Nektar Technology Impact LX88+ USB MIDI Controller Keyboard

Nektar Technology Impact 88-Key Keyboard Controller and Bitwig DAW Kit

Nektar Technology Impact 88-Key Keyboard Controller and Bitwig DAW Kit

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Nektar Technology Impact 88-Key Keyboard Controller and Bitwig DAW Kit

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  • 88-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller
  • Bitwig Studio Digital Audio Workstation
  • Velocity-Sensitive Keys and Trigger Pads
  • 8 Control Pots and 9 Faders
  • Transport Controls and DAW Mapping
  • Multi-Track Recording
  • Hybrid Audio and MIDI Tracks
  • Layered Editing and Clip Automation
  • VST and VST3 Support
  • Mac OS X, Windows, Linux
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  • 1Description

The Impact 88-Key Keyboard Controller and Bitwig DAW Kit from B&H is a keyboard controller and software package designed to provide robust music creation functionality, versatile control, and smooth integration for producers, musicians, and electronic artists in small- and large-scale production rooms, personal studios, and mobile setups. It includes a Nektar Impact LX88+ 88-key USB MIDI keyboard controller and Bitwig Studio V2 digital audio workstation software.

Bitwig Studio V2 offers multi-track recording with audio, instrument, and audio/MIDI hybrid tracks. Edit tracks individually or in layers, and apply automation on clips and tracks. Multiple clip-launching modes serve looping and live performance workflows. 9GB of content includes a variety of instrument samples, loops, and sound effects. Support for VST and VST3 allows you to use third-party plug-ins such as instruments and mixing effects. Bitwig Studio V2 is compatible with Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux.

The Impact LX88+ keyboard controller provides 88 semi-weighted, velocity-sensitive keys, eight velocity-sensitive trigger pads, eight control pots, and nine faders. There are modulation and pitch bend wheels, transport controls, and multiple velocity curves. Intelligent mapping allows out-of-the-box support for many popular DAWs including Bitwig.

  • Nektar Technology Impact LX88+ USB MIDI Controller Keyboard

    The Impact LX88+ from Nektar Technology is an 88-note, velocity-sensitive, semi-weighted action keyboard, with medium tension, which amongst other things, provides more reach for the performing musician. The full-size, piano-style keys are covered to protect against dirt and dust, and the keyboard can be set to one of four available velocity curves, along with three fixed-velocity levels for instances where consistent output is required. It features intelligent mapping for manipulating integral aspects of all major DAWs from the controller, while for those preferring to control MIDI hardware, a build-in MIDI Out port is provided, as well as extensive MIDI programing options.

    The keyboard can send on up to three zones at the same time. 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. The keyboard includes the Bitwig 8-Track DAW for music creation, and allows for optional connection with iOS devices.

    Split, Layer, Transpose Buttons
    Send on up to three zones at the same time. When split or layer is active, the corresponding LED button is lit so there is no confusion. Each zone can be programmed to send on its own unique MIDI channel with essential settings, either pre-programmed, or adjustable during performance. Two transpose buttons below the Split and Layer buttons allow for selecting four functions on the fly for making changes at any time, even while playing. A key combination makes assignment quick and easy with the LED display telling you which function you have selected. Choices include sending out MIDI Program Messages, change the Global MIDI Channel or select any of Impact LX88+'s five user presets with either the Octave or Transpose buttons. Pressing either split or layer while pressing the Transpose buttons will change the setting currently assigned for the corresponding zone.
    Control Center
    Nine 30mm faders, nine MIDI buttons, 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.
    LED Buttons
    Nine LED buttons can be programmed with a variety of MIDI messages including sending specific MIDI Program changes. The last MIDI Program message sent is remembered so a corresponding LED button illuminates correctly, even if Program was sent via, for example, the transpose buttons or the Setup menu. You can also assign the 8 pads to send Program messages so you'll have instant access to 17 buttons without changing preset or pad map. Used with Nektar DAW Integration the LED buttons indicate status for a number of parameters. In Instrument mode, an instrument plug-in's switch parameters can be learned with the LED telling you when it's on or off. In Mixer mode the LED buttons control Mute and Solo, with the LED colors indicating the corresponding channels current status.
    Pads
    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. The buttons under the faders follow the channel assignment of their corresponding fader and can control Mute or Solo with LED's indicating current status. Pan for the group of eight channels controlled by the faders is handled by the eight pots. Fader 9 is used for control volume of the current mixer channel as well as master volume. Additionally, shortcuts are available for opening and closing the DAWs mixer window for added visibility.
    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 plug-ins 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: 859383002336
  • Bitwig Studio V2 - Music Creation System for Mac, Windows, and Linux (Boxed)

    Featuring an intuitive layout that adapts to each step of an artist's workflow, Bitwig Studio V2 - Music Creation System for Mac, Windows, and Linux offers a significant update to the production and performance DAW designed for the electronic and recording musician. Upgrades to the software include a re-conceptualized modulation system with over 25 added modulators, 17 new devices (audio, note and hardware), updated remote control facilities, dynamic displays, and better hardware integration with improved MIDI handling and editor workflows.

