Nektar Panorama P4Item ID: PanoramaP4
Control Surface For Reason 6 with 49-key Keyboard, 12 Pads, 16 Encoders, 9 Faders, 1 Motorized Fader, and LCD Screen
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Take Control of Reason 6 with the Panorama P4!Take control of Reason 6 like never before with the Nektar Panorama P4 control surface. Created especially for Reason 6, the Panorama P4 is ready take your music creation to another level. Every control feature in Reason 6 is accessible via a large selection pads, faders, encoders, and buttons on this 49-key portable keyboard. A built-in LCD screen even shows you what parameter you are controlling in real time. Take control of Reason 6 like never before with the Nektar Panorama P4 control surface.
Nektar Panorama P4 Control Surface at a Glance:
Command Reason from a single device
The Nektar Panorama P4 was designed to be the ultimate controller for Reason 6. Every function is accessible from the Panorama P4. This isn't a generic controller, this is hardware built just for Reason. A custom communication protocol was designed to give you unlimited access to Reason 6. From mixer to channel strip to transport controls and instruments, the Nektar Panorama P4 is your complete control surface solution.
Channel strip control
Complete channel strip control is built into the Nektar Panorama P4. Reason 6's channels trip is quite long, but the Panorama P4 covers the entire thing. You have access to dynamics, EQ, inserts, sends, and more. A large LCD screen lets you see what functions you are using and what the settings are in real time. You also get a single motorized fader that can be used to control and set your channel automation.
Reason instruments at your fingertips
Take control of Reason 6's vast collection of virtual instruments with the Nektar Panorama P4. The 49-key keyboard lets you play synths like a pro, and the 12 pads give you command of percussion patches, loops, and more. Create, record, and perform all the parts of your tunes with the Nektar Panorama P4 control surface.
Nektar Panorama P4 Control Surface Features:
Take complete control of Reason 6 with the Nektar Panorama P4 control surface!
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Reviewsbased on 17 reviews
The Search Has Ended! This Is Your Next Midi Controller!
by Matthew S Grisham from Sherman, TXWhere do I start?!!!
April 12, 2013
Music Background: Hobbyist
Well, how about a little background on previous keyboards I have owned? Im primarily a drummer but over the last few years I had started to dabble in the computer reco... read more [+]rding world of using a DAW.. I have been using Cubase, recently Cubase Artist 7, for sometime and recently got hooked on Propellerheads Reason 6.5. Both are remarkable programs but both have their own bragging points. So I use both. Maninly Cubase due to my use of VST instruments and Reason due to the Rack Extensions.
I owned an Akai MPK 49 for a while and recently was using the new Akai Max49. Both are great keyboards but I was looking for the next step. Something that would give me better integration and workflow with my DAW of choice.
Well, I FOUND IT!
The Nektar Panorama P4 is superb in every way! Here are the key points I feel set it apart from the rest.
1) Build Quality
This unit has substantial weight and feels very rigid in its construction.
Although no metal is used all the plastic parts are heavy plastic with much thickness. Especially the top white area of the unit. I was very surprised at just how well it was built. Easily the most well built keyboard in this range. The Akai product was a good build as well but this is a step above in my opinion.
2) The keybed
Now this is subjective but let me say that the keys are not at all like the Akai MPK49 or Max49. Those keyboards have a very heavy spring action which can be fatiguing over long playing periods. The Nektar Panorama P4 has a very smooth, medium weight. The action feels equal from top to bottom of the note. Personally, it took some getting use to after using the Akai since it is so different but I now prefer the P4 and I now see how it helps you play more naturally. The black keys are a matte finish and not shinny like regular piano keys. I like the feel of this. Seems more tactile. If you have seen reviews of the keybed being cheap it is far from it. It is just different than anthing else out there. Ive seen where other have had a hard time explaining it and now I understand why. Its definately unique. Which a very good thing.
3) Faders, Knobs, Display, Pitch and Mod Wheel, Motorized Fader, Soft Keys.
I grouped these all together since its the main hardware control area of the board. This is where I am very picky. I hate loose faders and knobs. Like the Novation Impulse, especially their knobs. Wow, just junk.
