Nektar Impact GX61 61 Key USB MIDI Controller
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Nektar products are synonymous with DAW integration on Mac and Windows and the Impact GX61 is no exception.
The compact design of the GX61 is comfortable in front of a computer, whilst delivering powerful functionality not found on larger and more comprehensive controllers.
When inspiration strikes, the Impact GX61 delivers the control needed to capture ideas while they are fresh.
IMPACT GX61 CONTROLLER KEYBOARD
The Impact GX61 is a dynamic and expressive instrument, tailored to composition & performance with your computer music system or DAW.
The no-fuss interface is a great entry into the world of Nektar controllers.
The GX61 features a 61 note (5 octave) keyboard, pitch-bend wheel, modulation wheel and foot switch socket for added flexibility. Two multi-coloured octave buttons enable shifting the keyboard range up or down -3/+4 octaves with the LED colours changing to show the exact status.
The Nektar Impact GX61 is well equipped to deliver unbeatable workflow.
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The dedicated transpose buttons on the GX61 allow you to shift the keyboard range up to +/- 12 semi tones. These buttons can also quickly be re-purposed to either change the Global MIDI Channel or send Program messages.
Additionally an assignable potentiometer provides control over any MIDI parameter, by default it controls mixer volume.
Nektar DAW Integration for many of the most commonly used DAW's makes it easy to get going, and a pleasure to use.
With the Nektar Impact GX61 your controller keyboard is part of your system, giving you the creative freedom to compose, perform and play - without having to reach for your mouse constantly.
TRANSPORT – EXTENDED!
There are eight buttons intended for DAW control at the centre of the Impact GX61. Essential tasks like transport activation or navigating tracks are highly repetitive and reaching for the mouse every time can kill any seed of inspiration.
Used with Nektar DAW integration, these 8 buttons extend functionality to include control over transport and a host of other important DAW functions, right from your GX61!
The same 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 can be programmed for each of 7 buttons, delivering 14 programmable options total.
NEKTAR DAW INTEGRATION – TICKING ALL THE RIGHT BOXES
Nektar DAW integration is carefully crafted to give the best experience with your Nektar hardware. It delivers the freedom to create, instead of having to reach for the mouse constantly when you are in the middle of capturing an idea.
Transport control with ability to goto and set locators, track navigation, volume control, launching windows and patch navigation is all available right from the Impact GX61.
Check out the function overview chart below and see how the Impact GX61 ticks all the right boxes.
MIDI CONTROL & SETUP FUNCTIONS
The Impact GX61 is both a MIDI controller and a DAW controller. If you use MIDI software that’s not supported by Nektar DAW Integration, a host of options are available for you to set up MIDI control yourself.
Each of the 14 assignable MIDI buttons, the modulation wheel, foot switch - and of course the big control knob - can be assigned to send out MIDI cc messages.
The assignable buttons (14 of them over 2 levels!) can be configured to send out Program message or MMC transport control. MMC (MIDI Machine Control) is often supported by DAW's that don’t allow for advanced integration, so with this option the Impact GX61 covers all the bases.
The Setup menu also enables Program messages, Bank LSB/MSB to be sent out on the fly as well as settings for selecting one of the 4 velocity curves, setting the Global MIDI Channel and assigning the transpose buttons.
CONNECTIVITY & APPLE iOS
As a low powered USB device, the Impact GX61 works with all USB devices that feature a Class compliant MIDI driver. That includes all version of Windows from XP and higher, Apple OS X 10.5 and higher plus Linux (as long as a USB MIDI driver package is installed).
And if you are often on the move you can easily hook your Impact GX61 keyboard to an Apple iPad using the iPad’s optional USB camera connection kit.
The Impact GX61 is even powered by the iPad, so you can work away for as long as your iPad remains charged!
BITWIG 8-TRACK INCLUDED
Bitwig 8-Track is included with the Impact GX61 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.
Nektar DAW Integration supports Bitwig 8-Track, so using the Nektar Impact GX61 and Bitwig 8-Track together is a fantastic combination.
If you are just starting out, you will find it’s the perfect way to take your first steps in the world of digital music creation.
And if you’re already familiar with using computer software, then you’ll be amazed at what this combination has to offer!
- 61 note full-sized velocity sensitive keyboard
- 4 velocity curves + 3 fixed
- 1 potentiometer
- Octave up/down buttons with LED indicators
- Transpose up/down buttons with LED indicators (assignable to send Global MIDI Channel or Program)
- 7 x Transport buttons with secondary level for 14 MIDI controls.
- Pitch bend wheel
- Modulation wheel (MIDI assignable )
- Potentiometer / control knob (MIDI assignable)
- Power on/off switch (back)
- 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)
- 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
Weight: 2.7 kg
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