Nektar Panorama P6 61-key MIDI Controller Keyboard

Control Surface with Deep Integration for Bitwig Studio, Cubase, Nuendo, Logic Pro, Reason, Main Stage, and Reaper with 61-key Keyboard, 12 Pads, 16 Encoders, 9 Faders, 1 Motorized Fader, and TFT Display
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Take Control of your DAW with the Panorama P6!

Take control of Bitwig Studio, Cubase, Nuendo, Logic Pro, Reason, Main Stage, and Reaper like never before with the tightly integrated hardware control that's only available from Nektar Panorama controllers. Because Nektar Panorama controllers are pre-mapped for these 5 DAWs, every control feature in your DAW software is accessible via the pads, faders, encoders, and buttons on this 61-key portable keyboard. A large, clear TFT display even shows you what parameter you are controlling in real time.

Nektar Panorama P6 Control Surface at a Glance:
  • Command Bitwig Studio, Cubase, Nuendo, Logic Pro, Reason, Main Stage, or Reaper from a single device
  • Channel strip control
  • Virtual Instrument control at your fingertips
  • Software parameters being controlled are displayed on a large TFT display
Command Bitwig Studio, Cubase, Nuendo, Logic Pro, Reason, Main Stage, or Reaper from a single device

The Nektar Panorama P6 was designed to be the ultimate controller. Utilizing a custom communication protocol, the Panorama P6 gives you deeply integrated control of Bitwig Studio, Cubase, Nuendo, Logic Pro, Reason, Main Stage, and Reaper. From mixer to channel strip to transport controls and instruments, the Nektar Panorama P6 is your complete control surface solution. In addition, the Panorama P6 is a fully capable MIDI controller for all of your other applications too.

Channel strip control

Complete channel strip control is built into the Nektar Panorama P6. Whether controlling a channel strip within Bitwig Studio, Cubase, Nuendo, Logic Pro, Reason, Main Stage, or Reaper, the Panorama P6 covers it all. You have access to dynamics, EQ, inserts, sends, and more. Even better, a large clear TFT screen lets you see what functions you are using and what the settings are in real time. You also get a single motorized 100mm ALPS fader that can be used to control and set your channel automation.

Virtual instruments at your fingertips

Take control of the vast collection of virtual instruments within Bitwig Studio, Cubase, Nuendo, Logic Pro, Reason, Main Stage, and Reaper with the Nektar Panorama P6. The 61-key keyboard lets you play synths like a pro, and the 16 pads give you command of percussion patches, loops, and more. Create, record, and perform all the parts of your tunes with the Nektar Panorama P6 control surface.

Panorama Series (P1, P4 and P6) Supports These DAWs:
  • Bitwig Studio
  • Cubase
  • Nuendo
  • Logic Pro
  • Reason
  • Main Stage
  • Reaper
Nektar Panorama P6 Control Surface Features:
  • Control surface/keyboard with deep integration for complete control of Bitwig Studio, Cubase, Nuendo, Logic Pro, Reason, Main Stage, and Reaper
  • Complete set of transport controls
  • 61-key keyboard and 16 pads for virtual instrument control
  • Built-in LCD screen for real time display of controls and functions
Take complete control of Bitwig Studio, Cubase, Nuendo, Logic Pro, Reason, Main Stage, and Reaper with the Nektar Panorama P6 control surface!

Additional Media

Control Surface Buying Guide
Nektar Panorama Supports Logic Pro X and Alchemy
Nektar Updates Panorama's Cubase Integration
Nektar Panorama P6 61-key MIDI Controller Keyboard Demo
Nektar Announces Bitwig Studio Integration for Panorama Family
Nektar Updates Panorama's Cubase Integration
Expanded Nektar Panorama Integration
Nektar Panorama Update
PreSonus Studio One Support in Nektar Panorama
Expanded Panorama Support
Nektar Panarama Will Support Cubase

Tech Specs

Number of Keys 61
Type of Keys Semi-weighted, Piano Style
Aftertouch Yes
Pads 12
Other Controllers Pitchbend, Mod Wheel
Encoders/Pots 16
Faders 10
Dedicated Transport Control Yes
Pedal Inputs 1 x Footswitch, 1 x Expression (Both Assignable)
USB 2 x Type B, 1 x Micro-B
Power Supply Bus Powered
Height 4"
Width 39"
Depth 13"
Weight 17 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number Panorama P6

Customer Reviews

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Perfect for REASON

Gives me that real mixer feel as a DAW controller!
Music background: RAP

Nektar Panorama and MainStage 3

When I first received the P6 the software to integrate MainStage 3 was not yet available. Sweetwater and Chris Leonard were amazing as always... best price, fast shipping, lots of support where needed. The keyboard is very well constructed, yet lightweight. The display is the best I've ever seen on a controller. The action was crisp and accurate and the sliders and knobs were as good as any in contemporary keyboard construction. Without the integration, it is a really nice (if not somewhat expensive) controller. WITH the integration, it becomes a whole new beast! I exchanged a few emails with Nektar chomping at the bit to get the software I needed. The Nektar support folks were STELLAR (patient, understanding and very responsive). Within a week, the software was released and they sent me a personal email with the upload link. I loaded it and within minutes I was working with MainStage 3 like it was a part of the P6.A Mac Mini ($500-$1,200), the P6 ($600) a nice interface ($200+) and you are out playing for $1,300- $2,000! That's a thousand less than a dedicated synth.I've owned a lot of nice keyboards (Kronos X, Motif XF, Nord Electro 2, Roland RD300, etc.) this set up is the most flexible, best sounding, most fun rig I've ever played. If you want to use MainStage 3 live, this is your controller!
Music background: Keyboards/vocals - bands, solo... pop, blues, jazz, etc.

