The Taktile is not your average MIDI controller. It’s a cut above everything else, it really has anything you may need, at a price tag that you didn’t really expect.
Korg Taktile 25 Review – Introduction
The Taktile 25 is a MIDI controller with 25 keys, pitch bend and mod wheels, a touchpad, ribbon controller, 8 velocity sensitive pads and 8 faders. The playing action of the keys feels pretty good, with the semi-weighted keybed supporting velocity. Unfortunately they don’t have aftertouch, but that’s pretty understandable seen the price of this thing. If you’re performing live you’ll be able to use the Taktile instead of three or four devices.
Korg Taktile 25 Review – Layout
On the left side there are 8 faders with 8 assignable buttons underneath. Then, you find 7 DAW transport controls, octave buttons and the 2 classic wheels. On the right side you find velocity-sensitive pads that can trigger individual notes or other sounds that you assigned. You can even use the Chord Scale feature to trigger chords based on the scale you’ve selected. Below the pads you’ll find an arp button that gives you the possibility to use fifty different rhythm patterns so you can play software synths with a single finger.
The connection sockets are located on the right. You get a USB port for hooking up to your computer, MIDI In and Out on five‑pin DINs and a pair of quarter‑inch sockets for switch‑type and continuous pedals. However, remember that if you need the Taktile to function in 5-pin MIDI plug world it will still need power, which is derived only via the USB port.
Korg Taktile 25 Review – The X-Y Pad
You may be familiar to the popular Korg Kaossilator‘s touch pad that allows a deep manipulation of the sound. Well, the Korg Taktile 25 has one too! It’s an X-Y pad located in the centre of the controller that lets you create melodies in the key and scale that you want. Plus, you can change mode with the press of a button, and you can use the pad as a trackpad to control your mouse pointer on your computer. The ribbon controller below it can also be used for left and right mouse clicks, meaning you truly never have to touch your laptop when you’re working with the Taktile 25. This might seem useless, but it actually helps to manage your workflow in the way you prefer to. Next to the touch pad there is a (very) small OEL display that displays crisp white text on a black background.
Korg Taktile 25 Review – Specs
- 25 semi weighted keys with velocity sensitivity
- 8 velocity-sensitive pads, 8 switches and 8 sliders
- X-Y touch pad and ribbon strip with different modes
- 7 DAW transport controls
- Pitch bend and mod wheels
- MIDI In and Out
Korg Taktile 25 Review – Conclusion
The Korg Taktile 25 has pretty much everything you need: faders, switches, pads, arpeggiator, x-y pad, ribbon controller, transport controls and a keyboard. Honestly, it’s one of the best controller I’ve seen in a while.