Korg nanoSeries voted Best New Product at MIA Awards 2009

From left to right: MusicRadar's Editor-In-Chief Mike Goldsmith, MIA President Jon Gold and Korg Managing Director Rob Castle
From left to right: MusicRadar's Editor-In-Chief Mike Goldsmith, MIA President Jon Gold and Korg Managing Director Rob Castle (Image credit: James Cumpsty)

On Wednesday (7 October) 30 shiny, glass MIA awards were handed out to the people, products and companies who've excelled themselves over the past year in the music instrument industry.

Gear wise, 2009's ceremony paid tribute to the likes of the Squier Classic Vibe '60s Strat, Fender Road Worn Series, Martin 1 Series, Tama Starclassic Performer, Akai APC40 and M-Audio Axiom Keyboard. However, it was the Best New Product category that MusicRadar was most excited about. Why? Because we sponsored it!

Following Ask MusicRadar's question - what's the best new music-making product of 2009? - you chose a shortlist of the nine most innovative pieces of kit we'd seen this year. Then, with an impressive 28% of the public vote, we had a winner: Korg's nanoSeries (nanoPad, nanoKontrol and nanoKey).

Korg nanoseries nanopad

Korg nanoseries nanopad

The nanoPad: one of the victorious trio

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!

Full list of winners after the jump.

2009 MIA Award Winners


Best New Product (sponsored by MusicRadar)
Korg nanoSeries - Korg UK Ltd

Best Computer Music Product (sponsored by Computer Music)
Akai APC40 - Numark Alesis Europe Ltd

Home Studio Product of the Year (sponsored by Future Music)
M-Audio Axiom Keyboard - Avid

Best Acoustic Guitar (sponsored by Guitar Techniques)
Martin 1 Series - Westside Distribution

Best Electric Guitar under £600 (sponsored by Total Guitar)
Squier Classic Vibe Stratocaster '60s - Fender GBI

Best Electric Guitar over £600 (sponsored by Guitarist)
Fender Road Worn Series - Fender GBI

Best Percussion Product (sponsored by Rhythm)
Tama Starclassic Performer Bubinga/Birch Kit - Headstock


Best Amplifier (sponsored by Classic Rock)
Marshall JVM410 - Marshall Amplification plc

Best Metal Guitar (sponsored by Metal Hammer)
Ibanez S320 - Headstock Distribution

Next page: award winners continued


Best Export Innovation (sponsored by Musikmesse Frankfurt)
World Rhythm Percussion

Rob Williams Business Enterprise Award (sponsored by NAMM)
Nevada Music

Industry Achievement Award
Denzil Jacobs

Classical (sponsored by Classic fm)

Best Brasswind
YAS275E Saxophone - Yamaha Music UK Ltd

Best Woodwind
Jupiter 511ESSC Flute - Korg UK Ltd

Best Classical Publication
The ABRSM Songbook (Ross Campbell, Robert Forbes and Lilija Zobens) - ABRSM Publishing Ltd

Contribution to the Piano Industry
Brian Kemble MBE

Contribution to Music Education
Howard Goodall

Lifetime Achievement Award
Andrew Kemble

Music Publishing

Innovation in Printed Music Publishing
Notecrackers - Music Sales Ltd

Best Education Publication
Stringpops Series (Arr. Peter Wilson) - Faber Music

Best Pop Publication
Really Easy Piano - 50 Great Songs - Music Sales Ltd

Retailers' Award for Distinction in Printed Music Publishing
Johnny Brading - Music Sales Ltd


Printed Music Publisher of the Year
Faber Music

Best Supplier (medium) (sponsored by Moneyway)
Barnes and Mullins Ltd

Best Supplier (large)
Roland (UK) Ltd

Tom Porter worked on MusicRadar from its mid-2007 launch date to 2011, covering a range of music and music making topics, across features, gear news, reviews, interviews and more. A regular NAMM-goer back in the day, Tom now resides permanently in Los Angeles, where he's doing rather well at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB).