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Korg nanoKONTROL2 - Slim-Line USB MIDI Controller (White)

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Korg nanoKONTROL2 - Slim-Line USB MIDI Controller (White)

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  • 8 Faders
  • 8 Knobs
  • 24 Switches
  • Transport Controls
  • Marker, Cycle, Track Buttons
  • iPad Support
  • Software Instrument Licenses
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP/Vista/7
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Color: White

Korg nanoKONTROL2 - Slim-Line USB MIDI Controller (Black) Korg nanoKONTROL2 - Slim-Line USB MIDI Controller (White)

You Pay: $59.99

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The nanoKONTROL2 from Korg is an ultra-compact and low-profile controller that provides eight channels of control for numerous software titles, including major DAW programs. It fits perfectly in front of a laptop or desktop computer keyboard, and using a single USB cable offers impressive control while conserving valuable set-up space.

A knob, fader and three switches are provided for each of the eight channels, initially assigned to pan, volume, and solo, mute, record. The various controllers can be reassigned for use with a virtual synthesizer for instance, to change things like envelopes or filters. A dedicated transport control section is also included.

The controller is USB bus powered, and with the appropriate connector kit (not included), the unit is compatible with Apple's iPad. Downloadable software allows for custom configuring the faders and knobs, and licenses are provided for 3 virtual instruments to facilitate immediate music creation.

Low-profile, multi-function control surface especially useful for a mobile setup using a notebook computer
Perfect for controlling any computer based DAW or numerous other types of music production software
Knob, fader and 3 switches provided for each of the 8 channels
Track select and marker advance parameters
Marker button makes it easy to assign marks at important points in a song for more efficient recording and song production
USB powered
Korg Kontrol Editor software (available on Korg's website) allows the user to make detailed customized settings - for example, the minimum and maximum values for each control change message can be specified
Functions with the iPad via Apple's iPad Camera Connection Kit (not included), providing MIDI control using Apple Core MIDI features
Connection USB
Faders 8
Rotary Controls 8
Transport Controls Yes
Jog/Shuttle No
Numeric Keypad No
Display Power indicator
Included Software Yes
Power Requirements USB bus power (less than 100mA)
System Requirements Mac OS X 10.4.7 or later
Windows XP SP3 (32-bit) or later, Vista SP2 (32- and 64-bit) or Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit)
Dimensions (WxDxH) 12.8 x 3.8 x 1.2" (325 x 97 x 30mm)
Weight 0.65 lb (295g)
Specialties Free downloadable Editor/Librarian
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.95 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.5 x 3.8 x 1.7"
Korg nanoKONTROL2 - Slim-Line USB MIDI Controller (White)
  • USB Cable
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  • One (1) Year Warranty
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    KorgnanoKONTROL2 - Slim-Line USB MIDI Controller (Black)
     
    4.5

    (based on 13 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    • 1 Stars

       

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    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (8)
    • Easy to use (8)
    • Lightweight (8)
    • Versatile (7)
    • Durable (4)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (7)
    • Home studio (7)
    • Performances (3)
    • Professional recording (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    great portable controller

    I actually got this controller to control Serato Scratch Live, not the typical DAW software application that it is originally intended for.

    I was able to map my custom MIDI configuration to this...Read complete review

    I actually got this controller to control Serato Scratch Live, not the typical DAW software application that it is originally intended for.

    I was able to map my custom MIDI configuration to this controller with no issues at all, right out of the box. I found it to be more versatile than the fixed MIDI mapped Denon DN HC1000s controller designated for Scratch Live. I was able to re-map the controls to manage the DJ-FX, SP6, Looping, scrolling, loading, and more.

    It is small and compact and has a very great price, especially compared to the Denon HC1000s if you want to compare it to such a device since it isn't really a direct competitor, although the Kontrol2 is likely not as durable, but I don't expect to abuse it to the point where it would be destroyed.

    The only small issue I have is that I would be using this in a live performance environment which may be dark and although there are small inset grooves in the fader/knobs to indicate level, they are not visually highlighted. This is more for the knobs, since you can visually see the fader level pretty easy. I painted my own indicators to help this issue.

    It's hard to say that this seems "light-duty" in a negative way, as it is an inexpensive controller which I did not expect it to have a "heavy-duty" feel. Although it feels like it is light-weight and may not be durable, I haven't had it enough time yet to know how well it holds up to traveling. I take really great care of my equipment, and feel that with proper preparation and packing, this device will hold up for a long time.

