Nektar Intros Impact LX49+ & LX61+ Keyboard Controllers

Nektar has introduced the Impact LX49+ and LX61+ USB MIDI controllers for iOS, Mac OS X, Windows & Linux.

The controllers offer custom integration with Bitwig, Cubase, Digital Performer, FL Studio, GarageBand, Logic, Nuendo, Reaper, Reason, Sonar and Studio One. 

Features:

  • Nektar DAW Integration for Bitwig Studio/8-Track, Cubase, Digital Performer, FL Studio, GarageBand, Logic, Nuendo, Reaper, Reason, Sonar and Studio One
  • 49 or 61 note full size, ultra-dynamic velocity sensitive keybed
  • Pitch bend and Modulation wheels
  • Octave and transpose buttons
  • 3 digit LED display
  • 9 faders
  • 9 fader buttons
  • 8 pots
  • Mixer and Instrument buttons with LED indicator for Nektar DAW Integration
  • Preset button with LED indicator for generic MIDI control
  • 5 user configurable presets
  • Page button with two LED’s for Nektar DAW integration switch between User and Default mapping.
  • Default Instrument mapping screen printing in blue for Nektar DAW Integration
  • Dedicated Track and Patch buttons
  • 6 Transport buttons with additional shift functionality
  • 8 hyper sensitive pads, LED backlit with 4 color options
  • 4 pad maps
  • Clips and Scenes buttons for Nektar DAW Integration
  • Foot switch socket
  • Power on/off button
  • USB connector
  • USB class compliant compatible with OS X, Windows, Linux and iOS (via camera connection kit)
  • Full version of Bitwig 8-Track included

The 49 or 61 note velocity sensitive keyboard offers synth-style action, with a medium tension. The keyboards offer full-size keys, 4 velocity curves, 3 fixed velocity level options, octave and transpose buttons, as well as pitch bend and mod wheels.

Nine 30mm faders, 9 MIDI buttons and 8 encoders are at the center of Impact LX49’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 provide pre-mapped DAW control, giving you the best of both worlds. Control settings can be stored in any of the 5 Impact LX+ presets for recall.

For groove and beat creation, the Impact LX’+s offer 8 velocity-sensitive pads. Each pad can be assigned any MIDI note number or MIDI cc message for use as MIDI trigger or toggle buttons.

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.

Specifications:

Keyboard

  • 49 note (61 on LX61+) velocity-sensitive synth-action keyboard
  • 4 velocity curves + 3 fixed
  • Pitch bend & Modulation wheels
  • Octave shift buttons
  • Transpose shift buttons

Controls

  • 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

Pads

  •  8 velocity sensitive pads
  • Each pad LED illuminated with 4 color options: Green, Yellow, Orange and Red
  • 4 velocity curves plus 3 fixed
  • Note-learn
  • Pads assignable notes and  MIDI cc messages
  • Load or Save to any of 4 pad maps
  • Clips and Scenes LED buttons

Connections

  • 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)

Pricing and Availability

The Impact LX49+ and LX61+ are expected to be available at the end of July:

  • US $199.99/179.99 EUR/£139.99 GBP for the Impact LX49+
  • US $299.99/199.99 EUR/£169.99 GBP for the Impact LX61+

Details on the new controllers are available at the Nektar site.

10 thoughts on “Nektar Intros Impact LX49+ & LX61+ Keyboard Controllers

  1. Yawn. Another 8/8/8 kB controller.
    Don’t care how good the software is. These 8/8/8 designs are done to death and uninspiring to play. Somebody, anybody, give me an updated version of the X-station. Keyboard controller with its panel laid out like an actual synth.

    1. Yup spot on still love my xstation. What we really need tho is something a bit more the xstation is limited by the fact that it is a synth, would be nice to have the osc / filt / env toggle buttons not limited to the onboard synths architecture as something like this is great for the likes of reaktor but more than 3 osc and your scuppered currently. That and a proper detailed 6″ or more tablet type screen and itd be a winner. Wouldnt care if it was £500 itd be worth it just to template out all the hardware and software synths and have one proper centralised controller

    2. Novation seems to have given up on Automap and the X-Station, but a combination smart DAW controller, audio/MIDI interface and keyboard with a built-in synth seems like an obvious design. Still love my X-Station and it would probably be the last piece of kit (besides computer) that I would let go because it does do almost everything.

    1. I am a Sonar user, so I thought this(A-Pro) was about best you could get. Looking further seems to me(novice), that it just seems to go a bit further, and this has been documented from other A-Pro users. Just seems the next evolution, as long as everything maps accordingly. Seems more keys, and lots of features I seem to like…actual pitch/mod wheels, and a host of other small, but yet advantageous functionality. By the way I am a novice user, so more advanced users may have more to say, price point also seems reasonable! Thanks!!!

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