The Best Of The 2013 NAMM Show


The 2013 NAMM Show was as good as any we can remember, when it comes to new synths and electronic music gear. There were new synths all over, analog made a big comeback, multiple vendors released control voltage devices, there were unique new music controllers and more.

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Nektar Intros Panorama P6 – A 61-Note USB MIDI Controller For Reason

Today Nektar announced the Panorama P6, a 61-note USB MIDI controller keyboard with the same extensive integration with Propellerhead Reason as their earlier Panorama P4, which first shipped in June of this year.

Like the P4, the new Panorama P6 features 4 modes that allow the user to switch between Mixer, Instrument and Transport mode and a 4th Internal mode with 20 user presets, each configurable for control of external hardware, ReWired DAW’s or other software.

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Nektar Panorama P4 Controller For Propellerhead Reason (Details & Photo)

Nektar Panorama Propellerhead Reason Controller

2012 NAMM Show: At the Winter NAMM Show, Nektar will officially announce the Nektar Panorama P4 controller – a dedicated keyboard controller for Propellerhead Reason.

The Panorama P4 was conceived as an instrument intended to augment a computer music system through direct and tight integration. The workstation keyboard concepts allows for complete “on device” selecting and editing of sound with direct visual feedback.

Panorama has a ton of controls, with 90 control elements assignable to a MIDI-message. In addition, buttons and pads can be assigned to ASCII messages which allows for sending shortcut commands to Reason. 20 preset locations store the assignments of controls for later recall. A preset is linked to a Pad Map, Keyboard Map and F-Keys Map so you can save and load these components independently of the individual presets.

The Nektar Panorama P4 is expected to be available in stores worldwide in March 2012. It’s priced at US $599.99, with an anticipated street price US $499.99.

Details below.

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Win A Nektar Panorama Controller For Propellerhead Reason (2012 NAMM Show Preview)

2012 NAMM Show: California-based startup Nektar has officially announced the Panorama P4, a dedicated control keyboard for Propellerhead Reason. (We had a sneak preview of the Panorama P4 Reason controller in October.)

Between now and the 2012 NAMM Show, Nektar is offering you a chance to win the first Nektar Panorama P4 off the production line. Here’s what they say about the contest:

The rules are simple: Answer the questions below and submit the form including your real name and email address. Only one submission is permitted per person. Multiple submissions by one person will result in that persons entry being void.

The competition will run until the end of January and if more than one submission got all questions right, we’ll pick the winner through a random draw. There is at least one question we don’t even know the answer to yet, so you just have to make a good guess.

By entering this competition you agree that we may email you about the outcome of the competition as well as advise you when Panorama is shipping. And in case you are wondering, we we still expect Panorama to ship in Q1 2012 but can’t announce a final date yet.

See the Nektar site for details.

Pricing and availability are still to be announced.