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A great video review of these fantastic KORG bluetooth/usb controllers by the guys over at Sonic Lab
I have the nanoKey Studio here at the moment and can confirm it’s a really fun and useful addition to your mobile studio setup. Using it over bluetooth there is no latency at all, at least none that I could discern. The keys take a little getting used to especially going from a full size keyboard however I found I could play surprisingly well on them…even acoustic piano! Of course this device is designed for putting in short phrases and ideas not a full blown piano concerto so in this respect it works extremely well.
Build wise although it’s all plastic it feels sturdy enough. The controls all work smoothly and they map easily to whatever software you are using. The nanoKEY Studio and nanoKONTROL Studio both come with a nice selection of software to get you started (download with code). The software included is as follows:
KORG Gadget Le
KORG Gadget offers a collection of more than 20 different synthesizers and drum machines called “Gadgets ” which you can freely combine to produce powerful electronic music. KORG Gadget Le is a function limited edition of it.
The sounds and functions are expanded if you use “KORG Gadget Le” with KORG Controller products.
KORG Module Le
Ideal for performance and music production, KORG Module Le is a function limited edition of high-quality sound module app for iOS that contains a professional sound library. With just your iPad or iPhone and a MIDI keyboard such as the new microKEY, you can play studio-quality keyboard and grand piano sounds anywhere.
The sounds and functions are expanded if you use “KORG Module Le” with KORG Controller products.
M1 Le is a special version of the M1 software synthesizer included in the Korg Legacy Collection series. M1 Le brings to your computer the sounds of the ground-breaking M1 music workstation.
* You can upgrade at a special price (US $99) from this M1 Le to the “Korg Legacy Collection special bundle.” Don’t miss this opportunity to obtain historic Korg instruments such as the MS-20, Polysix, Mono/Poly, M1, and WAVESTATION. For details on upgrade, please refer to www.korguser.net/shop/software/index.asp
“Live” Series (discount coupon)
This coupon gives you a $50/€30 discount off the price of “Ableton Live,” “Ableton Suite,” “Ableton Live Intro”*, or any other software product from the Ableton web shop. To receive this discount, enter your coupon code at www.ableton.com/korg-nano
* For details on this software, please refer to www.ableton.com.
Lounge Lizard Session
A license for “Lounge Lizard Session”. * “Lounge Lizard Session” is
the physical modeling sound module from Applied Acoustics Systems,
famed for its richly expressive electric piano sounds.
* For details on this software, please refer to
Ultra Analog Session
A license for “Ultra Analog Session”* is included. “Ultra Analog
Session” is the analog modeling synthesizer from Applied Acoustics
Systems, acclaimed for its fat, powerful sounds.
* For details on this software, please refer to
A license for Applied Acoustics Systems’ “Strum Session”.
“Strum Session” is the physical modeling software synthesizer
that lets you “play” acoustic guitar parts with the expressive power
of an acoustic instrument.
Reason Limited is an all in one music production program that gives you many of the features found in our flagship software Reason—while keeping some of the complexity in check. At the heart of our entire Reason line of software is its legendary creative flow. The studio rack, the sequencer, and the interactive way sound is controlled in Reason Limited means you can stay focused on the one thing that’s most important to you: making music.
*For details on this software, please refer to the following URL: www.propellerheads.se/products/reason-limited/
Digital Synsations offers four softsynths, sampled faithfully from four classic digital synthesizers from the late ’80s and early ’90s.
*For details on this software, please refer to www.uvi.net.
All in all I can highly recommend the Korg nanoKey Studio. I didn’t think I would like it that much as I mostly use full size gear when making music but I have to say it was quite liberating to just have the nanoStudio along with my Korg microKEY Air sitting on the desk in front of my iMac and nothing else at all connected. It’s a completely different way of making music and one I can see myself using more and more as time goes on.
Check out the nanoKey Studio and nanoKONTROL Studio along with all of Korg’s other products at www.korg.com
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