Korg microKEY AIR 37 Mini-Key Bluetooth Controller

Class-compliant, Bus-powered 37-key USB/Bluetooth Keyboard Controller with Mod Wheel, Pitch Wheel, and Damper Pedal Input
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Compact Keys with Wireless Convenience

Talk about portable - when you're on the move with your Korg microKEY Air MIDI controller keyboard, you don't even need to remember to pack a USB cable! A first among the cool MIDI keyboards we've seen at Sweetwater, this Bluetooth-equipped controller can connect wirelessly to your computer or mobile device, providing you with about 30 hours of low-latency virtual instrument control with just a pair of AA batteries. Whether you run it wirelessly or connect via USB, this 37-key microKEY Air makes mobile music creation a breeze. Dedicated pitch and mod wheels, plus a sustain pedal input also come in handy. Top it off with a sweet software package including titles from Korg, UVI, AAS, Propellerhead, and Ableton, and you can't go wrong with a microKEY Air.

Korg microKEY Air 37-key MIDI Controller Keyboard Features:
  • 37 Natural Touch mini keys let you play comfortably across 3 octaves
  • Velocity-sensing keybed makes it easy to add natural expression to your performances
  • Full set of hands-on controls includes a pitch wheel, a mod wheel, and octave selection
  • Runs for about 30 hours on just 2 AA batteries or USB power for wired use
  • Connect to your computer or mobile device via low-latency Bluetooth LE
  • Core MIDI compatibility provides plug-and-play compatibility with any Mac computer or iOS mobile device
  • USB provides all the power you need, even when connected to your iPhone or iPad
  • Plug in an optional sustain pedal (not included) for damper control
  • Includes USB cable and software from Korg, UVI, AAS, Propellerhead, and Ableton
Get awesome keyboard action and total wireless freedom with a Korg microKEY Air controller keyboard!

Tech Specs

Number of Keys 37
Type of Keys Korg Natural Touch mini-keys
Other Controllers Pitchbend, Mod Wheel
Pedal Inputs 1 x 1/4" damper
USB 1 x USB Type-B
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.10 or later / iOS 8 or later / Bluetooth 4.0 (for wireless)
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 or later
Power Supply USB powered / 2 x AA batteries
Height 2.13"
Width 22.24"
Depth 5.47"
Weight 2.21 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number MKEY37AIR

Customer Reviews

3/5
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5/5

Great traveling companion for either computer or iPad

The build quality is great -- very solid feel to this unit, good contact made when depressing the keys. It can be used as bluetooth for cable-free connection, or there is a USB (type B) port which can be used for a cabled connection should that be more desirable. Having 3 complete octaves is a huge improvement for entering music for notation software (which is what I use it for mostly) compared to 2-octave units where I find I'm constantly switching octaves. This is rugged enough that it could be used in live performance situations although the small keys which make it great for travel might be hard to work with in performance for people used to full size keys. The mod wheel and pitch-bend work wonderfully, and there is also a sustain-pedal connector. This is an ideal keyboard for my needs, and for the features that are included for the price, it's a great bargain!
Music background: Performer, teacher, composer/arranger, conductor
3.5/5

A little for a lot!

I've written many reviews on the equipment I've purchased from Sweetwater. Almost all get "5 stars, blown away, by it!" reviews. This one, gotta say it has some great and some ok, and some, 'what its missing and thumbs down for the software". So what is great is this thing is extremely portable and the Bluetooth work's great! The battery life for 2 AA batteries is absolutely remarkable. I've owned this item for two weeks and still using the same batteries I first installed. KORG says 30 hours of battery life, I think it's actually more than that. What the items are badly missing is preset up and down buttons and a volume fader. It could also use maybe three rotary controller knobs on it that can be assigned to any cc number required by the synthesizer you are controlling on your iPad/iPhone. There is room for these to be included and what gets me is KORG included a foot switch plug on it which is awesome, and the last "gift" item I would have expected on something so tiny, portable and light. The software is pathetic for anyone who is a pro keyboard artist, performer, composer. They give you "Le" versions of DAWs and software you most likely already own as full versions, like Cubase Pro 8, Live Studio, and the KORG Module Le is free to anyone who wants the app.I already own the M1 app, so there was nothing provided to me as an "extra bonus". software wise. If you are a beginner with no professional DAWs, this would work for you because it let's you in the door to purchase Cross Grades or updates to get to the higher versions of these software titles. Be careful. I try to get every penny out of everything I buy, so be careful, because all I received from logging in and downloading one synth VST, was a stripped ILok, that fortunately I was able to restore, but it was scary! The piece looks and feels like it should be no more than $40.00. The price of $120 is way overboard, but as a player and purchaser of synths for over forty two years, I have alway's said the two highest over priced manufacturers are KORG and Moog, although I started with an $1200 Minimoog back in 1973,and now own a Kronos88, so that make's this easy to wrap up. Sometimes you pay more for the equipment on the cutting edge of technology. Certainly my Minimoog and Kronos qualify as state of the art and when all you have to do is flip the switch 'on" to play real keys and use your entire iPad or iPhone for programming, instead of using the fake keys on those IOS devices is a real nice thing to have. The real key to whether you should buy something or not us how much are you going to use it. I am using this Bluetooth tiny keyboard all the time. I never leave the studio without it and for that, I say, buy it, even though it's missing the items I mentioned above. I am positive the new release next year will have at least the preset up/down buttons and most likely volume as well. They do provide a mod wheel and pitch wheel as well as the keyboard pedal on this model. I use the pitch and mod wheels all the time, but not the keyboard pedal input because I'm using this when I am lying in bed, or in a car. I like the 37 key version and I like the mini keys feel. KORG has always provided quality on every item I have ever purchased from them. So if you got the money, go for it. You will enjoy the wireless playing ability more than you probably think!
Music background: Professional composer Producer, Musician for over 40 years
1/5

No Support/Connection For Windows 10?

It sounds ideal for me, wireless, low latency and skinny (can easily sit on my dektop with my computer keyboard). But after a week of trying to connect it to Windows 10 via bluetooth AND USB, it just won't connect. I assume the other reviewers have Macs. Sweetwater tech support has been in contact with Korg for me but they haven't heard anything back which makes me think this device has a serious WIndows connection problem. Even the included instructions suggest this was first designed for Macs as there is little mention of Windows and it looks like the Windows driver on Korg's site was just posted. I hate being their guinea-pig and will have to return it until they assure me it works with Windows 10.
See also: Controller Keyboards, Korg, Korg iPad/iPhone Keyboard Controllers, Korg MIDI Controllers