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Review MIDI keyboard Nektar Impact LX61+. 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 LX61+ 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.

  • 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

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This MIDI keyboard is usually priced at around €148/£133/$148 and offers a 61-key speed-sensitive keyboard, allowing you to perform and compose the best musical ideas on your favorite DAW.

It also offers the following control functions: 9 assignable 30mm faders, 8 assignable knobs, 9 assignable buttons, 6 transport buttons, octave shift buttons (up/down), and pitch bend and modulation wheels. In addition to switches and scene clips for DAWs.

On connections, the Nektar Impact LX61+ has a built-in sustain pedal input, USB connection where it is also powered. It also includes a Bitwig 8-Track software download.

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Nektar Impact LX61+ vs Nektar Panorama P6

The Nektar Impact LX61+ MIDI Keyboard is priced at €148/£133/$148 while the Nektar Panorama P6 is priced at €444 with a difference of £296 between them. Let’s go head to head:

  • Both controllers have 61 speed-sensitive keys. In the case of the Nektar Panorama P6 they have Aftertouch.
  • The Nektar Impact LX61+ offers 9 assignable 30mm faders, 8 assignable knobs, 9 assignable buttons, 6 transport buttons, octave shift buttons (up/down), and pitch bend and modulation wheels. In addition to switches and scene clips for DAWs. And the Nektar Panorama P6 offers 16 assignable knobs, 9 assignable 45mm faders, 1 100mm ALPS Motorfader (mechanical fader), 10 configurable LED switches, 28 freely configurable switches, 12 speed and pulse sensitive pads, and pitch bend and modulation wheels.
  • The Nektar Impact LX61+ has an integrated sustain pedal input and USB connection. The Nektar Panorama P6 integrates a MIDI output, a USB connection, and two pedal inputs (expression and sustain).

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

Nektar Impact LX61+

Nektar Panorama P6

  • 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
  • 61 sensitive counterbalanced keys and Aftertouch
  • Pitch and modulation wheels
  • High-resolution TFT screen and 3.5″
  • 16 rotary controllers
  • 9 Fader of 45mm
  • 1 ALPS Motorfader 100mm
  • 10 configurable LED switches
  • 28 freely configurable switches
  • 12 speed and pulse sensitive pads
  • 4 LED mode switches
  • Sustain and expression pedal connections
  • USB port (computer) + USB Micro B (Motorfader power)
  • Powerful link to all conventional DAWs including Cubase, Nuendo, Reason, Studio One and Logic Pro X
  • Dimensions: 990 x 330 x 101 mm
  • Weight: 7.71kg

In our first comparison, we find two Nektar brand MIDI controllers, on the one hand, the Nektar Impact LX61+ which offers 61 speed-sensitive keys, 9 assignable 30mm faders, 8 assignable knobs, 9 assignable buttons, 6 transport buttons, octave shift buttons (up/down), and pitch bend and modulation wheels. And on the other hand, the Nektar Panorama P6 offers 61 sensitive counterbalanced keys and Aftertouch, 16 assignable knobs, 9 assignable 45mm faders, 1 100mm ALPS Motorfader (mechanical fader), 10 configurable LED switches, 28 freely configurable switches, 12 speed and pulse sensitive pads, and pitch bend and modulation wheels.

While both are good MIDI controllers, having a lot of control functions, the Nektar Panorama P6 has better performance, also raising its price almost 4 times. This price increase is not as justified if we put it face to face with a somewhat smaller model, such as the Nektar Impact LX61+, which for its price is an excellent choice. If you want a mechanical fader that offers the Nektar Panorama P6 and you have the budget you can go for it, otherwise, the Nektar Impact LX61+ is an excellent option for the price it has.

And here’s a video of the Nektar Panorama P6 keyboard

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Nektar Panorama P6 review.

