 velocity-sensitive keys. Afraid of playing bum notes? Don’t be. The Scale Guide feature can suggest notes within the set scale using single LED lights behind the keys.
Did we mention that there’s 8 drum pads (or chord pads) and a touch pad like the one you’ve seen on the KAOSS series hardware? Plus an arpeggiator with rhythm patterns, 8 assignable rotary knobs, a dedicated Korg Kontrol Editor, and a massive bundle of software and apps including:
- Korg Gadget Le (iOS)
- Korg Module Le (iOS)
- Korg Module Le (iPad)
- Korg Lecacy Collection M1 (plugin)
- UVI Digital Synsations (plugin)
- AAS Ultra Analog
- AAS Strum Acoustic Session
- AAS Lounge Lizard Session
- Propellerhead Reason Limited
- Ableton Live $50 discount coupon
Expected retails price for nanoKey Studio $139 USD / £109 GBP
Like the nanoKEY Studio, the nanoKONTROL Studio is a bluetooth/USB MIDI controller with a bunch of features bound to make many controllerists excited. It’s small, compact and portable and if you’re looking for control over your mixer in your DAW or DJ software, then this is probably the controller for you.
Korg tell us, “You have the all controllers you need to operate your DAW: sliders that feature generous spacing and stroke, plus a convenient jog wheel.” As you’d expect nanoKontrol Studio supports any software that support MIDI input. But, interestingly, as well as shipping with the Korg Kontrol editor, there is a dedicated Control Surface plugin for Logic Pro X and GarageBand users, so you can control nanoKontrol Studio from inside the DAW.
Also like its sibling, nanoKontrol Studio includes the same huge bundle of software (see above)!
Expected retails price for nanoKey Studio $139 USD / £109 GBP.