    Bitwig's recording environment utilizes an object-based system for editing tracks, clips, virtual instruments, effects, and individual notes. Built-in parameter spectrographs provide visual feedback of how setting changes influence parameters such as gain, velocity, panorama and more. In addition to the traditional linear multi-track recording view, the software offers an arranger clip launcher for experimenting with non-linear looping while producing and a mixer clip launcher view for live performance.

    The program supports audio tracks with time stretching and transient detection, instrument tracks with per note micro-pitch control, and hybrid tracks that can accept both audio and MIDI instrument information. This enables bouncing note clips to audio in place and slicing audio to send to a sampler or drum machine. Multiple tracks can be edited simultaneously using layered editing, and automation can be applied at both the clip and track level. A suite of virtual instruments is included, as well as full support for 32-/64-bit VST and VST3 plug-ins. Each plug-in is opened as a separate process to prevent Bitwig Studio from crashing in case the VST plug-in crashes. A "Unified Device System" allows any device parameter, nested device, or plug-in to be modulated with macro controls, LFOs, note expressions, and envelope followers, as well as hardware parameters.

    Workflow enhancements include multi-monitor support for up to 3 monitors. The 9GB factory content includes 2,000 presets and sounds, such as drum machines (808, 909, percussion), acoustic drums, multi-sampled instruments (Wurlitzer, Rhodes, vibraphone, marimba, acoustic and electric bass), instrument loops, various sound effects, and an Artist Collection Package. A context-based pop-up browser system allows for simple tagging and searching for music content. The software supports many popular MIDI devices out of the box, such as full integration with Nektar's Panorama and Impact controllers, and also provides an open-source JavaScript API for programming controller functionality.

    What's New in Version 2

    New Features and Updates
    • A re-conceptualized Modulation System
    • Numerous device updates, including dynamic displays, and spectrum analyzers
    • Remote controls
    • Fades and crossfades
    • VST3 support
    • Better hardware integration
    • Smart tool switching
    • Improved editor workflow
    • MIDI timecode support
    • New menu system
    • Dashboard
    • Notification system
    • Adjustable track height in arranger
    • Controller API improvements
    New Modulators
    • 4-Stage: Advanced envelope that can be synced to tempo and looped
    • ADSR: Inspired by and modelled on old analog classic synth envelopes
    • AHDSR: Attack-Hold-Decay-Sustain-Release envelope with slope settings
    • Audio Sidechain: Allows you to use any audio input (in the track or external) as a modulation source
    • Beat LFO: A simple yet powerful beat-synced LFO with expressive controls for wave shape and timing
    • Button: A simple button to control any parameter
    • Buttons: Two buttons, freely assignable to any parameter
    • Classic LFO: A highly configurable LFO with numerous available waveforms and polyphonic capabilities
    • Envelope Follower: An envelope modulator controlled by audio input
    • Expressions: Assign up to four expressions (velocity, timbre, release, pressure) to any parameter in your device chain
    • HW CV In: Modulate parameters in Bitwig Studio 2 from hardware via CV using this Modulator
    • Keytrack: Modulate any parameter by key of incoming notes, with curve settings
    • Macro-4: Four macro knobs in one modulator
    • Macro: A simple macro knob
    • Math: A choice of adding, subtracting, multiplying or min/max-ing two parameters
    • LFO: A free-running LFO that can be shaped in many ways
    • MIDI: Allows you to modulate any parameter using MIDI CC, Pitch Bend or Aftertouch data from an external source
    • Mix: Control a parameter with two faders and a crossfader to create complex interconnecting relationships
    • Note Sidechain: Allows you to use any note input as a modulation source
    • Random: Useful for giving a parameter a random value every time you play a note, at a given time interval or to provide some smooth sweeping chaos
    • Select-4: Select-4 is a morphing modulator, letting you set four stages, with each stage modulating any number of parameters – you can then morph between the four stages using a fader
    • Steps: Modulate any parameter with a step sequencer – you can set speed, number of steps, and direction
    • Vector-4: An X/Y matrix where each of the four corners can be assigned to control any parameter
    • Vector-8: Similar to Vector-4 but with eight assignable points
    • XY: Assign each axis to any parameter and use as a X/Y pad with great expressive potential

     

