Korg Nano Midi Controller

We just picked up a Korg Nano Midi Controller on Amazon for around $35, and I (Matt) am excited about getting it and utilizing it for beat creation, and especially the x/y touch pad. I hope to create a video that shows my newbie exploration of this, I’ve used x/y control pads emulated by knobs and sliders, as well as using TouchOSC on the iPhone for a true touch interface for Ableton Live, but I thought for the price, this would be a good investment especially since it can serve multiple purposes for arming tracks, starting loops, assigning samples to the pads and drumming. Here’s one of the videos I found that demonstrates someone who knows how to drum using pads. Enjoy!


Start Somewhere

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Keyboard Setup – My Gear and Software List

Here’s my setup for my Key Rig when I play in eFritts and Lighthouse Collective and in other bands and projects.

My Key Rig setup at The Fillmore in Detroit, MI

I realize there is much newer technology, and better keyboards out there, but this is what i use until my next upgrade. You’ll notice I have different ways of setting up my equipment than others. If you have any suggestions, feel free to comment.

List of Equipment:

  • Yamaha S90 Keyboard/Synthesizer
  • M-Audio MK-449c Midi Controller
  • Dual-Tier Keyboard Stand
  • Macbook (I have an older black macbook, I would recommend getting a newer macbook pro or similar)
  • iMac i7 (for home recording)
  • iPhone 4 (I’ll post later what I use it for)
  • Korg Nano PAD
  • Roland V-Drums TD-6 with midi-usb cord
  • Klipsch S4i in-ear headphones
  • M-Audio MobilePRE USB Interface
  • 1/4″ Patch Cord from MobilePRE to S90



Software / Midi Instruments:

Note: Some for live playing, some for recording, some for fun, some still yet to be explored.

I used to have cakewalk’s Project 5 v2.5 when I used a PC, it was extremely easy to setup, but it was discontinued and doesn’t work natively on a Mac.  I use it at home using Parallels on the iMac, but it’s too much for my macbook in a live setting, when I want to use Ableton and all the plugins.

Equipment and Deals:

M-Audio Keyboards


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