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Nektar Technology GX61 - USB MIDI Keyboard Controller

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Nektar Technology
Nektar Technology GX61 - USB MIDI Keyboard Controller
Key Features
  • 61 Velocity-Sensitive Keys
  • 4 Velocity Curves + 3 Fixed
  • Modulation and Pitch Bend Wheels
  • Transpose and Octave Shift Buttons
The GX61 from Nektar is 61-key USB MIDI keyboard controller featuring a pitch-bend wheel, modulation wheel, and footswitch socket. Two multi-colored octave buttons enable shifting the keyboard range by -3 or +4 octaves, with the LED colors showing exact status. Dedicated transpose buttons allow for shifting the keyboard range by +/- 12 semitones. The buttons can quickly be re-purposed to change the global MIDI channel, or send program messages. Additionally an assignable potentiometer provides control over any MIDI parameter, which by default controls mixer volume.
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Nektar Technology GX61 Overview

The GX61 from Nektar is 61-key USB MIDI keyboard controller featuring a pitch-bend wheel, modulation wheel, and footswitch socket. Two multi-colored octave buttons enable shifting the keyboard range by -3 or +4 octaves, with the LED colors showing exact status. Dedicated transpose buttons allow for shifting the keyboard range by +/- 12 semitones. The buttons can quickly be re-purposed to change the global MIDI channel, or send program messages. Additionally an assignable potentiometer provides control over any MIDI parameter, which by default controls mixer volume.

Eight buttons provide DAW control, and when combined with Nektar DAW Integration, extend functionality to include control over transport and a host of other important DAW functions. The buttons can also be assigned to MIDI messages for use with any MIDI software that's not supported by Nektar DAW Integration. A primary and a secondary message, accessed via the shift button, can be programmed for each of seven buttons, delivering a total of fourteen programmable options. 

Each of the fourteen assignable MIDI buttons, the modulation wheel, footswitch, and the big control knob can be assigned to send out MIDI CC messages. The assignable buttons can additionally be configured to send out a program message or MMC transport control. Transport controls with the ability to go to and set locators, track navigation, volume control, launching windows and patch navigation are also available. Bitwig 8-Track software is included to provide a ready-to-create solution.

61 full-size, velocity-sensitive keys
Four keyboard-velocity curve settings and three fixed-velocity options
Pitch bend and modulation wheels
Two transpose buttons
Two octave-shift buttons
Nektar DAW Integration for many of the most commonly used DAWs
Eight buttons for DAW control – seven dual-function buttons and one shift button
Buttons can also be assigned to MIDI messages for use with any MIDI software that's not supported by Nektar DAW Integration
Seven transport buttons with secondary level (accessed via shift button) for fourteen MIDI controls
USB port for power and data connection to a computer
Sustain foot switch jack (pedal not included)
Included Bitwig 8-Track provides access to over fifty software instruments and effects for use on up to eight audio or MIDI project tracks, along with any 3rd-party VST plug-ins
UPC: 859383002299

Nektar Technology GX61 Specs

USB / MIDI Controller
Keyboard61 Full-Size Keys, Synth Action with Velocity
MIDI Control Surfaces1 x Wheel (Pitch-Bend)
1 x Wheel (Modulation)
1 x Rotary Encoder
Performance FunctionsOctave Shift, Transport Controls, Transpose
Connectivity
I/O1 x USB Type-B Bus-Power/Host Connection
1 x 1/4" TS Footswitch Input
OS CompatibilitymacOS 10.7 or Later
Windows Vista
Windows 7 or Later
Windows XP or Later
iOS
Linux
*As of November, 2018: check with manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility
Power
Power OptionsUSB Bus Power
Physical
Dimensions (W x D x H)38.0 x 7.8 x 2.8" / 96.5 x 19.7 x 7.0 cm
Weight6 lb / 2.7 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight8 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)39.5 x 9.89 x 3.8"

Nektar Technology GX61 Reviews

Great item even better service

By Thomas
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-22

I couldn’t say enough about the customer service and promptness of shipping. It’s hard to find knowledgeable customer service agents and a quality product. B&H will get my business again. Oh by the way the keyboard far exceeded my expectations.

Decent midi controller keyboard

By Mark
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2018-02-27

This keyboard is very basic.� You have the 61 key, velocity sensitive keys, 14 (7 with shift key) additional buttons, and one volume control.� The key action is the simple, spring-type that is a bit soft but adequate.� Nevertheless, it has performed flawlessly for me.� It feels well made, and the key action is as good as one finds on typical synthesizer-type keyboards up to several hundred dollars.�� All in all a good choice� for one looking for an inexpensive midi keyboard controller that will be satisfying over time if basic in functionality.

Great

By Robertc
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-08-17

Great keyboard for a very reasonable price.

Great Controller and Value for the Money!

By FLS133
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-03-01

Great controller although have just used the basic functions so far. It has a very nice feel to the keys. Wanted to simplify and get something smaller for my desktop and this fit the bill perfectly!

Great price, awesome device

By Leslie
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-05-05

I was surprised at first when I saw the price, and after going through a couple of reviews I gave it a shot. It didnt disappoint. Great price, great quality!

Amazing but no macro knobs :(

By Sam
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2018-08-12

Amazing for the price and size. No drivers required to get it to work

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Could I connect this keyboard to another keyboard ...

Could I connect this keyboard to another keyboard as a keyboard extension, without connection to a computer or laptop?
Asked by: Albert
No. This keyboard requires a usb midi connection and software to function.
Answered by: Daniel
Date published: 2020-07-16
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