Why is it innovative?
From Korg’s grand unveiling last summer via MusicRadar’s exclusive first look and full, in-depth reviews, right up until Akai’s ‘nano-inspired’ mini MIDI controllers one year on, it’s fair to say that the nanoSeries’ arrival got - and kept - the music-making industry talking.
The small size and streamlined design of each controller screams “why didn’t anyone do this before?!” - and it’s this pocket-sized, pack-up-and-play approach that’s made the nanoSeries such a hit with computer (particularly laptop-based) musicians. Congratulations, Korg!
“The nanoKontrol may well be the smallest mixing device ever created: it offers surprisingly good sensitivity and an impressive, functionality-enhancing Kontrol Editor. The nanoPad’s Flam and Roll buttons and X-Y pad are also worthy additions to the list of highlights and, while the nanoKey slightly disappoints, all three members of the nanoSeries family are super-portable and ridiculously affordable.” (Read the full Korg nanoKontrol, nanoKey and nanoPad reviews)
“Korg nanoPads should win this.” (Thanks, spoonking)
"+1 for Korg nanos." (Thanks, Phil)
"The nanoSeries will probably win this because they are small and pretty cool looking." (From Ben via email, thanks)
Speaking to MusicRadar, Korg's Managing Director, Rob Castle, was suitably chuffed: "The Nanos have been a great success and we are particularly proud of the Best New Product award as it was voted for by members of the public." He means you, people! (Read the full list of 2009 MIA Award winners)