    I also would have wished the USB cable it came with had a 90º right angle for my personal uses and space, since the USB interface in on the right side of the device.

    I even created a custom skin to help with the labeling for my needs and use.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not Bad, Not Great

    I'm using it in logic pro. Kinda flimsy. Doesn't always register with the computer. But it's a simple piece of equipment and worth the cost.

    I'm using it in logic pro. Kinda flimsy. Doesn't always register with the computer. But it's a simple piece of equipment and worth the cost.

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    5.0

    Amazing Product!

    By andrewsearcy

    from Savannah, TN

    Comments about nanoKONTROL2 - Slim-Line USB MIDI Controller (Black):

    I have only had this controller a week or so but I absolutely love it! I have used it in 3 of our church services and it's a blast to use.The knobs and faders are durable and pro quality, especially for the price. Nothing bad about this product.

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    3.0

    Not Bad, Not Great

    By linguoISdead

    from New York, NY

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Portable

    Cons

    • Poor Action

    Best Uses

    • MIDI

    Comments about nanoKONTROL2 - Slim-Line USB MIDI Controller (White):

    I'm using it in logic pro. Kinda flimsy. Doesn't always register with the computer. But it's a simple piece of equipment and worth the cost.

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    5.0

    It DOES work with Magix Samplitude Pro X

    By Clifton C

    from Omaha, NE

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Mobile DJ
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about nanoKONTROL2 - Slim-Line USB MIDI Controller (White):

      It does work with Magix Samplitude Pro X as long as you have version 12.4 or later. All you have to do to get it to work is to set the control to MIDI in the Korg Control Editor, then open Samplitude (starting with ONLY 8 tracks to begin), next (if you have a Windows system) press "Y" to open up the System Options window. On your left hand side of that window should be "Hardware Controller". Click that. Now click "Add New", scroll down to "Factory Presets" and there should be a "Korg nanoKontrol" template already mapped out for you. You can Re-Map these if you'd like with the MIDI Learn functions in Samplitude (Video on YouTube by kraznet explaining how to do so). Works great after setup! Thanks BHPV for the quick shipping also! Good luck guys!

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      5.0

      Perfect - For MY Needs

      By The MIDIot

      from Seneca, SC

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Inexpensive But Good
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Remote Fader Control

        Comments about nanoKONTROL2 - Slim-Line USB MIDI Controller (Black):

        I needed a MIDI fader -- just one -- to help with the operation of an iPad app (Luminair) that controls LED lighting using DMX. The app is very well thought out, but it can be difficult to dim the Master output without inadvertently hitting another control (like the Black Out Button). Using a MIDI controller for the Master was the solution, and the nanoKONTROL2 was the least expensive option I could find. Bonus -- it has 8 faders plus a bunch of other MIDI controllers and switches. All I needed to make it work was the USB camera connector for iPad. No configuration necessary other than to tell Luminair to learn which knob or fader I am working. Now I can use the Master fader as well as change intensities on 7 other fixtures with those faders. Just what I needed, and then some. For under $ what more could you ask for?

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        5.0

        Bang for the buck

        By Emmanuel

        from London, Ontario

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Efficient
        • Lightweight
        • Low Space Footprint
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Could Use Longer Faders

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about nanoKONTROL2 - Slim-Line USB MIDI Controller (Black):

        At this price point, korg is literally giving out a gift. Overall, the build quatlity of this unit is really good. I have had the older version for years now, and it works flawlessly. I use this product for controlling protools. It really saves time being able to stay away from using the mouse to play, pause, loop, adjust levels, pan tracks...etc. The 8 faders control track 1-8, you can then use the 'next' buttom to dedicate those eight faders to track 9-16. It is my understanding that multiple units can be used simultaneously. If so, the I will seriously consider purchasing 3 of these to give me 24 tracks of direct control.

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        4.0

        A wise purchase

        By Godwin

        from ON Canada

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about nanoKONTROL2 - Slim-Line USB MIDI Controller (Black):

          Very useful tool.
          Extremely compact -Highly Portable
          Control keys Responds satisfactorily
          Price wise a good buy.
          Very happy with it.

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          4.0

          Good inexpensive basic controller

          By Mark

          from New York, NY

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Inexpensive

          Cons

          • Limited Functions

          Best Uses

          • Performances

          Comments about nanoKONTROL2 - Slim-Line USB MIDI Controller (Black):

          I use the Korg as a tactile interface with video presentation software like Isadora and VDMX. Unit is plastic and has a limited number of knobs and sliders,but it is sufficient for this, and there's nothing else remotely close to this unit's low price.