The faders on the P4 have a very nice resistance to them. I would say it is medium but in no way is it loose. Feels solid to the touch. The caps are higher than most and have a little side-to-side play but its normal. The caps on the faders have a rubber type coating and feel great to the touch.
The knobs have a slightly less than medium feel but they are not loose. They also feel good. They have a smooth rotation but do not have the click marker feel to them. They also have the rubberized coating. A great feel.
The pitch and mod wheel are the best I have used. The pitch wheel has a nice tightness to it and the mod wheel is just a tad bit looser than the pitch wheel. They both light up red as well. Very cool.
The overall control and transport keys feel wonderful. They are a nice size and are made of very good dense rubber. Most of your main buttons have lights representing their current state. The transport controls are back lite on the play, stop and cycle buttons.
The display is gorgeous! Its not to big and not to small. Extremely clear and bright with great colors. It is also adjustable in brightness. The amount of information they have on the display is crazy. Several times when I play my monitor goes to sleep when working with my DAW. It is that integrated!
The motorized fader is a fun, nice touch. It follows the track you are working with and each time you turn on the unit it will self calibrate (move up and down) to find it correct position. The motorized fader is slightly loser than the standard 9 faders but has a nice resistance to it as well. I believe the cap is made of aluminum. Its definitely not plastic. I'm not 100% sure though. I just know its generally cold when I touch it. So i assume its not plastic. :) It has a nice concave cap which fits well into your thumb or finger tip for adjusting.
4) Integration with Reason and Cubase
I've included Cubase because I use it and Reason mainly. Nektar is currently working with a beta testing download for Cubase. Once you buy and register this keyboard on the Nektar website you too can be part of the beta testing. So far the beta testing is very in depth in regards to its integration with Cubase and they continue to improve before final official release. Since I use Cubase Artist 7 all the included VST instruments are mapped. Hopefully we will soon see the officially release for Cubase. I'm hearing possibly early May of this year. They are definitely on the right track. Its works great even in beta testing state. In regards to Reason, its simply astonishing! Works so very well. Its just all there, on the screen in front of you. Gives you completed hardware control of the DAW. Its so much fun!
On a side note. I have exchanged emails with Nektar and their customer service is incredible. I was in retail sales and management for 18 years and Nektar knows how important customer relations is to a successful business. I know if I have an issue, problem, or question in general they will be there to help. That's a comforting to know!
In regards to Sweetwater. WOW, WOW, WOW!
My sales engineer Carson was extremely professional and personal for that matter. Very knowledgeable and helpful when placing this order! Thanks Carson!
In closing, I know this was a lot to read but I hope this review was helpful. I hope I didn't leave anything off that was important to you in making your purchasing decision. If you do have a question with this unit I have included my email below .
There is honestly nothing like this keyboard on the market in this price range. So look no more. This is your next midi keyboard!
I have included my email for anyone who has questions about the Nektar Panorama P4. Please don't hesitate to contact me. I'm more than happy to help.
Great job Nektar & Sweetwater! close [-]
by DJ from TexasThis controller is amazing. Allows for maximum productivity and exploration of Reason, and now, Cubase.
March 19, 2013
Music Background: Music lover and father of two talented kids
Thanks, Tharon, for helping us out and hooking us up with this piece.
... read more [+] /> My son is the main user and loves it. close [-]
by Ernesto Zazueta from Livingston, CASeriously the best keyboard for reason hands down. I've owned quite a bit of keyboards but none ever integrated with reason like this one has. The nektar site also updates the firmware often so it als... read more [+]o integrates with the latest rack extensions. Buy it, trust me you will not regret this. close [-]
January 7, 2013
by Harry from MA, USAThis is a great midi controller when using Reason, its the best that you can get for this program everything is all matched with the program and i find myself rarely looking at my computer screen, I r... read more [+]ecommend this! close [-]
December 26, 2012
Music Background: Alternative Band, Recording
As a long-time user of Reason, no keyboard controller I've seen has even come close to the integration and ease-of-use as the new Nektar Panorama P4. Nektar has built it specifically for use with Reason 6! When I have some precious time in my home studio, the work and creative flow is extremely important to me. The P4 takes that flow from drip-drop to full-blast!
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