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Review MIDI keyboard Nektar Impact GX 49. Where to buy it?

Nektar Technology’s MIDI controllers offer unrivaled remote control for your music software and are packed with powerful features. They bridge the gap between software and hardware with Nektar DAW control for most major DAWs and performance tools that help you create music more intuitively. I’ll tell you how this post is built. First I list the features of this Nektar Impact GX 49 keyboard. Then you have a video or two, purchase links and useful comments from other users and then you have one of the most useful parts; comparison tables with similar keyboards so you can compare.

  • 49 ‘full size’ speed-sensitive keys with ‘synth-action
  • 4-speed curves
  • A total of 14 assignable MIDI buttons
  • Transport Controls: Play, Stop, Record, Rewind and Fast Forward
  • Advanced Transport Functions: Loop On/Off, Tap On/Off, Go to Locator, and Undo
  • Transposition and octave shift button backlit
  • Deep integration with the DAW including track volume/track selection, patch selection and more
  • Volume control of the mixture using the knobs
  • USB powered
  • Plug and play compatible
  • Connectors: Sustain pedal (6.35mm), USB
  • Includes Bitwig 8-track software (license per download)
  • Compatible with Windows 7, 8, 10, Mac osx 10.5 or higher, Linux Ubuntu 4.14
  • Compatible with ios with the Apple Camera Connection Kit (not included)
  • Compatible with all popular DAWs including Cubase, Nuendo, Logic, Reason, Bitwig, Studio One, Cakewalk Sonar, Digital Perfomer, Fruity Loops, Garageband and Reaper
  • Dimensions: 803 x 197 x 70mm
  • Weight: 2,18kg

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This MIDI keyboard is usually priced at around €79/£73/$80 and offers 49 full-size speed-sensitive keys with ‘synth-action’, allowing you to play or compose different musical ideas on your favorite DAW.

In addition to the control functions: transport buttons (rec, play, pause), octave up/down and in total 14 assignable MIDI buttons, plus pitch bend and modulation wheels.

In connections, the Nektar Impact GX 49 has an integrated sustain pedal input and a USB connection.

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Nektar Impact GX 49 vs Alesis V49

The Nektar Impact GX 49 MIDI Keyboard is priced at €79/£73/$80 and the Alesis V49 is priced at €91/£79/$91. Let’s go head to head:

  • Both offer 49 full-size keys.
  • The Nektar Impact GX 49 offers transport buttons (rec, play, pause), octave up/down and in total 14 assignable MIDI buttons, plus pitch bend and modulation wheels. While the Alesis V49 offers 8 speed-sensitive (MIDI language intensity) backlit pads, 4 assignable knobs and buttons, pitch bend and modulation wheels, and up/down octave buttons.
  • Both integrate a USB connection and a sustain pedal input.

Let’s put the features of these keyboards in a table so you can compare

Nektar Impact GX 49

Alesis V49

  • 49 speed-sensitive ‘full size’ keys with ‘synth-action’
  • 4-speed curves
  • A total of 14 assignable MIDI buttons
  • Transport Controls: Play, Stop, Record, Rewind and Fast Forward
  • Advanced Transport Functions: Loop On/Off, Tap On/Off, Go to Locator, and Undo
  • Transposition and octave shift button backlit
  • Deep integration with the DAW including track volume/track selection, patch selection and more
  • Volume control of the mixture using the knobs
  • USB powered
  • Plug and play compatible
  • Connectors: Sustain pedal (6.35mm), USB
  • Includes Bitwig 8-track software (license per download)
  • Compatible with Windows 7, 8, 10, Mac osx 10.5 or higher, Linux Ubuntu 4.14
  • Compatible with ios with the Apple Camera Connection Kit (not included)
  • Compatible with all popular DAWs including Cubase, Nuendo, Logic, Reason, Bitwig, Studio One, Cakewalk Sonar, Digital Perfomer, Fruity Loops, Garageband and Reaper
  • Dimensions: 803 x 197 x 70mm
  • Weight: 2,18kg
  • 49 full-size keys
  • Square front keys
  • 8 speed-sensitive backlit pads
  • 4 assignable knobs and 4 assignable buttons
  • Octave up and down buttons allow you to access the full keyboard range
  • Pitch and modulation wheels
  • Visual information through illuminated knobs and buttons
  • USB-powered and USB MIDI connectivity for Mac and PC
  • Includes USB cable, Ableton Live Lite software (download) and xpand!2 by Air Music Tech software (download)
  • Dimensions: 955 x 244 x 114 mm

