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[Help] Korg NanoKey Studio Scale and Key

Hello all,
I was hoping someone with a Korg NanoKey Studio could help me out.

I really like the Scale Guide feature, but I have noticed that all the backlit keys stay on/start from the “C” position, even if I change the musical key. This is OK from a usability stand point, but isn’t helping me learn the actual position of the keys in the key and scale.

Is there anyway to have the backlit keys highlight the actual keys as they relate to the musical key and scale or are the stuck on C?

Thanks for any help.

Comments

  • Following: I’ve wondered this myself one of the reasons I bought it was to help learn those as well.

  • wimwim
    edited January 2018

    I agree that would be ideal, but unfortunately there is not a way to do that. It’s especially confusing if you change the key. Theres no way to easily know that you’ve transposed to F# minor when you play always C as the root note.

  • While in key/scale mode, hold shift and use the +/- keys to go up and down from middle C. The lights on the keys will tell you what the new root note is.

  • @thatguysmitty beat me to it, thats how you do it.

  • wimwim
    edited January 2018

    @thatguysmitty said:
    While in key/scale mode, hold shift and use the +/- keys to go up and down from middle C. The lights on the keys will tell you what the new root note is.

    Sure, that's great for when you make the change, but you also need to remember where you were. Some of us are challenged in the remembering department. ;)

    The real point though is the OP is right, it would be nice if there was a mode that would light up the proper keys (and maybe disable the out of scale keys). I would much prefer to have an aid to playing "properly" sometimes than just always hitting the white (black in this case) keys.

  • Haha, I don't know if there is an app for memory (yet!)

  • There is, but I forgot the name of it.

  • @thatguysmitty said:
    While in key/scale mode, hold shift and use the +/- keys to go up and down from middle C. The lights on the keys will tell you what the new root note is.

    Thanks for that. I just tested it, but I think it is the same behaviour as I described in my original post. When I hit the scale guide button it defaults to Major Scale in C. All the black keys are back lit to show these are the keys that match that scale. If I then use the Shift / Tap button and the Octave buttons to shift the Key to Bb (two steps back from C) the only keys that are back lit are still the black keys that correspond to the C Major scale. However, the "C" key now actually plays a Bb note.

    Is that what you get @thatguysmitty or am I doing something wrong/different?

    I guess the solution would be to keep everything in a C scale? The Dorian C scale has all the notes I need in the correct position, and it teaches me more about how other scales relate to C. Win Win :)

  • Has someone cracked the riddle by now?
    Somehow this transpose thing does not work here as well.
    I am setting the scale (lets say Ionian) and transpose this to D. The Nanokey is lighting up still only the white keys (on the nanokey they are black unfortunately). As @DYMS is writing it’s playing the transposed notes but the keys are staying c major scale. I thought about learning the right keys as well. ;)

    I am sure I am missing something... but what?

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