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

Number of Keys 49
Type of Keys Synth
Velocity Sensitive Yes
Pads 8
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)
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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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!

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

Happy with it

Received my LX49+ two days ago, and have used it on a couple of projects. The action feels good (my main instrument is guitar) and I've been able to integrate it with the DAWS that I use (Sonar Platinum and Reaper). I'm still learning the ropes, but so far I'm liking the LX49+ a lot. I've encountered no problems. Great controller for the price!


This is my first MIDI controller, and for the money, it can't be beat. I created a few Indie-Movie soundtracks on a Kong workstation years ago. I bought this to get my feet wet with keyboards again after years of guitar manipulation (a la Sonic Youth) to get the crazy sounds I wanted. I'm in a condo now and need to do as much DI as I can. It was incredibly easy to figure out what it can do. What isn't intuitive can easily be found in YouTube videos. I am using GarageBand as my DAW, anticipating moving up to Logic and so far I'm not having any problems (I know there is a review or two that has reported otherwise). For me, setup was quick and simple and trouble free, but I'm not using Bitwig so..... I took away one star because it seems not particularly tank-like...not flimsy, and fine for studio work, or the occasional gig, but I'd be hesitant to do any heavy touring with. In saying that, I've seen it in live concert videos, so who knows. All in all, for the money, you cannot get anything else even close to what this thing offers. Huge props to Mike Hammond for recommending this over some other stuff I was looking at. SWEETWATER FOR LIFE!!!!!!!
Music background: Independent Artist

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
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