In our first comparison, we have the Nektar Impact GX 49 which offers 49 keys with synth action, transport buttons (rec, play, pause), octave up/down and in total 14 assignable MIDI buttons, plus pitch bend and modulation wheels. And the Alesis V49 offers 49 full-size keys, 8 backlit velocity-sensitive pads (intensity in MIDI language), 4 assignable knobs and 4 buttons, pitch bend and modulation wheels and up/down octave buttons.

As an advantage of the Nektar Impact GX 49 we have a great compatibility with different DAWs, and as an advantage of the Alesis V49 we have its 4 assignable knobs and 4 buttons, and licenses that for beginners are very valued. Both are good MIDI controllers and you can make your decision according to your taste, both will be good options for their required price.

And here is a video of the Alesis V49 keyboard

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Alesis V49 review.

Nektar Impact GX 49 vs Roland A-49 Black

The Nektar Impact GX 49 MIDI Keyboard is priced at €79/£73/$80 and the Roland A-49 Black is priced at €169/£155/$170, with a noticeable difference of £107. Let’s go head to head:

  • Both offer 49 full-size keys.
  • The Nektar Impact GX 49 offers transport buttons (rec, play, pause), octave up/down and in total 14 assignable MIDI buttons, plus pitch bend and modulation wheels. While the Roland A-49 offers two controllers and two buttons, both assignable, a D-Beam controller, octave up/down buttons, and other function buttons.
  • The Nektar Impact GX 49 has an integrated USB connection and a sustain pedal input. The Roland A-49 has two inputs for both expression and sustain pedals, plus a MIDI output and USB connection.

Let’s put the features of these keyboards in a table so you can compare

Nektar Impact GX 49

Roland A-49 Black

  • 49 speed-sensitive ‘full size’ keys with ‘synth-action’
  • 4-speed curves
  • A total of 14 assignable MIDI buttons
  • Transport Controls: Play, Stop, Record, Rewind and Fast Forward
  • Advanced Transport Functions: Loop On/Off, Tap On/Off, Go to Locator, and Undo
  • Transposition and octave shift button backlit
  • Deep integration with the DAW including track volume/track selection, patch selection and more
  • Volume control of the mixture using the knobs
  • USB powered
  • Plug and play compatible
  • Connectors: Sustain pedal (6.35mm), USB
  • Includes Bitwig 8-track software (license per download)
  • Compatible with Windows 7, 8, 10, Mac osx 10.5 or higher, Linux Ubuntu 4.14
  • Compatible with ios with the Apple Camera Connection Kit (not included)
  • Compatible with all popular DAWs including Cubase, Nuendo, Logic, Reason, Bitwig, Studio One, Cakewalk Sonar, Digital Perfomer, Fruity Loops, Garageband and Reaper
  • Dimensions: 803 x 197 x 70mm
  • Weight: 2,18kg
  • 49 large-format sensitive keys
  • Compact design
  • Two regulators and two buttons
  • D-Beam Controller
  • Powered by USB
  • Sustain and Expression Pedal Connections (Jack)
  • MIDI out
  • USB Computer (USB type B)
  • Dimensions: 836 x 182 x 84 mm
  • Weight: 2.5 kg
  • Color: Black

In this comparison we have on the one hand the Nektar Impact GX 49 and its respective functions and features, and on the other hand the Roland A-49 Black which offers 49 large format sensitive keys, two controllers and two buttons, both assignable, a D-Beam controller (we will talk about this function later), octave up/down buttons, and buttons for other functions.