Nektar Impact LX61+ vs Novation Launchkey 25 MK3

The Nektar Impact LX61+ MIDI Keyboard is priced at €148/£133/$148 and the Novation Launchkey 25 MK3 is priced at €165/£149/$168, with a small difference of £17:

  • The Nektar Impact LX61+ has 61 speed-sensitive keys, while the Novation Launchkey 25 MK3 has 25 speed-sensitive keys.
  • The Nektar Impact LX61+ offers 9 assignable 30mm faders, 8 assignable knobs, 9 assignable buttons, 6 transport buttons, octave shift buttons (up/down), and pitch bend and modulation wheels. In addition to switches and scene clips for DAWs. And the Novation Launchkey 25 MK3 features 16 RGB-backlit speed-sensitive pads, 8 assignable knobs, transport buttons (rec, play, pause), octave up/down buttons, and other functions. Plus pitch bend and modulation wheels.
  • The Nektar Impact LX61+ has an integrated sustain pedal input and a USB connection. The Novation Launchkey 25 MK3 integrates a MIDI output, a USB connection, and a sustain pedal input.
  • The Nektar Impact LX61+ includes a Bitwig eight-Track license, while the Novation Launchkey 25 MK3 includes licenses for Ableton Live Lite, Serato Sample LE, AAS Session Bundle, XLN Addictive Keys (1 of 4 selectable virtual keyboards), Klevgrand R0Verb-, DAW Cassette, Spitfire Audio LABS-Expressive Strings.

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

Nektar Impact LX61+

Novation Launchkey 25 MK3

  • 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
  • 25 speed-sensitive keys
  • 16 speed-sensitive pads backlit with RGB
  • Scale and chord mode
  • Arpeggiator
  • MIDI capture function
  • MIDI mappings
  • Locking the device
  • Tone shift and modulation wheel
  • 2 x 16 character display
  • 8 knobs
  • Power supply via USB
  • Dimensions: 463 x 77 x 258 mm (width x height x depth)
  • Weight: 1.81 kg
  • Includes licenses for Ableton Live Lite, Serato Sample LE, AAS Session Bundle, XLN Addictive Keys (1 of 4 selectable virtual keyboards), Klevgrand R0Verb-, DAW Cassette, Spitfire Audio LABS-Expressive Strings.

In this comparison, we again find two quality MIDI controllers, on the one hand, the already analyzed Nektar Impact LX61+, and on the other hand, we have the Novation Launchkey 25 MK3 which offers 25 velocity-sensitive keys, 16 RGB backlit velocity-sensitive pads, 8 assignable knobs, transport buttons (rec, play, pause), octave up/down buttons and other functions. Plus pitch bend and modulation wheels.

While both are good, the Nektar Impact LX61+ has certain advantages over the competition, starting with the greater number of keys, and thus also a greater and better number of control functions. The advantage that can save the Novation Launchkey 25 MK3, is its MIDI output and the licenses it offers, which for beginners come in handy.

Here is a video of the Novation Launchkey 25 MK3

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Novation Launchkey 25 MK3 review.

Nektar Impact LX61+ vs Novation Impulse 25

The Nektar Impact LX61+ MIDI Keyboard is priced at €148/£133/$148 and the Novation Impulse 25 is priced at €165/£149/$168, just as the above comparison is £17. Let’s go head to head:

  • The Nektar Impact LX61+ has 61 speed-sensitive keys, while the Novation Impulse 25 offers 25 semi-heavy and speed-sensitive keys, plus it has an Aftertouch function.
  • The Nektar Impact LX61+ offers 9 assignable 30mm faders, 8 assignable knobs, 9 assignable buttons, 6 transport buttons, octave shift buttons (up/down), and pitch bend and modulation wheels. In addition to switches and scene clips for DAWs. And the Novation Impulse 25 offers 8 RGB backlit speed-sensitive pads, 8 assignable knobs, 1 55mm fader, transport buttons (rec, play, pause), octave up/down buttons and other functions. Plus pitch bend and modulation wheels.
  • The Nektar Impact LX61+ has an integrated sustain pedal input and a USB connection. The Novation Impulse 25 integrates a MIDI input and output, a USB connection, and input for sustain and expression pedals.
  • The Nektar Impact LX61+ includes a Bitwig eight-Track license, while the Novation Impulse 25 includes the Xcite+ Software Pack, Ableton Live Lite licenses.

