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Nektar Technology Panorama P4 - Keyboard Controller

B&H # NEPANORAMAP4 Mfr # PANORAMA P4
You Pay: $499.95
Product Highlights
  • 49 Velocity-Sensitive Keys
  • 12 Pads
  • 9 x 45mm Faders
  • 16 Encoders
  • Dedicated Transport Buttons
  • Extended Reason Software Integration
  • USB Bus Powered
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows Vista/7

The Panorama P4 from Nektar Technology is a 49-key controller with a comprehensive Reason implementation that makes it feel like one is controlling hardware in real-time. Additional extensive programming options for controlling other ReWired DAWs, virtual instruments and MIDI hardware enhance performance and creativity.

The keyboard and pads have a solid feel and respond in a dynamic manner. Velocity sensitivity allows for complex expression. Combined with ninety-three real-time controls available at any one time, and cross-platform computer compatibility, makes the Panorama P4 the definitive keyboard controller for Reason and other MIDI software and hardware.

Reason Integration
  • One button press completely reconfigures the keyboard and allows for switching between controlling Reason's mixer, instruments, or transport
  • Similar to multiple control surfaces in one, with the benefits of complete integration
  • Popup menus provide deep access to all areas with parameters pre-assigned in a logical way
  • Every single device is mapped with parameter names and values clearly visible in the display
  • Allows for operating Reason as if it's hardware
Internal Mode
  • 4th mode provides access to all the internal options so you can set up presets for DAWs ReWired to Reason, or to control external MIDI hardware
  • All 93 real-time controls can be programmed to send MIDI messages in the keyboard's Internal mode
  • Programming is straight forward with all parameters clearly visible simultaneously on the 3.5" TFT display
  • Changes made are instantaneous so you can check the result immediately or even program dynamically as you work
Dedicated Transport Controls
  • All main transport functions are available at any one time via eleven dedicated transport buttons
  • Provides one button access to L/R locator positions, undo, click on/off, recording mode, cycle on/off, rewind, forward, stop, play and record
  • The three Reason modes automatically map the transport buttons and even send transport messages to a ReWired DAW
Pads
  • Twelve velocity and pressure-sensitive pads with choice of seven velocity curves for expressive percussive performances
  • Easy to program using the "Learn Note" function
  • "Velocity Spread" feature quickly spreads one note across all the pads, each with its own fixed velocity, making it easier to create consistent and nuanced dynamics
  • "Scale-Function" assigns each pad to pitches within any of the pre-defined 30+ scales, a quick and easy way to change pad assignments, great for percussive performances with any keyboard sound while freely changing intervals or transposing the whole set on the fly
  • Reason devices such as ReDrum, Dr. Octo Rex and Kong are automatically assigned to pads in the keyboard's Instrument mode with an additional four virtual pads available when needed
Reason Channel Controls
  • Regardless of which Reason mode you are in, or how far down you are in a menu, you always have instant access to volume, solo and mute controls for the current mixer channel
  • The 100 mm ALPS fader and two LED buttons can be locked to a specific mixer channel, or set to follow your track selection
  • ALPS fader is motorized so its position updates automatically to match your virtual Reason mixer
  • By entering the dedicated Fader menu you can use the data encoder to control pan or sends parameters, or change the fader assignment to control Master or Control Room, all without affecting whatever else you are doing
ASCII/QWERTY Macros
  • By pressing a single button you can send out for example, a command to copy, move L/R location points and paste commands, or open the editor and magnify to maximum all at the same time
  • Macro feature can send up to eight keystroke commands in one sequence from the keyboard to the computer
  • With any one of 36 programmable buttons and 12 pads assignable to macros, this feature can really provide time-saving and interesting workflow ideas
Presets and Maps
  • Little to no setup required for the Reason user
  • Presets can be setup for a ReWired DAW, VI or other software/hardware combination using the keyboard's Internal mode
  • User settings are stored in non-volatile memory and retained even when the keyboard is switched off, with plenty of storage space available
  • Twenty preset locations store settings for the sixteen encoders, nine faders and ten buttons with an additional five keyboard, ten F-Keys and twenty Pad map locations storing all settings for their respective functional area
  • Preset can be loaded with any combination of maps plus you can load maps independently without affecting your other assignments
Keyboard 49-note semi-weighted, velocity-sensitive with aftertouch
5 velocity curves, plus fixed
Pitch bend and modulation assignable wheels
Octave shift buttons
PB1/2 buttons
Sustain pedal jack (pedal optional)
Expression pedal jack (pedal optional)
4 keyboard zones programmable with controller filters and program changes
5 keyboard maps store all settings
Pads 12 pads with velocity and pressure sensitivity
7 velocity curves
Note-learn
Scale mode with 30+ scales and interval setting
Velocity spread functions spreads the selected pad assignment over all 12 pads, at different velocity levels
Transpose and octave shift in both pad-map and scale mode
Pads freely assignable in Reason mode
Load or save to any of 20 pad maps
Function Keys 11 assignable keys, accessible using shift and transport keys
Load or save to any of 10 F-Keys maps
F-Keys assignable even in 3 Reason modes
Preset Controls 16 encoders
9 x 45 mm faders
10 assignable LED buttons
11 dedicated transport buttons
20 preset locations store all settings including links to keyboard, pad and F-keys maps
Other 100 mm ALPS motorized fader
6 dedicated assignable navigation buttons
ASCII/QWERTY macros assignable to buttons and pads
3.5" high-resolution TFT display provides navigation and user visibility
Reason implementation that lets you use Reason as if it's hardware
4 modes when used with Reason switch between Mixer, Instrument, Transport and Internal
Presets and setup files for major DAWs and VIs
USB port for communication with computer
USB Micro B connector for extra and external power 1
Please Note:

