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Review MIDI keyboard Nektar SE49. 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 will list the features of this Nektar SE49 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 49 keys with dynamic sensitivity
  • 7 switchable speed curves — 4 User Presets, 3 Configured Presets
  • Buttons for Octave Up/Down & Transpose Up/Down
  • 30 mm fader
  • DAW controls among others for Transport, Track and Patch selection and Level
  • Compatible with any MIDI operating software under OS X, Windows & iOS
  • Class Compliant True Plug and Play
  • Powered by USB port
  • Connection for 6.3 mm Sustain Jack pedal
  • Nektar DAW integration: Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10, MAC OS X 10.7 or higher
  • Nektar DAW integration for all conventional DAWs including Bitwig, Cubase, Garageband, Logic, Nuendo, Digital Performer, Mixcraft, Reason, Reaper, Sonar and Studio One
  • Size: 805 x 197 x 69 mm
  • Weight: 2.2 kg
  • Includes Bitwig 8-Track Software (online download)

review nektar-se49
This MIDI keyboard is typically priced at around €64/£58/$64 and features 49 keys with dynamic sensitivity, buttons for Octave Up/Down & Transpose Up/Down, a 30mm fader, and pitch bend and modulation wheels.

It features an integrated USB connection and sustain pedal input, and includes the Bitwig 8-Track Software license (online download).

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Nektar SE49 vs M-Audio Keystation 49 MK3

The Nektar SE49 MIDI Keyboard is priced at €64/£58/$64 when the M-Audio Keystation 49 MK3 is priced at €88/£75/$87. Let’s go head to head:

  • The Nektar SE49 provides 49 keys with dynamic sensitivity, and the M-Audio Keystation 49 MK3 provides 49 speed-sensitive keys.
  • The Nektar SE49 offers buttons for Octave Up/Down & Transpose Up/Down, a 30mm fader, and pitch bend and modulation wheels. When the M-Audio Keystation 49 MK3 offers octave buttons, transport buttons for DAW control, an assignable fader, movement buttons, and pitch bend and modulation wheels.
  • Both feature an integrated USB connection and a sustain pedal input.
  • The Nektar SE49 includes the Bitwig 8-Track Software license (online download). And the M-Audio Keystation 49 MK3 includes the licenses for Pro Tools First M-Audio Edition, Ableton Live Lite, AIR Mini Grand, AIR Velvet, and AIR Xpand!2.

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

Nektar SE49

M-Audio Keystation 49 MK3

  • With 49 keys with dynamic sensitivity
  • 7 switchable speed curves — 4 User Presets, 3 Configured Presets
  • Buttons for Octave Up/Down & Transpose Up/Down
  • 30 mm fader
  • DAW controls among others for Transport, Track and Patch selection and Level
  • Compatible with any MIDI operating software under OS X, Windows & iOS
  • Class Compliant True Plug and Play
  • Powered by USB port
  • Connection for 6.3 mm Sustain Jack pedal
  • Nektar DAW integration: Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10, MAC OS X 10.7 or higher
  • Nektar DAW integration for all conventional DAWs including Bitwig, Cubase, Garageband, Logic, Nuendo, Digital Performer, Mixcraft, Reason, Reaper, Sonar and Studio One
  • Size: 805 x 197 x 69 mm
  • Weight: 2.2 kg
  • Includes Bitwig 8-Track Software (online download)
  • 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 our first comparison we have on the one hand the Nektar SE49 which we have already analyzed and on the other hand the M-Audio Keystation 49 MK3 which offers 49 speed-sensitive keys, octave buttons, transport buttons for DAW control, an assignable fader, movement buttons and pitch bend and modulation wheels.

We have two very similar controllers, having the same range of keys, plus very similar functions such as an assignable fader, and octave buttons, plus they have the same connections. For the price, you can go for the Nektar SE49 as it’s a bit cheaper, but if you’re interested in licensing then the M-Audio Keystation 49 MK3 is sure to be a better choice.