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

Nektar Impact LX61+

Novation Impulse 25

  • 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
  • 25 semi-heavy keys and Aftertouch
  • Full DAW and Plug-in control
  • 8 Backlit Drum Pads
  • 1 Fader of 55mm
  • 8 assignable controllers
  • Modulation-pitch wheel
  • 2-octave keys
  • Beat-Roll and Clip-Launch buttons
  • LCD screen
  • USB socket
  • Connections for expression and sustain pedals
  • MIDI in/out
  • Automap-Control-Software
  • Includes Xcite+ Software Pack, Ableton Live Lite
  • Size: 525 x 332 x 100 mm
  • Weight: 3.5kg

We have a very similar comparison to the previous one, on the one hand, the Nektar Impact LX61+ that we have already analyzed before, and on the other hand, we have the Novation Impulse 25 that offers 25 semi-heavy keys and with Aftertouch, 8 speed-sensitive pads backlit with RGB, 8 assignable knobs, 1 55mm fader, transport buttons (rec, play, pause), octave up/down buttons and other functions. Plus pitch bend and modulation wheels.

The Nektar Impact LX61+ has certain advantages over the competition, starting with the greater number of keys, and thus also a greater and better number of control functions. The advantage that can save the Novation Impulse 25, is its MIDI input and output and the licenses it offers and the semi-weight of its keys.

Here is a video of the Novation Impulse 25 keyboard

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Novation Impulse 25 review.

Nektar Impact LX61+ vs Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol A25

The Nektar Impact LX61+ MIDI Keyboard is priced at €148/£133/$148 and the Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol A25 is priced at €135/£125/$137, but the difference is so small that this may vary from shop to shop. Let’s go head to head:

  • The Nektar Impact LX61+ has 61 speed-sensitive keys, while the Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol A25 offers 25 medium-heavy and speed-sensitive keys.
  • The Nektar Impact LX61+ offers 9 assignable 30mm faders, 8 assignable knobs, 9 assignable buttons, 6 transport buttons, octave shift buttons (up/down), and pitch bend and modulation wheels. In addition to switches and scene clips for DAWs. And the Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol A25 offers 1 4D push encoder, 8 assignable knobs, transport buttons (rec, play, pause), octave up/down buttons and other functions. In addition to pitch bend and modulation wheels.
  • Both integrate a sustain pedal input and a USB connection.
  • The Nektar Impact LX61+ includes a Bitwig eight-Track license, while the Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol A25 includes licenses for The Gentleman, Monark, Scarbee Mark I, Reaktor Prism, Reaktor Blocks Wired, Reaktor 6 Player, Kontakt 6 Player, Guitar Rig 5 Player, Komplete Kontrol Software, Maschine Essential.

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

Nektar Impact LX61+

Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol A25

  • 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
  • Newly developed semi-weighted keyboard
  • 25 keys
  • 8 touch-sensitive encoders, tone and modulation wheels
  • Push-button 4D encoder
  • Smart Player
  • Integration with Maschine
  • Intuitive control over Logic Pro X, Ableton Live, Garage Band, Cubase and Nuendo
  • USB powered
  • 6.3 mm input for pedal
  • USB port
  • Dimensions: 488 x 257 x 89 mm
  • Weight: 2.4 kg
  • Includes Komplete effects and instruments: The Gentleman, Monark, Scarbee Mark I, Reaktor Prism, Reaktor Blocks Wired, Reaktor 6 Player, Kontakt 6 Player, Guitar Rig 5 Player, Komplete Kontrol Software, Maschine Essential

This comparison is very similar to the two previous ones, on the one hand, we have the Nektar Impact LX61+ with its functions and features that we have already analyzed before, and on the other hand, we have the Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol A25 that offers 25 semi-weighted keys with sensitivity, 1 4D push encoder, 8 assignable knobs, transport buttons (rec, play, pause), up/down octave buttons and other functions. In addition to pitch bend and modulation wheels.

As before, the Nektar has certain advantages over its competitors, however, in the Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol A25 we find semi-balanced keys that improve the quality of the keystroke. The best option will be the Nektar Impact LX61+.

And here’s a video of the Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol A25

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol A25 review.

