Turn ANY Computer Lab into a Music Lab Instantly with Korg's nanoKeys

Barbara Freedmanlessons, Reviews4 Comments

Korg has started shipping their newest line of potable USB products nanoSeries controllers. They are designed to be no wider than a standard laptop and fit beautifully into a laptop bag so you can make music anywhere, anytime. Click here for tech specs.

Korg's nanoSeries controllers

Korg’s nanoSeries controllers

For those of you who just HAVE to make music where ever you go, these babies were made for you. Grab one for around $50 retail, plug it into the USB port and you are ready to go. I plugged the nanoKey right into my iMac G5 and my Macbook Pro and it was instantly playable in GarageBand and Logic Pro. They are what they are; small, lightweight and portable so don’t try to compare these to any full sized keyboard. They have a decent feel and a good spring back to the pad action keys. At first, I thought they would be flimsy given their plastic construction. I wouldn’t want to drop them off a table (more one that later) but it’s a Korg product and Korg has been making fantastic keyboards for many years. I have used it for a few weeks with Logic Pro, GarageBand and Sibelius and just love it! These babies really hold up under use.

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I gave one to a student, Kenny, to see how it would hold up. Kenny is a high school senior who’s about 6′ 7″. He composes music at home in Logic Pro like many teens his age play video games. It’s sort of like giving a Tonka truck to a five year old to test it’s durability. Here’s what Kenny had to say:

Korg in the Klassroom
By Kenny Beats (no, that’s not his real name but go ahead and “Google” it and you can hear his music!)

Pros:
Great LED lights, bright and functional (they tell you with different colors which mode or octave you are in, very useful, my big keyboard doesn

  • They are so cute and small those nanokeys.
    I found them avialable in both black and white at http://smeaudiosolutions.co.uk/actinic/korg-nanoKEY.html available for shipping in the United Kingdom.

  • Garage Band

    I am planning on purchasing my first mac and was wondering if the nano pad and nano key work with garageband, to control different instruments etc ? Thanks

    • All of the instruments in the nano series by Korg will work right away with GarageBand. Just plug them in and you are all set to trigger the software instruments built into GarageBand.

  • Garage Band

    Thanks for you reply, your review was excellent. I will certainly be purchasing a nano key now.