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Open-Box Nektar SE49 49-Key USB MIDI Controller Keyboard

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The Impact SE49 is a USB keyboard controller with a 49-key, full-size keyboard, pitch bend, modulation wheel and foot switch. Octave buttons are available any time to shift the keyboard up or down -3/+4 octaves with multi-colored LED indicators showing the exact status. Transpose buttons allow you to shift the keyboard +/- 12 semitones and an assignable fader provides control over any MIDI parameter. But there is more to the Impact SE49 than meets the eye.

FEATURES - ON THE BUTTON
Transpose is extremely useful but different situations require different functionality. So it's great to be able to change the MIDI channel or send MIDI Program messages too. The two transpose buttons are quickly configured to any of these functions with setting stored over power cycling. Better still, pressing a key combination change the Octave and Transpose buttons function to send out MMC transport functions so you can activate start, stop and record directly from your keyboard.

INTEGRATION
Nektar DAW integration is carefully crafted to give the best experience with your Nektar hardware. And having to reach for the mouse constantly does not help creativity even if your overall needs are basic. We therefore added some of the most important features to the Impact SE49 including Transpose button assignment for Track or Patch change, volume control for the currently selected track and a special transport mode for Octave and Transpose buttons which allows you to control Play, Stop, Record and Rewind. Impact SE49 ticks all the right boxes.

SUPPORTED DAWs
A growing list of DAWs supported by Nektar DAW integration now includes: Bitwig Studio, Cubase, Digital Performer, FL Studio, GarageBand, Logic, Nuendo, Reaper, Reason, Sonar and Studio One

CONNECTORS & iPAD CONNECTIVITY
Impact SE49 keyboards are USB class compliant and therefore don't require a driver to operate. So installation and connection is easy; just plug the keyboard in to a USB port on your computer. You can also connect an Impact SE49 keyboard to an iPad using the iPads optional USB camera connection kit. A 1/4" input jack allows you to add a foot switch pedal for sustain or sending MIDI messages.

BITWIG 8-TRACK INCLUDED
Bitwig 8-Track is included with SE49 so you can start producing, performing, and designing sounds like a pro from day one. Bitwig 8-Track gives you access to over 50 software instruments and effects for use on up to 8 audio or MIDI project tracks, and you can use any 3rd party VST plug-ins you might own too if you like. The ‘Bitwig Essentials Package’, a highly versatile handpicked selection of loops, clips, and samples, is also included to help you get started. So put all that together and you have a powerful sketchpad for your musical ideas featuring the acclaimed workflow of Bitwig Studio.

Nektar DAW Integration supports Bitwig 8-Track so using SE49 and Bitwig 8-Track together is a fantastic combination. If you are just starting out you will find it’s the perfect way to take your first steps in the world of digital music creation.

FEATURES
49-note velocity-sensitive synth-action keyboard
4 velocity curves plus 3 fixed
Octave shift buttons
Transpose shift buttons System Requirements
Class compliant (no driver needed): OSX and Windows XP or higher, Linux
DAW Integration
Mac OS X 10.7 or higher, Windows Vista, 7 & 8 or higher
Pitch bend and Modulation assignable wheels
Foot switch (sustain) 1/4 in. jack input (pedal not included)
USB port for power and communication with computer
Connects to iPad via optional USB Camera kit (not included)
One 30 mm fader
4 transport buttons
(Octave+Transpose buttons) Integration files for major DAWs
Weight & Dimensions
Dimensions (WxDxH): 31-5/8 x 7-3/4 x 2-3/4 in.
Weight: 4.8 lb.


Order soon. Inexpensive controller with smart control features.

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NektarSE49 49-Key USB MIDI Controller Keyboard
 
3.6

(based on 10 reviews)

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78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Functional (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very Basic. Does the Job.

Good product. Does the job. It's not a nice weighted keyboard that you would get excited to perform on in public, and it's not trying to be. Works out of the box with...Read complete review

Good product. Does the job. It's not a nice weighted keyboard that you would get excited to perform on in public, and it's not trying to be. Works out of the box with many DAWs. The octave and transpose buttons work without any setup. Volume slider and two pitch wheels are assignable to any MIDI function. Not a lot of fancy dials and pads, just a simple MIDI keyboard. I've only had it a few weeks, but it doesn't seem like a piece of gear that would survive rigorous touring well. Better for a home studio situation.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Fall 2017 discontinued product & false info in description

I got this on a Stupid Deal of Day special for half-price, I thought I couldn't go wrong. I was wrong. While Musicians Friend clearly says that the BitWig 8-Track software is...Read complete review

I got this on a Stupid Deal of Day special for half-price, I thought I couldn't go wrong. I was wrong. While Musicians Friend clearly says that the BitWig 8-Track software is included, it is not. The DRIVERS for the SE-49 in Bitwig are included; the software though is just the demo version anyone can download. With the demo version you can't save anything. Get ready to shell out more money for software. Additionally, while digging thru Nektar's site for this I found out the SE-49 is a discontinued item, and they seem a bit embarrassed by it because they have tried to wipe it completely from the site. Don't buy this keyboard.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very Basic. Does the Job.

