2 Replies Latest reply: May 4, 2012 1:31 PM by Boyd Ostroff
Boyd Ostroff Level 2 Level 2

I have read that the only control surface that works natively with GarageBand is the M-Audio iControl, but it has been discontinued: http://www.amazon.com/M-Audio-9900-40729-00-iControl-GarageBand-Controller/dp/B0 009MH5P2?ie=UTF8&s=musical-instruments&qid=1207431679&sr=8-2


I'm not sure that this would even be compatible with newer versions of GarageBand anyway (I am running version 6.0.4 under MacOSX 10.7.3 on a MacBook Air).


I have also read about using GarageRemote along with other control surfaces, but it appears to also be old software and I'm not sure if it's a workable solution. So, is anybody using a control surface with one of the newer versions of GarageBand? If so, what are you using and how did you set it up? I know I could upgrade to Logic Pro, but that's a little more than I want to get into at this point.


Thanks in advance!

  • Boyd Ostroff Level 2 Level 2

    Have been doing a little more research on this... it appears that the Korg nanoKONTROL2 is compatible with GarageBand if you install their control surface plug-in: http://www.korg.co.uk/support/downloads/nano2_dl.php


    Anyone using this? I also found this old thread about problems with the Korg driver: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2630372?start=0&tstart=0

  • Boyd Ostroff Level 2 Level 2

    Well I guess I need to answer my own question - do I get points for that?


    For $60 I decided to take a chance on the Korg NanoKONTROL2 and I just received it from Amazon. Downloaded/installed the KORG MIDI driver, then the GarageBand plug-in. Everything seems to work as it should with no messing around.


    It is somewhat limited, but gives full transport control and volume/pan for 8 tracks along with buttons for Solo, Mute and Record on each track.The pan knobs feel a little wobbly, but not too bad. All things considered, it looks and feels like a decent piece of hardware considering the low cost.


    Maybe this will help someone else who is getting tired of using the mouse and keyboard shortcuts to control basic Garageband functions.