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Poor velocity sensitivity if any; bad "clicky" feel on keys
I bought this in spite of some bad reviews because I wanted something MIDI and super small WITH velocity sensitive keys. This is MIDI and super small, but the velocity sensitivity is so poor I could barely detect any change in volume/intensity with the pressure I was putting on it. The keys also have a computer keyboard feel to them and they click when you press them. Not the smooth press of a drum pad, for instance. I returned this almost immediately after I tried it because I'm pretty convinced I would hate using it, and could use the $50 elsewhere.
1Take Your Time...
...and carefully plan where your functions go, and this handles Lightroom controls well. It needs to come with a dedicated LR tutorial available, as the "manual" is not much help.If you assign on/off type functions wherever possible (even "zoom in" & "zoom out"), there are enough knobs & sliders to handle the functions that require gradients like exposure, etc.The "instructions" aren't much help on how to program 2nd functions to the controls, but by exploring "profiles", I was able to set up a 2nd for the HSL panel. The 8 sliders & knobs are perfect for the 8 "Saturation" & "Luminance" controls.I haven't had time to use it much, but so far, there is some time lag which seems to decrease once it gets going.
4Korg Nano Pad II Short Review. By DJ.MGS
Hi allBought the Korg Nano pad II, to help out with my DJ'ing, I also run the Hercules 4mx controller with VDJ 8-Pro, and the Nano pad needed to be re-mapped, after a Skype call and talking with the fellas @ auto mix Products, we both worked on the Mapping code, and even re wrote some of it, the Nano Pad II works floorlessly. After a few tweak's, we even got the X/y pad to effect the deepness and width of Whatever effect, Via re-mapping the P1 and P2 controls, Also Note that the Nano pad II also has a "Scene button", so infact, you have 16x4 banks (of pads) that you also can re-map to whatever you need to EG trigger off Loops, Cue points, Samples EfX etc, whatever you wanna re-map.It is a solid unit and the price was right, however, none of the pads have back lit LED's, So you really got to watch the screen to see whats triggered when you fire things off, Hopefully the Korg Nano pad III will have back lit LED's built into the pads... Nano pad 3 ideas fellas...You also need to set Limits on the P1 and P2 controls, or they will go out of Range, and then you run into audio issues. the Nano pad II has 6 padded feet on the bottom so it don't Slip n slide all over the place.The Nano pad II is only about:1/2 inch tallby:12 inch and: 7/8th Longby: 3 inch: 3/8th Wide, so it is very compact indeed ;).I also stuck clear tape over the pads so i can mark what they are used for that way, the tape can be removed and no INK makes left behind also did the same as a separator if you look at my pic below, you will see a Black Line right in the middle, one part controls the "whatever effects" for deck "A" while the other half controls "whatever effects" for Deck "B"all in all i give this unit a 8/10, if the back lit LED's in the pads, I wold give it a 10/10..NOTE I have set the Nano pad up and it works with VDJ 8 Pro, I do not "own any other DJ Programs such as Traktor" so please don't ask for the code sorry, However I do have the code for VDJ 8-Pro..Pros:1. Small and compact. Works off USB with low consumption Power.2. Use's USB "A"-mini connection.3. Has X/Y pad to control the P1 and P2 controls.4. Has 16 pads laid out, that can expand to 64 pads via the Scenes,5. Light weight.6. Remap-able.7. LED Status light.8. includes the USB Cable.9. Super fast delivery. no dings scratches or banged up A+++.10. Works with VDJ 8-Pro. (so I am happy)11. Downloadable software to test out the pad. its very Basic..Cons:1. No Back Lit LED's in the Pads so you have to watch the monitor for whatever effects you use as long as you map it.2. Background lettering that's molded into the unit is hard to Read White on White? really duh.3. * Mono color LED's RED (Scene's) and 1 Status LED White, not sure if that's a con or pro yet...Note: Mapping is a bit tedious however, I did find a Map App (if you will) midi mapping app, that allows you to see the Nano pads code in action and you can Build your map out the way you like it. Google "Midi Trace" it will work for almost anything Midi/USB..Tip:Before doing any work, for installing the Nano pad, you need to instal its "Driver" for the Korg Nano pad II, and get it recognized by your system first.Thank you and enjoyDJ.MGS
4Portable and affordable
I've been having fun jamming on my nano key. I needed something really lightweight and portable to fit my midi controller needs and this has been a great value for money. To blunt about it, the device is basically a computer keyboard with an altered key layout to be similar to the keys of a piano. The material feels a little thin and there's a "keyboard" click everytime you press down on any of the plastic keys. The sound might get annoying to bystanders if you smashing away but personally I'm wearing headphones when I'm using it and I don't find myself jamming while surrounded by others. If you need something affordable, lightweight and portable this is a good (not great) option for you. I still prefer other portable midi controllers over this one but they're typically double the price and a lot less portable and lightweight than the nano key.
4Fantastic, but missing wanted illumination on the sliders!
