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Nektar IMPACT LX25+ MIDI Controller
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- Premium midi controller with 25 expressive synth-action keys, on-board pitch bend and modulation wheels for performances
- 8 Hyper-Sensitive backlit pads
- Mac, PC and iOS compatible
- Software instruments automatically mapped to controls
- Includes Bitwig 8-Track DAW
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The Impact LX25+ MIDI controller is compact and portable yet jam-packed with intelligent and expressive performance control. Ever wanted a controller that hooks up automatically to your DAW? Impact LX25+ does exactly that. Nektar DAW Integration custom designed for Bigwig, Cubase, Digital Performer, FL Studio, GarageBand, Logic, Nuendo, Reaper, Reason, Sonar and Studio One takes Impact LX25+ way beyond functionality normally offered by a USB MIDI controller keyboard. With Impact LX25+ the hard work is done, so you can focus on your creativity. The 25 note velocity sensitive keyboard is a synth action, full-size, piano-style keys with a medium tension. A 30mm fader and 8 pots are at the center of the Impact LX25+ control panel. Each control is fully programmable to send any MIDI CC message for use with hardware or software MIDI products. For groove and beat creation, Impact LX25+'s 8 velocity sensitive pads. Calibrated to trigger at a light touch, finger drumming is suddenly well within reach with a nice and even velocity response. The best part is the "Pad Learn“ feature, which allows you to just select a pad, play the note or drum sound you want on the keyboard and assignment is done. The 4 color LED illumination indicates which pad map is currently loaded and can even tell you which type of MIDI message each pad sends. With Nektar DAW Integration, the pads are automatically mapped in for example Reason and Bigwig.. The two Clips and Scenes buttons are used in Bigwig to trigger...., Clips and Scenes. In Reason, a clever control of Reason's location points create a similar experience with scenes triggering of any Reason song. The 6 dedicated transport buttons are always within reach and mapped to control Cycle, Rewind, Forward, Stop, Play and Record. Press Shift to get access to alternate functions such as Got L, Set L, Set R, Undo, Click and Mode. Dedicated Track up/down and Patch up/down buttons are located below the display.
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- it had full-sized keys
- it integrates rather seamlessly with most DAWs (I mainly use GarageBand--told you, I'm not a professional--but have toyed around with Cubase and Bitwig)
- it can be powered by an iPad with the appropriate Lightning to USB adapter
I also considered the Novation Launchkey 25, but it was bigger and more expensive.
I mainly bought it around to "doodle" on, but also to do note entry in Finale. It works well for all of these, and due to it's relatively small size, I can pretty much bring it anywhere. It easily connects to both my iPad and my Mac, with little to no configuration required.
The only cons I have experienced are minor:
- it would be nice if the keys were piano weighted, but that would make it heaver, obviously
- the keys themselves are a bit wiggly, but operate well
Overall all, though, this is a great controller, and great bang for the buck.
It controls Studio One very well. Great for traveling. It fit neatly in my carryon luggage, along with my interface and Microsoft Surface Pro 3. The keys are pretty good considering almost no midi controller on the market truly has a good keybed. (No... Akai, Novation, MAudio, none of these are a good keybed. Even Novation with the Fatar keys is not good. Want proof? Play a real workstation like a Yamaha Motif, Roland Fantom, etc etc... those are good keybeds.) But I'm very happy with this purchase. I would sell off my Akai Advance 61 if I didn't like the VIP software.
The price is also a steal.
I'm new to Digital Audio Workstations (DAW), but I wanted something simple and inexpensive to make noises and record tracks using my home computer. I also needed a midi controller that comes with the DAW software. The Nektar Impact LX25+ comes with a code for a download of the Bitwig 8-Track studio software (lite version), which is sufficient for my needs.
One thing I especially like about the software is that it isn't "bloatware"; downloads are straightforward, the installation is clean, and there's no other drivers or other annoyances to download. One big shortcoming, however, is that I haven't found a quick-start guide for the complete noob. If you're new to DAWs, this can be very confusing. Configuring the software to make any noise at all can be frustrating. The manuals included with the keyboard controller aren't helpful. The on-line documentation is far better, and after some reading I started to figure it out. I'm attaching a video which may help other beginners.
As far as the controller itself, it is solid, and the keys, knobs and pads have a nice feel. The keys are full size. If I had a complaint, it's that the keys are too stiff and springy, I was really hoping for a lighter touch. But at a $100 price point I wasn't expecting a Steinway.
I haven't really begun to explore all the features of the keyboard controller and software, but so far I'm very pleased.
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