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Review Korg nanoKEY Studio MIDI keyboard. Where to buy it?

Korg Inc, founded as Keio Electronic Laboratories, is a Japanese multinational corporation that manufactures electronic musical instruments, audio processors and guitar pedals, recording equipment, and electronic tuners. I’ll tell you how this post is built. First I’ll list the features of this Korg nanoKEY Studio keyboard. Then you have a video or two, purchase links and useful comments from other users and then you have one of the most useful parts; comparison tables with similar keyboards so you can compare.

  • 25 speed-sensitive and backlit keys
  • 8 speed-sensitive trigger pads
  • 8 rotating knobs
  • X/Y Touch-Pad (KAOSS-Series)
  • Octave button +/-
  • X/Y button
  • Pitch/Modulation Button
  • Scene button
  • Scale guide function
  • Simple step recording
  • Built-in Arpeggiator
  • Connection via USB or Bluetooth / Wireless
  • Powered by USB bus or AAA batteries
  • Includes KORG Legacy Collection M1 Le software synthesizer and USB cable
  • Dimensions: 278 x 160 x 33mm (width x depth x height)
  • Weight: 471g

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This MIDI keyboard is usually priced at around €119/£109/$121 and offers 25 speed-sensitive and backlit keys so you can tune and compose different musical ideas.

It also offers 8 velocity-sensitive trigger pads, 8 rotary knobs, an X/Y Touch-Pad (KAOSS-Series), also, octave button +/-, X/Y button, Pitch/Modulation button, sustain button and arpeggiator button.

It has a USB connection, can be powered by USB or AAA batteries, and also includes the KORG Legacy Collection M1 Le software plug-in.

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Korg nanoKEY Studio vs Akai MPK mini MK2

The Korg nanoKEY Studio MIDI Keyboard is priced at €119/£109/$121 and the Akai MPK mini MK2 white is priced at €79/£70/$81, with a difference of £41 between them. Let’s go head to head:

  • Both controllers have 25 speed-sensitive mini keys, the Korg’s are backlit and the Akai’s have synthesizer action.
  • The Korg offers 8 speed-sensitive trigger pads, 8 rotary knobs, an X/Y Touch-Pad (KAOSS-Series), also, octave +/- button, X/Y button, Pitch/Modulation button, sustain button and arpeggiator button. And the Akai MPK mini MK2 white offers 1 4-way thumbstick for dynamic pitch/modulation control, 8 MPC (MIDI Production Center) pads with note repeat, Arpeggiator buttons, octaves up/down, and 8 assignable control knobs.
  • Both are USB powered, and the Akai accepts external power supply input and sustain pedal. The Korg offers a Bluetooth-MIDI connection
  • The Korg also includes the KORG Legacy Collection M1 Le software plug-in. And the Akai includes Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech, SONiVOX Wobble and Akai Pro MPC Essentials software.

Let’s put the features of these keyboards in a table so you can compare

Korg nanoKEY Studio

Akai MPK mini MK2 white

  • 25 speed-sensitive and backlit keys
  • 8 speed-sensitive trigger pads
  • 8 rotating knobs
  • X/Y Touch-Pad (KAOSS-Series)
  • Octave button +/-
  • X/Y button
  • Pitch/Modulation Button
  • Scene button
  • Scale guide function
  • Simple step recording
  • Built-in Arpeggiator
  • Connection via USB or Bluetooth / Wireless
  • Powered by USB bus or AAA batteries
  • Includes KORG Legacy Collection M1 Le software synthesizer and USB cable
  • Dimensions: 278 x 160 x 33mm (width x depth x height)
  • Weight: 471g
  • 25 mini synthesizer action keys
  • New 4-way ‘thumbstick’ for dynamic tone/modulation control
  • 8 MPC pads with note repetition
  • Arpeggiator
  • 8 assignable control knobs for mixing, adjusting plugins and more
  • The ultra-compact design allows you to create anywhere
  • Additional inputs: 1 x 6.3 mm jack for sustain pedal
  • Powered by USB
  • No power adapter required
  • Full size sustain pedal input jack
  • Includes complete production software package (downloads): Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech, SONiVOX Wobble and Akai Pro MPC Essentials
  • Dimensions: 317 x 181 x 44 mm
  • Weight: 748 g
  • Color: White

In this comparison, we found two good quality MIDI controllers with moderate performance, really very similar. On the one hand, we have the Korg nanoKEY Studio that offers 25 speed-sensitive and backlit keys, plus it offers 8 speed-sensitive trigger pads, 8 rotary knobs, an X/Y Touch-Pad (KAOSS-Series), also, +/- octave button, X/Y button, Pitch/Modulation button, sustain button and arpeggiator button. On the other hand, we have the Akai MPK mini MK2 which also offers 25 mini synth-action keys, 1 4-way thumbstick for dynamic pitch/modulation control, 8 MPC (MIDI Production Center) pads with note repetition, Arpeggiator buttons, octaves up/down, and 8 assignable control knobs.

