Nektar Impact LX25+ 25-key MIDI Controller Keyboard

Nektar Impact LX25+ 25-key MIDI Controller Keyboard

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The Impact LX25+ MIDI controller is compact and portable yet jam-packed with intelligent and expressive performance control not even available on many premium products.

Nektar DAW Integration custom designed for Bitwig, Cubase, Digital Performer, FL Studio, GarageBand, Logic, Nuendo, Reaper, Reason, Sonar and Studio One takes Impact LX25+ way beyond functionality normally offered by a USB MIDI controller keyboard.

The 25 note velocity sensitive keyboard is a synth action with a medium tension. The full-size, piano-style keys are covered to protect against dirt and dust while also complementing the Impact LX design. With 4 velocity curves gradually increasing in dynamics there is a choice for any playing style. If you don't need velocity, 3 fixed velocity levels cater for a consistent output. Octave and transpose buttons as well as pitch bend and modulation wheels are within reach, so you can quickly shift the keyboard up or down as needed, or apply additional articulation with the wheels.

OCTAVE & TRANSPOSE BUTTONS
There is more to the 4 Octave & Transpose buttons than meets the eye. 4 functions are selectable on the fly so you can make important changes at any time, even while you play. A key combination makes assignment quick and easy. Choices include sending out MIDI Program Messages, change the Global MIDI Channel or select any of Impact LX25+'s 5 user presets with either the Octave or Transpose buttons.

CONTROL CENTER
A 30mm fader and 8 pots are at the center of the Impact LX25+ 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 take on a life of their own, providing flexible pre-mapped DAW control giving you the best of both worlds. Control settings can be stored in any of the 5 Impact LX25+ presets for recall at any time. And if you switch Null on, any parameter values are stored when you change presets so you avoid parameter jumping.

PADS
For groove and beat creation, Impact LX25+'s 8 velocity sensitive pads make life easy. Calibrated to trigger at a light touch, finger drumming is suddenly well within reach with a nice and even velocity response. Each pad can be assigned any MIDI note number or MIDI cc message for use as MIDI trigger or toggle buttons. But the best part is the "Pad Learn“ feature, which allows you to just select a pad, play the note or drum sound you want on the keyboard and assignment is done. No complex menus for a task that's essential to getting the most out of your pads. Assignments are stored over power cycling so you don't lose your settings when you switch your system off for the night. In addition, 4 pad map locations can store your settings for future recall.

NEKTAR DAW INTEGRATION
Impact LX25+ software integration supports most of the popular DAWs. A common workflow gives access to many of the functions you are most likely to need when recording and performing with your Impact LX25+. The best part is that it's all done for you: Simply complete the installation process and start making music! Impact LX25+ DAW integration currently supports Cubase, Digital Performer, FL Studio, Garageband, Logic, Nuendo, Reaper, Reason, Sonar and Studio One.

TRANSPORT & NAVIGATION
The 6 dedicated transport buttons are always within reach and 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 8 Impact LX25+ pots are assigned to control 8 channels of your DAWs mixer. The alternate Bank up/down function moves control assignments to the next or previous group of 8 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. To help you get the best out of your screen real estate, Impact LX also has shortcuts for opening and closing your DAWs mixer window so you can see what's going on.

INSTRUMENT PRESET
The Instrument button assigns all controls to instrument parameters once an instrument track is selected in your DAW. Nektar mapping ensures this is done automatically, so you can start tweaking immediately. Better still, many devices and plugins are pre-mapped to match the blue control labels on the Impact LX25+.

USER PRESETS & PROGRAMMING MIDI
If you mainly want to use your DAW's MIDI learn features, Impact LX25+ is easy to come to grips with.
There are 2 non-overlapping, read-only presets on the Mixer and Instrument buttons so you can quickly switch between independent and unique setups. These presets are also used for Impact LX25+'s integrated DAW support. In addition, 5 user presets are programmed for GM compatible and "learn-friendly" setups plus they can of course be overwritten with your own settings.

CONNECTIVITY & APPLE iOS
On the back of Impact LX25+ are the connection points including:
a. USB port for power and data connection to your computer or iPad (via optional USB camera connection kit)
b. Foot switch jack, assignable (pedal not included)
c. On/Off switch

BITWIG 8-TRACK INCLUDED
Bitwig 8-Track is included with every Impact LX25+ so you can start producing, performing, and designing sounds like a pro from day one. Bitwig 8-Track gives you access to over 50 software instruments and effects for use on up to 8 audio or MIDI project tracks, and you can use any 3rd party VST plug-ins you might own, too. The ‘Bitwig Essentials Package’, a highly versatile handpicked selection of loops, clips and samples, is also included to help you get started. So put all that together and you have a powerful sketchpad for your musical ideas featuring the acclaimed workflow of Bitwig Studio.

Specifications:
  • Keyboard
    • 25 note velocity-sensitive synth-action keyboard
    • 4 velocity curves + 3 fixed
    • Pitch bend & Modulation wheels
    • Octave shift buttons
    • Transpose shift buttons
  • Controls
    • 8 potentiometers
    • 1 30mm faders
    • 6 dedicated transport buttons
    • 5 preset locations store control settings
    • Page button (for Nektar DAW Integration only)
    • Nektar DAW Integration for major DAWs
  • Pads
    • 8 velocity sensitive pads
    • Each pad LED illuminated with 4 color options: Green, Yellow, Orange and Red
    • 4 velocity curves plus 3 fixed
    • Note-learn
    • Pads assignable notes and MIDI cc messages
    • Load or Save to any of 4 pad maps
    • Clips and Scenes LED buttons
  • Connections
    • 1/4” TS jack foot switch input (MIDI Assignable)
    • USB port on rear panel, and USB bus powered
    • Connects to iPad via Apple Camera Connection Kit (not supplied)
  • Weight & Dimensions
    • Dimensions: 18 3/4"(L) x 10 1/2"(D) x 2 3/4"(H)
    • Weight: 4 Lbs
  • System Requirements
    • USB Class compliant, no driver is needed for:
    • Apple iOS, Apple OSX, Windows XP, or higher, Linux (MIDI driver software required)
  • Nektar DAW Integration
    • Mac OS X 10.7 or higher, Windows Vista, 7 & 8 or higher

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