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 SE49 vs Alesis Q49 Keyboard Controller

The Nektar SE49 MIDI Keyboard is priced at €64/£58/$64 when the Alesis Q49 Keyboard Controller is priced at €75/£63/$72, with such a small difference of £9. Let’s move on to the face-to-face:

  • The Nektar SE49 offers 49 keys with dynamic sensitivity, and the Alesis offers 49 keys with sensitivity.
  • The Nektar SE49 offers buttons for Octave Up/Down & Transpose Up/Down, a 30mm fader, and pitch bend and modulation wheels. The Alesis offers pitch bend and modulation wheels, buttons for octave up/down, and a fader (sliding resistor) for program changes.
  • Both integrate a USB connection and a sustain pedal input.
  • The Nektar SE49 includes the Bitwig 8-Track Software license (online download). And the Alesis includes the Ableton Live Lite and Alesis Edition licenses.

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

Nektar SE49

Alesis Q49 Keyboard Controller

  • With 49 keys with dynamic sensitivity
  • 7 switchable speed curves — 4 User Presets, 3 Configured Presets
  • Buttons for Octave Up/Down & Transpose Up/Down
  • 30 mm fader
  • DAW controls among others for Transport, Track and Patch selection and Level
  • Compatible with any MIDI operating software under OS X, Windows & iOS
  • Class Compliant True Plug and Play
  • Powered by USB port
  • Connection for 6.3 mm Sustain Jack pedal
  • Nektar DAW integration: Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10, MAC OS X 10.7 or higher
  • Nektar DAW integration for all conventional DAWs including Bitwig, Cubase, Garageband, Logic, Nuendo, Digital Performer, Mixcraft, Reason, Reaper, Sonar and Studio One
  • Size: 805 x 197 x 69 mm
  • Weight: 2.2 kg
  • Includes Bitwig 8-Track Software (online download)
  • 49 sensitive keys
  • Compatible with virtually any MIDI software or MIDI device
  • USB/MIDI connections and traditional MIDI ports for Mac or PC and external MIDI hardware
  • Pitch and modulation wheels
  • Octave Up/Down buttons
  • Assignable fader for program changes
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite and Alesis Edition
  • Size: 81,5 x 18,5 x 6 cm

In this comparison, we have on the one hand the Nektar SE49 which we have already analyzed above, and on the other hand, the Alesis Q49 Keyboard Controller which offers 49 keys with sensitivity, pitch bend and modulation wheels, buttons for octave up/down, and a fader (sliding resistance) for program changes.

Again we have two very similar controllers, and we also have the Nektar SE49 being slightly cheaper, and as an advantage of the Alesis Q49 we can count on its licenses, very valued by most beginners. Both are good drivers.

And here is a video of the Alesis Q49 Keyboard Controller

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Alesis Q49 Keyboard Controller review.

Nektar SE49 vs Akai LPK 25

The Nektar SE49 MIDI Keyboard is priced at €64/£58/$64 while the Akai LPK 25 is priced at €42/£37/$42. Let’s see the face-to-face:

  • The Nektar SE49 provides 49 keys with dynamic sensitivity, and the Akai LPK 25 provides 25 mini-sensitive keys.
  • The Nektar SE49 offers buttons for Octave Up/Down & Transpose Up/Down, a 30mm fader, and pitch bend and modulation wheels. The Akai offers octave up/down buttons, arpeggiator buttons, tap tempo and sustain.
  • The Nektar SE 49 has an integrated USB connection and a sustain pedal input. The Akai only has a USB connection
  • The Nektar SE49 includes the Bitwig 8-Track Software license (online download). And the Akai includes a software editor for Mac and PC.

