Korg K61 review

A keyboard that goes wherever you go, but would you want it to?

  • £139
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Our Verdict

A nice idea, but the execution is a long way off.

Pros

  • It's a roll up keyboard.

Cons

  • Key sensitivity is truly awful. Sound is poor.

We did a double-take when we saw these roll-up keyboards at a trade show: could they possibly work?

Well, now we've tested one and the answer has to be: just about… but not very well. There are three version available and we tested the flagship 61-note version.

Unfortunately, its limitations are exposed the minute you turn it on. We can deal with the poor built-in sounds - it's the massively insensitive keyboard that we can't handle.

Even forming chords properly was difficult. We really wanted the K-61 to be good. However, although it's innovative and portable, it's practically unplayable.

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Tech Specs

OS RequirementsApple Mac OS X 10.3 or later Microsoft Windows XP
Power SupplyMains USB
DescriptionThe sophisticated, stylish, and compact Korg K-series controllers are now joined by a new model containing built-in piano sounds. Announcing the K61P USB-MIDI controller, delivering the high-quality grand piano sounds you expect from Korg.
Weight (kg)2.9
Ram Required (MB)256
Height (mm)69
Number of Keys61
MIDI in/outtrue
Length (mm)982
Bundled SoftwareM! LE Synth and M1 Music Workstation.
Available InputsFootswitch input Input Jack
Depth (mm)221