Nektar Impact GX49 Keyboard Controller

49-key USB Keyboard Controller with Transport Controls, 7 Assignable Buttons, Pitch Bend, Mod Wheel, and Pre-mapped DAW Configurations for Bitwig Studio, Cubase, Digital Performer, Garageband, Logic Pro, Nuendo, Reason, SONAR, Studio One, FL Studio, and Reaper - Mac/PC/iOS
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Streamlined DAW Control for Mac, PC, and iOS

Regardless of what DAW software you use to make music, the Nektar Impact GX49 is a smart keyboard controller for your desktop. A dedicated set of controls for transport and navigating tracks allows you to stay in your creative zone while producing. These seven buttons can also be assigned up to two MIDI messages each to create your own custom workflow. Beyond your desktop workstation, the Impact GX49 is a great controller for apps on your Apple iPad using the optional USB camera connection kit (sold separately). For a compact, capable, and affordable USB keyboard controller, Sweetwater can highly recommend the Nektar Impact GX49.

Nektar Impact GX49 USB Keyboard Controller Features at a Glance:
  • 49-key USB keyboard controller for Mac, Windows, and iOS
  • Dedicated transport controls for navigating your DAW software
  • 7 assignable buttons can be assigned 2 different custom MIDI messages each
  • Performance control options include pitch bend, modulation wheel, and assignable footswitch input
  • Works with Apple iPad via camera connection kit (sold separately)
  • Includes Bitwig 8-Track DAW software
Gain control over your DAW with a compact keyboard controller - the Nektar Impact GX49.

Tech Specs

Number of Keys 49
Type of Keys Synth, full sized velocity sensitive
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" (MIDI assignable)
USB 1 x Type B
OS Requirements - Mac Mac OS X 10.7 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows Vista, 7 or later
Power Supply USB bus powered
Height 2.75"
Width 31.62"
Depth 7.75"
Weight 4.8 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number Impact GX49

Customer Reviews

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Basic, well built, good feeling controller

Bought the Nektar GX49 so I could put it on a pull-out shelf under my SONAR pc desk. 49 keys fits well and is plenty for playing most parts into the DAW so 'feel' was my concern. This has full size keys, action is between typical and firm, proper key travel, pretty much all I was hoping for. The keys look a LITTLE like waterfall keys but have a tiny lip that sticks over so they are not really good for organ-type palm glisses, not sure why they added that little lip but that's a picky complaint. Overall, I'm VERY happy with this keyboard! I've used other 61 key controllers on stage and the build quality and feel of this instrument is plenty good enough that I would be glad to use the 61 key version on stage.

Very Pleased

I'm very pleased with this keyboard. I mainly play classical piano - lots of early music (Bach, etc). I decided it would be fun to try something different, and start dabbling in software synthesizers - something really new to me. There are the keyboardists who want a keyboard that feels like a piano, and there are those who want the light touch of a synthesizer. I have an acoustic piano, which I love, but I'm not addicted to a particular touch. A piano feels the way it does because it is a physical instrument. For synthesizer, why not have something that feels like an electronic instrument? I purposely sought out a keyboard with synth action, because the goal for me is to play synthesizers on my computer.I'm very happy with the GX49. I love the touch (a little adjustment needed, coming from piano) and feel of the keyboard. I am also pleased with the ease of use: plug it in, let it install, start playing. It is very easy to use and it works great with Cubase, Bitwig (which it comes with) and all the various software synthesizers I have tried so far.I purposely wanted a very streamlined keyboard. I don't need drum pads or lots of knobs and faders. Truthfully, as a newbie, I was intimidated by such things. With a few weeks experience now, I can say I'm still happy with my choice, though I can see why some people might want the additional knobs. I'm perfectly happy using my mouse to adjust synth settings on my computer, and this keyboard is small enough to easily fit on my desk right along side my mouse (so really the additional knobs wouldn't really save me any time or effort). This keyboard does have an assignable potentiometer (knob?) and a mod wheel that can be assigned to various functions. I've tried using them (and they work fine) but I don't really use them in practice. So this keyboard fits me just right. 49 keys is plenty. All of Bach's Well Tempered Clavier book 1 was written for a 49 key keyboard just like this (C to C, 4 octaves). Good enough for him is good enough for me. To sum up, the touch is great, the ease of use is great (plug and play), the size and weight are great. The aesthetics of it are great. It's exactly what I wanted and I would happily recommend it to anyone else interested in using a keyboard to control music software, regardless of skill level.

Very nice quality!

I was looking for a 49 key midi controller. I've never heard of Nektar before, but Keyboard Magazine had nothing but good things to say. I decided to take a chance. I'm certainly glad that I did. It sync's up to my DAW instantly, no hassles. It has synth action keys, but the product is A+ in build quality.PS _ I own a Trigger Finger Pro, so I did not need the pads, slider's and knobs on a small form factor controller. It does what it does very well!

Awesome deal!

The Nektar GX49 is perfect for my home studio rig. I was shopping for a full size 49 key controller that had a small footprint on my studio desk and this was the recommendation by my Sweetwater sales rep, Ian. He explained how this controller will sync up to my DAW, Presonus Studio One 3 pro, effortlessly. The controller did everything as touted and I could not be more happy with it. It's quality made with great features, compatability, and compactness.

Very poor quality

I was attracted to the feel of the keys on the Nectar GX49 as compared to other low cost basic midi controllers. I use these type of keyboards for live performance and don't need any bells and whistles.The first one I bought lasted only about two months maybe 50 hours of playing time before it completely failed. I replaced it with another one (same model) but this one also failed after about 70 hours of use. I don't think I will buy another one again. I'll stick with Alesis or similar that last much longer even if they don't have the same touch. I don't recommend this product.based on my experience.
Music background: Keyboardist *(over 50 yrs experience)
See also: Controller Keyboards, Nektar, Nektar iPad/iPhone Keyboard Controllers, Nektar MIDI Controllers