The Impact LX49 from Nektar is a 49 key, velocity-sensitive USB controller keyboard that provides an affordable yet fully featured solution for music makers. A major feature is the intelligent mapping, where the keyboard already comes pre-mapped and configured for most major DAWs.
The full-size, piano-style keys respond with a medium tension and are covered to protect against dirt and dust. Four velocity curves are available along with three fixed velocity levels for instances where consistent output is required. Octave and transpose buttons as well as pitch bend and modulation wheels are available.
Eight velocity sensitive pads are perfect for groove and beat creation. Each pad can be assigned any MIDI note number or MIDI CC message for use as MIDI trigger or toggle buttons. A "Pad Learn" feature allows you to select a pad, play the note or sound you want on the keyboard and assignment is done. Assignments are stored over power cycling and four map locations will store settings for recall.
Multiple modes for navigation are available allowing the user to switch between mixer, instrument, and preset views. Five preset memory locations are provided for storing custom setups. Further navigation options include track change, patch change, and a plug-in button that opens or closes the currently controlled plug-in window on the DAW's display.
In mixer mode the first eight faders are assigned to control eight channels of a DAW's mixer with the ability to shift among groups of eight channels. The ninth fader is always assigned to the currently selected channel. The buttons under the faders follow the channel assignment and can control mute or solo. Pan functionality is handled by the eight pots.
The instrument preset assigns all controls to instrument parameters once an instrument track is selected in a DAW. A typical control layout places amplifier and filter envelopes on the faders and the parameters that have the biggest impact on the sound, on the pots. This means you often have filter cutoff and resonance on pots 1 and 2 for example. A "grab" mode allows for custom control setups.
The included entry-level Studio One Artist DAW software is easy to use and offers unlimited tracks and plug-in instantiations, extensive use of drag-and-drop, in-depth editing features, and twenty native effects.
Supports multiple DAWs right out of the box including Reason, Logic, Cubase, Nuendo, GarageBand, Sonar, Bitwig, Reaper, FL Studio, Studio One, Digital Performer (installation required)
49 full-size keys, velocity-sensitive keyboard
4 keyboard velocity curve settings and 3 fixed velocity options
Pitch bend and modulation wheels
2 transpose buttons (assignable also to program, MIDI channel and preset -/+)
2 octave shift buttons (assignable also to program, MIDI channel and preset -/+)
8 velocity-sensitive trigger pads with four velocity curves plus three fixed options
Pads can be assigned notes and MIDI CC messages
8 function buttons
9 faders with 30 mm throw
8 control pots
9 assignable buttons
6 transport buttons for cycle, rewind, forward, stop, play, record
5 preset memory locations
4 pad memory locations
3-digit LED display
USB port for power and data connection to a computer
Sustain foot switch jack (pedal not included)
Supports standard DAWs right out of the box including Reason, Logic, Cubase, Nuendo, GarageBand, Sonar, Bitwig, Reaper (installation required)
Studio One Artist recording and production software offering unlimited tracks and plug-ins
In the Box
Nektar Technology Impact LX49 - USB MIDI Controller Keyboard
One (1) Year Limited Warranty
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49 velocity-sensitive synth-action keys
1 x Modulation wheel 1 x Pitch bend wheel 8 x Rotary controls 8 x Trigger pads 9 x 30 mm sliders 6 x Transport controls 12 x Function buttons 9 x Assignable buttons
1 x USB type-B 1 x 1/4" TS sustain pedal (pedal not included)
Mac OS X and Windows XP or higher - class compliant, no driver needed Mac OS X 10.7 or higher, Windows Vista, 7 and 8 or higher for DAW integration