Nektar launches Impact iX 49 & iX 69 controllers

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Nektar Impact iX 49

Nektar has announced the availability of its Impact iX 49 and iX 61 controller keyboards with DAW Control and comfortable iPad connectivity, including Presonus Studio One Artist.

Nektar products are synonymous with DAW integration and the Impact iX49 and Impact iX61 are no exception. Their deceptively minimalist appearance hides powerful functionality not even found on more comprehensive controllers.

The Impact iX keyboards offer standard USB keyboard controller functionality as well as Nektar DAW integration with no less than 11 DAWs. The full-size keyboards feature pitch bend, modulation wheel and a foot switch jack for connecting a sustain pedal.

Being USB class compliant the keyboards can be plugged easily into the computer or iPad, no drivers required. This makes it possible to start composing using existing MIDI software or the included Presonus Studio One Artist DAW instantly.

iX 49 / iX 61 features

  • 49/ 61 note velocity sensitive full size keyboard.
  • Pitch Bend and modulation wheels.
  • Octave buttons.
  • Transpose buttons.
  • Transport mode switches Octaves and Transpose buttons to send out MIDI MMC messages (compatible with Pro Tools).
  • Foot switch input jack.
  • USB powered, Class Compliant (no driver needed).
  • Connects to iPad (via USB adaptor kit, not included).
  • Includes Presonus Studio One Artist.
  • DAW Integration:
    • Navigation of DAW tracks.
    • Change instrument patches.
    • Control track volume.
    • Transport control (Play/Stop/Record/Rewind/Forward).
    • Nektar DAW integration for 11 DAWs including Bitwig Studio, Cubase, Digital Performer, FL Studio, GarageBand, Logic, Nuendo, Reaper, Reason, Sonar and Studio One.

iX49 and iX 61 are available for purchase for MSRP $109.99 USD/99.99 EUR/£79.99 GBP and $129.99 USD/109.99 EUR/£89.99 GBP, respectively. Expected street prices are $99.99 USD/89.99 EUR/£69.99 GBP for the iX 49 and $119.99 USD/99.99 EUR/£79.99 GBP for the iX 61.

More information: Nektar / Impact iX 49 & iX 61

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Nektar releases updated Panorama support for Reason 8

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Nektar Panorama Reason 8

Nektar has released a new Panorama Reason installer delivering full Panorama compatibility with Reason 8 as well as backwards compatibility from Reason 5 and up.

New features include the ability to create devices in Reason 8, directly from Panorama, by selecting Reason default devices from a Panorama popup menu or navigating Rack Extensions in the Reason 8 browser. Building a track from scratch without the use of a mouse, is now a reality with Panorama.

A General MIDI setup has also been created for External MIDI Instruments providing parameter names for each control according to the GM specifications.

In addition, mapping for 24 new Rack Extensions has been added taking the total number of pre-mapped RE’s to 139.

The Panorama update is compatible with Panorama P1, P4 and P6 and is available free to all Panorama users from My Downloads on the Nektar website.

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Nektar announces Panorama workflow integration with BitWig Studio

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Nektar Panorama integration with Bitwig Studio

Nektar has announced the deep integration with the Bitwig Studio DAW and the Nektar Panorama range of controllers featuring the unique and musician friendly direct DAW integration Nektar P series Keyboards are famous for.

From day one, Bitwig Studio will benefit from the extensive and transparent Panorama workflow integration that allows for controlling the Bitwig Studio mixer, instruments, effects, transport plus clip and scene launching right from Panorama P1, P4 or P6.

Building on Panorama’s workflow concept developed first for Reason and Cubase, additional functionality has been added to take full advantage of the Bitwig Studio controller API. This includes the ability to browse the instrument and effects device libraries of patches by category or creator, right from Panorama.

A step sequencer has also been included using the 8 LED buttons to program any of the up to 32 steps in a sequence. Panorama creates the events directly in Bitwig Studio so they are instantly part of a song and ready for further manipulation.
Taking advantage of the pads on the Panorama P4 and P6, it’s possible to trigger, create and record clips and scenes in absolute real-time. The Panorama display provides constant updates to show which clips are currently active, including the name of the clips available on the current track.

All things considered and also taking into account the compatibility of BitWig Studio with VST plug-ins, full navigation of all devices and their parameters, complete mixer control including motorized fader – the Panorama/Bitwig Studio combination may well be the most advanced hardware/software combination to date.

Registered owners of Panorama will be able to download the Panorama Bitwig Studio installer on March 26th, 2014.

