Nektar Impact LX61+ 61-Key MIDI Keyboard Controller
The Nektar Impact LX61+ is an affordable USB MIDI keyboard with extra control features, meant to give you more control over your favorite DAW software and virtual instruments.
At its core is a 61-key keyboard with synth-action feel and velocity sensitivity, a setup that's popular in this price range for its ease of use. In addition, Nektar equipped the Impact LX61+ with a wide variety of controls including 9 x 30mm faders that allow you to mix your tracks or set your levels right at your keyboard. It also comes with 8 velocity sensitive pads that are popularly used for playing software percussion instruments, or for triggering samples.
Other features include multiple knobs, buttons and a complete complement of transport controls for mouse free control over your favorite music production software. Speaking of software, this MIDI keyboard connects via USB and is designed to conveniently work with various DAWs, including FL Studio, Garageband, Sonar, FL Studio, Bitwig Studio, Logic Pro, Reason, Nuendo, Cubase, Studio One and Reaper.
- Keys: 61/ synth-action / velocity-sensitive
- Pads: 8 velocity-sensitive pads (4 velocity curves plus 3 fixed)
- Bundled Software: Bitwig 8-Track
- Power: USB Bus powered
- Connectivity: USB, 1/4" Footswitch Jack
- Controls: 9 x 30mm Faders, 8 x knobs, 9 x Buttons, 6 x Transport Buttons, Pitchbend, Mod Wheel
- Octave: Octave/Shift transpose buttons
- Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.7 or higher, Windows Vista or higher, iOS via Apple Camera Connection Kit
- Dimensions: 10.5 x 38 x 3 inches
- Weight: 9 lbs
The Nektar Impact LX61+ is rated highly for its value for money, many are impressed with its synth style keyboard and wealth of controls. Some even find themselves using the built in knobs, faders and buttons more than they do the mouse and keyboard of their computer. A good number of reviewers also found it to be very easy to setup and use, reporting that it worked really well with different DAW software.
There were some users who found the action of the keys to be a little to light for their preference, so it took them some time to adjust their playing style. However this is expected when switching between manufacturers since there is no particular standard synth feel.
The Nektar Impact LX61+ came off our recommended list in June 2018 because we performed a thorough review of the category and found there were higher rated options to recommend which you will find in our guide to The Best 61 Key MIDI Controller Keyboards.