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Nektar LX25 25-Key USB MIDI Controller Keyboard

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Compact, Control, CreativityImpact LX25 is a USB MIDI controller that delivers performance way above its size and class. From the 25-note velocity se...Click To Read More About This Product

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Powerful small-format controller.

Compact, Control, Creativity

Impact LX25 is a USB MIDI controller that delivers performance way above its size and class. From the 25-note velocity sensitive keyboard, to the 8 velocity sensitive pads to the rubberized fader caps and low-profile design, Impact LX25 feels, looks, and performs like top-of-the-line controllers. DAW integration with most of the popular DAWs makes it easy to get going and a breeze to set up.

The Keyboard

The 25-note velocity sensitive keyboard features synth action with a medium tension. The full-size, piano-style keys are covered to protect against dirt and dust while also complementing the Impact LX25 design. With 4 velocity curves gradually increasing in dynamics, there is choice for any playing style. If you don't need velocity, 3 fixed velocity levels supply consistent output. Octave and transpose buttons as well as pitch bend and modulation wheels are within reach, so you quickly can shift the keyboard up or down as needed, or apply additional articulation with the wheels.

The Buttons

There is more to the Octave & Transpose buttons than meets the eye. Four functions are selectable on the fly so you can make important changes at any time, even while you play. A key combination makes assignment quick and easy. Choices include sending out MIDI Program Messages, change the Global MIDI Channel or select any of Impact LX25's 5 user presets with either the Octave or Transpose buttons.

The Pads

For groove and beat creation Impact LX25's 8 velocity sensitive pads make life easy. 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. No complex menus for a task that's essential for getting the most out of your pads. Assignments are stored over power cycling so you don't lose your settings when you switch your system off for the night. In addition, 4 pad map locations can store your settings for future recall.

The Control

Impact LX25 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 LX25. The best part is that it's all done for you. All you have to do is complete the installation process and start making music. Impact LX25 DAW integration currently supports Bitwig Studio, Cubase, Digital Performer, Garageband, Logic, Nuendo, Reaper, Reason, Sonar and Studio One. DAWs are different and the Impact LX25 DAW integration caters for each DAWs uniqueness while maintaining a common workflow. Relying on your computer screen for constant feedback, important and essential windows related to what you are controlling can be opened and closed as needed, right from Impact LX25. The following is a brief overview of the common workflow.

The Transport

The six 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*. Additional alternate DAW functions include Track up/down and Patch up/down to change your instrument patches are available via the display buttons.

The Instrument Preset

The Instrument preset assigns all controls to instrument parameters once an instrument track is selected in your DAW. Using Nektar mapping, a typical control layout places the parameters that have the biggest impact on the instruments sound, on the pots for immediate access. This means you often have filter cutoff and resonance on pots 1 and 2 for example. Press the [Instrument] button and they switch to control amp and filter envelope parameters. Using a unique Impact LX25 "grab" mode you can quickly assign parameters for individual instruments to controls and create the setup you want. The hard work is done, but flexibility remains. alternate text


STUDIO ONE™ ARTIST

Studio One™ Artist is a powerful recording and production platform that lets you work quickly and stay focused on your inspiration. Incredibly easy to learn, it offers unlimited tracks and plug-ins and delivers features not normally found in entry-level DAWs.

Access powerful editing tools without wading through menus. Load and save audio clips, MIDI files, effects, and VIs by drag-and-drop. Need an instrument, effects plug-in, or drum loop? Just drag what you need from the content Browser, drop it into the arrangement, and everything is taken care of.

At mixdown, process your tracks using more than 20 high-quality Native Effects; Studio One's cutting-edge mix engine delivers stunning results. Studio One makes it easy!

No other entry-level DAW is this easy to use, yet offers unlimited tracks and plug-in instantiations, extensive use of drag-and-drop, and in-depth editing features. Best of all, Studio One Artist is included with the Impact LX25 USB keyboard!

The Connections

On the back of Impact LX25 you find the connection points including:
USB port for power and data connection to your computer or iPad (via optional USB camera connection kit)
Foot switch jack, assignable (pedal not included)
On/off switch


25 keys, 8 pads, 8 knobs. Order soon for affordable control.

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