The diminutive controllers are able to connect over Bluetooth.
Korg has announced two wireless additions to its diminutive “nano” line of MIDI controllers: the nanoKEY Studio and nanoKONTROL Studio.
Both devices take a similar form as the company’s older nanoKEY2 and nanoKONTROL2 controllers, but add extra features including pads, knobs, sliders and the ability to connect over Bluetooth.
The nanoKEY Studio is a portable MIDI keyboard with 25 backlit keys, assignable knobs, trigger pads and touch pad taken from Korg’s Kaoss series. The keyboard has “smart” performance modes like “Easy Scale” for creating phrases with single keys, while the touch pad can control the device’s built-in arpeggiator.
The nanoKONTROL Studio is a compact mixer touted by Korg as a controller suitable for both producing tracks and controlling DJ software. It’s not quite as much of a departure as the new nanoKEY Studio, but it does have significantly more controls than its predecessors.
As well as being compatible with desktop and mobile devices, both are able to make use of Korg’s editor software to easily assign MIDI functions. According to Music Radar they’ll cost just £130 each, and will be released in April (nanoKONTROL) and May (nanoKEY) – watch them in action below.
The new controllers aren’t the only affordable gear Korg has announced this week. Yesterday (January 14), the company launched the Minilogue synth.