Scan code: LN71793 Manufacturer code: Impact GX61

Nektar Impact GX61 USB MIDI Controller Keyboard

Nektar Impact GX61 - 61 Key Controller Keyboard, Pitch Bend and Modulation Wheels, Transport Buttons, DAW Integration

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Scan code: LN71793 Manufacturer code: Impact GX61
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USB MIDI Controller Keyboard
Nektar - Impact GX61

Nektar Impact GX61

Compact & Powerful ControlNektar MIDI Controller keyboards are renowned for their DAW integration with Mac and Windows and the Impact GX49 & GX61 are a fine example. The compact design is sits perfectly in front of a computer whilst offering powerful functionality not often found on even more comprehensive controllers. When you feel inspired, Impact GX 49 & 61 deliver the control required for capturing fresh ideas.

The Impact GX49 and GX61 are dynamic and expressive instruments, designed for composition and performance with your computer music system. Compatible with any music software for Windows and Mac OS and their intuitive interface is ideal for entry into the world of Nektar controllers.

Featuring a 49-note (4 octave) or 61-note (5 octave) keyboard, pitch-bend wheel, modulation wheel and foot switch socket. Two multi-colored octave buttons allow for shifting the keyboard range up or down -3/+4 octaves with the LED colors changing to show the exact status. The Impact GX range is perfectly equipped to deliver a smooth workflow.

Amazing Features • Vivid OLED display for visual waveform editing, full menu access, and more
• 17 velocity-sensitive, RGB pads with no-click design for smooth playability
• 32-voice polyphony, 160 samples per project, and 16 internal projects
• Compact, ultra-lightweight design with versatile power options
• Faster workflow with quick startup and load times

Total Control

Nektar Impact GX61

Enhanced WorkflowShift the keyboard range up to +/- 12 semi tones from the dedicated transpose buttons. These buttons can quickly be set to change the Global MIDI Channel or send Program messages. Additionally, an assignable potentiometer offers control over any MIDI parameter. By default it adjusts mixer volume.

Nektar DAW Integration for most popular DAWs makes getting going simple and a pleasure to use. With Impact GX, your controller becomes the core of your system, giving you the creative freedom to compose, perform and play, without having to constantly reach for your mouse.

Extended Transport

Nektar Impact GX61

Stay inspiredAt the center of Impact GX you'll find eight buttons intended for DAW control. Essential tasks like transport activation or track navigation are highly used and reaching for the mouse every time can kill the flow of inspiration. Used with Nektar DAW integration, the 8 buttons extend functionality to include control over transport and a host of other important DAW functions, directly from Impact GX.

These 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, offering 14 programmable options in total.

MIDI Control & Set Up Functions

Nektar Impact GX61

Built for purposeImpact GX is a MIDI controller as well as 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 the big control knob can be assigned to send out MIDI cc messages. The 14 assignable buttons can also be configured to send out Program message or MMC transport control. MMC (MIDI Machine Control) is often supported by DAWs that don’t allow for advanced integration, so with this option Impact GX covers all the bases.

The Setup menu also allows for 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

Nektar Impact GX61

USB FriendlyAs a low powered USB device, Impact GX is compatible 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).

If you're often on the move you can easily hook your Impact GX keyboard to an Apple iPad using the iPad’s optional USB camera connection kit (optional). Of course the Impact GX is powered by the iPad so you can work away for as long as your iPad remains charged.

Bitwig 8-Track Included

Nektar Impact GX61

Begin Your Sound designing journeyBitwig 8-Track is included with every Impact LX+ so you can instantly start producing, performing, and designing sounds like a pro. Bitwig 8-Track gives you access to over 50 software instruments and effects for use on up to 8 audio or MIDI project tracks, you can also use any 3rd party VST plug-ins too. The ‘Bitwig Essentials Package’, a highly versatile handpicked selection of loops, clips and samples, is also included to help you get started. Combine all this and you have a powerful canvas for your musical ideas featuring the acclaimed workflow of Bitwig Studio.

Nektar DAW Integration supports Bitwig 8-Track, so using Nektar Impact GX and Bitwig 8-Track together is an incredible 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. If you’re already familiar with using computer software, then you’ll be amazed at what this combination has to offer!

Nektar DAW Integration

Nektar Impact GX61

All ground coveredNektar DAW integration is carefully designed 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 Impact GX.

The Tech Spec

Features Specifications
Type Keyboard Controller
Number of Keys 61
Type of Keys Synth Action
Velocity Sensitive Yes
Other Controllers Pitchbend, Modulation wheel (MIDI assignable)
Encoders/Pots 1 x control knob (MIDI assignable)
Dedicated Transport Control Yes
Pedal Inputs 1 x 1/4" TS (MIDI assignable)
USB 1 x Type B
Computer Connectivity USB
Software Bitwig 8-Track
OS Requirements - Mac Mac OS X 10.8.5 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 SP1 or later
Power Supply USB bus powered
Dimensions Width: 38.00"
Height: 2.75"
Depth: 7.75"
Weight 6.0 lbs.
Number Of Keys 61
  • 1 x Expression Pedal
  • 1 x USB
Weighted Keys No
Dimensions 965x197x70 WxDxH (Approx coneversion)
Included Software Bitwig 8-Track
USB Bus Powered Yes
Product Weight 2.7 kg
Key Size Full Size Keys
Transport Controls No
Additional Information
Scan Code LN71793
Model Number Impact GX61
GTIN 859383002299

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Nektar Impact GX61 - 61 Key Controller Keyboard, Pitch Bend and Modulation Wheels, Transport Buttons, DAW Integration is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Compact, well made and affordable. My main motivation in choosing this keyboard was the fact that it is very compact, being barely 20 cm deep and with a height of just less than 7 cm it was an ideal fit for the keyboard drawer beneath my desk. The build quality is good and it doesn't weigh very much (somewhere in the region of 3 kg). The action on the keys feels very "synth-like" so if you're after realistic weighted action it probably isn't for you. I had some issues getting the transport controls to work inside Ableton Live since the device doesn't have it's own drivers, but in Nektar's defense they don't claim any special integration with Live and I didn't buy the keyboard specifically for it's transport functionality anyway. At less than £100 you can't go wrong with a keyboard like this if all you want is a simple controller without all the novelty pads, knobs and faders that a lot of them offer.
Date published: 2016-10-05
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Nektar Impact GX61 USB MIDI Controller Keyboard
Nektar Impact GX61 USB MIDI Controller Keyboard