The advantages of the Nektar Impact GX 49 are its advanced transport functions and the buttons on these. The advantages of the Roland A-49 are its two assignable knobs and buttons, and also its D-Beam Controller function, which is a Roland patent, and is an infrared beam that is an interface that can control and manipulate sounds by hand movements interacting with an infrared beam of light. Due to this interesting function we can say that it is a better controller.

And here’s a video of the Roland A-49 Black keyboard

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Roland A-49 Black review

Nektar Impact GX 49 vs M-Audio Keystation 49 MK3

The Nektar Impact GX 49 MIDI Keyboard is priced at €79/£73/$80 when the M-Audio Keystation 49 MK3 is priced at €88/£75/$87, with a small difference of €11. Let’s go head to head:

  • Both offer 49 full-size keys.
  • The Nektar Impact GX 49 offers transport buttons (rec, play, pause), octave up/down and a total of 14 assignable MIDI buttons, plus pitch bend and modulation wheels. While the M-Audio Keystation 49 MK3 offers transport buttons (rec, play, pause), an assignable fader, movement buttons, octave up/down buttons, and pitch bend and modulation wheels.
  • Both feature an integrated USB connection and a sustain pedal input.

Let’s put the features of these keyboards in a table so you can compare

Nektar Impact GX 49

M-Audio Keystation 49 MK3

  • 49 speed-sensitive ‘full size’ keys with ‘synth-action’
  • 4 speed curves
  • A total of 14 assignable MIDI buttons
  • Transport Controls: Play, Stop, Record, Rewind and Fast Forward
  • Advanced Transport Functions: Loop On/Off, Tap On/Off, Go to Locator, and Undo
  • Transposition and octave shift button backlit
  • Deep integration with the DAW including track volume/track selection, patch selection and more
  • Volume control of the mixture using the knobs
  • USB powered
  • Plug and play compatible
  • Connectors: Sustain pedal (6.35mm), USB
  • Includes Bitwig 8-track software (license per download)
  • Compatible with Windows 7, 8, 10, Mac osx 10.5 or higher, Linux Ubuntu 4.14
  • Compatible with ios with the Apple Camera Connection Kit (not included)
  • Compatible with all popular DAWs including Cubase, Nuendo, Logic, Reason, Bitwig, Studio One, Cakewalk Sonar, Digital Perfomer, Fruity Loops, Garageband and Reaper
  • Dimensions: 803 x 197 x 70mm
  • Weight: 2,18kg
  • 49 speed-sensitive keys
  • Pitch bend and modulation wheels
  • Octave switch
  • Transport buttons for DAW control
  • A fader
  • 6.3 mm jack input for optional sustain pedal (not included)
  • USB bus-powered
  • Plug&Play for Mac and PC
  • Includes Pro Tools First M-Audio Edition, Ableton Live Lite, AIR Mini Grand, AIR Velvet, and AIR Xpand!2
  • Dimensions: 822 x 189 x 68 mm
  • Weight: 2.1 kg

In this comparison we have on the one hand the Nektar Impact GX 49 with its functions and features, and on the other hand we have the M-Audio Keystation 49 MK3 which offers 49 speed-sensitive keys, transport buttons (rec, play, pause), an assignable fader, movement buttons, octave up/down buttons and pitch bend and modulation wheels.

We found very similar MIDI controllers, with their respective advantages and disadvantages. The advantages of the Nektar Impact GX 49 are its advanced transport features, and the M-Audio Keystation 49 MK3 has an assignable fader. Both are good MIDI controllers for the price they demand.

Here’s a video of the M-Audio Keystation 49 MK3 keyboard

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the M-Audio Keystation 49 MK3 review.

