Nektar Technology has introduced a new line of Panorama T-series keyboard controllers.
According to the company, the Panorama T4 and T6 ‘deliver a new level of system integration with deep instrument plugin control in any VST/AU compatible host, DAW control, new performance features and extensive MIDI functionality for more user choices than ever before.’
The T-series controllers featured Nektar’s Nektarine plugin control manager software. With Nektarine, Panorama users can control any VST, VST3 or AU instrument with one of the many included maps or by creating their own.
Every plugin parameter change is instantly visible on the hardware display. Nektarine’s graphic UI makes the customization of existing maps and the creation of new ones easy. Maps can be as simple or comprehensive as required, screened synth parameters below Panorama T4/T6’s buttons in the fader section can even be mapped to access parameter groups in plugins such as Oscillator, LFO or Filter.
The encoder mapping will follow suit at the press of a button, multiplying the number of available hardware controls manifold. Nektarine also includes patch library management, making a plugin’s sounds effectively cross-DAW compatible, simplifying the use of plugins across multiple DAWs.
Nektar Panorama T4:
Nektar Panorama T6:
Standard mixing, track selection and transport functionality work out of the box, if a DAW is MCU (Mackie Control Universal) compatible. Advanced features, like access to mixer sends or smart controls in Logic, “grab” plugin control in Reaper or Cubase and device control in e.g. Reason or Bitwig becomes available once Nektar DAW integration is installed.
“Nektar is known for stretching the limits of what’s possible with DAW integration and we continue that work with the new Panorama T4 and T6”, says Nektar chief Niels Larsen. “The introduction of Nektarine allows us to go beyond a DAW’s control options. It delivers a discreet, consistent user experience with expanded functionality such as hosting of up to 8 plugins at a time, map editing and patch browsing from Panorama T4/T6. And because Nektarine runs in any VST/AU compatible DAW, Nektar plugin control is now accessible to music creators using almost any DAW, for the first time.”
- Nektarine universal deep plugin control
- Supports VST 2.4, VST 3 and AU plugins
- Allows loading of VST plugins in AU hosts and vice versa
- Instant deep plugin remote control access from the hardware in any compatible DAW
- library manager
- Includes maps for many popular instrument plugins and their factory libraries
- Graphic map parameter editor
- Works independent of Nektar DAW Integration
Pricing and Availability:
- T4 $349.99 US / £279.99 / €349.99
- T6 $399.99 US / £349.99 / €399.99
- (Shipping in July 2018)
See the Nektar site for details.