Two USB ports or external USB power supply required to power entire unit - one USB port powers entire unit with the exception of the motorized fader

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Power Requirements USB power or optional external USB power supply
System Requirements Mac OS X
Windows Vista and Windows 7 (Windows XP not currently supported)
Reason 5, 6 and 6.5 supported
Dimensions (W x D x H) 33.3 x 13 x 3.3" (845 x 330 x 83 mm)
Weight 14 lb (6.4 kg)
Nektar Technology Panorama P4 - Keyboard Controller
  • USB Cable (Standard)
  • USB Type A to Micro B Cable
  • One (1) Year Warranty
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    Nektar TechnologyPanorama P4 - Keyboard Controller
     
    4.7

    (based on 3 reviews)

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        5.0

        GREAT CONTROLLER

        By mike

        from deltona

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Responsive / Good Action

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • MIDI

          Comments about Nektar Technology Panorama P4 - Keyboard Controller:

          this controller controls EVERYTHING would need it to, and is a cobination of a GREAT midi controller for beats, and an EVEN BETTER control surface...the key for me is the LARGE FONT LCD....no more squinting with reason, i dont even have much need to look anywhere else, it almost feels like a stand alone device....AWESOME NEKTAR

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          4.0

          Excellent Keyboard Controller - But

          By bartbee

          from Melbourne, Australia

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Responsive / Good Action
          • Touch Sensitive Keys

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Electronic Music

            Comments about Nektar Technology Panorama P4 - Keyboard Controller:

            If you are a Reason user, and want a controller, get this one, it maps brilliantly to your software.However, if you are still using Windows XP, as a lot of Music Professionals are, this keyboard will not be compatible with your OS. There is a conflicting message from Nektar about this, as the box the item comes in states it is compatible with XP, but the website states otherwise!To Nektar's credit they were very proactive about this issue and emailed me not long after I registered the product as an XP user, to tell me the driver install would fail.I am now upgrading to Windows 7 so the Panorama will map properly to Reason. I have used the Panorama with my Laptop (Mac OSX 10.6) and am very impressed with the way it Controls Reason. The build quality and feel of the keys is exceptional and the velocity sensitive pads are great to play.You need two usb ports to run this controller if you want the motorised fader to work.

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            5.0

            The best Controller for Reason

            By Cedano

            from NYC

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Responsive / Good Action
            • Touch Sensitive Keys

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Electronic Music
              • MIDI
              • Reason 65

              Comments about Nektar Technology Panorama P4 - Keyboard Controller:

              I've had the Panorama P4 for a month now and it's amazing.
              You can control just about anything in Reason from the Controller itself.
              The only thing's that's not so great is that sometimes I have to restart it for it to link to Reason and the Surface Locking that has be enabled every time you make a new project, but if you create a template, you just load that and that's it.

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