Nektar Impact GX61 Keyboard Controller

61-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 GX61 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 GX61 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 GX61.

Nektar Impact GX61 USB Keyboard Controller Features at a Glance:
  • 61-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 GX61.

Tech Specs

Number of Keys 61
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 38"
Depth 7.75"
Weight 6 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number Impact GX61

Customer Reviews

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Simple, no nonsense keyboard controller. For the price I figured it would be "OK," but it is beyond that. I am not a keyboard player, but the key action feels pretty good to me. The keys are not as heavy as a "real" piano, but they are definitely not cheap either. What really impresses me is the transport mechanism. Nektar has designed this so that it talks to PreSonus Studio One (and several other DAW's) with ease. I can even start/stop playback and record, and adjust track volume in Studio One from the keyboard. Plus it transposes and changes 8va's easily - and with backlit colors no less. It does a lot more but I am using the default set-up, which was to simply plug it in. (One small, fast download to match it to Studio One.) It is not a heavy keyboard, but it is well-built and it looks good. It is worth more, and does more, than the price suggests.

best feeling keybed, period

I didnt expect much, but with free shipping and returns, what could I loose. Was Blown away at the actual quality feel and velocity interpretation that this keyboard delivers. I am a pianist and although light, It does NOT have that cheap feel of the m-audios and others. I would call it semi weighted, not plastic feeling , but not slow and heavy. Try it , its terrific. Plus it has traspose and octive buttons that change color with changes. It is thin, Light, feels great , has transport controls and labeled cc change info. It is the best controller for 3 times less cost than the others, with a much better feel than EVERYTHING else.
Music background: ex-pro, player and producer

Great keys

Best midi keyboard I ever used under $299 ! The keys feel amazing and are not super loud like other keyboards at this price ! Also has a mod well amazing value.
Music background: Dance Music

Decent for Price Point

The functionality of the controller is great. Works seamlessly with Logic Pro X. Haven't got Pro Tools 11 to recognize the board as a controller (after following the setup instructions). My biggest issue is the black keys have a very springboard-type action. The white keys are all very soft and easy to play. These 2 opposite actions contribute to a great deal of inconsistency. From a more trigger-based production standpoint, small chords, basslines, and rhythms, it works really well. I plan on keeping this controller for its lightweight nature and ease of use. However, I'd like to buy something in the $5-600 for the sake of better keyboard action.
Music background: Producer/Pianist

Feel Is Subjective

Form factor, features, and apparent overall build quality are great, but I'm not crazy about the really light feel of the keys. It's a preference thing, and I'm sure I'll get used to it. velocity response is very good - lots of apparent levels. would just prefer stiffer key-return springs or something like that. Again, it's a preference thing.
Music background: semi-pro musician & producer
See also: Controller Keyboards, Nektar, Nektar iPad/iPhone Keyboard Controllers, Nektar MIDI Controllers