At the 2015 NAMM Show, Nektar has introduced the Impact LX88 ‘flagship’ keyboard controller.
The Nektar Impact LX88 Keyboard Controller
The Impact LX88 is the flagship product in the Impact line and the first Nektar keyboard featuring an 88 note semi-weighted keybed.
The Impact LX88 delivers 9 faders, 9 control buttons, 8 pots, 6 transport buttons, 8 velocity sensitive pads, foot switch socket, MIDI out and control wheels. 5 user presets are designed for GM setups, “MIDI learn” capable DAWs and other music software.
The Impact LX88 is designed with live performance in mind. Functions such as split, layer and MIDI out are included giving the performer the ability to set split point, program MIDI channels, Octave and transpose settings, send our program changes for each zone on the fly.
The Impact LX88 in addition is fully supported by Nektar DAW Integration, giving it the same pre-mapped control power as the Impact LX25, LX49 and LX61 keyboards. Nektar Impact DAW Integration currently supports Bitwig Studio, Cubase, Digital Performer, FL Studio, GarageBand, Logic Pro, Nuendo, Reaper, Reason, Studio One and Sonar, with additional template setups for Ableton Live and Avid Pro Tools.
Nektar DAW Integration offers custom integration with a common workflow. As such, working with supported DAWs, Impact LX88 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.
Impact LX88 also features a “Grab” feature* 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 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 LX88 is a complete generic MIDI controller so you can switch between the pre-mapped setups and your own by pushing a button.
Pricing and Availability
The Nektar Impact LX88 is available immediately in some areas and will be available worldwide at the end of February, with an MSRP of USD 329.99/ EUR 289.99/ GBP 219.99. See the Nektar site for details.