Nektar has released the Impact iX49 and iX61 controller keyboards. The Impact iX keyboards offer standard USB MIDI keyboard controller functionality as well as Nektar DAW integration with no less than eleven popular Digital Audio Workstations, including Bitwig Studio, Cubase, Digital Performer, FL Studio, GarageBand, Logic, Nuendo, Reaper, Reason, Sonar and Studio One. The full-size keyboards feature pitch bend, modulation wheel and a foot switch jack for connecting a sustain pedal. The keyboards claim to be able to plug easily into the computer or iPad, no drivers required.
At first glance, the Impact iX is a standard USB keyboard controller with either a 49 or 61 note 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 to shift the keyboard +/- 12 semi tones and an assignable fader provides control over any MIDI parameter. But there is more to the Impact iX than meets the eye.
The Nektar DAW integration is designed to always provide the best experience with Nektar hardware. Nektar added some of the most important features to the Impact iX 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 allow to control Play, Stop, Record and Rewind. Transpose is 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 settings stored over power cycling. In addition, pressing a key combination changes the Octave and Transpose buttons function to send out MMC transport functions to activate start, stop and record directly from the keyboard. The Impact iX keyboard also instantly works with iPads using the iPads optional USB camera connection kit. A 1/4″ input jack allows to add a foot switch pedal for sustain or sending MIDI messages.
» 49/ 61 note velocity sensitive full size keyboard
» Pitch Bend and modulation wheels
» Octave buttons
» Transpose buttons
» Transport mode switches Octaves and Transpose buttons to send out MIDI MMC messages (compatible with Pro Tools)
» Foot switch input jack
» USB powered, Class Compliant (no driver needed)
» Connects to iPad (via USB adaptor kit, not included)
» Includes Presonus Studio One Artist
» Nektar DAW Integration
—Navigation of DAW tracks
—Change instrument patches
—Control track volume
—Transport control (Play/Stop/Record/Rewind/Forward)
—Nektar DAW integration for 11 DAWs including Bitwig Studio, Cubase, Digital Performer, FL Studio, GarageBand, Logic, Nuendo, Reaper, Reason, Sonar and Studio One.
—Studio One Artist is included with the Impact iX USB keyboard
Nektar’s iX49 and iX 61 are available now for: iX49 – $109.99 / €99.99 / £79.99; iX 61 – $129.99 / €109.99 / £89.99.