Nektar Impact LX61+ Keyboard Controller
The Nektar Impact LX61+ Keyboard Controller is jam-packed with intelligent and expressive performance control not even available on many premium products. With 61-keys keyboard, the Impact LX61+ hooks up automatically to your DAW. Offering way beyond normal functionality, this USB MIDI controller keyboard lets you focus on your creativity.
The Nektar Impact LX61+ Keyboard Controller offers Nektar DAW Integration custom designed for Bitwig, Cubase, Digital Performer, FL Studio, GarageBand, Logic, Nuendo, Reaper, Reason, Sonar and Studio One. Ever wanted a controller that hooks up automatically to your DAW? The Nektar Impact LX61+ does exactly that. With Nektar Impact LX61+ the hard work is done, so you can focus on your creativity.
The 61 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 Nektar Impact LX61+ design. With 4 velocity curves gradually increasing in dynamics there is a choice for any playing style. If you don't need velocity, 3 fixed velocity levels cater for a consistent output. Octave and transpose buttons as well as pitch bend and modulation wheels are within reach, so you can quickly shift the keyboard up or down as needed, or apply additional articulation with the wheels.
Octave & Transpose Buttons
There is more to the 4 Octave & Transpose buttons than meets the eye. 4 functions are selectable on the fly so you can make important changes at any time, even while you play. A key combination makes assignment quick and easy. Choices include sending out MIDI Program Messages, change the Global MIDI Channel or select any of the Nektar Impact LX61+'s 5 user presets with either the Octave or Transpose buttons.
Nine 30mm faders, 9 MIDI buttons and 8 encoders are at the center of the Nektar Impact LX61+'s control panel. Each control is fully programmable to send any MIDI CC message for use with hardware or software MIDI products. Used with Nektar DAW integration, the controls take on a life of their own, providing flexible pre-mapped DAW control giving you the best of both worlds. Control settings can be stored in any of the 5 Nektar Impact LX61+ presets for recall at any time. And if you switch Null on, any parameter values are stored when you change presets so you avoid parameter jumping.
For groove and beat creation, the Nektar Impact LX61'+s 8 velocity sensitive pads make life easy. Calibrated to trigger at a light touch, finger drumming is suddenly well within reach with a nice and even velocity response. Each pad can be assigned any MIDI note number or MIDI cc message for use as MIDI trigger or toggle buttons. But 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. No complex menus for a task that's essential to getting the most out of your pads. Assignments are stored over power cycling so you don't lose your settings when you switch your system off for the night. In addition, 4 pad map locations can store your settings for future recall.
The 4 color LED illumination not only looks good but also indicate 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 Bitwig.. The two Clips and Scenes buttons are used in Bitwig 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.
Nektar DAW Integration
The Nektar Impact LX61+ software integration supports most of the popular DAWs. A common workflow gives access to many of the functions you are most likely to need when recording and performing with your Nektar Impact LX61+. The best part is that it's all done for you: Simply complete the installation process and start making music! The Nektar Impact LX61+ DAW integration currently supports Cubase, Digital Performer, FL Studio, Garageband, Logic, Nuendo, Reaper, Reason, Sonar and Studio One. Buttons and controls are labeled so you don't have to remember how they are assigned. Thats why the Nektar Impact LX61+ is a breeze to use but with enough extra features under the hood to challenge even the most experienced power user.
Press mixer and the first 8 Nektar Impact LX61+ 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, the Nektar Impact LX61+ 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 Nektar Impact LX61+ Keyboard Controller.
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.
"Grab" and Nektar Maps
The Nektar "Grab" mode allow you to temporarily assign parameters to controls as you work on your project. It's as easy as holding down shift while moving the parameters on the instrument you want to control followed by moving the controls on Nektar Impact LX61+ you want them assigned to. Some DAWs even supports saving "grabbed" parameters to a Nektar map* which means you can completely customize your assignments for future use.
User Presets & Programming MIDI
If you mainly want to use your DAW's MIDI learn features, the Nektar Impact LX61+ is easy to come to grips with.
There are 2 non-overlapping, read-only presets on the Mixer and Instrument buttons so you can quickly switch between independent and unique setups. These presets are also used for the Nektar Impact LX61+'s integrated DAW support.
In addition, 5 user presets are programmed for GM compatible and "learn-friendly" setups plus they can of course be overwritten with your own settings. You for example could set up Nektar Impact LX61+ for use with Pro Tools or Ableton Live, both of which have limited integration options. Using Nektar Impact LX61+"s generic MIDI controller capabilities, setups can get you quite far.
With the Nektar Impact LX61's "Null" function switched to on, parameter values are stored when you switch between presets so you avoid parameter jumping.
Connectivity & Apple iOS
On the back of the Nektar Impact LX61+ are the connection points including:
- USB port for power and data connection to your computer or iPad (via optional USB camera connection kit)
- Foot switch jack, assignable (pedal not included)
- On/Off switch
As a low powered USB device, the Nektar Impact LX61+ works with all USB devices that feature a Class compliant MIDI driver. This includes all version of Windows from XP and higher, Apple OS X 10.5 and higher plus Linux (as long as a USB MIDI driver package is installed)
And if you are often on the move you can easily hook your Nektar Impact LX61+ keyboard to an Apple iPad using the iPads optional USB camera connection kit (optional). Of course the Nektar Impact LX61+ is powered by the iPad so you can work away for as long as your iPad remains charged.
Nektar Impact LX61+ Keyboard Controller Features
- 61 note velocity-sensitive synth-action keyboard
- 4 velocity curves + 3 fixed
- Pitch bend & Modulation wheels
- Octave shift buttons
- Transpose shift buttons
- 8 potentiometers
- 9 30mm faders
- 9 assignable buttons
- 6 dedicated transport buttons
- 5 preset locations store control settings
- Page button (for Nektar DAW Integration only)
- Nektar DAW Integration for major DAWs
- 8 velocity sensitive pads
- Each pad LED illuminated with 4 color options: Green, Yellow, Orange and Red
- 4 velocity curves plus 3 fixed
- Pads assignable notes and MIDI cc messages
- Load or Save to any of 4 pad maps
- Clips and Scenes LED buttons
- 1/4 TS jack foot switch input (MIDI Assignable)
- USB port on rear panel, and USB bus powered
- Connects to iPad via Apple Camera Connection Kit (not supplied)
Nektar Impact LX61+ Keyboard Controller Specifications
- Weight & Dimensions:
- Dimensions: 38"(L) x 10 1/2"(D) 3 "(H)
- Weight: 9 Lbs
- System Requirements:
- Compliance Type: USB Class compliant, no driver is needed
- Mac: Apple iOS, Apple OSX,
- MS Windows: Windows XP, or higher,
- Linux: Linux (MIDI driver software required)
- Nektar DAW Integration: Mac OS X 10.7 or higher, Windows Vista, 7 & 8 or higher
Nektar Impact LX61+ Keyboard Controller Includes
- Impact LX61+ Controller Keyboard
- Printed User Guide
- A Standard USB Cable
- Card Containing License Code for Software Inclusion
Nektar Impact LX61+ Keyboard Controller Downloads
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First synth action keyboard. Works like a dream. Attach with VIs takes a couple minutes to get used to, but then you're off and running. DAW integration was not at all as easy as advertised, support is really lacking on their webpage, but mostly got it for playing and messing with synth plugins and for that it rocks the socks. Pads have a nice reaction time. For the price i'm not sure you can beat it.