Nektar Impact GX49 49-Key MIDI Keyboard Controller


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Nektar Impact GX49 49-Key MIDI Keyboard Controller

Gearank Recommended

The Nektar Impact GX49 appeared on our recommended list for 49 Key MIDI Controller Keyboards when we published the second edition back in July 2017. It's ratings have been consistently high resulting in it remaining on the list ever since.

Rating Source Highlights

Website Source *Rating Value
MusicRadar Dan Goldman 90/100
Bonedo (German) Alexander Eberz 90/100
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The Nektar Impact GX49 is a step up from their SE series and offers more assignable controls with real-time controls that are governed by a single assignable knob.

The transport buttons and footswitch input can also be assigned to parameters.

This is a reliable, compact MIDI controller. Although you might find yourself looking for more controls, its simplicity lets you do quick work unimpeded.


  • Keys: 49 Synth, full sized velocity sensitive
  • Pads: None
  • Controls: Pitchbend, Modulation wheel (MIDI assignable), 1 x control knob (MIDI assignable), 7 x Transport buttons with secondary level
  • Octaves: -4 to +4
  • Bundled Software: Bitwig 8-Track
  • Power: USB bus power
  • Connectivity: 1 x USB Type B, 1/4” TS jack foot switch input (MIDI Assignable)
  • Control Hardware Directly: Yes
  • Compatibility: Windows and Mac (Version not Specified0
  • Dimensions: 31 5/8″ x 7 3/4″ 2 3/4 “
  • Weight: 4.8 Lbs