Nektar Impact GX49 49-Key MIDI Keyboard Controller


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Nektar Impact GX49 49-Key MIDI Keyboard Controller

The Nektar Impact GX49 features transport and navigation controls for you to play, record or navigate without constantly reaching for your mouse or computer keyboard. This controller also has assignable buttons that you can manually integrate with your DAW even if you own software that's not supported by Nektar's DAW Integration. It is also compatible with iOS devices, such as iPads, and can be connected with the use of an Apple camera connection kit.


  • Keys: 49 full-sized velocity sensitive key
  • Pads: None
  • Arpeggiator: No
  • Octaves: -3 to +4
  • Bundled Software: Bitwig 8-Track DAW software
  • Power: USB bus powered
  • Connectivity:1/4” TS jack foot switch input, USB port,Connects to iPad via Apple Camera Connection Kit (not supplied)
  • Control Hardware Directly: No
  • Compatibility: USB Class compliant
  • Dimensions: 31.63" x 7.75" x 2.75"
  • Weight: 4.8 lbs.

Many keyboardists find the Nektar Impact GX49's overall build and construction to be good. They are also pleased with the touch, feel and velocity response of its keys, as well as its extended range. It has the essential controls that are practical and non-intimidating to those who are new to MIDI controllers. In his MusicRadar review, Dan Goldman mentioned its functions accessed via Setup button "allow custom MIDI set-ups/assignments to be made/ stored if you don't want to use the included DAW templates (your custom settings are stored on power cycle). It's a shame that you can't store more than one custom set-up onboard, but it's all very intuitive."

There are some reports of DAW incompatibility, thankfully most of them note that Nektar's customer service is very helpful which led to them eventually getting the issues resolved.

This is a well-built and simple controller that makes your workflow more productive and it's currently on our recommended list, where you can read more about it, at The Best 49 Key MIDI Controller Keyboards.