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

Nektar SE49

Akai LPK 25

  • With 49 keys with dynamic sensitivity
  • 7 switchable speed curves — 4 User Presets, 3 Configured Presets
  • Buttons for Octave Up/Down & Transpose Up/Down
  • 30 mm fader
  • DAW controls among others for Transport, Track and Patch selection and Level
  • Compatible with any MIDI operating software under OS X, Windows & iOS
  • Class Compliant True Plug and Play
  • Powered by USB port
  • Connection for 6.3 mm Sustain Jack pedal
  • Nektar DAW integration: Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10, MAC OS X 10.7 or higher
  • Nektar DAW integration for all conventional DAWs including Bitwig, Cubase, Garageband, Logic, Nuendo, Digital Performer, Mixcraft, Reason, Reaper, Sonar and Studio One
  • Size: 805 x 197 x 69 mm
  • Weight: 2.2 kg
  • Includes Bitwig 8-Track Software (online download)
  • Works with virtually all audio software
  • 25 mini-format speed-sensitive keys
  • Arpeggiator
  • Sustain button
  • Octave Up/Down and Tap Tempo buttons
  • Plug&Play USB socket on Mac and PC without drivers
  • Fits neatly into a laptop bag or backpack
  • 4 programmable memory banks
  • Editor Software for Mac and PC included
  • Powered by USB port, no mains power cable required
  • Size: 9,65 x 34,04 x 2,79 cm
  • Weight: 0.635 kg

In this comparison, we have in one corner the Nektar SE49 with its functions and features that we have analyzed above, and in the other corner we have the Akai LPK 25 which offers 25 mini-format speed-sensitive keys, octave up/down buttons, arpeggiator buttons, tap tempo and sustain.

The advantage of the Nektar SE49 would be its 49 keys and its 30mm fader. Now the Akai LPK 25 although it is a very minimalist MIDI controller has great compatibility with different DAWs and so also has great portability. The Nektar SE49 is a better controller, although the Akai LPK 25 can become a very useful controller in certain cases.

And here is a video of the Akai LPK 25 keyboard

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

Nektar SE49 vs Miditech Midistart Music 25

The Nektar SE49 MIDI Keyboard is priced at €64/£58/$64 when the Miditech Midistart Music 25 is priced at €58/£51/$60, with a small difference that this may vary depending on where we ask. Let’s go head to head:

  • The Nektar SE49 provides 49 keys with dynamic sensitivity, and the Miditech Midistart Music 25 provides 25 keys with sensitivity.
  • The Nektar SE49 offers buttons for Octave Up/Down & Transpose Up/Down, a 30mm fader, and pitch bend and modulation wheels. The Miditech Midistart Music 25 features octave up/down buttons, a joystick for pitch bend and modulation, and an assignable fader.
  • Both feature an integrated USB connection and a sustain pedal input.
  • The Nektar SE49 includes the Bitwig 8-Track Software license (online download). And the Miditech Midistart Music 25 includes the Magix Samplitude SE.

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

Nektar SE49

Miditech Midistart Music 25

  • With 49 keys with dynamic sensitivity
  • 7 switchable speed curves — 4 User Presets, 3 Configured Presets
  • Buttons for Octave Up/Down & Transpose Up/Down
  • 30 mm fader
  • DAW controls among others for Transport, Track and Patch selection and Level
  • Compatible with any MIDI operating software under OS X, Windows & iOS
  • Class Compliant True Plug and Play
  • Powered by USB port
  • Connection for 6.3 mm Sustain Jack pedal
  • Nektar DAW integration: Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10, MAC OS X 10.7 or higher
  • Nektar DAW integration for all conventional DAWs including Bitwig, Cubase, Garageband, Logic, Nuendo, Digital Performer, Mixcraft, Reason, Reaper, Sonar and Studio One
  • Size: 805 x 197 x 69 mm
  • Weight: 2.2 kg
  • Includes Bitwig 8-Track Software (online download)
  • 25 large keys with sensitivity
  • Joystick for Pitchbend and Modulation
  • Octave buttons +/-
  • MIDI output
  • USB port
  • Includes USB cable
  • Magix Samplitude SE
  • Size: 380 x 80 x 240 mm
  • Weight: 2.3 Kg

In this comparison, we have on the one hand the Nektar SE49, which we have already analyzed, and on the other hand, the Miditech Midistart Music 25 which offers 25 large keys with sensitivity, octave up/down buttons, and a joystick for pitch bend and modulation, and an assignable fader.

As an advantage of the Nektar 49 we can mention its 49 keys, and as an advantage of the Miditech Midistart Music 25 it is somewhat more compact, in case you have limited space it could serve you better. Go for the Nektar 49 as for almost the same price you get a wider range of keyboards.

And here’s a video of the Miditech Midistart Music 25 keyboard

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Miditech Midistart Music 25 review.

