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Nektar Impact LX88+

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The Impact LX88+ is a USB MIDI controller designed for keyboard players looking for extra reach. It's packed with intelligent, expressive performance...Click To Read More About This Product

Available 08-29-2017

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88-key controller with DAW integration.

The Impact LX88+ is a USB MIDI controller designed for keyboard players looking for extra reach. It's packed with intelligent, expressive performance control and hooks up automatically to your DAW. If you prefer to control MIDI hardware, use the build-in MIDI Out as well as the extensive MIDI programing options. Nektar DAW Integration, custom-designed for most of the popular DAWs, takes Impact LX88+ beyond functionality normally offered by a MIDI controller keyboard.

Split, Layer and Transpose Buttons
The Impact LX88+ keyboard can send on up to 3 zones at once. Each zone can be programmed to send on its own unique MIDI channel with essential settings either pre-programmed or adjustable during performance.

Pads
For groove and beat creation, Impact LX88+'s 8 velocity sensitive pads make life easy. Calibrated to trigger at a light touch, finger drumming is suddenly well within reach with a nice and even velocity response. Each pad can be assigned any MIDI note number or MIDI cc message for use as MIDI trigger or toggle buttons. But the best part is the "Pad Learn“ feature, which allows you to just select a pad, play the note or drum sound you want on the keyboard and assignment is done.

Control Center
Nine 30mm faders, 9 MIDI buttons and 8 encoders are at the center of Impact LX88+'s control panel. Each control is fully programmable to send any MIDI CC message for use with hardware or software MIDI products. Used with Nektar DAW integration, the controls take on a life of their own, providing pre-mapped DAW control giving you the best of both worlds. Control settings can be stored in any of the 5 Impact LX88+ presets for recall.

LED Buttons
The 9 LED buttons can be programmed with a variety of MIDI messages including sending specific MIDI Program changes. The last MIDI Program message sent is remembered so a corresponding LED button illuminates correctly, even if Program was sent via, for example, the transpose buttons or the Setup menu. You can also assign the 8 pads to send Program messages so you'll have instant access to 17 buttons without changing preset or pad map.

DAW Integration
Impact LX88+ software integration supports most of the popular DAWs. A common workflow gives access to many of the functions you are most likely to need when recording and performing with your Impact LX88+. Impact LX88+ DAW integration currently supports Cubase, Digital Performer, FL Studio, Garageband, Logic, Nuendo, Reaper, Reason, Sonar and Studio One. Buttons and controls are labeled so you don't have to remember how they are assigned. That’s why Impact LX88+ is a breeze to use but with enough extra features under the hood to challenge even the most experienced power user.

Transport and Navigation
The 6 dedicated transport buttons are always within reach and mapped to control Cycle, Rewind, Forward, Stop, Play and Record. Press Shift to get access to alternate functions such as Goto L, Set L, Set R, Undo, Click and Mode. Dedicated Track up/down and Patch up/down buttons are located below the display.

Mixer
Press mixer and the first 8 Impact LX+ faders are assigned to control 8 channels of your DAWs mixer. The alternate Bank up/down function moves control assignments to the next or previous group of 8 channels. The 9th fader is assigned to the currently selected channel so you always know where to find it.

The buttons under the faders follow the channel assignment of their corresponding fader and can control Mute or Solo with LED's clearly indicating current status. Pan for the group of 8 channels controlled by the faders is handled by the 8 pots. Fader 9 is used for control volume of the current mixer channel as well as master volume.

To help you get the best out of your screen real estate, Impact LX88+ also has shortcuts for opening and closing your DAWs mixer window so you can see what's going on.

Instrument Control
The Instrument button assigns all controls to instrument parameters once an instrument track is selected in your DAW. Nektar mapping ensures this is done automatically, so you can start tweaking immediately. Better still, many devices and plugins are pre-mapped to match the blue control labels on the Impact LX88+. 

FEATURES
Keyboard
  • Number of keys: 88
  • Action: Semi-weighted
  • Key size: Full
  • Velocity sensitive: 4 V-curves, 3 fixed
  • Aftertouch: No
  • Key type: Piano
Connectivity
  • USB MIDI: Yes
  • 5-Pin MIDI: Yes
  • Sustain input: TS (assignable)
  • Expression input: Onboard button
  • iOS compatibility: Yes
  • Audio I/O: No
Controls
  • Knobs: 8
  • Faders: 9
  • Drum pads: 8
  • Buttons/switches: 9
  • Pitch wheel: Yes
  • Mod wheel: Yes
  • DAW transport: Yes
Onboard Features
  • Edit mode: Yes
  • Auto mapping: Yes
  • Number of presets: Most DAWs
  • Display: Numerical
  • Bundled Software: Bitwig 8-Track
Other
  • Width: 50.25"
  • Height: 3.5"
  • Depth: 11"
  • Weight: 18 lb.
  • USB power: Yes
  • Power adapter: Sold separately

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SPECIFICATIONS
Keyboard
  • Number of keys: 88
  • Action: Semi-weighted
  • Key size: Full
  • Velocity sensitive: 4 V-curves, 3 fixed
  • Aftertouch: No
  • Key type: Piano
Connectivity
  • USB MIDI: Yes
  • 5-Pin MIDI: Yes
  • Sustain input: TS (assignable)
  • Expression input: Onboard button
  • iOS compatibility: Yes
  • Audio I/O: No
Controls
  • Knobs: 8
  • Faders: 9
  • Drum pads: 8
  • Buttons/switches: 9
  • Pitch wheel: Yes
  • Mod wheel: Yes
  • DAW transport: Yes
Onboard Features
  • Edit mode: Yes
  • Auto mapping: Yes
  • Number of presets: Most DAWs
  • Display: Numerical
  • Bundled Software: Bitwig 8-Track
Other
  • Width: 50.25 in.
  • Height: 3.5 in.
  • Depth: 11 in.
  • Weight: 18 lbs.
  • USB power: Yes
  • Power adapter: Sold separately
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5.0

Very happy thus far

By Mark

from Boulder, CO

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Nektar Impact LX88+:

    The Yamaha midi piano that I've used at home for 30 years had broken keys, making it annoying to play. And the Fatar SL-880 midi controller I've used for gigging weighs 44 lbs, making it annoying to carry.

    I decided to purchase the Nektar Impact LX88+ for a variety of reasons. It offers many of the same features as my Fatar, including zones/splits. The action of the keys as described in a number of reviews gave me the idea that it might actually feel similar to my Fatar. The regular retail price is outstanding, but I did one better with a Musician's Friend coupon. And it only weighs 18 lbs!

    The LX88+ is perfect for what I was looking for. The feel of the keys is similar to that of my Fatar, just with a little lighter and easier touch I'd say. And now my Fatar is at home so that I can enjoy playing without broken keys!

     
    5.0

    Best Controller on the Market

    By John

    from Kershaw, SC

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    Pros

    • Able to control all Komplete 10 VST with ease
    • Although inexpensive the best!
    • Easy programming and learning
    • Easy setup
    • Great feel to faders, encoders and pads
    • Works well with Cubase

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • controlling all midi devices
      • Live play
      • Studio

      Comments about Nektar Impact LX88+:

      Just the best out there! First time ever to experience a true controller that works with everything I have. High quality product and a fraction of the cost compared to others. For me the only drawback is I would prefer fully weighted keys; however, this keyboard with semi weighted performs well.

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