Nektar Impact LX49+ Keyboard Controller

49-key USB-MIDI Keyboard Controller with Pre-mapped DAW Configurations for Bitwig Studio, Cubase, Digital Performer, Garageband, Logic Pro, Nuendo, Reason, SONAR, Studio One, FL Studio, and Reaper
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Show Your DAW Who's Boss

Take control of your DAW with the Nektar Impact LX49+ USB MIDI controller. Based on their award-winning Panorama, Nektar's Impact LX49+ uses intelligent mapping to give you hands-on control over your session immediately. Switch between Mixer, Instrument, and Preset modes for a fast workflow. The labeled faders and encoders show default instrument parameter assignments, helping you keep your eyes off your computer screen. The Impact LX49+'s 49 synth-action keys give you a smooth, precise feel, as do its pitch and mod wheels. In fact, all controls on the LX49+ - including the knobs, faders, and performance pads - feel great.

Nektar Impact LX49+ 49-key USB MIDI Controller at a Glance:
  • The keyboard controller done right
  • Ample control capabilities
  • Includes Bitwig 8-Track DAW software
The keyboard controller done right

The Impact LX49+'s 49-note velocity-sensitive keyboard sports a silky synth action with medium tension. This makes it perfect for playing just about any type of part. To suit your playing style, you get four velocity curves that gradually increase in dynamics. For certain types of synth parts requiring consistent output, there are three fixed velocities. Pitch bend and modulation wheels are properly placed to your left, with the octave and transpose buttons above them.

Ample control capabilities

Nektar hit it big with their Panorama range. Now they've done it again - at a more affordable price. The streamlined Impact series of controllers offers intelligent mapping and tight integration with most popular DAWs, preset mixer and plug-in modes, transport and navigation controls, MIDI programming capabilities, and five user presets.

Includes Bitwig 8-Track DAW software

From sketching and arranging musical ideas to final mixdown and even live performance, Bitwig DAW software gives you a powerful toolset and fast workflow. The Nektar Impact LX25+ comes with Bitwig 8-Track DAW software, which features the entire collection of Bitwig Studio devices for use on up to eight project tracks with audio or MIDI. Take it from Sweetwater - when you're looking for a streamlined, distraction-free work platform, Bitwig is hard to beat.

Nektar Impact LX49+ 49-key USB MIDI Controller Features:
  • 49-key USB MIDI controller with intelligent mapping for major DAWs
  • Comes pre-mapped and configured so you don't have to spend hours assigning MIDI controls
  • DAW integration with Bitwig Studio, Cubase, Digital Performer, Garageband, Logic Pro, Nuendo, Reason, SONAR, Studio One, FL Studio, and Reaper (includes Bitwig 8-Track)
  • 8 performance pads (assignable Green/Orange/Yellow/Red) can easily be assigned to MIDI notes or messages
  • 9 control faders and 8 control pots give you lots of hands-on control
  • Faders and encoders show default parameter assignments for easier visual navigation
  • Full transport controls
The Nektar Impact LX49+ is an excellent controller and a great value!

Tech Specs

Pads 8
Number of Keys 49
Type of Keys Synth
Velocity Sensitive Yes
Other Controllers Pitchbend, Mod Wheel, Octave/Shift transpose buttons
Encoders/Pots 8
Faders 8 plus volume
Dedicated Transport Control Yes, full integration for major DAWs
Pedal Inputs 1 x 1/4" (assignable)
MIDI I/O USB
USB 1 x Type B
Software Bitwig 8-Track (VST plug-in compatible)
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.7 or later, iOS (Apple Camera Connection kit required for iPad)
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 or later
Height 3"
Width 31.6"
Depth 10.5"
Weight 7 lb.s
Manufacturer Part Number LX49+

Customer Reviews

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5/5

I love this MIDI Keyboard

I did quite a bit of research before buying the Nektar LX49+ for my Logic Pro X studio (Mac with an Audient ID22 interface). I love it. It is exactly what I hoped it would be. The keys feel great. Everything works perfectly. Highly recommended!
5/5

Easy installation

I had read a lot negative reviews out there in cyberworld about this product and I almost did not purchase it, but I eventually did after some other research. I am very happy to report the installation and connection to Sonar Professional was seamless! You just need to follow the instructions to the letter and in order. It doesn't hurt to have DAW experience. After reading all the poor reviews I was quite nervous when I began the connection procedure. IT WORKED PERFECTLY! As a new product there may have been issues, but I did not encounter them. I still have much more to learn, but for me this has been a very interesting adventure and I'm happy with my purchase. I should add my Sweetwater Sales Engineer was very helpful in the process! A very nice personal touch to Cyber purchasing! Kudos to Sweetwater!
Music background: Guitarist, Vocalist and Songwriter
2.5/5

Terrible Support

I really like the feel of this, the keys and pads are nice and have a very nice feel, the faders are smooth ,overall a very nice keyboard BUT the tech support is terrible. the unit I got would not transmit any midi, so I contacted support 2 days later I got a response asking me to do a few things and to let them know the results that was 3 weeks ago and I have yet to hear anything from them , luckily I was able to trouble shoot the problem myself by clearing out all the midi ports(win 10) a quick reboot and it works..kinda. The blue light that is right above "default" does not come on and none of the pre- configured mapping works(Studio One) does not even work with the Bitwig that came with it. Again I contacted support - NOTHING!! Normally I would ask for a replacement as I really like the feel of it compared to my old M-Audio but because of the lack of support from Nektar I am just going to return it
2/5

seems cheaply made

The first Nektar LX49+ I ordered arrived, and I soon found that one of the pads was malfunctioning: the sensitivity was miscalibrated, and so it would send note messages even with the lightest touch. Sometimes, after pressing and releasing the pad, it would get stuck in the "on" position, and after some time, would randomly turn back off. I sent it back and received a replacement, only to find that the replacement was malfunctioning as well, but differently -- two of the faders would send spurious MIDI control data. Sometimes moving these faders would send no data, or the data would wildly zip back and forth between values of 0 and 127. The DAW integration features are very nice, but my impression is that these units are just cheaply made, and/or can't reliably withstand getting bonked around during shipping. If you have the money, it might be worth exploring the next-highest price bracket and making more of an investment.
1/5

Garageband issues....

I originally purchased this keyboard to work exclusively with Garageband. For the first few weeks, it worked great, and I was really stoked. However, after that, it developed a control problem with the transport controls and the track/patch buttons. They would register double, triple, and quadruple presses each time you pressed one of those keys. I spent a few hours on tech support with Sweetwater, who were awesome btw, with Nektar, and finally Apple. No one could figure out what was going on, or how to fix the issue. After a three hour tech support call to Apple, we even completely wiped Garageband off the Mac Mini I'm using, and reloaded with no fix. I was able to temporarily fix the issue by creating a new user account on the Mac Mini, and the keyboard worked normally on the new account. At least it worked for a while. It's been four months of using the keyboard, and I only use it maybe a couple times a month for some home recording. So diagnosing when the problem occurs is difficult. This last time, it worked fine last weekend, but today, it glitched on the new account. So I'm getting something different.
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