Nektar SE49 vs M-Audio Oxygen 61 Mk4

The Nektar SE49 MIDI Keyboard is priced at €64/£58/$64 when the M-Audio Oxygen 61 Mk4 is priced at €155/£133/$154. Let’s go head to head:

  • The Nektar SE49 provides 49 keys with dynamic sensitivity, and the M-Audio Oxygen 61 Mk4 provides 61 full-size, velocity-sensitive synthesizer action keys.
  • The Nektar SE49 offers buttons for Octave Up/Down & Transpose Up/Down, a 30mm fader, and pitch bend and modulation wheels. The M-Audio Oxygen 61 Mk4 offers 8 speed-sensitive trigger pads, 8 assignable knobs, 9 assignable faders, octave buttons, other function buttons, and pitch bend and modulation wheels.
  • Both feature an integrated USB connection and a sustain pedal input.
  • The Nektar SE49 includes the Bitwig 8-Track Software license (online download). And the M-Audio Oxygen 61 MK4 includes SONiVOX Twist (Software), Ableton Live Lite (Software).

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

Nektar SE49

M-Audio Oxygen 61 Mk4

  • With 49 keys with dynamic sensitivity
  • 7 switchable speed curves — 4 User Presets, 3 Configured Presets
  • Buttons for Octave Up/Down & Transpose Up/Down
  • 30 mm fader
  • DAW controls among others for Transport, Track and Patch selection and Level
  • Compatible with any MIDI operating software under OS X, Windows & iOS
  • Class Compliant True Plug and Play
  • Powered by USB port
  • Connection for 6.3 mm Sustain Jack pedal
  • Nektar DAW integration: Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10, MAC OS X 10.7 or higher
  • Nektar DAW integration for all conventional DAWs including Bitwig, Cubase, Garageband, Logic, Nuendo, Digital Performer, Mixcraft, Reason, Reaper, Sonar and Studio One
  • Size: 805 x 197 x 69 mm
  • Weight: 2.2 kg
  • Includes Bitwig 8-Track Software (online download)
  • 61 full-size speed-sensitive synthesizer action keys
  • 8 speed-sensitive trigger pads
  • 8 assignable knobs
  • 9 assignable faders
  • Transport buttons for DAW control
  • Automation for popular DAWs: Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, and more
  • LCD screen
  • USB powered
  • Plug-and-Play Support
  • MIDI-USB connectivity
  • Input for sustain pedal
  • Included software: Ableton Live Lite and SONiVOX Twist Synth
  • The box also includes: SONiVOX Twist (Software), Ableton Live Lite (Software), USB cable, quick start guide, warranty and safety manual
  • Dimensions: 977 x 243 x 94mm (width x depth x height)
  • Weight: 3.4kg

In our latest comparison, we have the Nektar SE49 with the features and functions we’ve already discussed, and on the other hand, we have the M-Audio Oxygen 61 Mk4 which offers 61 full-size velocity-sensitive synth-action keys, 8 velocity-sensitive trigger pads, 8 assignable knobs, 9 assignable faders, octave buttons, other function buttons and pitch bend and modulation wheels.

As an advantage of the Nektar SE49 we can say that it is a good controller that is a little more compact due to the 4-octave range it has, however, the M-Audio Oxygen 61 MK4 is a better controller due to the control functions it has and thus also an extra octave in its key range. Although the price is also higher, the difference is justified according to the functions offered.

Here is a video of the M-Audio Oxygen 61 Mk4 keyboard

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBFZlBwGpSU

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the M-Audio Oxygen 61 Mk4 review.

What is the best of these MIDI keyboards if I am a beginner on a 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 features as possible, or perhaps a mix between the two, that is without leaving behind the different connections and software licenses offered by most MIDI controllers, 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 have a group of MIDI controllers that do not exceed 155 ? so they are economic controllers with moderate control functions, we can comment as the most ideal for a beginner in music production to the M-Audio Oxygen 61 MK4, which offers 61 keys of full size and with speed sensitivity (intensity in MIDI language), we also have pads, knobs and faders as other control functions, it also integrates a sustain pedal input and also includes licenses that are very valued for beginners. If you have the opportunity, don’t hesitate to buy it.

Where to buy the Nektar SE49 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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