Nektar Impact LX61+ vs Arturia KeyLab 88 MkII

The Nektar Impact LX61+ MIDI Keyboard is priced at €148/£133/$148 and the Arturia KeyLab 88 MkII is priced at €875/£789/$866. Let’s go head to head:

  • The Nektar Impact LX61+ has 61 speed-sensitive keys, when the Arturia KeyLab 88 MkII offers a Fatar plywood keyboard, with hammer action (Fatar — TP100LR) of 88 keys, with sensitivity and Aftertouch.
  • The Nektar Impact LX61+ offers 9 assignable 30mm faders, 8 assignable knobs, 9 assignable buttons, 6 transport buttons, octave shift buttons (up/down), and pitch bend and modulation wheels. In addition to switches and scene clips for DAWs. And the Arturia KeyLab 88 MKII offers 16 illuminated pads with chord memory function, 9 assignable faders, 9 assignable knobs, transport buttons (rec, play, pause, stop, etc.), a center knob for choosing different functions, modulation and pitch bend wheels.
  • The Nektar Impact LX61+ has an integrated sustain pedal input and a USB connection. The Arturia KeyLab 88 MkII integrates CV outputs (pitch out, gate out, Mod 1 and Mod 2), MIDI input and output, inputs for expression, sustain and 3 auxiliary pedals, CV input, external power supply input and USB connection.
  • The Nektar Impact LX61+ includes a Bitwig eight-Track license, while the Arturia includes the Analog Lab 4 software licenses with 6000 synthesizer sounds, Ableton Live Lite, Arturia Wurli V, Arturia VOX Continental V and Arturia Piano V.

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

Nektar Impact LX61+

Arturia KeyLab 88 MkII

  • 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
  • With 88 keys and CV connections
  • Fatar plywood keyboard, with hammer action (Fatar — TP100LR)
  • Speed sensitive and Aftertouch
  • 16 illuminated pads with chord memory function
  • 9 faders
  • 9 rotating knobs
  • LCD screen
  • Transport section
  • Tone and modulation wheels
  • MIDI Input/Output
  • Input for a sustain pedal and 6.3 mm jack expression
  • 3 assignable pedal inputs 6.3 mm jack
  • 3.5 mm mini-jack CV input
  • Tone and door output 3.5 mm mini-jack
  • Output Mod 1 and Mod 2 3.5 mm mini-jack
  • USB connection
  • Input for 9 — 12 V DC power supply 1.0 A
  • Aluminum housing with wooden side panels
  • Includes magnetic templates for Ableton Live, Logic Pro X, Pro Tools, Cubase, Studio One, Reaper and Mackie/HUI configurations
  • Score/iPad support
  • Removable laptop shelf
  • The software package contains: Analog Lab 4 with 6000 synthesizer sounds, Ableton Live Lite, Arturia Wurli V, Arturia VOX Continental V and Arturia Piano V
  • Dimensions: 1293 x 322 x 112 mm
  • Weight: 15 kg

In our last comparison we have a somewhat unfair face, on the one hand, the Nektar Impact LX61+ with the functions and features that we have already commented and analyzed previously, and on the other hand the Arturia KeyLab 88 MkII that offers a Fatar plywood keyboard, with hammer action (Fatar — TP100LR) of 88 keys, with sensitivity and Aftertouch, 16 illuminated pads with chord memory function, 9 assignable faders, 9 assignable knobs, transport buttons (rec, play, pause, stop, etc), a central knob to choose different functions, modulation wheels and pitch bend. And all its connections.

As we can notice logically the Arturia KeyLab 88 MkII will be the best option by far, and it also increases the price of it. If you have the budget for a high-end MIDI controller with excellent functions and features, go for it. If you have a smaller budget or just don’t want to spend a lot, the Nektar Impact LX61+ will be an excellent choice.

And here’s a video of the Arturia KeyLab 88 MkII

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Arturia KeyLab 88 MKII 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 possible note range, 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 that the controllers demand, a kind of value for money.

In this post, the Nektar Impact LX61+ takes the prize as a very balanced MIDI controller for a beginner, as it provides a 61-key keyboard and assignable fader, encoder, and button control functions that are very useful in a DAW of the user’s preference, it also offers transport buttons, a sustain pedal input, and an audio editor license. An excellent choice for the beginning of music production.

Where to buy the Nektar Impact LX61+ keyboard

Thomann

  • Free Shipping.
  • Full warranty. If you have any problems, they take care of everything.
  • 100% reliable payment.
  • A leader in trouble-free shipping.
  • Usually the Best price.
  • Best Reputation: They are the leading online store in Europe and have the best catalog and information.

Amazon

  • Free Shipping and the 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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