Nektar Technology Impact LX25+ USB MIDI Controller Keyboard

Nektar Technology Impact LX25+ USB MIDI Controller Keyboard

Nektar Technology Impact LX25+ USB MIDI Controller Keyboard

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Product Highlights

  • 25 Velocity-Sensitive Keys
  • 4 Velocity Curves and 3 Fixed Velocities
  • 8 Velocity-Sensitive Trigger Pads
  • 8 Control Pots and Single Fader
  • Modulation and Pitch Bend Wheels
  • Transpose and Octave-Shift Buttons
  • Full Transport Controls
  • Bitwig 8-Track Included
  • Compatibility with Apple iOS
  • Intelligent Mapping for Major DAWs
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  • 1Description

The Impact LX25+ from Nektar Technology is a 25-key, velocity-sensitive USB controller keyboard featuring intelligent mapping, allowing you to manipulate integral aspects of all major DAWs from the controller. Its piano-style keys respond with a medium tension, and four velocity curves are available along with three fixed-velocity levels for instances where consistent output is required.

Octave and transpose buttons are available, as well as pitch-bend and modulation wheels. Eight velocity-sensitive pads allow you to finger-drum in the MPC style, though each pad can be assigned any MIDI note number or MIDI CC message for use as MIDI-trigger or toggle buttons. This keyboard includes the Bitwig 8-Track DAW for music creation, and allows for optional connection with iOS devices.

Control Center
Single 30mm fader and eight encoders line the top of the control panel. Each control is fully programmable to send any MIDI CC message for use with hardware or software MIDI products. Used with Nektar DAW integration, the controls provide seamless but flexible operation over most DAWs. Personalized settings can be stored in any of the five Impact LX+ presets for recall at any time. If you switch Null on, any parameter values are stored when you change presets so you avoid parameter jumping.
For groove and beat creation, this keyboard boasts eight velocity-sensitive pads, calibrated to trigger at a light touch, and suitable for finger-drumming, providing an even velocity response. Each pad can be assigned any MIDI note number or MIDI CC message for use as a MIDI trigger or to toggle buttons. The "Pad Learn" function allows for easy assignment: simply select a pad, play the note or drum sound you want on the keyboard, and the assignment is completed. Assignments are stored over power cycling so you don't lose your settings when you switch your system off. In addition, four pad-map locations can store settings for future recall. Four-color LED illumination indicates which pad map is currently loaded and can even tell you which type of MIDI message each pad sends.
DAW Integration
Software integration supports most of the popular DAWs with a common workflow, providing access to many of the functions most likely to needed when recording and performing. Simply complete the installation process and start making music. DAW integration currently supports Cubase, Digital Performer, FL Studio, Garageband, Logic, Nuendo, Reaper, Reason, Sonar and Studio One. Buttons and controls are labeled so you don't have to remember how they are assigned.
Transport and Navigation
Six dedicated transport buttons are mapped to control Cycle, Rewind, Forward, Stop, Play and Record. Press Shift to get access to alternate functions such as Goto L, Set L, Set R, Undo, Click and Mode. Dedicated Track up/down and Patch up/down buttons are located below the display.
Mixer Control
Press mixer and the eight pots are assigned to control the eight channels of your DAW's mixer. The alternate Bank up/down function moves control assignments to the next or previous group of eight channels. Press the [Mixer] button and they switch to control pan. The fader is assigned to the currently selected channel so you always know where to find it. The pads also have alternate functions and can control Mute for the current bank.
Instrument Presets
The Instrument button assigns all controls to instrument parameters once an instrument track is selected in the DAW. Nektar mapping ensures this is done automatically, and many devices and plugins are pre-mapped to match the blue control labels on the controller. The Nektar "Grab" mode allow for temporarily assigning parameters to controls as you work on your project. Some DAWs even supports saving "grabbed" parameters to a Nektar map which means you can completely customize your assignments for future use.
User Presets and Programming MIDI
If you mainly want to use a DAW's MIDI learn features, there are two non-overlapping, read-only presets on the Mixer and Instrument buttons, so you can quickly switch between independent and unique setups. In addition, five user presets are programmed for GM compatible and "learn-friendly" setups plus they can be overwritten with custom settings.
Connectivity and iOS Capability
As a low-powered USB device, this keyboard works with all USB devices that feature a Class-compliant MIDI driver. You can also hook the keyboard to an Apple iPad using the iPad's optional USB camera-connection kit (available separately).
Includes Bitwig 8-Track
Bitwig 8-Track is included with your purchase, giving you access to over 50 software instruments and effects for use on up to eight audio or MIDI tracks, and providing third-party plug-in support as well. Bitwig also offers a selection of loops, clips, and samples.
UPC: 859383002329
In the Box
Nektar Technology Impact LX25+ USB MIDI Controller Keyboard
  • USB Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Nektar Technology LX25+ specs

