Korg nanoKEY Studio 25-Key MIDI Keyboard Controller

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84 out of 100. Incorporating 200+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$180
Korg nanoKEY Studio
Korg nanoKEY Studio

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 84/100 is based on analysis of 200+ 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 Korg nanoKEY Studio is not your typical MIDI keyboard, rather it is designed to be a portable music production tool with loads of DAW control features.

It combines 25 low-profile keys with 8 velocity sensitive pads and 8 knobs, but its most stand out feature is the inclusion of a X-Y pad similar to the ones found in Korg KAOSS.

As if those control options are not enough, Korg also equipped the nanoKEY Studio with multiple function buttons, convenient Bluetooth connectivity, along with compatible iOS, Windows and Mac music production software.

Key features:

  • Keys: 25 Low-Profile Keys
  • Pads: 8 Velocity Sensitive Pads
  • Buttons & Knobs: 8 Knobs, KAOSS X-Y Pad, Function Buttons (Octave +/-, Sustain, Touch Scale, X-Y, Pitch/Mod, Scene, Shift/Tap, Arp, Chord Pad, Easy Scale, Scale Guide)
  • Octaves: +/- 4
  • Bundled Software: KORG Gadget Le (iOS/Mac DAW), KORG Module Le (Piano iOS App), Propellerhead Reason Lite, Synthesizer Software (AAS Ultra Analog Session, KORG Collection - M1 Le, UVI Digital Synsations), AAS Strum Acoustic Session (Acoustic Guitar), AAS Lounge Lizard Session (Electric Piano), Ableton Live $50 discount coupon (DAW music production software) and more
  • Power: USB Bus Powered or 2 x AAA Batteries
  • Connectivity: USB, Bluetooth
  • Compatibility: OS X 10.8 or later, iOS 8 or later, Windows 7 SP1 or later
  • Dimensions: 10.94" x 6.3" x 1.30"
  • Weight 1.04 lbs.

Pros

Many electronic musicians and producers are impressed with the NanoKEY Studio's balance of features and portability. Software compatibility is also appreciated, which together with its Bluetooth connectivity results in a very convenient MIDI controller. Simon Sherbourne of Sound on Sound concludes his review by saying: "The NanoKey Studio works with anything and is a great ultra-portable all-rounder."

Cons

The NanoKEY Studio's keybed is not meant to impress piano players, rather they behave more like trigger buttons to cater to today's sample driven music.

Overall

Get the Korg NanoKEY Studio if you're looking for a compact and portable music production MIDI controller.

NB: There are more highly rated options available which you will find in our guide to The Best 25-Key MIDI Controller Keyboards.