By Pete

from Pittsfield, MA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nektar SE49 49-Key USB MIDI Controller Keyboard:

Good product. Does the job. It's not a nice weighted keyboard that you would get excited to perform on in public, and it's not trying to be. Works out of the box with many DAWs. The octave and transpose buttons work without any setup. Volume slider and two pitch wheels are assignable to any MIDI function. Not a lot of fancy dials and pads, just a simple MIDI keyboard. I've only had it a few weeks, but it doesn't seem like a piece of gear that would survive rigorous touring well. Better for a home studio situation.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Just what I needed.

By torgh

from Reno, Nevada

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • practice

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Nektar SE49 49-Key USB MIDI Controller Keyboard:

      Purchased this for an online piano class that I am taking. Size was a critical factor for me and this allows me to sit in my recliner with keyboard and laptop while I practice the on-line lessons. Keys are standard size while the depth is minimal. Software that came with it is functional but not optimal.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good additional keyboard for recording

      By Brian Bayne

      from Tallahassee, Florida

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Functional

      Cons

      • Lacks ProTools support

      Best Uses

      • Recording

      Comments about Nektar SE49 49-Key USB MIDI Controller Keyboard:

      This would NOT be your primary keyboard to learn on or perform with (non-weighted keys and plastic parts). I purchased it as an addition to my studio because of it's smaller footprint and portability. Supported DAWs include Logic, Studio One, and the lite version of Bitwig that is included. ProTools users are on your own. I had no trouble making the basic functions work in ProTools 12, but it is not plug and play in that environment.

      Service and delivery comments:

      Well packed, arrived in perfect condition

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great keyboard and great price

      By cee

      from Hampton, VA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • compatible with most DAWs
      • easy driver setup,
      • lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Nektar SE49 49-Key USB MIDI Controller Keyboard:

          The keyboard is good for anyone who doesn't have the money for higher end products at the time. It works with most DAWs and driver setup couldn't be easier.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Love this keyboard! Would definitely buy again

          By Jo

          from Poughkeepsie, NY

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Nektar SE49 49-Key USB MIDI Controller Keyboard:

          Awesome seller! Musicians friend is one of the best places I have ever bought on line from!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
           
          5.0

          Great product for the money especially!

          By Dré

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Feel Good to the Touch!
          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing
            • Studio/Songwriting

            Comments about Nektar SE49 49-Key USB MIDI Controller Keyboard:

            This controller feels good, works right out of the box and only costs you a 50 back. I am probably going to buy one or two more for that very reason. They priced it where a working musician can afford it and I recommend this company very highly for that very reason. There's no reason the charge 299 for a simple product like this. Thank you Nektar! I am going to check out your other products now!

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Fall 2017 discontinued product & false info in description

            By szig

            from Texas

            About Me Novice

            Verified Reviewer

            Comments about Nektar SE49 49-Key USB MIDI Controller Keyboard:

            I got this on a Stupid Deal of Day special for half-price, I thought I couldn't go wrong. I was wrong. While Musicians Friend clearly says that the BitWig 8-Track software is included, it is not. The DRIVERS for the SE-49 in Bitwig are included; the software though is just the demo version anyone can download. With the demo version you can't save anything. Get ready to shell out more money for software. Additionally, while digging thru Nektar's site for this I found out the SE-49 is a discontinued item, and they seem a bit embarrassed by it because they have tried to wipe it completely from the site. Don't buy this keyboard.

             
            5.0

            Fits the bill

            By Steve-O

            from Nashville

            About Me Professional Musician

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Nektar SE49 49-Key USB MIDI Controller Keyboard:

                I simply needed something to trigger MIDI sounds in able 10 and superior drummer, and this works perfectly for that. Plug and play. Cheap. Easy.

                Service and delivery comments:

                Delivery was quick and free, what's to complain about?

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Undecided!

                By BBsAmazon

                from Aloha, OR

                About Me Experienced

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                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Nektar SE49 49-Key USB MIDI Controller Keyboard:

                Haven't been able to use it yet. With my Windows laptop moving slower than molasses in January going uphill and Norton finding a virus in one of the Nektar files whilst trying to install it - I really can't give a positive rating on this yet. I realize that my laptop issues have nothing to do with it, but the virus in the software sure does! Need to fix this!

                Service and delivery comments:

                Delivery was prompt!

                (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                did not work, could not use. I will return.

                By Steve

                from boston

                About Me Experienced

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Difficult To Use

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Nektar SE49 49-Key USB MIDI Controller Keyboard:

                    did not work, could not use. I will return.

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