At the 2015 NAMM Show, Nektar introduced an update to their flagship Panorama integrated keyboard controller products P1, P4 and P6.
They now offer integrated support for Apple MainStage 3. According to the company, adding Panorama takes MainStage to another level, providing complete transparency for the musician operating MainStage without having to keep a computer monitor within view.
The custom integration for MainStage is focused on live performance. All important information is immediately visible on Panorama’s high-resolution TFT display, including Smart Control mappings, parameter values and the current Patch name in large font.
Panorama’s menu system allows for navigating Sets and Patches with a secondary navigation system offering direct selection via the 8 LED buttons.
Panorama supports all MainStage template concerts mapping controls automatically:
- Comprehensive and transparent navigation of Sets and Patches
- Smart Controls by default mapped to the 16 encoders
- Tonewheel Organ drawbars mapped to the 9 faders
- Master Volume is always available on the 100mm Alps motorized fader (P4 & P6 only)
- Play, cycle, stop and marker controls mapped to Panorama’s transport panel controls
- Mixer Mutes and Solos mapped to the 9 Fader buttons
- Panorama’s controls can also be customized through MainStage’s layout view offering full flexibility.
The update also offers deep integration with Reaper, the popular DAW developed by Cockos.
With Panorama, Reaper users now benefit from transparent mixer control, transport and navigation plus for instruments and effects.
Panorama’s plugin map technology works transparently through Reaper, free from plugin wrappers or 3rd party software. A press of the instrument button on Panorama maps any inserted VSTi, AU or DX instrument’s plugin parameters to Panorama controls. Parameter names and values are presented on Panorama’s high-res color display.
Nektar mapped instruments can be navigated using a transparent menu system.
Map files can be customized or created by the user using a unique learn function. And if multiple instruments are present on the same track, a simple selection menu allows complete navigation between the layered instruments.
When it’s time to mix, Panorama’s Mixer mode transforms the instrument to a complete mixing console. Control up to 8 channels in a bank using the first 8 45mm faders and press bank over to control any additional channels. Options to control mute, solo, pan and sends are included for all 8 channels. Panorama’s motorized fader (P4 and P6 only) follows track selection for instant access to volume control at any time, in any mode.
Pricing and Availability
MainStage integration is free to existing Panorama users, becoming available early February 2015. Reaper integration is free for all owners of Nektar Panorama advanced workflow keyboards and is available to download from Nektar’s website now. See the Nektar site for details.