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Korg Nanopad - beware!

Posted: Thu Dec 25, 2008 5:03 am
by sunrahrahrah
Just a heads up, this is not a smaller Padkontrol.

The pads are smaller and feel harder. But most importantly they are just not as sensitive. I had a really hard time doing two finger stuff that was easy on the padkontrol. You have to bang it to get sound, even with different velocity curve settings. The overall feel reminds me more of the m-audio pads, although they aren't that bad - for instance they don't have the 'hit the pad in the middle' problem that the m-audio set does.

On top of that one of the pads is only firing off intermittently.

I bought this to replace the padkontrol but I'm not impressed and its going back. YMMV.

Posted: Thu Dec 25, 2008 8:55 am
by NapalmBob
On the other hand, the nanoKontrol is absolutley perfect for controlling Live's mixer, the sliders are expectedly short, but everything is smooth and all the buttons light up (and its made with a surprising amount of quality).

Highly recommended. Especially since the six transport buttons can send either MMC (mackie control) messages or MIDI CC, and each button, including the 18 little ones) can have an attack and release time set.

US$80 well spent.

Posted: Thu Dec 25, 2008 9:47 am
by Michael Hatsis
No lights either. 8O was all set to order a bunch of them and set em up monome-ie style...

Posted: Thu Dec 25, 2008 9:53 am
by Machinate
does the NanoPad have the lights going? I haven't seen any demos with lights at all?

Posted: Thu Dec 25, 2008 9:56 am
by Michael Hatsis
Machinate wrote:does the NanoPad have the lights going? I haven't seen any demos with lights at all?
No lights :cry:

Posted: Thu Dec 25, 2008 10:01 am
by Machinate
mike@TrackTeam Audio wrote:
Machinate wrote:does the NanoPad have the lights going? I haven't seen any demos with lights at all?
No lights :cry:
Bloody feck :-( Aight, NEXT! :-(

Posted: Thu Dec 25, 2008 6:17 pm
by Kodama
My gf got me one for hexmas & it's sitting right b=next to my pk.

It's an incredible value for $59, and I think the pads are better than the ones on my Axiom, which are better than the pads on the TF.

Plus there's a nice XY pad.

Overall, I think it's PFS!

8)

Posted: Thu Dec 25, 2008 6:30 pm
by Kodama
BTW - The pads are more stiff, and I think you might get better results by changing the curve with the editor. They still do have the nice square sensor feel as opposed to the circle in the middle kind.

Also, 1 feature on the PK, the XY has a 3rd CC# assignment for touch...

Posted: Fri Dec 26, 2008 1:00 pm
by Patch
These controllers CANNOT be faulted! £59! C'mon people - £59!

Posted: Fri Dec 26, 2008 4:08 pm
by stutter
I bought my pK on ebay for £60. Ebay prices make super-cheap midi controllers seems a bit rubbish. I was going to buy three until I found out there are no lights. Nevermind

Posted: Fri Dec 26, 2008 6:29 pm
by Machinate
yeh, I would have gotten 4 or something if it had lights... I guess this explains the black version ;)

I still may get just one, for live stuff.

Posted: Fri Dec 26, 2008 6:48 pm
by ava
a complete let down by korg. i purchased the nano kontrol and the lights on the buttons dont work like you would like it to with ableton. Also the buttons have no memory between bank changes too.

Funny thing is it does come with midi-in but thats only used to program the thing. Think they cut a corner before release. Shame really because i was set on buying 10 of them.

Some are saying what do you expect for the price? you can buy 2 dvd players for the same price, thats a lot of electronics!

:oops: :oops: :oops:

I went out and sold it to a shop called "cash Converters" they only gave me £10 for it lol

Posted: Fri Dec 26, 2008 8:51 pm
by NapalmBob
ava wrote:a complete let down by korg. i purchased the nano kontrol and the lights on the buttons dont work like you would like it to with ableton. Also the buttons have no memory between bank changes too.

Funny thing is it does come with midi-in but thats only used to program the thing. Think they cut a corner before release. Shame really because i was set on buying 10 of them.

Some are saying what do you expect for the price? you can buy 2 dvd players for the same price, thats a lot of electronics!

:oops: :oops: :oops:

I went out and sold it to a shop called "cash Converters" they only gave me £10 for it lol
Here in Oz Cash Converters they have to pay 1/2 retail or 2/3rds whatever they reckon they can sell it for. £10 is a ripoff.

Also, I really only use Scene 1 for mixing and Scene 2 for controlling the monster FX Rack on Send A.

Posted: Fri Dec 26, 2008 10:09 pm
by Michael Hatsis
ava wrote:a complete let down by korg. i purchased the nano kontrol and the lights on the buttons dont work like you would like it to with ableton. Also the buttons have no memory between bank changes too.

Funny thing is it does come with midi-in but thats only used to program the thing. Think they cut a corner before release. Shame really because i was set on buying 10 of them.

Some are saying what do you expect for the price? you can buy 2 dvd players for the same price, thats a lot of electronics!

:oops: :oops: :oops:
Id happily pay more to get some light feedback ala padkontrol. plan was to get a bunch and make some crazy step seqs out of em...Too bad...

Posted: Fri Dec 26, 2008 10:15 pm
by Machinate
mike, ava is talking about the nano kontrol, the one with the buttons (with lights) faders and knobs.

I think it's possible to do some really cool things with the Nano Kontrol, using it for step sequencers would be ill.