The main advantage of the Korg nanoKEY Studio is its XY (Kaoss Series) pad control, as it is a two-dimensional controller that can be assigned to a plugin or parameter to be modified in real-time, i.e. while it is playing. Besides having a Bluetooth-MIDI connection, it can work without cables. And for the Akai MPK Mini Mk2 we can count as an advantage its sustain pedal input. If you want to experiment with the XY pad control the Korg nanoKEY Studio will be your choice, while if you want a MIDI controller with moderate functions, 25 keys and a sustain pedal the Akai will be your choice.

And here is a video of the Akai MPK mini MK2 keyboard

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Akai MPK mini Mk2 review

Korg nanoKEY Studio vs Akai LPK 25

The Korg nanoKEY Studio MIDI Keyboard is priced at €119/£109/$121 and the Akai LPK 25 is priced at €42/£37/$42, with a difference of €84. Let’s move on to the face-to-face:

  • Both controllers have 25 speed-sensitive mini keys, the Korg nanoKEY Studio are backlit.
  • The Korg offers 8 speed-sensitive trigger pads, 8 rotary knobs, an X/Y Touch-Pad (KAOSS-Series), also, octave +/- button, an X/Y button, Pitch/Modulation button, sustain button and arpeggiator button. And the Akai LPK 25 offers: sustain, arpeggiator, up/down octave buttons.
  • Both are USB powered and therefore have a USB connection. The Korg has a Bluetooth-MIDI connection.
  • The Korg nanoKEY Studio also includes the KORG Legacy Collection M1 Le software plug-in. And the Akai LPK 25 includes a software editor for Mac and PC.

Let’s put the features of these keyboards in a table so you can compare

Korg nanoKEY Studio

Akai LPK 25

  • 25 speed-sensitive and backlit keys
  • 8 speed-sensitive trigger pads
  • 8 rotating knobs
  • X/Y Touch-Pad (KAOSS-Series)
  • Octave button +/-
  • X/Y button
  • Pitch/Modulation Button
  • Scene button
  • Scale guide function
  • Simple step recording
  • Built-in Arpeggiator
  • Connection via USB or Bluetooth / Wireless
  • Powered by USB bus or AAA batteries
  • Includes KORG Legacy Collection M1 Le software synthesizer and USB cable
  • Dimensions: 278 x 160 x 33mm (width x depth x height)
  • Weight: 471g
  • Works with virtually all audio software
  • 25 mini-format speed-sensitive keys
  • Arpeggiator
  • Sustain button
  • Octave Up/Down and Tap Tempo buttons
  • Plug&Play USB socket on Mac and PC without drivers
  • Fits neatly into a laptop bag or backpack
  • 4 programmable memory banks
  • Editor Software for Mac and PC included
  • Powered by USB port, no mains power cable required
  • Size: 9,65 x 34,04 x 2,79 cm
  • Weight: 0.635 kg

In this comparison, we have again two MIDI controllers, on one hand, the Korg nanoKEY Studio that we have already analyzed, and on the other hand, we have the Akai LPK 25 that offers 25 speed-sensitive keys, and buttons for sustain, arpeggiator, up/down octaves.

As well as the last comparison, we find as the main advantage of Korg nanoKEY Studio we can count on its XY (Kaoss Series) pad control since it is a two-dimensional controller that can be assigned to a plugin or parameter to be modified in real-time. In addition to having a Bluetooth-MIDI connection, that is, it can work without cables. While the Akai LPK 25 is a more minimalist keyboard with few control functions but with the advantage of being very portable. If you want to experiment with the XY control pad, go for the nanoKEY Studio, if you want a more minimalist and portable keyboard, go for the Akai LPK 25.

And here is a video of the Akai LPK 25

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Akai LPK 25 review

Korg nanoKEY Studio vs Korg microKEY 25

The Korg nanoKEY Studio MIDI Keyboard is priced at €119/£109/$121 while the Korg microKEY 25 is priced at €58/£55/$60. Let’s go head to head:

  • Both controllers have 25 speed-sensitive mini keys, the Korg nanoKEY Studio are backlit and the Korg microKEY 25’s have a natural feel.
  • The Korg offers 8 speed-sensitive trigger pads, 8 rotary knobs, an X/Y Touch-Pad (KAOSS-Series), also, octave +/- button, an X/Y button, Pitch/Modulation button, sustain button and arpeggiator button. And the Korg microKEY 25 offers a Pitch-bend/Modulation joystick, Octave Up/Down buttons, and an arpeggiator and sustain buttons.
  • Both are USB powered and therefore have a USB connection. The Korg nanoKEY Studio has a Bluetooth-MIDI
  • The Korg nanoKEY Studio also includes the KORG Legacy Collection M1 Le software plug-in. And the Korg microKEY 25 includes the licenses for Korg M1LE Software-Synth, Lounge Lizzard Session, Toontrack EZDrummer Lite.

