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Nektar Impact LX49+ Keyboard Controller
- Premium midi controller with 49 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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Impact LX49+ MIDI Controller
Impact LX49+ MIDI Controller
With Nektar DAW Integration
The Impact LX49+ is a new breed of MIDI controllers delivering both generic MIDI control that works with any computer music application as well as comprehensive smart controller functionality.
The best of both worlds means unrivaled control, features and options that makes it fun to create music and easy to set up.
- 49 note full-size, velocity sensitive keyboard
- Connect via USB to Windows, OSX, Linux or iOS computers
- Foot switch sustain socket (1/4" jack)
- Works with all MIDI music applications
- Smart controller with Nektar DAW Integration for most popular DAWs
- 49 note velocity censitive, full-size keyboard
- 4 velocity curves (from hard to soft)
- 3 fixed velocity curves
- Pitchbend & Modulation wheels
- Dedicated Octave & Transpose buttons - can also control Global MIDI channel, Program and Preset select
With its 49 note, full-size velocity sensitive keyboard you are ready to make music in seconds. Plug in the included MIDI cable and your operating system, whether Windows, OSX or iOS, automatically installs the driver. You can choose between 4 velocity curves that cater for different playing styles including a soft and hard touch. Dynamic and expressive, its calibrated for all styles of music.
Octave & Transpose Buttons
Dedicated buttons for Octave makes it easy to reach the low and the high notes beyond the keyboards 61 note physical reach.
The Transpose buttons equally allow you to shift the key you are playing in for quick transpositions when needed. Better still, both set of buttons can be assigned to control additional functions such as Global MIDI channel, Program and Preset select.
Nektar DAW Integration
About Nektar DAW Integration
Nektar DAW Integration is powerful pre-configured setups for popular DAWs. Supported DAWs include Bitwig, Cubase, Digital Performer, FL Studio, GarageBand, Logic Nuendo, Reason, Reaper, Sonar and Studio One. Here is how it works.
Transport & Navigation.
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 Goto L, Set L, Set R, Undo, Click and Mode.
Dedicated Track up/down and Patch up/down buttons are located below the display.
Press mixer and the first 8 Impact LX+ faders are assigned to control 8 channels of your DAWs mixer. The alternate Bank up/down function moves control assignments to the next or previous group of 8 channels. The 9th fader is assigned to the currently selected channel so you always know where to find it.
The buttons under the faders follow the channel assignment of their corresponding fader and can control Mute or Solo. Pan for the group of 8 channels controlled by the faders is handled by the 8 pots. Fader 9 is used for control volume of the current mixer channel as well as master volume.
To help you get the best out of your screen real estate, Impact LX also has shortcuts for opening and closing your DAWs mixer window so you can see what's going on.
The Instrument button assigns all controls to instrument parameters once an instrument track is selected in your DAW. Nektar mapping ensures this is done automatically, so you can start tweaking immediately. Better still, many devices and plugins are pre-mapped to match the blue control labels on the Impact LX61+.
The Page Button.
With Nektar DAW Integration, a page button allows you to switch between Default settings and User settings with LEDs clearly indicating which page is active. Each page changes assignments of the 8 pots, leaving the User page for example for your own assignments. Many pre-mapped plugins take advantage of the two pages. So you could use it for immediate access to both, oscillator 1 and oscillator 2 parameters from the pots, switching between oscillators using the Page button.
In addition, a typical control layout places amp and filter ADSR envelopes on the faders for instant access regardless of whether the Default or User page is selected.
Impact LX61+ feature 26 real-time controls that can be programmed to send unique MIDI messages. Each setup can be saved to any of 5 user presets for recall at any time.
Used with Nektar DAW integration the control options increase manifold. Using dedicated setups for mixer and instrument control, you’ll be able to switch seamlessly between the 5 user presets and Nektar DAW Integration.
- 9 30mm faders
- 9 MIDI buttons
- 8 pots
- 5 user presets
- 10 global MIDI buttons
The 8 pads are great to play. Dynamic and sensitive they are ideally for finger drumming and the kind of percussive playing that’s difficult on a keyboard. Using Impact’s unique “Pad Learn” function it’s quick and easy to assign the sounds or MIDI notes to the pads you want. With Pad Learn active, just hit a pad to select, and press a key on the keyboard to assign the MIDI note. Done!
Setups can be stored in 4 Pad Maps for recall at any time. The 4-color illumination visually indicate which pad map is active at any time. The pads take on a whole new life with Nektar DAW integration and features that take advantage of the pads ability to change color and show status.
The Impact LX49+ USB MIDI controllers are jam-packed with intelligent and expressive performance control not even available on many premium products. Custom designed for Bit wig, Cubase, Digital Performer, FL Studio, Garage Band, Logic, Nuendo, Reaper, Reason, Sonar and Studio One. The 49 note velocity sensitive keyboard is a synth action with a medium tension. The full-size, piano-style keys are covered to protect against dirt and dust while also complementing the Impact LX design. With 4 velocity curves gradually increasing in dynamics there is choice for any playing style. If you don't need velocity, 3 fixed velocity levels to caters for a consistent output. Octave and transpose buttons as well as pitch bend and modulation wheels are within reach, so you quickly can shift the keyboard up or down as needed, or apply additional articulation with the wheels.
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Registration process was simple and intuitive. didn't even read the manual. downloaded driver and my god.
- Logic X and Cubase integration are amazing. It has VST integration, mixer integration, track control integration, and of course full midi.
- Keys are fine. keybed spring action needs some time to get used to specially if you are like me and used to play with piano.
- VST controls is amazing and programmable
- It does a very good job even as a mixer controller with 8 track full control.
- The pad control was another surprise. not only it is responsive and has configurable pressure sensitivity but you can use it for different things not only drum pad.
I am still exploring all the things this little affordable midi controller does but boy Nektar did a fine job here. Five star for sure.
Compared to the other two midi controllers I own (Akai MPK249 and NI Komplete S 49 MK2) the hardware of this controller is not as nice. However, it is also MUCH less expensive, so that should be expected. Compared to other midi controllers in this price range, the hardware seems about the same as others. So, more or less a wash IMHO.
Software / DAW integration:
This is where Nektar products shine in my opinion. If your DAW is on the list of supported DAWs, then the integration really helps make this controller far more usable than most other controllers. I have heard that Moog and other high-end controllers in the $2k price range have great DAW integration as well, but I wouldn't know. From what I saw and from what my son has told me, it automatically maps the transport and smart controls in Logic ProX to the rotary encoders, and maps the faders to the mixer controls. Very nice compared to what most midi controllers provide out of the box.
Compared to my Akai MPK which has virtually no DAW integration, this is MUCH better. Compared to my Native Instruments Komplete S49 MK2, the DAW integration is about the same. (If you know about NI S49 MK2, you know the main point is integration with NI Komplete software, not really the native DAW instruments. In this regard the Nektar's integration with stock Logic instruments is better than my NI S49 MK2).
Let's face it, unless you're a professional musician performing on stage, software integration is what really makes a midi controller useful, so in that case this is one of the best priced options you could make IMHO.
A little bit too sensitive though. I can literally trigger a MIDI event by blowing on the keys if I do it hard enough : )
It's light, but still feels like a quality device.