Nektar Impact GX 49 vs Nektar Impact LX61+

The Nektar Impact GX 49 MIDI Keyboard is priced at €79/£73/$80 and the Nektar Impact LX61+ is priced at €148/£133/$148. Let’s move on to the face-to-face:

  • The Nektar Impact GX 49 offers 49 full-size keys. The Nektar Impact LX61+ offers 61 speed-sensitive keys.
  • The Nektar Impact GX 49 offers transport buttons (rec, play, pause), octave up/down and in total 14 assignable MIDI buttons, plus pitch bend and modulation wheels. The Nektar Impact LX61+ has 9 30mm faders, 8 rotary encoders, 9 assignable buttons, 6 transport buttons, octave up/down buttons, and pitch bend and modulation wheels.
  • Both integrate a USB connection and a sustain pedal input.

Let’s put the features of these keyboards in a table so you can compare

Nektar Impact GX 49

Nektar Impact LX61+

  • 49 speed-sensitive ‘full size’ keys with ‘synth-action’
  • 4 speed curves
  • A total of 14 assignable MIDI buttons
  • Transport Controls: Play, Stop, Record, Rewind and Fast Forward
  • Advanced Transport Functions: Loop On/Off, Tap On/Off, Go to Locator, and Undo
  • Transposition and octave shift button backlit
  • Deep integration with the DAW including track volume / track selection, patch selection and more
  • Volume control of the mixture using the knobs
  • USB powered
  • Plug and play compatible
  • Connectors: Sustain pedal (6.35mm), USB
  • Includes Bitwig 8-track software (license per download)
  • Compatible with Windows 7, 8, 10, Mac osx 10.5 or higher, Linux Ubuntu 4.14
  • Compatible with ios with the Apple Camera Connection Kit (not included)
  • Compatible with all popular DAWs including Cubase, Nuendo, Logic, Reason, Bitwig, Studio One, Cakewalk Sonar, Digital Perfomer, Fruity Loops, Garageband and Reaper
  • Dimensions: 803 x 197 x 70mm
  • Weight: 2,18kg
  • With 61 speed-sensitive keys
  • DAW integration including track volume and track selection, patch selection and more
  • Suitable for all popular DAWs, including Logic, Cubase, Studio One, Reason, Bitwig and more
  • 9 faders of 30mm
  • 8 rotary encoders
  • 9 assignable buttons
  • 6 transport buttons
  • Octave shift
  • Transposition switches
  • Pitch bend and modulation wheels
  • 4 speed curves plus 3 fixed speeds
  • 8 speed-sensitive pads with 4-color LED illumination providing 4 pad assignments and ‘learn’ pad function
  • Clip and scene switches for clip-based DAWs
  • Extended transport controls, including click, go to locator and more
  • 5 memory locations for user-defined parameter settings
  • Native USB support for real Plug ‘n Play
  • USB bus-powered
  • Connectors: Input for TS Footswitch jack 1/4″, USB
  • WIN 7 or higher, MAC OSX 10.7 or higher
  • Includes Bitwig 8-Track software download
  • Dimensions: 965 x 267 x 76mm approx.
  • Weight: 4,1kg

In this comparison we have on the one hand the Nektar Impact GX 49 which we analysed earlier, and on the other hand we have the Nektar Impact LX61+ which offers 61 speed sensitive keys, 9 30mm faders, 8 rotary encoders, 9 assignable buttons, 6 transport buttons, octave up/down buttons and pitch bend and modulation wheels.

As we have shared before, the Nektar Impact GX 49 has the advantage of advanced transport functions, however the Nektar Impact LX61+ outperforms it by having many more control functions such as: faders, knobs, and assignable buttons, making it a superior MIDI controller, its price difference is fully valid and deserves to be covered.

And here’s a video of the Nektar Impact LX61+ keyboard

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Nektar Impact LX61+ review.

