Is there a better alternative to the Korg Nano Kontrol?

Discussion in 'Mixing, Post-Production, and Effects' started by midiman, Feb 22, 2019.

  1. midiman

    midiman Active Member

    May 30, 2010
    Los Angeles
    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.
  2. anp27

    anp27 Active Member

    Jul 13, 2014
    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.
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  3. R. Soul

    R. Soul Senior Member

    Jan 7, 2006
    London, UK
    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.
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  4. N.Caffrey

    N.Caffrey Senior Member

    Mar 15, 2016
    I was looking into nano kontrol 2 yesterday. Will they ever release a 3rd version?
  5. Shredoverdrive

    Shredoverdrive Active Member

    Feb 7, 2018
    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.
  6. Alex Fraser

    Alex Fraser Senior Member

    Jun 21, 2017
    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.
  7. Akarin


    Jan 14, 2018
    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.
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  8. Vonk

    Vonk Member

    Nov 17, 2018
    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.
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  9. Akarin


    Jan 14, 2018
    Same! I have it both on phone and iPad. With a 3rd page for resetting CCs to 0, 64, 127 :)
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  10. storyteller

    storyteller Senior Member

    Dec 26, 2015
    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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  11. OP

    midiman Active Member

    May 30, 2010
    Los Angeles
    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...
  12. Solarsentinel

    Solarsentinel Member

    Nov 19, 2018
    Perhaps a good alternative but what a cost !!!
  13. Hywel

    Hywel Finally... an SSD for samples!

    Aug 1, 2015
    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).
  14. Grégory Betton

    Grégory Betton Member

    Mar 22, 2018
    I’m personally using the faderfox UC4. A bit more pricey, but tiny, solid and compact.
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  15. Grégory Betton

    Grégory Betton Member

    Mar 22, 2018
    And now there's this one too:

    400 EUR VAT excluded, so perhaps out of your budget, but might interesting for other folks around here.
  16. Michael Antrum

    Michael Antrum Only the good die young....

    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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  17. Mikael Adle

    Mikael Adle Senior Member

    Nov 21, 2006
    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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