Nektar Impact LX61+ Keyboard Controller

61-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 LX61+ USB MIDI controller. Based on their award-winning Panorama, Nektar's Impact LX61+ 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 LX61+'s 61 synth-action keys give you a smooth, precise feel, as do its pitch and mod wheels. In fact, all controls on the LX61+ - including the knobs, faders, and performance pads - feel great.

Nektar Impact LX61+ 61-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 LX61+'s 61-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 LX61+ 61-key USB MIDI Controller Features:
  • 61-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 LX61+ is an excellent controller and a great value!

Tech Specs

Pads 8 (4-color backlit pads)
Number of Keys 61
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)
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 38"
Depth 10.5"
Weight 9 lb.s
Manufacturer Part Number LX61+

Customer Reviews

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Very Nice Midi Controller

I previously owned the Roland A800 controller and this controller is as good as that one. I like this one better because of the separate mod/pitchbend wheels. The keyboard also has the same size keys and nice velocity curves. I also like the pads alot more because they are bigger and much more sensitive. It's well built as well. Works great with SONAR. Great Buy!
Music background: Semi-professional

Nektar LX61

I initially purchased an LX61 and LX88 as stage controllers for a MainStage 3 setup for a pop/dance band. I was attracted to the size, weight, look, cost and features of the controllers. I have a K&M Spider Pro stand and so the cost of the stand almost equals the cost of the keyboards! So... what to you get for $500 retail? More than you can imagine. The respective feels are as good as or better than every other controller in its class. I've tried them all and the semi-weighted action of the LX88 is more solid than any 88 key non-weighted keyboard currently available. The same is true for the LX61, the action is very light, but still solid enough to give enough feedback to make it fun to play. They are not the same as a $1,000 controller, but they are also not the weight or size. If you need real piano feel or real B3 waterfall keys, these are not the choice. But if you need sturdy, light and easy to use... this is the ticket! Quick story... I was playing an outside wedding a few weeks ago. The cover for the band was not adequate and the sky opened up about halfway through the reception. The EZ-up had a leak and water poured into the LX61. I quickly unplugged it. As I tipped it to put it in the case, water poured out!! I dried it out and fired it up for another wedding the next day. There were a few oddities (a mod wheel that was giving erratic values) but it worked. I emailed Nektar and got a response the next day. We exchanged a few emails and they offered to fix it or ship me the parts to fix it free of charge. I elected to try to fix it and got the parts in a few days. I put them in and everything is back to normal! I've owned a lot of controllers including a Yamaha KX88, a Roland A88 and a Roland A800PRO. These keyboards and this company have no peer. If the Nektar LX61+ is as good as the older LX61, I'm getting one as soon as it is available!
Music background: 45 years of playing rock, blues, jazz and dance music.

Great Ergonomics

When I first played this keyboard, the keyboard action felt very cheap, especially compared to the smooth synth action of my old Roland A800 (which died after about 6 years). But I got used to it very quickly, and now I find it's not bad at all. I don't love any of the velocity curves. I'd like the default curve to be weighted even more toward the middle and higher velocities. But again, not bad. The pads are sensitive, flexible and easy to program. Overall construction is just solid enough to not feel cheap. It's super lightweight and very thin. The LX61+ really shines as a controller though. It has the most ergonomic control layout I've EVER used, and this is a big deal. DAW and VST synth integration is really well done, too. I use Cubase. This is the first controller I've owned where I might actually prefer the keyboard over the mouse for some functions. Time will tell. Advanced MIDI functions are all present. Not for use in the dark. Overall, the LX61+ gets top marks for ergonomics and offers great value for its asking price.

My 1st Dedicated Controller

Being primarily a bass player, not only is sound quality very important but also playability is equally important. That said my initial impression of the LX61 was that it was sturdy to hold and seemed well constructed. Connection and integration was very easy. Now, I also have a Yamaha S03 Synth/Controller but I have never used the controlling abilities of the S03. So, my review of the Nektar is based on no prior experience with a dedicated controller. The LX61 controlling layout is well thought out and makes sense even for me. Everything works well and I can control my DAW (CUBASE 7.5) like a pro and have to remind myself I don't have to use the mouse much if at all. The mixer is easy to call up and close, the faders are substantial and don't feel weak in my digits. The transport bar is awesome and the multi function buttons are a plus. I created a page just to learn the controller and that proved to be a great idea, so much so that when I am in songs that are in various stages of production I can blaze right thru. The Nektar is pretty easy to learn and is well worth the money but and this is where I must shift from praise to the thing that makes the Nektar a good controller instead of a great controller. The keys are weak. I would be willing to pay an additional $ for more substantial keys. I find it hard to believe they put so much thought into designing a good board and stop at okay on the keys. I must honestly say I think the key's will break of go out before anything else does.
Music background: Work bassplayer.

Not Bad At All

It is a nice controller for my home studio. Very easy to assign to Cubase 9 and VSTs. Worth the money.
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