Nektar Technology Panorama P6 - Keyboard Controller

Nektar Technology Panorama P6 - Keyboard Controller

Nektar Technology Panorama P6 - Keyboard Controller

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  • 61 Velocity-Sensitive Keys
  • 12 Pads
  • 9 x 45mm Faders
  • 16 Encoders
  • Transport Buttons with Looper Function
  • Extended Integration with Many DAWs
  • USB Bus Powered
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows Vista/7
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Nektar Technology Panorama P6 overview

  • 1Description

The Panorama P6 from Nektar Technology is a 61-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 P6 the definitive keyboard controller for Reason and other MIDI software and hardware.

DAW Control
Deep Integration without the need for mapping of the following software:
  • Apple Main Stage 3
  • Cocos Reaper
  • Bitwig Studio
  • Cubase
  • Logic Pro
  • Reason
  • 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
    • Re-designed Kong, ReDrum and Dr OctoRex interfaces for improved beat creation including colored graphic pads on the TFT display and drum parameters selectable by hitting the corresponding pad
    • Kong pad 1 and ReDrum channel 1 can be triggered via the foot switch socket
    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
    • Improved Transport mode with icons showing status for click, Q-record, cycle and pre-count
    • Button for quantize added along with some re-organization that eliminated the need for another menu level to access some functions
    • Looper addition to Transport mode
    • With the looper active, the pads act as an array of loop markers automatically set across a Reason song at an adjustable loop length
    • Randomize function allows the randomization of device parameters that are currently in view on Panorama's display
    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
    • Increased pad sensitivity so the pads can be triggered with the lightest of touch
    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
    • Mixer channel signal indicators show if a signal is present for any of the eight channels visible on Panorama's Mixer view
    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
    • Presets and map changes assignable to any button making it possible to recall any given preset or map at the push of a button
    • Options for assigning next or previous are available with the new default assignment of the Patch- and Patch+ buttons
    • Secondary encoder curve assignment to be triggered by the PB-buttons allows immediate switching between an acceleration curve and a new linear option
    • Formatting of Reason parameter values that are not formatted by the application including EQ and Dynamics parameters
    • Instant view of F-keys assignments when the F-keys shift button is pressed
    UPC: 859383002169
    In the Box
    Nektar Technology Panorama P6 - Keyboard Controller
  • USB Cable (Standard)
  • USB Type A to Micro B Cable
  • One (1) Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Nektar Technology Panorama P6 specs

    Keyboard 61-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
    Power Requirements USB power or optional external USB power supply

    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
    System Requirements Mac OS X
    Windows Vista and Windows 7 (Windows XP not currently supported)
    Reason 5, 6 and 6.5 supported
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 21.1 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 41.0 x 15.0 x 6.0"

    Nektar Technology Panorama P6 reviews

    Panorama P6 - Keyboard Controller is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works perfectly with Logic My son has the Push 2 for Ableton and I grew jealous of the ability to cruise around the program via the hardware. Brilliant piece. But now he's jealous of the P6. Really thorough integration into Logic and lets you flow so much more easily as you write. Not sure I would mix with this but I've only had it for a week and I can't imagine doing without. The only caveat is the feel of the keys which will take some getting used to. I was so used to my old controller. But I'm not a virtuoso player so it's not a deal breaker to me. Lastly they are super responsive to questions. A good sign in this day and age of questionable tech support.
    Date published: 2016-01-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must have! Improves workflow. Impressive auto mapping! Wow. The functionality and simplified workflow are amazing. It has auto mapping for MOST instrument plug-ins. (More to come) I use it with a Mac Pro Quad core with Cubase 8.5 and Maschine 2.x softwares and it works flawlessly. It's easy to learn, but you will have to invest some time to learn all of the functions. I was looking at a couple of competitors offerings and they just didn't match up. One of the others had great proprietary plug-in control, but the keys felt cheap and didn't have quite the velocity touch as the Nektar P6. I would definitely recommend this keyboard to serious producers/composers and advanced hobbyists. -Chips Weldon @ Workflow Productions Inc
    Date published: 2017-03-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceed my expectations Hooked up the P6 via USB, glad I did because I used to use a midisport and I'm not sure if all the features work through standard midi. But connected via midi and with the Cubase drivers installed the keyboard automaps the parameters of the vast majority of VST synths I have loaded. Simply select the track and it automatically recognizes the instrument and premaps the parameters. I don't have to load anything for it to do this. So far the only thing that it doesn't automap is NI's Battery's parameters but that makes sense cause there are dozens of settings for each separate cell. You can of course map parameters yourself. Mapping aside the transport section is AWESOME! Most controllers don't offer an Undo button (I use heavily) and some also don't include left/right marker buttons and only offer fast forward/rewind. I almost never have to touch my mouse when starting/stopping/undoing/and repeating a recording take! It has endless rotary knobs which have the benefit of starting adjustment from the current parameter value rather than jumping up to the parameter quickly. If you don't like rotary because you don't know the boundary of 0 or 127 then you can simply map a fader and use that since it has finite travel. Now, the keybed... I could not be happier!!! I generally love the feel of weighted keys but I do electronic industrial music and often need a fast key respond which weighted are too slow. This keybed offers the heavier downpress of a weighted keybed BUT bounces up more like a semi-weighted keyboard, it's just perfect! Overall I simply love this keyboard so much and just wish I bought it sooner. My only gripe is Nektar requires you register the product and sign into their site before you can gain access to the available drivers and such - just confusing for newcomers since it *looks* like there aren't any driver/software downloads on their site. Also, they should give a more complete manual in box.
    Date published: 2016-11-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product Use the keyboard for home recording. Excellent quality for the money.
    Date published: 2016-12-18
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