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Is there a better alternative to the Korg Nano Kontrol?

midiman

Active Member
I am wondering if there is a better alternative to the Korg Nano Kontrol. Would love to hear what people on this forum use. Thanks.
 

anp27

Active Member
I am wondering if there is a better alternative to the Korg Nano Kontrol.
Honestly I don't think you're going to get anything better than the nanoKontrol2 especially for that price point. If you're willing to spend a little bit more you could get the Akai MIDIMix. It has 2 more lanes of knobs but this makes the unit slightly bigger than the nanoKontrol2 as well. If price or form factor isn't an issue then I guess the MIDIMix is a good alternative. Personally I love my nanoKontrol2.
 

R. Soul

Senior Member
If you don't mind going the 2nd hand route, you can probably pick up a Behringer BCF-2000 for $100.
It's old but quite sturdy.
 

Shredoverdrive

Active Member
Got myself a second hand korg nanokontrol studio. The jogwheel is a nice addition. Overall, once passed the PITA configuration process, I have been very satisfied with it.
 

Alex Fraser

Senior Member
Not at the price or size. I always thought it was strange that there’s barely any crossover between the manufacturers and products. If you want the form factor, Nano is where it’s at. If you can get used to the short throw, it’s fantastic for the money.

Novation Launch Control XL is an obvious next step. Go further and there’s the new Studiologic Mixface.
 

Akarin

pragsound.com
I have a nanoKontrol and I replaced it with the TouchOSC app where I could design my own faders (with a much longer run). If you don't mind using a touchscreen, it's the most cost effective and most portable solution I found.
 

Vonk

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I have a nanoKontrol and I replaced it with the TouchOSC app where I could design my own faders (with a much longer run). If you don't mind using a touchscreen, it's the most cost effective and most portable solution I found.
That was the best way for me too. Page for faders, plus keyboard layout for keyswitching. All on a phone that fits neatly at one end of my main keyboard.
 

Akarin

pragsound.com
That was the best way for me too. Page for faders, plus keyboard layout for keyswitching. All on a phone that fits neatly at one end of my main keyboard.
Same! I have it both on phone and iPad. With a 3rd page for resetting CCs to 0, 64, 127 :)
 

storyteller

Senior Member
Another option: Behringer X-Touch Mini runs $49 and has eight infinity knobs and one 60mm fader. The fader has a longer throw than the Korg and the knobs are true infinity knobs, unlike the Korg. There is also a layer function which means with a button press, every knob and fader is mapped to an alternate CC. There are also 16 buttons. So it functions as if it has 32 buttons, 16 knobs, and 2 faders (just not simultaneously).
 
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midiman

midiman

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How about the Palette Aluminum Starter Control Surface Kit? Has anyone tried this. I saw it in a Christian Hanson video. Looks interesting to me. It has longer lanes so should be more precise. It costs about $250 to have two faders, but that's all I need. The Nano Kontrol is OK, but for me it does not provide enough detail as the faders are very small...
 
How about the Palette Aluminum Starter Control Surface Kit? Has anyone tried this. I saw it in a Christian Hanson video. Looks interesting to me. It has longer lanes so should be more precise. It costs about $250 to have two faders, but that's all I need. The Nano Kontrol is OK, but for me it does not provide enough detail as the faders are very small...
Perhaps a good alternative but what a cost !!!
 

Hywel

I'm a musical nobody...
How about the Palette Aluminum Starter Control Surface Kit? Has anyone tried this. I saw it in a Christian Hanson video. Looks interesting to me. It has longer lanes so should be more precise. It costs about $250 to have two faders, but that's all I need. The Nano Kontrol is OK, but for me it does not provide enough detail as the faders are very small...
I looked into using this system for Cubase but there isn't as yet any specific software integration for it and the software work round looked a bit complex (well for me anyway).
 

Michael Antrum

Only the good die young....
I looked into using this system for Cubase but there isn't as yet any specific software integration for it and the software work round looked a bit complex (well for me anyway).
I have a BCF 2000 for my main rig, but I bought a Palette Gear for travelling with my laptop and it's embarrassingly simple to set up. One of the easiest bits of kit ever....

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Mikael Adle

Senior Member
Keith McMillen K-board.

Edit: I read nano key 2.

Anyhow, McMillen have some interesting products for this purpose worth checking.
 
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