New Details: Nektar Panorama P4 Controller For Propellerhead Reason
New details have emerged on the new Nektar Panorama P4 controller for Propellerhead’s Reason Music Creation Software. The established workstation keyboard model allows for complete selecting and editing of the DAW’s parameters with direct visual feedback, and Panorama P4 does not settle for less. It claims to combine a comprehensive set of features, ergonomic design and complete transparency in one attractive instrument.
Great care and attention has gone in to the design of Panorama P4 with the aim to not only be functional but also inspire, set a tone and make the musician feel comfortable. Its unique design is both, comprehensive and sensible with seven distinct areas making Panorama P4 easy to operate in the studio and live. The front panel is angled, raising important controls so they are easy to see and reach. This also provides a great viewing angle for the centered hi-res display.
» 49-note velocity-sensitive keyboard
» Weighted synth-style keybed
» Pitch bend & Modulation wheels
» 4 keyboard function buttons
» 3.5” high-resolution TFT display
» 16 encoders
» Nine 45mm faders
» 100 mm ALPS motorized fader
» 10 assignable LED buttons
» 28 additional assignable buttons
» 12 pads with velocity/pressure sensitivity
» 4 LED mode buttons
» 5 menu buttons under display
» Pads and motorized fader select buttons
» View and mute buttons
» Sustain pedal jack
» Expression pedal jack
» USB port for communication with computer
» USB Micro B connector for extra and external power*
» Mac OS X and Windows XP, Vista & 7 compatible
*Two USB ports or external USB power supply required to power entire unit. One USB port powers entire unit with the exception of the motorized fader.
The 49-note weighted synth keybed is custom designed specifically for Panorama P4 to provide both a keyboard that plays great but also blends perfectly with the overall design. It offers a choice of 5 velocity curves, each optimized dynamically but with different response emphasis. Monophonic aftertouch adds another dimension and the zone function enables programming of four zones that can be switched on and off during performance.
Panorama has a ton of controls, with 90 control elements assignable to a MIDI-message. In addition, buttons and pads can be assigned to ASCII messages which allows for sending shortcut commands to Reason. 20 preset locations store the assignments of controls for later recall. A preset is linked to a Pad Map, Keyboard Map and F-Keys Map so you can save and load these components independently of the individual presets. With this much control, you get the flexibility to load what you need, when you need it.
The high-resolution display feeds back the information the musician needs, including what each control does and which buttons to press to navigate around the menus. The 3.5″ full graphic display has a very wide viewing angle so it is easy to see what is going on from almost anywhere. 12 velocity and pressure-sensitive pads with choice of velocity curves are easy to program using the Learn Note function and saving to any of the 20 Pad Map locations. The Velocity Spread feature quickly spreads one note across all 12 pads, each with its own fixed velocity, which allows for extremely nuanced dynamics. The Scale-Function assigns each pad to pitches within a defined scale for percussive performances with any sort of keyboard sound, while freely changing intervals or transposing the whole set on the fly.
Panorama integrates and interacts with Reason with complete transparency and with unlimited access to all areas. Every single Reason device is mapped with parameters and their values clearly visible in the display. Switching between Mixer, Instrument and Transport mode reconfigures the entire control surface by just pressing one button. Even if you are not interested in tweaking sounds but prefer to use the comprehensive library of patches in Reason, Panorama delivers an experience like it has never been available before. Patch names are displayed clearly as you step through the current sound bank. To play Panorama adds an additional dimension and is the closest you get, to operate Reason, as if its hardware.
The Future: We have learned that Nektar is currentlly working on dedicated controllers for other prominent DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) as well!
The Nektar Panorama P4 will be available in stores worldwide in March 2012 for $599.99.