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          5.0

          Works perfectly with MOTU products

          By Trico records

          from Cincinnati Ohio

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about nanoKONTROL2 - Slim-Line USB MIDI Controller (White):

            I use this to interface with DP7. This controller is built to do so with out a single problem. Turn it on as instructed and workes perfectly.

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            5.0

            Mini mixer, small and light

            By Hassan

            from Cairo, Egypt

            About Me Experienced

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            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

              Comments about nanoKONTROL2 - Slim-Line USB MIDI Controller (White):

              nanoKONTROL2. I love it. I use it extensively with the iMS20 application to control volume and pan of up to 8 channels. You can also pick any channel out of the 8 to hear it solo, mute it, or record over. ITS LIKE A LITTLE MIXER :))) I hope Korg can make the volume knobs a bit heavier to give it a more realistic feel.

              Physically, the unit is solid and made of clean plastic and has a decent weight to it so it doesnt feel like a toy. There are quite a few keys on the right side for controlling your DAW software or music app (rewind, stop, play, record, cycle, skip tracks, and markers). All functions and keys are editable using the Korg editor software.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Very NICE

              By JuiceDAY

              from OKLAHOMA, USA

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Improved compatibility
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Knobs and faders ok

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

              Comments about nanoKONTROL2 - Slim-Line USB MIDI Controller (Black):

              I use this for Ableton Live, it's miles away from the old nanokontrol... it will receive midi signals, so when you click something with your mouse in a DAW the corresponding button is illuminated or turns off on your nano. Comes ready with mappings for some DAWs (ableton and others) or you can make your own maps. WIth the preloaded ableton map you can solo, mute, rec, pan, fade, and you can cycle between which tracks you control... control first 8 tracks then hit next track button and control the next 8. No motorized faders but you cant expect that. and the buttons dont stick anymore.

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              4.0

              great portable controller

              By artistiq

              from Denver, CO

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Customizable
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Lacks knobfader markers
              • No right angle USB plug

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Mobile DJ

              Comments about nanoKONTROL2 - Slim-Line USB MIDI Controller (Black):

              I actually got this controller to control Serato Scratch Live, not the typical DAW software application that it is originally intended for.

              I was able to map my custom MIDI configuration to this controller with no issues at all, right out of the box. I found it to be more versatile than the fixed MIDI mapped Denon DN HC1000s controller designated for Scratch Live. I was able to re-map the controls to manage the DJ-FX, SP6, Looping, scrolling, loading, and more.

              It is small and compact and has a very great price, especially compared to the Denon HC1000s if you want to compare it to such a device since it isn't really a direct competitor, although the Kontrol2 is likely not as durable, but I don't expect to abuse it to the point where it would be destroyed.

              The only small issue I have is that I would be using this in a live performance environment which may be dark and although there are small inset grooves in the fader/knobs to indicate level, they are not visually highlighted. This is more for the knobs, since you can visually see the fader level pretty easy. I painted my own indicators to help this issue.

              It's hard to say that this seems "light-duty" in a negative way, as it is an inexpensive controller which I did not expect it to have a "heavy-duty" feel. Although it feels like it is light-weight and may not be durable, I haven't had it enough time yet to know how well it holds up to traveling. I take really great care of my equipment, and feel that with proper preparation and packing, this device will hold up for a long time.

              I also would have wished the USB cable it came with had a 90º right angle for my personal uses and space, since the USB interface in on the right side of the device.

              I even created a custom skin to help with the labeling for my needs and use.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Needs a software update

              By zoologies

              from Melbourne, Australia

              About Me Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Inexpensive
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Incompatible software

              Best Uses

              • DAW mixer

              Comments about nanoKONTROL2 - Slim-Line USB MIDI Controller (Black):

              This product works pretty much as advertised and is good for the price. The construction is plastic all over and the sliders do their job but are not "pro" quality. The main problem is that Korg haven't updated the editor software for version 2, so trying to edit the controls with the supplied editor doesn't work.

              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              This is an exellent product, easy to use

              By Tomaz Subversion

              from New York, NY

              About Me VJ

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Navigate

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Video

                Comments about nanoKONTROL2 - Slim-Line USB MIDI Controller (Black):

                This is a real plug and play product, really easy to use and intuitive.
                Good ergonomy, light and seems to be robust and reactive.
                Good choice and I 'll buy it again.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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