Musical inspiration has struck - and you can't wait to bust out your keyboard chops on the soft synths and pianos that were bundled with your DAW. But you don't have time or space to set up a full-size keyboard, run power, or deal with MIDI cables. Fear not: the Korg microKEY is here! Korg's series of "Micro" keyboards has proved popular with musicians who find Korg's mini-keys surprisingly playable. With the release of the microKEY, Korg puts three octaves of velocity-sensitive mini-keys right where they're most useful: as a budget-friendly USB MIDI controller for software instruments. Just over 22 inches wide, this controller fits neatly in front of your computer keyboard or laptop (not to mention in your backpack or messenger bag). The microKEY even has a built-in USB hub with two extra ports, so there's plenty of places to plug your external USB drive, iLok or mouse. It's a simple and easy way to put a keyboard on your desk - or just about anywhere.
Portability Plus Playability
There's a reason that Korg's "Micro" series boards seem to be showing up on so many pro artists' stages: serious build quality, and playability that defies their small size. Just because it weighs 2.2 pounds doesn't mean the microKEY is a toy. Rather, the microKEY has a reassuringly solid, velocity-sensitive synth-action keyboard, the same as those found on the MicroKORG XL and MicroSTATION - designed for keyboardists to comfortably play chords and glissandi despite the ultra-compact size. After all, Korg is first and foremost a keyboard manufacturer, so it stands to reason that the Korg microKEY is no glorified drum machine - it's made to be played by real keyboardists.
Easy Octave Shifting
You can't miss the Octave Up and Down buttons that light up and change color with each press, cycling through green, orange, red, and blinking red to show you what range you're playing in. You can shift the microKEY's keyboard 4 octaves up or down, to access the entire MIDI range. Right above these buttons, you'll find full-size pitch and modulation wheels with a reassuringly firm feel. Korg's free Kontrol Editor software lets you customize the range of the wheels and set the keyboard to respond to one of eight velocity curves to match your playing style.
Soft Synths Bundled In the Box
A MIDI controller is only as good as the sounds you can play through it. Luckily, the microKEY comes with licenses for several software instruments ready to plug in to your DAW, so you can start making music right away. There's M1 Le, a software limited edition of Korg's M1 workstation synth. You'll also find EzDrummer Lite, Toontrack's software drum module packed with quality drum sounds, and Lounge Lizard Session, known for expressive electric piano sounds. There's even a discount coupon for the ubiquitous Ableton Live loop-based performance software, that more and more musicians are using as a DAW.
On-board USB Hub
What if you've got more dongles and USB gear than USB ports? Sooner or later, you're going to need a USB hub for it all. That's why Korg includes a USB hub right on the side of the microKEY. Two extra hubs provide a place to plug in your USB drive, mouse, or even other USB gear like a Korg nanoPAD. With all this versatility, plus the bundled software instruments, why not add a microKEY to your setup and see how playable Korg's mini-keys really are?
- Thin, light, USB-powered MIDI keyboard
- Korg Natural Touch keyboard with 37 comfortable, velocity-sensitive mini-keys
- Octave Shift buttons and Transpose feature let you access the full MIDI note range
- Full-size Pitch Bend and Modulation wheels
- Two USB ports - use the microKEY as a USB hub in your home studio
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