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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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Nektar releases Impact LX49 Controller Keyboard

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Nektar has announced that it is now shipping the Impact LX49 controller keyboard, the first product in a new line of budget Nektar products, all offering integration with many of the most popular DAW software solutions.

Nektar Impact LX49
The 49 note velocity sensitive, full-size keyboard is fully featured with 9 faders, 9 control buttons, 8 pots, 6 transport buttons, 8 velocity sensitive pads, foot switch socket and control wheels. 5 user presets are designed for GM setups, “MIDI learn” capable DAWs and other music software.

The Impact LX49’s real magic shows with the unique DAW integration which offers pre-mapped support for Cubase, Digital Performer, Garageband, Logic, Nuendo, Reason, Sonar and Studio One, with additional DAW support scheduled for following release. Paying close attention to each DAW individually, Nektar has developed custom integration with a common workflow. As such, Impact LX49’s integration goes way beyond the typical basic Mixer mapping. Users of supported DAWs will be able to navigate tracks, switch between controlling mixer or instruments, trigger and set loop points, switch metronome on/off, Undo and more.

For building drum beats and grooves the pad learn function allows for quick mapping of sounds on the 8 velocity sensitive pads. Just select a pad, find the right sound on the keyboard and the assignment is done. Moving loop points via the transport buttons means the flow continues, totally un-interrupted by mouse clicks.
Navigate to instrument tracks and continue building a song, change patches, tweak instrument parameters – all this functionality right from Impact LX49 to keep the music in focus. Finally get the mix right by switching to the mixer preset with volume, pan, mute and solo assigned for banks of 8 tracks in your DAW. A bank up/down function moves the assignments of controls to cover all mixer channels. To avoid parameter jumping, the Impact LX DAW integration also features soft-takeover (not supported in all DAWs) which means that parameters only change when a controls physical position matches the DAW parameter position.

The pre-mapped functionality is enough to get most going, and maybe this is all you ever need. However to cater for individual styles of creating there is plenty of scope for customization. Impact LX49 features a unique “Grab” feature (not supported in all DAWs) for supported DAWs which allows users to literally ‘grab‘ several instrument parameters at a time and map them to any controls on the fly. The 5 user presets in addition have been set up for GM compatibility and learn friendly setups mean that you can still create setups the way you are used to with generic MIDI controllers. Impact LX49 is a complete generic MIDI controller so you can switch between the pre-mapped setups and your own by pushing a button.
For users who haven’t settled on a DAW yet, the included Studio One Artist comes complete with Impact LX49 setup and control for instruments as well as effect inserts. This is a great starting point to become familiar with the power of Impact LX49 but also a great addition to any existing creative music production setup.

Nektar Impact LX49 is available to purchase early November for MSRP $179.99 USD/149.99 EUR/£124.99 GBP.

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justin3am’s clips and stuff in Bitwig studio

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Justin Sullivan wrote in to share this video of “clips and stuff in Bitwig studio”.

Here is a video I put together on Saturday. It covers some features of the Polysynth in Bitwig Studio. I’m using the Panorama P1 in Instrument Mode to control it.

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Nektar updates and extends support for DAWs and Plugins

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Nektar Panorama P1

Nektar has announced it has upgraded its DAW support and extended the range of directly controllable Plugins and Rack Extensions.

Nektar updates

  • New VST Plug-in maps for Cubase/Nuendo — Nektar’s quest to map every VST plug-in known to man continues! They have added another 54 insert and instrument maps to the collection, each carefully handmapped at Nektar HQ, so you don’t have to.
    These maps not only give you tactile control but also in many cases improve the user experience over the software GUI. Take for example Xhun Audio’s LittleOne where you now can select the effect you want right from Panorama’s Instrument home page, plus you don’t have to click on a parameter to adjust it. Or the Sound Tower editors that already give great control over Dave Smith synths. You can now control the parameters right from your Panorama keyboard or control surface including arpeggiation and sequencing!
  • Reason Rack Extensions support update — Great new Rack Extensions have been launched recently for Reason and we finally have an update ready. It includes the Korg Mono/Poly and the updated version of Propellerheads own PX7.
  • Improved PreSonus Studio One template — Panorama’s Internal mode can be used to set up MIDI presets to control any MIDI compatible device. An Internal mode Studio One template for Panorama has been available for quite some time but we realized recently that we could improve it to provide a workflow much more similar to how Reason and Cubase operate with Panorama. It’s of course not the same deep integration, since there is no parameter feedback however we consider it a substantial improvement over the previous template and are delighted to share it with our Studio One users.

