The Korg nanoKONTROL 2 is the evolution of the first nanoKONTROL. Just like its predecessor, it’s small, portable, and very functional. It’s a powerful controller that will allow you to handle your DAW in a easier and faster way. Learn more about it in our Korg nanoKONTROL 2 Review.
Korg nanoKONTROL 2 Review – Introduction
The nanoKONTROL 2 is an USB-powered class-compliant MIDI device with 8 sliders, 8 knobs, 24 buttons, all of them assignable and well built. Each fader has a solo, mute, record-enable button and a dial knob at the top. The faders are obviously not motorized (what did you expect?), so you’ll have to sync them manually. The knobs have start and end points and there’s no clicking while turning them. All the buttons are rubbery silicon-type buttons, and almost all of them light up. The nanoKONTROL2 features a dedicated transport control section (play, back, forward, record, stop) that wasn’t in the previous version and is an added value for your workflow. Since they cut off one fader, you don’t have the classical 8 channels & master configuration anymore.
Korg nanoKONTROL 2 Review – Uses
Being so compact and portable the nanoKONTROL is perfect for most uses and situations, from gigs to home studios. It’s very versatile A friend of mine used to tape it on top of his keyboard to perform live. It’s actually a great solution if you think about it. Instead of buying an expensive all-in-one controller you can add the nanoKONTROL to a basic instrument. You can focus on playing instead of having to look at your computer every two minutes.
Korg nanoKONTROL 2 Review – Compatibility
The NanoKONTROL is pretty straight forward and comes with a program called Korg Kontrol Editor. This little program allows you to apply any CC controller number to any knob, button or fader. As with the other nanoSERIES devices, the Kontrol Editor gives you pretty much total freedom for assigning the strips. They can be on different MIDI channels, and you can even set minimum and maximum values for the continuous controller messages assigned to each knob and fader. This controller can operate in two different modes: a Mackie Control compatible DAW controller, or a general-purpose MIDI control surface. For Mackie control you’ll find included templates for Cubase, Digital Performer, GarageBand, Logic, Ableton Live, Pro Tools, and Sonar. There’s also a general-purpose template for DAWs where specific templates are not included.
Korg nanoKONTROL 2 Review – Last Words
The Korg nanoKONTROL 2 is the perfect controller for both DJs and producers that want to have control over their software without having to look at their computer. It’s a little tool that can be used for pretty much everything. Great build quality and look, cheap only in the price.