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My review of Korg Microkey Virtual Instrument Plugins
Old 11th September 2011
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My review of Korg Microkey

I bought a Korg Microkey controller last week and here's my thoughts on it.

I needed a smaller, portable midi controller for convenience and for those times when I don't feel like turning on my entire midi studio just to mess around with a quick idea.

I'm used to playing on large sized keys for my entire life and some people might not like the mini keys on the Korg, but I find that the Microkey has a nice feel to the keys, even if they're mini sized. The Microkey also functions as a 2 port USB hub.

I have a 61 Key fullsize M-audio controller and that's complete garbage compared to the Microkey, in terms of playability, feel and quality. The pitch wheel, the mod wheel and the keys feel much better on the Korg than on the much larger M-audio controller. I was also able to pick up the entire Korg Legacy collection of softsynths for $99, because it's cheaper for anybody who has bought a Microkey.

In conclusion, I find the Microkey to be a pretty good and extremely cheap midi controller that has a better feel and quality to it than some other much larger controllers, such as my 61 key M-audio controller.
Old 11th September 2011
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The Microkey doesn't have a port for a pedal switch (or even a button to simulate it, like the Akai LPK25), I find that to be a serious shortcoming.
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The Microkey doesn't have a port for a pedal switch (or even a button to simulate it, like the Akai LPK25), I find that to be a serious shortcoming.
That is true. There are only 3 connections total on the Microkey, all of them USB. One USB to connect to your computer and the remaining two can be used as a hub. It receives power via USB also.

If somebody relies on a pedal when playing synths, then I certainly see your point. It wasn't an issue for me as I never use any pedals when playing, but I can see that it might be an issue for others, if they need that particular feature.

The Korg's main selling point for me was that it had 3 octaves and a decent feel, something that none of those other small controllers had. I have an older Oxygen 8 which is 2 octaves and fullsize keys, but it is such complete garbage that I haven't even bothered to touch it for many, many years.
Old 26th April 2012
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I'm really interested in the microkey. I need a keyboard I can fit in a suitcase and demo/compose on my laptop. A pint sized velocity sensitive keyboard with playability, this seems like the best option to me.
Old 26th April 2012
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I'm getting the 25 key version for iPad, seems to be the best choice in that price/size range.
Old 26th April 2012
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I've heard the microkey eats too much power for the iPad in other reviews.
Old 26th April 2012
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I've heard the microkey eats too much power for the iPad in other reviews.
Which version? The 25 key is supposedly made for ipad and isn't out yet AFAIK.
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I've heard the microkey eats too much power for the iPad in other reviews.
This is true for the 3 octave model. BTW I love my Microkey!
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