Korg microKEY25 USB 25-Key MIDI Keyboard Controller

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88 out of 100. Incorporating 325+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$110
Korg microKEY25 USB 25-Key MIDI Keyboard Controller

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 88/100 is based on analysis of 325+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

The microKEY 25 presents a slim and lightweight build that has mini velocity-sensitive keys similar to Korg's microKORG XL and microARRANGER.

It includes a built-in joystick for modulation and pitch bend controls, as well as an arpeggiator, sustain and transpose buttons.

It can serve as a USB hub with the use of its two USB ports and is very simple to connect to any computing device since it is class compliant.

Specifications:

  • Keys: 25 Velocity-sensitive natural-touch keys
  • Pads: None
  • Arpeggiator: Yes
  • Octaves: -4 to +4
  • Bundled Software: None
  • Power: USB bus power
  • Connectivity: 1 x USB Type B, Apple Lightning - USB camera adaptor (sold separately)
  • Control Hardware Directly: No
  • Compatibility: Mac OS X10.5 or later; Microsoft Windows XP SP3 (32bit), Vista SP2 (32bit, 64bit) or SP1 (32bit, 64bit), iOS8 or later
  • Dimensions: 15.55" x 5.16" x 2.09"
  • Weight: 1.43 lbs.

Pros
Apart from its simple and compact design, several reviewers commented on how sturdy and well made it is. It's very light-weight that they found it convenient to bring around and easily record their ideas on their laptop. In regards to its keybed, the miniature keys are quite responsive and have a good feel to them, making it ideal for sequencing simple synth lines and drum beats. Several users also described the arpeggiator function as 'great'.

Cons
Although its joystick is quite functional, some reviewers preferred wheels over this type of design for pitch and modulation control.

Overall
The Korg microKEY25 is a portable controller with straightforward and uncomplicated operation. Get it if you want a small MIDI controller to pair with a mobile tablet or laptop setup.

This was previously on our recommended list for The Best MIDI Keyboards Under $100 but had to be removed when the price increased above $100.