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Nektar now shipping Panorama P1 for Cubase, Nuendo & Reason

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Nektar has announced it has started shipping the Panorama P1, a compact control surface with 66 real-time controls, a color high-resolution TFT display and deep integration for Cubase, Nuendo and Reason.

Nektar Panorama P1

Build on the established Panorama workflow originally developed for Reason, the latest Cubase and Nuendo support offers full navigation of the sequencer tracks, mixer, insert and instrument plug-ins as well as project navigation. Tactile control has never been more intuitive with parameters automatically mapped once a menu is selected. Panorama comes pre-mapped for more than 250 plug-ins including all Steinberg branded plug-ins. Each map can be customized by the user using the unique Panorama “Learn” function. Users can also utilize the “Learn” function to create basic maps for plug-ins that have not yet been pre-mapped by Nektar.

Just like the Reason implementation which has been regularly updated with support for Rack Extensions over the past 12 months, the Cubase and Nuendo implementation for Panorama will continue to evolve. New plug-in maps will be added regularly and provided free to all registered Panorama users.

Both worlds simultaneously
Panorama users who ReWire Reason to Cubase/Nuendo can also take advantage of the real-time DAW switching that allows Panorama to control either Reason or Cubase at any one time. There is no loss of control functionality so the full 3 modes, Mixer, Instrument and Transport are available as you switch back and forth between Cubase/Nuendo and Reason.
The TFT display provides ongoing navigation and parameter feedback so there is no need to look at the computer monitor. The ReWire switching is color coded to make sure you always know which DAW you are controlling.

Panorama P1 in addition is a comprehensive USB MIDI controller with an easy and transparent user interface. Each assignable control can be programmed to send MIDI messages and any of the buttons are capable of sending QWERTY macros of up to 8 computer shortcut commands, as well as be programmed to load any preset or map.

Panorama P1 is available now at music dealers dealers world wide for MSRP $349.99 USD/289.99 EUR/£244.99 GBP.

The Cubase/Nuendo implementation supports the entire Panorama range. Existing P4 and P6 users can download it immediately from the Nektar website.

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Nektar introduces Impact LX49 USB keyboard

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Nektar has announced the Impact LX49, the first in a new range of Nektar USB controller keyboards, aimed at users looking for an affordable, yet fully featured solution.

With intelligent mapping for major DAWs, Impact LX49 makes it easy for musicians and producers to get up and running without having to worry about MIDI assignments to get started. Based on the technology developed for the acclaimed higher end Nektar Panorama series, Impact comes pre-mapped and configured. Just like Panorama, which features multiple modes for main control navigation, Impact LX49 allows the user to switch between Mixer, Instrument and Preset modes. Presets include 5 memory locations for users to store their own setups. Navigation options include track change, patch change and a Plug-in button that opens or closes the currently controlled plug-in window on the computer display.

Impact LX49 also features 8 velocity sensitive pads that also can be used as MIDI buttons. A unique pad learn function enables pad presets to be programmed quickly by just pressing the target note on the keyboard. Four pad memory locations store pad settings for later recall, completely independent of the preset settings.

Nektar Impact LX49
Nektar make Impact with a new 49 note USB keyboard.

Impact LX49 features

  • 49 note full-size, velocity sensitive keyboard.
  • 4 keyboard velocity curve options.
  • Pitch bend and modulation wheels.
  • 2 Transpose buttons (assignable also to Program, MIDI channel and Preset -/+).
  • 2 Octave Shift buttons (assignable also to Program, MIDI channel and Preset -/+).
  • 8 velocity-sensitive trigger pads.
  • 3 Digit LED display.
  • 8 Function buttons .
  • 9 30mm control faders.
  • 8 control pots.
  • 9 control buttons.
  • 6 transport buttons for cycle, rewind, forward, stop, play, record.
  • 5 preset memory locations.
  • 4 Pad memory locations.
  • USB port.
  • Sustain foot switch jack (pedal not included).
  • Supports Standard DAWs right out of the box (installation required): Reason, Logic, Cubase, Nuendo, Garageband, Sonar, Bitwig, Reaper.

Nektar Impact LX49 will be available in Q3 2013 at an RRP of $159.99 USD / 129.99 EUR / £109.99 GBP in stores worldwide. The Impact range will also feature a 25 and 61 note keyboard option, expected late 2013.

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