    Keyboard 25-note velocity-sensitive synth-action keyboard
    4 x velocity curves, 3 x fixed-velocity settings
    Pitch bend and Modulation wheels
    Octave shift buttons
    Transpose shift buttons
    Controls 8 x potentiometers
    1 x 30 mm fader
    6 x dedicated transport buttons
    5 x preset locations store control settings
    Page button (for Nektar DAW Integration)
    Nektar DAW Integration for major DAWs
    Pads 8 x velocity-sensitive pads
    Color Options: Green, Yellow, Orange and Red
    4 x velocity curves, 3 x fixed-velocity settings
    Pads assignable notes and MIDI CC messages
    Load or save to any of 4 pad maps
    Clips and Scenes LED buttons
    Connectors 1 x USB port
    1 x 1/4" TS footswitch input (MIDI assignable)
    Connects to iPad via Apple Camera Connection Kit (not supplied)
    Power Requirements USB bus
    System Requirements Class-compliant, no driver needed for Apple iOS, Apple OS X, Windows XP, or higher, Linux (MIDI driver software required)
    DAW Integration Mac OS X 10.7 or higher; Windows Vista, 7, 8 or higher
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 18.75 x 10.5 x 2.75" (476 x 267 x 70 mm)
    Weight 4 lb (1.8 kg)
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    Package Weight 5.9 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 20.5 x 12.3 x 4.5"

    Nektar Technology LX25+ reviews

    Impact LX25+ USB MIDI Controller Keyboard is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 6.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid MIDI with deep DAW integration Very impressive keyboard controller for the price. I'm using it with Reaper and with the included Bitwig 8-Track and it works seamlessly with both DAWs for me on Windows 10. Good keys and great pads. Also impressed so far with Bitwig - the included copy is limited to 8 tracks but includes 3 instruments and tons of effects. Quite nice. This is my first Nektar product so I can't speak to long-term durability but out of the box its a hit.
    Date published: 2016-12-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Product, Needs more Integration The keyboard feels nice and it apparently works with quite a few DAW's. The pads feel nice as well, it's a little bulky but it fits nicely where I have it placed. Setup was pretty simple (depending on which DAW you're using). It comes prepacked with Bitwig. I haven't tried it in Bitwig because I use Maschine. This keyboard works inside that DAW but not the greatest. You have to manually set/macro the knobs in Maschine in order to get them to work, which sucks. I wish Nektar and Maschine/Native Instruments could work together and deliver a better experience for people using their software/hardware. Maybe there's a template somewhere and I just haven't found it. Overall I'd recommend this product as it does what it describes.
    Date published: 2018-06-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Controller Keyboard I'm using this controller with the full version of Bitwig. Bitwig and Impact LX25+ feel like an instrument instead of a DAW and midi controller. One thing I don't like about theImpact LX25+ is Soft Take Over mode which is the knob has to be turned passed the value that is Bitwig in order to take effect. This is to avoid value jumping. I'd rather have immediate change even if jumping occurs. The first Impact LX25+ I received from B+H was defective, but returning it was easy and the one I have now is solid.
    Date published: 2017-02-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Value for the Price I am just getting into MIDI. I'd heard great things about the Nektar MIDI controllers and I was particularly interested because they come with specific setup protocols for individual DAWS. I'm a reaper user and the Impact L25+ mated perfectly with it. Great value and a lot of capabilities for 99 bucks.
    Date published: 2018-05-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great with Reaper! I bought this because I wanted a controller that would work with my Reaper DAW without headaches.� This is exactly what I was looking for.� It just works without hassles.� Also the free shipping was extremely fast.�� Good job B&H!
    Date published: 2018-05-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it glad I bought it
    Date published: 2018-08-03
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