Nektar Impact GX 49 vs Alesis V61

The Nektar Impact GX 49 MIDI Keyboard is priced at €79/£73/$80 when the Alesis V61 is priced at €144/£122/$142. We’ll move on to the face-to-face:

  • The Nektar Impact GX 49 offers 49 full-size keys. The Alesis V61 offers 61 speed-sensitive keys.
  • The Nektar Impact GX 49 offers transport buttons (rec, play, pause), octave up/down and in total 14 assignable MIDI buttons, plus pitch bend and modulation wheels. While the Alesis V61 offers 8 speed-sensitive backlit pads, 4 assignable knobs and 4 assignable buttons, octave up/down buttons and pitch and modulation wheels.
  • Both integrate a USB connection and a sustain pedal input.

Let’s put the features of these keyboards in a table so you can compare

Nektar Impact GX 49

Alesis V61

  • 49 speed-sensitive ‘full size’ keys with ‘synth-action’
  • 4-speed curves
  • A total of 14 assignable MIDI buttons
  • Transport Controls: Play, Stop, Record, Rewind and Fast Forward
  • Advanced Transport Functions: Loop On/Off, Tap On/Off, Go to Locator, and Undo
  • Transposition and octave shift button backlit
  • Deep integration with the DAW including track volume/track selection, patch selection and more
  • Volume control of the mixture using the knobs
  • USB powered
  • Plug and play compatible
  • Connectors: Sustain pedal (6.35mm), USB
  • Includes Bitwig 8-track software (license per download)
  • Compatible with Windows 7, 8, 10, Mac osx 10.5 or higher, Linux Ubuntu 4.14
  • Compatible with ios with the Apple Camera Connection Kit (not included)
  • Compatible with all popular DAWs including Cubase, Nuendo, Logic, Reason, Bitwig, Studio One, Cakewalk Sonar, Digital Perfomer, Fruity Loops, Garageband and Reaper
  • Dimensions: 803 x 197 x 70mm
  • Weight: 2,18kg
  • 61 full-size keys
  • Square front keys
  • 8 speed-sensitive backlit pads
  • 4 assignable knobs and 4 assignable buttons
  • Octave up and down buttons allow you to access the full keyboard range
  • Pitch and modulation wheels
  • Visual information through illuminated knobs and buttons
  • USB-powered and USB MIDI connectivity for Mac and PC
  • Includes USB cable, Ableton Live Lite software (download) and xpand!2 by Air Music Tech software (download)

In our latest comparison we have the Nektar Impact GX 49 which has its features and functions that we analysed earlier. And the Alesis V61 which offers 61 full-size keys, 8 speed-sensitive backlit pads, 4 assignable knobs and 4 assignable buttons, octave up and down buttons and pitch and modulation wheels.

The Nektar Impact GX 49’s advantage is its advanced transport features, as discussed above. And as an advantage of the Alesis V61 we can count on its backlit pads and its 4 assignable knobs and 4 buttons which as control functions come in very handy. The Alesis V61 is a better MIDI controller, and has a slight difference that is worth acquiring.

Now a video of the Alesis V61

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Alesis V61 review.

Which is the best of these MIDI keyboards if I am a beginner on a low budget?

While the answer to this question lies mostly in what specific need you have, for example, if you want to have a keyboard with the widest range of notes possible, or if you want to have as many control functions as possible, or perhaps a mix between the two, that is without leaving behind the different connections and software licenses that most MIDI controllers offer, we will give an objective opinion according to our experience in music production and thus also with the price demanded by the controllers, a kind of value for money.

In this post we find a set of relatively cheap MIDI controllers with a price not higher than 172 As a star product, we can name the Nektar Impact LX61+ which offers 61 keys and control functions that this excellent and among others we have: pads, faders, encoders and buttons, all assignable. In addition to a sustain pedal input, as we realize for a fair price it offers many functions and features. If you have the chance, go for it.

Where to buy the Nektar Impact GX 49 keyboard

Thomann

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  • Usually Best price.
  • Best Reputation: They are the leading online store in Europe and have the best catalog and information.

Amazon

  • Free Shipping and possibility of shipping in one day with Amazon Premium.
  • Full Guarantee but they are no experts in music equipment.
  • Sometimes a better price.
  • He’s got worse stock than Thomann.

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