Let’s put the features of these keyboards in a table so you can compare

Korg nanoKEY Studio

Korg microKEY 25

  • 25 speed-sensitive and backlit keys
  • 8 speed-sensitive trigger pads
  • 8 rotating knobs
  • X/Y Touch-Pad (KAOSS-Series)
  • Octave button +/-
  • X/Y button
  • Pitch/Modulation Button
  • Scene button
  • Scale guide function
  • Simple step recording
  • Built-in Arpeggiator
  • Connection via USB or Bluetooth / Wireless
  • Powered by USB bus or AAA batteries
  • Includes KORG Legacy Collection M1 Le software synthesizer and USB cable
  • Dimensions: 278 x 160 x 33mm (width x depth x height)
  • Weight: 471g
  • 25 mini keys with Natural Touch
  • Arpeggiator
  • Joystick for Pitch-bend/Modulation
  • Up/Down Octave Key
  • Powered by USB
  • For WIN XP/VISTA/MAC OSX
  • Includes Korg M1LE Software-Synth, Lizzard Session Lounge, Toontrack EZDrummer Lite
  • Dimensions (width x depth x height): 395 x 131 x 53 mm
  • Weight: 0.65 kg

In this comparison we have two good MIDI controllers, on one hand, the Korg nanoKEY Studio offers 8 speed-sensitive trigger pads, 8 rotary knobs, an X/Y Touch-Pad (KAOSS-Series), also, octave button +/-, X/Y button, Pitch/Modulation button, sustain button and arpeggiator button. And on the other hand, the Korg microKEY 25 offers 25 mini keys with a natural touch, a joystick for Pitch-bend/Modulation, Octave Up/Down buttons and arpeggiator and sustain buttons.

As well as the last comparison, the main advantage of the Korg nanoKEY Studio is its XY (Kaoss Series) pad control, since it is a two-dimensional controller that can be assigned to a plugin or parameter to be modified in real-time. While the Korg microKEY is a more minimalist keyboard with few control functions but with the advantage of being very portable. If you want to experiment with the XY pad control go for the nanoKEY Studio, if you want a more minimalist and portable keyboard go for the Korg microKEY 25.

And here is a video of the Korg microKEY 25 keyboard

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Korg microKEY 25 review.

Korg nanoKEY Studio vs Miditech Midistart Music 25

The Korg nanoKEY Studio MIDI Keyboard is priced at €119/£109/$121 while the Miditech Midistart Music 25 is priced at €58/£51/$60. Let’s move on to the face-to-face:

  • Both controllers have 25 speed-sensitive keys, the Korg nanoKEY Studio are backlit. And those on the Miditech are full-size.
  • The Korg offers 8 speed-sensitive trigger pads, 8 rotary knobs, an X/Y Touch-Pad (KAOSS-Series), also, octave +/- button, X/Y button, Pitch/Modulation button, sustain button and arpeggiator button. And the Miditech Midistart Music 25 offers a joystick for pitch bend and modulation, octave up/down buttons, and an assignable fader.
  • Both are USB powered and therefore have a USB connection. The Miditech has an integrated MIDI output. And the Korg nanoKey Studio has a Bluetooth-MIDI connection.
  • The Korg nanoKEY Studio also includes the KORG Legacy Collection M1 Le software plug-in. And the Miditech Midistart Music 25 includes a license for Magix Samplitude SE.

Let’s put the features of these keyboards in a table so you can compare

Korg nanoKEY Studio

Miditech Midistart Music 25

  • 25 speed-sensitive and backlit keys
  • 8 speed-sensitive trigger pads
  • 8 rotating knobs
  • X/Y Touch-Pad (KAOSS-Series)
  • Octave button +/-
  • X/Y button
  • Pitch/Modulation Button
  • Scene button
  • Scale guide function
  • Simple step recording
  • Built-in Arpeggiator
  • Connection via USB or Bluetooth / Wireless
  • Powered by USB bus or AAA batteries
  • Includes KORG Legacy Collection M1 Le software synthesizer and USB cable
  • Dimensions: 278 x 160 x 33mm (width x depth x height)
  • Weight: 471g
  • 25 large keys with sensitivity
  • Joystick for Pitchbend and Modulation
  • Octave buttons +/-
  • MIDI output
  • USB port
  • Includes USB cable
  • Magix Samplitude SE
  • Size: 380 x 80 x 240 mm
  • Weight: 2.3 Kg

And here’s a video of the Miditech Midistart Music 25 keyboard

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Miditech Midistart Music 25 review.