So I'm a huge pc gaming geek with a strange use case for this midi. I mainly just use the first 3 sliders while gaming or using my pc. Using the first for system volume, second for discord voice chat, and third for the game or movie I'm watching. I've found this works perfect when configuring the midi to use the "Power Mixer" desktop app. Only downside with this config is having to go to options and change the app's exe for the third slider each time i switch games. but its worth it!My only problem is that I prefer to game in a darkish room and the sliders are not illuminated. Please comment if you know of a similar 3-5 slider midi that has good illumination on the slider track and preferably also slider head? If that feature was added to the next version of this midi it would be the perfect pc gaming accessory!If Korg could add illumination to this midi similar to the sliders on the Roland AIRA MX1, this would be perfect. Better yet would be to have a korg pc power user midi controller with just 5 illuminated sliders... I can dream right
5Recommended to me by industry professionals -- not disappointed
Got the white one out of semi-necessity:Incredibly glad I went with this fader/controller - it cleaned up my entrances/exits nicely The price is absolutely fair (at least when I bought it), and it feels more durable than I was expecting. There's a good weight to it, and the size is nice and portable. The backlights are surprisingly helpful as well. It does not feel like a cheap piece of plastic.My only complaint is that the silicon buttons, especially the play and stop buttons, get caught occasionally, which just warrants a second press. They are the weakest quality of this fader.I was recommended this fader by industry professionals in NYC as a portable, durable, and efficient piece to add to your collection, and it is exactly that. Price is good (wait for it to go on sale - check the price history with your Honey add-on).
5Doesn't work if your computer goes to sleep.
I very seldom leave negative reviews, but it must be said that this unit will not work after your computer goes to sleep. In order to reconnect you will have to quit your DAW and unplug the unit, then plug it back in, and restart the DAW. Sure you can just NEVER LET YOUR COMPUTER GO TO SLEEP... but that's not a reasonable solution. It's just poor drivers by KORG.Sadly, there isn't a solution that's similar to this unit in size or price point that, so it's tough to offer an alternate. Just wish KORG did a more thoughtful job.
1trying to decide whether to get another one or switch to Akai Professional MIDImix
I bought a nanokontrol 2 when they first came out in 2011 I think. It has just died after six years of constant use and I have to decide whether to replace or get something else.Pros:First off, with a lot of controllers, I find I use them a while and then they are not so useful any more. I had a default setup that I used with the basic midi setting that controlled the software mixer so I could play different things and keep the stereo and volumes in line. It was great for that. It is small, and I have a small workplace. Great for that. Very mobile, fits in a backpack, but see below for a caveat on that. Easy to map, and if you take the time to learn the software used to program it (a separate download) it is easy to customize too. This was a set it and forget it device for me though, part of every session by default.ConsIt always had a noticeable jitter though. The sliders and pots would send out midi data when nothing was moving. At the death of the device, It was spewing out a constant stream of midi data that included three MIDI CC's, one of which was not even supposed to come from any of the controls. Second problem, although it is small and mobile while still having enough room for the controls, the knobs on the sliders began to fall off after a year or so. No biggie if you are staying in the same place, as they just clip back on very easily, but if you are carrying this around more than I did, you will be very lucky not to lose a few of the faders and be left with a little metal nub to tweak. Third is that there is no master volume. I adjusted for this by swiping the pan pot from the bass, which I always leave centered anyway, and using that for master, but I would greatly appreciate that ninth slider. I remember somebody saying the original nanokontrol had one...wonder why they ditched it?Anyway, can't decide between this and Akai Professional MIDImix | High-Performance Portable USB Mixer/DAW Controller (24 knobs / 16 buttons / 8 line faders) which looks a little nicer, bigger (not necessarily an asset for me) and has the master vol.
4Allaround Cheap, Yet Very Useful, Midi Controller
I use two of these in my live rig, and I originally bought them because they were cheap.These things are cheap because they are, well, cheap. Cheap plastic, dim LEDs (only one color) and knobs that constantly fall off. The sliders are not terribly precise. I can't complain too much though because as I mentioned, these are cheap.The software is simple yet thorough. It makes this cheap hardware very flexible. You can update the CC numbers transmitted by each knob, slider and button. This is main reason I use this thing.
4IT GETS THE JOB DONE AND THEN SOME!
For the price, for the size, for the capabilities... this thing is hard to beat.For professional use, you could definitely do better, but if you're a professional, you should probably be looking to invest in things with a meatier price tag anyways. For casual, on-the-go musicians, this midi controller is fantastic. The buttons are plastic-y with not as much weighted-ness as someone who plays piano or even a cheap keyboard may be used to, but they are velocity sensitive, so once you do get the hang of it, it works like a charm.What surprised me was just how responsive the keyboard was. I do some casual music production on Pro Tools, Logic, and (occasionally, sacrelig, I know) Garageband and sometimes am too lazy to bring out the drum pad. Usually, even with other decent midi controllers (I have the Roland AX-09) there's the occasional lag when it comes to rhythmic tracks, but I so far have noticed close to zero lag with this thing.Overall, I would recommend this to both the pro, the home producer, and the casual Garagebander. There are better controllers out there, no doubt, but for this price-quality ratio... I doubt.
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