Nektar LX61 61‑Key USB MIDI Controller Keyboard  

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A 61-note velocity sensitive keyboard, eight velocity sensitive pads, rubberized fader caps and a low-profile design make the Impact LX61 feel, look and perform in a league with the most popular contr... Read More

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A 61-note velocity sensitive keyboard, eight velocity sensitive pads, rubberized fader caps and a low-profile design make the Impact LX61 feel, look and perform in a league with the most popular controllers on the market. DAW integration with most of the popular DAWs makes it easy to get going and a breeze to set up. With Impact LX61 the hard work is done, so you can focus on your creativity.

KEYBOARD
The 61-note velocity sensitive keyboard is features a satisfyiung 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 four velocity curves gradually increasing in dynamics, there is a choice for any playing style from smooth organ tickles to rock and roll piano bashing. If you don't need velocity, three fixed velocity levels cater to a consistent output. Octave and transpose buttons as well as pitch bend and modulation wheels are within reach, so you quickly can shift the keyboard up or down as needed, or apply additional articulation with the wheels.

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

PADS
For groove and beat creation, the Impact LX's eight velocity sensitive pads make life easy. 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 for 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, four pad map locations can store your settings for future recall.

USER PRESETS & PROGRAMMING MIDI
If you mainly want to use your DAWs MIDI learn features, Impact LX 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 LX'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.

With the Impact LX's "Null" function switched to on, parameter values are stored when you switch between presets so you avoid parameter jumping.

DAW CONTROL
Impact LX61 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 LX. The best part is that it's all done for you. All you have to do is complete the installation process and start making music. Impact LX DAW integration currently supports Cubase, Digital Performer, Garageband, Logic, Nuendo, Reaper, Reason, Sonar and Studio One. DAWs are different and the Impact LX DAW integration caters to each DAW’s uniqueness while maintaining a common workflow. Relying on your computer screen for constant feedback, important and essential windows related to what you are controlling can be open and closed as needed, right from Impact LX61.

TRANSPORT & NAVIGATION
The six 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. Additional alternate DAW functions include Track up/down and Patch up/down to change your instrument patches are available via the display buttons.        

MIXER PRESET
Press mixer and the first eight Impact LX faders are assigned to control 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. The ninth fader is assigned to the currently selected channel so you always know where to find it. The buttons under the faders follow the channel assignment of their corresponding fader and can control Mute or Solo. Pan for the group of eight channels controlled by the faders is handled by the eight pots. 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 preset assigns all controls to instrument parameters once an instrument track is selected in your DAW. Using Nektar mapping, a typical control layout places amp and filter envelopes on the faders and the parameters that have the biggest impact on the instruments sound, on the pots. This means you often have filter cutoff and resonance on pots 1 and 2 for example. Using a unique Impact LX "grab" mode you can quickly assign parameters for individual instruments to controls and create the setup you want. 

STUDIO ONE™ ARTIST

Studio One™ Artist is a powerful recording and production platform that lets you work quickly and stay focused on your inspiration. Incredibly easy to learn, it offers unlimited tracks and plug-ins and delivers features not normally found in entry-level DAWs.

Access powerful editing tools without wading through menus. Load and save audio clips, MIDI files, effects, and VIs by drag-and-drop. Need an instrument, effects plug-in, or drum loop? Just drag what you need from the content Browser, drop it into the arrangement, and everything is taken care of. At mixdown, process your tracks using more than 20 high-quality Native Effects; Studio One's cutting-edge mix engine delivers stunning results.

No other entry-level DAW is this easy to use, yet offers unlimited tracks and plug-in instantiations, extensive use of drag-and-drop, and in-depth editing features. Studio One Artist is included with the Impact LX USB keyboard.

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