KORG nanoPADB - Slimline USB MIDI Drum Pad/Controller - Black

The nanoSERIES from Korg Serious Music Production in a Seriously Small Space Meet the most compact family of USB-MIDI controllers ever! Introducing the new Korg nanoSERIES USB powered slim-line controllers - so small you can put them on your workstation, in front of your laptop, on a recording…
Average Rating
 
4.6 7 Reviews
Abe's Price: $55.00    More Information



By Mack

from Chicago

About Me Experienced

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korg rules the nanosphere

 
5.0

PROS

  • Versatile
  • Reasonably priced
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

CONS

BEST USES

  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Mobile DJ
  • Performances

Comments:

I was looking for a budget pad controller and found something i can use anywhere as well I cannot say how well these things will hold up over heavy use; i am looking into something better thean the bubble-wrap sleeve to for transport - maybe a customized 13" foam shell


By unclemacosx

from LA the other L.A. AKA:Louisiana

About Me Novice

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Great deal for the price!

 
4.0

PROS

  • Powerful
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

CONS

BEST USES

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

Comments:

Before you consider purchasing the Nano Pad check out Abe's pricing on the Korg Nano Bundle it's worth it! Actually, I was thinking of a Nano Key but in my googling I found a you tube video of a demonstration of the Nano Pad by Ean Golden. I'll try to post vid if I can but if not: A simple web search for "Ean Golden will rock you" should make it #1 & 2. BTW Abe's has the best price especially for the bundle. [$]


By [@]

from Austin Tx

About Me Professional Musician

Verified

kory nano rocks! Best bang for your buck

 
4.0

PROS

  • Low Distortion
  • Powerful
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Versatile

CONS

  • Kaos pad midi mapping

BEST USES

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

Comments:

I use all 3 nano products with ableton along with a korg zero 8 and a korg pad kontrol only weakness I've found in the nano is when trying to map mutiple controls to the kaos pad, other than that works great!


By Lion. CEO of JUSTmuziq

from Detroit, MI

About Me Experienced

Verified

nanoPad Black

 
5.0

PROS

  • Easy installation
  • Low Latency
  • Powerful
  • Inexspensive
  • Durable
  • Quality PadsButtons
  • Wide range compatablity
  • Versatile
  • Easy To Use

CONS

  • No direct scene select
  • Undesired paint finish

BEST USES

  • Performances
  • Home Studio
  • Events
  • Mobile DJ
  • Midi Extenstion
  • Amateur Recording
  • Professional Recording
  • Scratch DJ

Comments:

So far I've used the nanoPad for music production, both sampled and orginal composition, and for scratching (via a custom setup in FL Studio). I am overall pleased with this very compact device.It's very much like its older brother -- the Korg PadKontrol. Key differences: I think the nano actually has better pads than its predecessor, and they are definatly more sensitive (of which is didnt really like at first, but after getting used to the sensitivity and being careful not to rest my hands on other pads it works out quite nicely). The XY Pad is the same size as the padKontrol and is quite possibly more sensitive (tho I'm not entirely sure, I've only noticed lack of sensivity in the pK's XY when using it as a mouse).Since I have the padKontrol and MPD24 I perfer and am used to having 16 pads (and usually I slice samples in multiples of 16) tho is isnt TOO much of a big deal, in fact it deters any pad patterns I may have developed in the standard 16 pad setup. Because it is only 12 pads I really wish there we're more than 4 scenes, but this isnt too much of a problem -- what I *really* would be happier about is the ability to go straight to a scene, rather than having to decend each scene. (nothing I can't whip up in bome's midi translator, though).Like its big brother, the nanoPad has flam and roll features which are controlled by the XY pad when activated and a 'hold' feature that works for both. If you're wondering what these do -- the roll - continuous repeat of the pad(s) you're currently holding, the speed is controlled on the X axis (left to right, and vise-versa) and the Velocity (which typically controls the volume of the particular sound) is linked to the Y axis (top to bottom, and vise-versa), the flam gives you an extra hit of the pad(s) you tap, the X and Y axis have the same controls as the roll, but only affects the extra note (I.E. how fast the extra note comes in and the velocity of that extra note), the hold allows you to keep the speed and velocity setting without having to keep your finger upon the XY pad.The software is quite easy to use, I really like the fact that its one program for all of the nanoSeries and that it auto detects which device(s) are currently plugged in. Oh, did I mention the plug is one standard A to mini-b usb plug (extra points) and a usb plug is included in the box (more points). I would like to see straight plug and play in the future, even though the installation is still easy.Holding it now, it has a nice weight, but still would be considered lightweight to be an instrument. Its no where near, say the MPD24/32's wonderful metal-bottom glory but if it we're it probably wouldnt be quite as portable in terms of the weight. The feet on the bottom are small, but they grip very well, unless you intentionally move the nanoPad around (or set on an increditably smooth, wet ice-like surface), its not going anywhere.I like the black color nanoPad (tho the white doesnt look bad either) although I am not a fan…


By eljeffre

from NYC

About Me Professional Musician

Verified

Portable, Easy to use, and effective

 
5.0

PROS

  • Versatile
  • Lightweight
  • Easy To Use
  • Compact

CONS

  • Limited Functions

BEST USES

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

Comments:

This is most certainly a sweet little midi controller. Korg packages it with easy to use product specific software that makes it easy to program right out of the box. You can set this up so it essentially has 48 different pads due to the four scenes it has. Notes and Midi controller commands can be assigned to each pad, and the touch pad can also be assigned controls as per the x axis, y axis, and touch on off. This is not hard to do, and you don't even have to have the unit hooked up to assign stuff and save your settings. This can be used to record software instruments, perform live via mainstage or ableton, or manipulate different functions in tractor. All this and its cheap and can fit in you laptop bag. It won't make your Midi keyboard superfluous, but sometimes its all you need for a specific application, such as recording simpler electronic music. The pads are sensitive, but not too much and allow a definite degree of expression via interchangeable velocity curve designations. I have to recommend this product, its a lot of fun in a small package. Of course I do wish that it had a few more features, like note programability of the x-y pad, but at this price, what more can you really expect. It also seems toughly built and has been reliable to work with thus far after 2 months of pounding these pads.


By Crestfallen

from San Dimas, CA

About Me Experienced

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Amazing Piece of Equipment

 
5.0

PROS

  • Lightweight
  • Clear Sound
  • Versatile
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use

CONS

BEST USES

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

Comments:

I use the Korg Nano series mainly for production. It gives you free rein with the programmable keys, I think you can pretty much do anything with it already. Best used with Ableton and/or Traktor, the Korg Nano series can suit your DJ needs (especially the Nano Pad), too. Best thing about this piece of equipment is that it seems very durable, sleek, and pretty.


By Wataru part time VJ

from NYC

About Me Experienced

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Nice Tools for VJ

 
4.0

PROS

  • Easy To Use
  • Compact
  • Lightweight

CONS

  • Breaks Easily
  • Limited Functions

BEST USES

  • Performances
  • Home Studio
  • Events

Comments:

Great deals, very compact in size. I like the color. Easy to use. Cant compare with high-end midi controller but good enough for small gig and on tours. The materials are just cheap. I kinda like it and suit my purpose. Just have fun.. you know



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