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Nektar launches Impact LX25 & LX61 controller keyboards and NP-1 & NP-2 footswitches

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Nektar has announced the Impact LX25 and Impact LX61, two USB MIDI controller keyboards, featuring the unique and musician friendly direct integration with most DAWs, Nektar Keyboards are famous for.

Nektar Impact LX25 / LX61

The Impact LX25 is a feature packed 25-note, velocity sensitive, synth-style keyboard with pitch bend, modulation wheel, fader, 8 pots, 8 pads, transport control, 3-digit LED display, foot switch and USB sockets. Its functionality extends beyond its compact size and provides similar access to DAW parameters and navigation as its bigger siblings.

The Impact LX61 is a comprehensive 61-note velocity sensitive, synth-style keyboard with pitch bend, modulation wheel, 9 faders, 9 MIDI buttons, 8 pots, 8 pads, transport control, 3-digit LED display, foot switch and USB sockets.

Every control can be programmed to send MIDI messages with settings stored in 5 user-presets making Impact LX 25 and Impact LX61 compatible with any MIDI software. A unique pad learn function enables pads to be assigned MIDI note numbers on the fly with setups stored in an additional 4 pad maps.

Impact LX25 and Impact LX61 really stand out with the direct integration with DAWs including Bitwig Studio, Cubase, Digital Performer, GarageBand, Logic Pro, Nuendo, Reaper, Reason, Sonar and Studio One.

Integration includes track and patch navigation as well as button switching between Mixer and Instrument control. Parameters are pre-assigned and include functions for launching the DAWs relevant windows, right from Impact LX. The extensive mapping of transport functions not only includes traditional transport buttons but also options to set left and right locators/loop points, click on/off plus much more.

Impact LX61 is available to purchase for MSRP $229.99/ 179.99 EUR / £159.99 GBP. Impact LX25 will be available from May, priced at MSRP $129.99 USD / 109.99 EUR / £99.99 GBP.

Nektar has also announced the release of the NP-1 and NP-2 foot switch pedals, designed for musicians who need a quality pedal for keyboard sustain or any other foot switch operation.

Nektar NP-1 & NP-2

The NP-1 is in a heavy duty metal housing with nice, thick rubber padding both at the top and bottom to ensure a good solid grip. A 6ft cable, 1/4 TS jack connector and a polarity switch delivers universal compatibility with all keyboards featuring a sustain pedal foot switch socket.

The NP-2 is designed around a solid metal pedal and base. The design gives it real weight which is also reinforced with a think rubber pad on the bottom. The housing is rubberized giving it a luxurious feel. As with the NP-1, a6ft cable, 1/4 TS jack connector and a polarity switch delivers universal compatibility with all keyboards featuring a sustain pedal foot switch socket.

The NP-1 is available to purchase for MSRP $19.99 USD / 19.99 EUR / £16.49 GBP; NP-2 costs MSRP $24.99 USD / 24.99 EUR / £19.99 GBP.

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Nektar announces Panorama workflow integration with Apple Logic X

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Nektar has announced the immediate release of a powerful integration of Apple Logic X with the advanced workflow of the Panorama range of products including Panorama P1, Panorama P4 and Panorama P6.

Nektar Panorama Logic X intergration

Apple Logic X users can now benefit from a transparent musical workflow similar to what Panorama already delivers for Cubase and Reason.

Designed to allow musicians and producers to focus on their music without constantly having to reach for their mouse, Panorama delivers creative freedom, previously not available to Logic users.

Nektar Panorama Logic integration features

  • Multi-channel mixing of volume, pan, mute and solo in banks up to 8 channels at a time.
  • Navigation using Track and Bank buttons.
  • Motorized fader plus dedicated mute and solo buttons follows selected channel (P4 & P6 only).
  • Complete transport control including ability to set and go to left and right locators, switch click on/off, record arm plus more.
  • Channel strip control of EQ, Sends, Smart Controls and Insert plug-ins.
  • Insert and Instrument plug-in control.
  • Parameter feedback and menu selection options transparent via Panorama’s TFT display.
  • The order of Plug-in parameters and Smart Controls is customizable via Logic plist files.

In addition, Logic users get the benefit of Panorama’s comprehensive generic MIDI controller capabilities as well as the unique QWERTY macro function that allows for up to 8 shortcut commands to be sent out at the push of just one Panorama button.

Panorama integration files are available to registered Panorama users from the Nektar website immediately.

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