    New Devices
    • Audio FX
      • Spectrum analyzer: Delivers a visual representation of the audio material you feed it – allows for a freely selectable secondary input, so you can directly compare the frequency graph of two separate audio sources
      • Pitch Shifter: Shifts your pitch up or down one octave, with precise fine-tune and grain control
      • Treemonster: Organic zero-crossing amplitude controlled ring modulator with a life of its own
      • Phaser: High-quality phaser, by popular demand
      • Dual Pan: Control panning for individual channels of a stereo signal
      • DC Offset: A utility device to add DC offset to an audio signal, for instance to generate audio signals from modulation
    • Note Effects
      • Multi-Note: This chorder device will generate up to 7 notes based on the note you send into it, with pitch and velocity settings
      • Note Echo: Allows you to get creative with note echoes and loops
      • Note Harmonizer: Transpose your notes in real-time to harmonize with a chord playing on another track
      • Note Latch: The Note Latch device will simply hold any note you send into it until it receives the next note - or until you click its stop button
      • Note Length: This device will transform all notes to a defined length and velocity – in its second mode, it can generate a fixed-length note when the key is released
      • Note Velocity: Transform velocity on incoming notes using a curve and use modulators for some dynamic velocity effects
    • Hardware Integration Devices
      • MIDI CC: This device can be used to send CC data to external hardware or plug-ins – add it to a HW Instrument device to get instant access to your hardware's parameters
      • MIDI Program Change: As the name implies, this device allows you to control program changes of your hardware or VST plug-ins from Bitwig Studio
      • MIDI Song Select: A device used to send MIDI song select messages to external devices, for instance to change patterns on a drum machine
      • HW Clock Out: Using the HW CV Clock device you can send CV clock to audio outputs, with individual time settings
      • HW CV Instrument: Use this device to send notes as CV and gate to an output on your audio interface, to control analog synths, Eurorack modules and other hardware
      • HW CV Out: This is a simple device to send a CV signal to an output on your audio interface
    Key Features
    • Native cross-platform DAW (Windows, macOS, Linux)
    • Intuitive nonlinear sequencing for the studio world and beyond
    • Modular device structure with advanced nesting and routing
    • Multi-touch support for Windows and Linux, with a dedicated Tablet display profile
    • Full multicore and multiprocessor support
    • VST and VST3 support with built-in 32-/64-bit bridging, plug-in crash protection, delay compensation, and flexible multi-out and sidechain capabilities
    • Multi-display support for up to three displays
    • Unified Modulation System: Use Macro controls, Note Expressions, and LFOs & Envelopes to modulate any device, VST plug-in, or hardware parameter
    • Advanced Layered Editing mode
    • Support for various MIDI controllers out of the box, with native MPE support for next generation controllers
    • Open Controller API: Create and customize functionality for any MIDI controller, with scripting access to nearly every feature of Bitwig Studio
    • Bounce and Bounce in Place for Clips or time selection
    • Context-based Pop-up Browser, with support for selected VST preset formats
    • Extensive hardware integration with MIDI sync, MIDI Time Code, as well as analog Clock, and CV out
    • File import: WAV, AIFF, MP3, AAC, WMA, FLAC, OGG Vorbis, and MIDI
  • Nektar Technology Impact LX88+ USB MIDI Controller Keyboard
    Keyboard 88-note velocity-sensitive semi-weighted keyboard
    4 x velocity curves, 3 x fixed-velocity settings
    Pitch bend and Modulation wheels
    Transpose shift buttons
    Transpose shift buttons
    Controls 8 x potentiometers
    9 x 30 mm faders
    9 x assignable buttons
    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
    Note-learn
    Pads assignable notes and MIDI CC messages
    Load or save to any of 4 pad maps
    Clips and Scenes LED buttons
    Connectors 1 x 1/4" TS footswitch input (MIDI assignable)
    1 x 5-pin DIN MIDI Out (can be routed from LX88 or from DAW)
    1 x USB port
    Connects to iPad via Apple Camera Connection Kit (not supplied)
    1 x power supply socket (PSU optional), 9V 600 mA, center positive, 2.1 mm barrel connector
    Power Requirements USB bus
    Via optional external 9V power supply
    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) 50.25 x 11 x 3.5" (1276 x 279 x 89 mm)
    Weight 18 lb (8.2 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 52.25 x 13.25 x 6.3"
  • Bitwig Studio V2 - Music Creation System for Mac, Windows, and Linux (Boxed)
    System Requirements
    Mac OS X 10.9 or later
    64-bit capable Intel CPU
    Minimum 4 GB RAM
    Minimum 9 GB free disk space
    Minimum 1280 x 768-pixel screen resolution
    Decent internet connection for bundled content (not included with installer)
    Windows Windows 7, 8, 10 (64-bit)
    Dual-core AMD or Intel CPU or faster with SSE3 support
    Minimum 4 GB RAM
    Minimum 9 GB free disk space
    Minimum 1280 x 768-pixel screen resolution
    Decent internet connection for bundled content (not included with installer)
    Linux Requirements Ubuntu 16.04 or later
    64-bit Dual Core or better x86 CPU with SSE3 support
    Minimum 4 GB RAM
    Minimum 9 GB free disk space
    Minimum 1280 x 768-pixel screen resolution
    Decent internet connection for bundled content (not included with installer)
    Support VST(i): VST 2.4 and VST3 (32-/64-bit support)
    AU: No, possible in future version
    OSC: No, possible in future version
    ReWire: No
    JACK: Yes
    ALSA: Yes
    PulseAudio: Yes
    LV2: No, possible in future version
    Audio Formats Support File Import: WAV, AIFF, MP3, AAC, WMA, FLAC, OGG Vorbis, and MIDI
    File Export: WAV, up to 32-bit/192 kHz
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.9 x 7.7 x 2.1"
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