A laptop keyboard as an input surface only takes one so far. Sure, it can be a great conversation starter, but if you’re trying to actually work… maybe not. One octave and no touch sensitivity can get old quickly. Enter the Korg NanoKey. Some friends gave me one for Christmas, and, in the words of Jack Black, it’s totally awesome. If only I had this on my last transatlantic… Touch sensitive keys, octave switching, pitch bend and programmable mod control; nice. The pitch bend is pre-set; press the pitch button and the Nano transmits a positive pitch bend message. It’s crude at best but the pitch sweep is set to a pleasing rate- it gives a slightly different effect than a normal pitch bend. It’s cheap, and it’s novel, but it stays in my backpack and gets used. If only they had given me the black version…

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