Nektor got it Right!

This thing was so easy to set up with Cubase 7.5. It's got more bells and whistles than I could use the first night, but I'm finding uses now. He keyboard is very sensitive to the touch all the way through the stroke. The Panorama 61 U.S. nice to look at to. I've never had a controller this nice and I know it will be around for a long while.
Music background: Over 50 years of teaches music, we are mearly students

But Does It Work With Logic X?

I'm happy to say.....YES! I took a chance on this keyboard and bought it without having one local that I could try out. I was looking for a main axe to use with Logic X and this fits the bill perfectly for me. It works with many of Logic's parameters out of the box and the rest are easy to program. Feels like quality too. Keybed finally feels good to play. If you're looking for a good keyboard controller to use with Logic X , this is a breath of fresh air.
Music background: Hobbyist

Feels like using hardware again!

The Nektar Panorma P6 is by far the ultimate controller for Reason 6 and above. It is an elegant looking keyboard with solid construction and is almost fully integrated with Propellerhead's Reason software. For those that want the most of the Nektar line, this is the one to get. No difference (to my knowledge) with regards to the software programming but does have the extra octave over the P4 and the inclusion of a keyboard and pads over the P1. On the Outside : When I take a moment away from the joys of using this keyboard, I get fulfilled with its beauty. The panel is constructed of "smooth to the touch" plastic in black and white (White body, black panel). It is however susceptible to fingerprints over time and more visible on the black. The display is nice and clean and when on is laid out in white lettering on black with menus and labels in red. Controls are laid out visibly as a rotary knob or slider so there is no confusion to what needs to be grabbed. It is designed in such a manner that in dark lighting it isn't hard on the eyes. Rotary knobs across the panel are endless rotation and feel good. The sliders are ok though they feel a little "light" to me. I think I would have preferred that they had a little more "grab" to them like you would expect on a mixing board but they react well and are just as good (if not better) than I had on my Axiom. The motorized fader is a nice touch. It has to me, and a few others I’ve had discussions with, added a bit of confusion on first set ups. It uses its own USB cable and power to operate. Some laptop USB ports may not have enough power to operate it on battery power or even plugged in. I experienced difficulty in having it plugged in to a USB hub on a standard 2.0 port of a desktop PC. It likes to be used on a dedicated USB source with enough power. I don't believe this is in the manual and may confuse a new owner as to why isn’t the motorized fader working. The semi-weighted keyboard feels good to me. It's response curves/setting may not be to everyone's liking straight out of the box but there are several settings to choose from that I'm sure meets just about everyone's liking. And the mod and pitch wheels are well made. In dark settings they are lit up in red and look beautiful. In operation, they feel solid and smooth operating like I'd expect in a quality controller. On the Inside: This thing is smart. This comes from brilliant minds in my opinion. As a standard controller for most software DAWS and instruments, it’s great. Specifically programmed for Reason…. it is fantastic!!! And I believe they are developing the same line of control for Steinberg. I expect more DAWs with a larger level of control in the future. It is clearly known how this controller is divided into the three windows of the Reason Architecture (Mixer, Rack and Transport) so I don't feel I need to discuss that but it is Godsend of how seamless switching is between them are and how mapping of controls is. When in Mixer Mode, it is dedicated to the mixer. When in Rack View, everything is dedicated to the device you are focused one. And the support is there for not only Reason native devices but 90% of the 3rd party RE’s for Reason 6.5 and higher. Newer ones generally aren’t but Nektar continues to add support for them frequently. The keyboard is supported through updates on Nektar’s site that adds more every couple of months or so. Programming synths that have multiple levels of control are intuitively laid out using menus easily accessible on the right side of the display with dedicated menu buttons and knobs. Quickly navigating to sub menus brings up a new set of maps clearly labeled and easy to understand. This controller leaves you hardly ever having to grab for your mouse again. In Closing : Several years ago I left purchasing dedicated hardware for software. I loved the close feel of hardware but what you got in the box was all there was. If you wanted more you got another piece of hardware leaving you with duplicate sets fo keys, more pedals to buy, mixers and so on. Joining the software world you got to catch up on the newest stuff without having to buy new sets of keys. But you lost that "oneness" you developed in how you control the sound modules you use. The "hands on" experience started to feel like "hands off". In many cases you find yourself only programming the control(s) you want to use most and not bother with the rest. Some companies would include presets but it still didn't feel like it was enough. Programming is a pain and leaves you having to remember "how is that programmed again?" In comes Panorma...... and now things just seem to come to center again. The joy I had for hardware is born again through my software back into hardware. The level of integration into Reason and it's virtual hardware makes me again feel like I have all the hardware again only this time not having to compromise the storage space. It is a wonderful feeling. This unit is highly recommended.
Music background: hobbyist

Sweetwater Advice

Dave Snow

After using it in my studio, I’ve found the Nektar Panorama P6 to be the ideal solution for controlling Reason. Every important knob and button is automatically mapped to the controller as soon as I select a device. The deep integration with Reason is so immersive and intuitive that it sometimes feels like I’m using a traditional hardware keyboard instead of a MIDI controller. Ultimately this means less time clicking around the interface and more time to be creative.
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