Korg nanoKONTROL Studio


MIDI Controller for Mobile devices and Computers

  • Connection via USB or Bluetooth / Wireless
  • 32 (8x4) backlit buttons Mute, Solo, Rec, Select
  • 8 Definable controllers
  • 8 Definable faders
  • Jogwheel
  • Backlit transport buttons
  • Powered by USB bus or 2x AA batteries
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 278 x 160 x 33 mm
  • Weight: 459 g
  • System requirements: Windows 8.1-10 (32 or 64 bit), Mac with OS X10.10 Yosemite or later, iOS8 or later, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Incl. KORG Legacy Collection M1 Le Software Synth and USB cable
Available since June 2016
Item number 379595
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Bluetooth Yes
5-pole DIN MIDI No
Ethernet No
Fader 8
Rotary Encoders 8
Audio I/O No
Transport Function Yes
Footswitch connection No
Foot Controller Connection No
Bus-Powered Yes
Jog Yes
Joystick No
Additional Features USB connector, usable with batteries
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50 Reviews

Fine controller (with some DIY work)
busy_b 13.02.2020
According to pictures it promised to be nice controller and so it is in reality. It has everything to get familiar with controller use and you don't need to pay much for it. Sliders, rotating knobs are moving light (not too light), everything is made of plastics, but solid.
Included microUSB type B cord with length of mere 80 cm is suitable for connection with nearby laptop at best, not with computer placed by your feet. I agree with other reviewers its connection to controller is of flimsy design - instead of sticking out into space exposed to any harm the small connector should be sunk in some groove of back cover, thus be protected from accidental side blow.
So the first thing for me was to build stronger platform which will hold both controller and connector without the possibility of bending/breaking in contact site. I used plastic board some 5 cm larger on the side of USB input and with the help of double-sided tape I fastened down both controller and connector, the latter I tightly clamp from all sides with small pieces of plastics and tape. The idea is to transpose any harmful force (don't forget the pull) from connector to supporting board.
I'm using Sonar X2 and I was quite uncertain, if nanoKontrol would work with it. As far I can tell, it does – when the controller is implemented into MIDI Devices and Control Surfaces then various soft-synths (based on Play, Engine, Kontakt) respond to the movements of knobs and sliders without doing any setup. Well, some more fully, some less – why it is, I have to find out, I'm new to this topics yet.


Caution if using with Reaper
Nänad 04.01.2021
In principle, hardware is well made, although the cable could've been longer.

However, device seems not to be Reaper Friendly....

- the installation is not really as straight forward as one might hope for. At the end I finally got it to work, but I needed a good couple of hours to figure out everything. And even then it worked barely and non 100 % reliably. For example, after starting the Reaper, there was somewhat of a 50/50 chance that the nanoKONTROL would actually work. Also, not sure if it was a must, but it seemed not to be able to work without the KORG KONTROL Editor running in the background.

- after finally getting it to "work" I have experienced a couple of sudden crashes, that are tbh totally for Reaper. Then, on a few occasions, I had to restart the computer because the Reaper would freeze in NOT RESPONDING mode and wouldn't run. The issue was resolved when I "forgot" the nanoKONTROL Studio in the "MIDI devices" and deleted it from "Control Surfaces".

Final verdict
hardware good, buy a longer cable;
radom DAW + nanoKONTROL = maybe;
Reaper + nanoKONTROL = expect problems (Not Responding)


Warning, GarageBand and Logic users take note!
PirateNick 24.01.2020
I have returned the controller as it will not work with my version of GarageBand. Thomann are very good and I have returned it and now waiting for my refund.
I have copied and pasted this from the Korg Site. Jan 18th 2020.
A serious problem has been confirmed with the compatibility of GarageBand 10.3.3 and Logic Pro X 10.4.5 or later. If you are using the nanoKONTROL Studio Control Surface plug-in for GarageBand / Logic, please refrain from updating to GarageBand 10.3.3 or Logic Pro X 10.4.5 or later while we work on a solution.


No Mac wireless support until April 2021 release
Markkuvaan 14.12.2020
Find the comment "nanoKONTROL Studio Control Surface plug-in does not support wireless connection now. We are planning to support it by new system firmware in April." at return the product for now.


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