Korg nanoKEY Studio vs M-Audio Keystation 88 MkII

The Korg nanoKEY Studio MIDI Keyboard is priced at €119/£109/$121 while the M-Audio Keystation 88 MkII is priced at €205/£177/$203, with a small difference of £27 between them. Let’s move on to this interesting face-to-face:

  • The Korg nanoKEY Studio offers 25 speed-sensitive, backlit keys. The M-Audio Keystation 88 MKII offers 88 full-size speed-sensitive keys.
  • The Korg offers 8 speed-sensitive trigger pads, 8 rotary knobs, an X/Y Touch-Pad (KAOSS-Series), also, octave +/- button, X/Y button, Pitch/Modulation button, sustain button and arpeggiator button. And the M-Audio Keystation 88 MKII offers transport controls (rec, play, pause, stop), pitch bend and modulation wheels, octave up/down, and an assignable fader.
  • Both are USB-powered, and therefore have a USB connection. The Korg nanoKEY Studio has a Bluetooth-MIDI connection. And the M-Audio Keystation 88 MKII has a built-in MIDI output, 2 pedal inputs (sustain and expression) and an external power input (not included)
  • The Korg nanoKEY Studio also includes the KORG Legacy Collection M1 Le software plug-in. And the M-Audio Keystation 88 MkII includes a license for Ableton Live Lite and a SONiVOX Eighty-Eight Ensemble plug-in, a virtual piano instrument that captures a 9-foot Steinway CD327 piano.

Let’s put the features of these keyboards in a table so you can compare

Korg nanoKEY Studio

M-Audio Keystation 88 MkII

  • 25 speed-sensitive and backlit keys
  • 8 speed-sensitive trigger pads
  • 8 rotating knobs
  • X/Y Touch-Pad (KAOSS-Series)
  • Octave button +/-
  • X/Y button
  • Pitch/Modulation Button
  • Scene button
  • Scale guide function
  • Simple step recording
  • Built-in Arpeggiator
  • Connection via USB or Bluetooth / Wireless
  • Powered by USB bus or AAA batteries
  • Includes KORG Legacy Collection M1 Le software synthesizer and USB cable
  • Dimensions: 278 x 160 x 33mm (width x depth x height)
  • Weight: 471g
  • 88 speed-sensitive full-size keys
  • USB MIDI connection for playing virtual instruments, controlling recording software and more
  • Transport and directional buttons to operate with DAWs and software
  • Pitch Bend, Modulation and Octave Controls
  • USB powered
  • Supports Plug-and-Play connectivity with Mac and PC
  • Lightweight design
  • IOS support using the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately)
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite, a powerful software sequencer for music creation and live performance
  • Includes the SONiVOX Eighty-Eight Ensemble plug-in, a virtual piano instrument that captures a 9-foot Steinway CD327
  • USB port
  • 1 MIDI port
  • 6.3mm Expression Pedal Jack
  • Jack for 6.3mm sustain pedal
  • Operates via USB or optional power supply
  • Approximate dimensions: 1346 x 240 x 100mm
  • Weight: 7,30Kg approx.

In this last comparison we have two very different MIDI controllers, on the one hand a compact controller and with moderate control functions, we are talking about the Korg nanoKEY Studio, which we have already analyzed. And on the other hand a wider and more extensive keyboard, with few control functions, the M-Audio Keystation 88 MKII that offers 88 sensitive keys, transport controls (rec, play, pause, stop), pitch bend and modulation wheels, up/down octave and an assignable fader.

If you need a controller that can be used wirelessly and has moderate control functions, including an XY pad control, the Korg is for you. Otherwise, if you need an 88-key keyboard where you have a wider and faster register, the M-Audio Keystation 88 MKII is for you.

Here’s a video of the M-Audio Keystation 88 MkII keyboard

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the M-Audio Keystation 88 MkII review.

What is the best of these MIDI keyboards if I am a beginner on a budget?

While the answer to this question lies mostly in what specific need you have, for example, if you want to have a keyboard with the widest range of notes possible, or if you want to have as many control functions as possible, or perhaps a mix between the two, that is without leaving behind the different connections and software licenses that most MIDI controllers offer, we will give an objective opinion according to our experience in music production and thus also with the price demanded by the controllers, a kind of value for money.

In this post, we have cheap MIDI controllers and the one that stands out here is precisely the Korg nanoKEY Studio that offers 25 keys, pads and knobs, both assignable. Also a Touch-Pad X/Y (KAOSS-Series), the same ones found in the Kaossilator, which are touch synthesizers. It also has an integrated step recorder. It has a Bluetooth-MIDI connection and includes a synthesizer license. Excellent MIDI controller, if you can acquire it.

Where to buy the Korg nanoKEY Studio keyboard

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