Nektar Impact LX61+ 61-Key MIDI Keyboard Controller

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85 out of 100. Incorporating 150+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$240
Nektar Impact LX61+ 61-Key MIDI Keyboard Controller
Nektar Impact LX61 Plus 61-Key MIDI Keyboard Controller

The Nektar Impact LX61+ is a step up in both price and features from the GX61. You get additional features like a more comprehensive control and pad scheme with faders, encoders and a full transport section.

Key Features:

  • Keys: 61 / full-size / synth-action / velocity-sensitive
  • Pads: 8 (4-color backlit pads)
  • Bundled Software: Bitwig 8-Track
  • Power: USB Bus powered
  • Connectivity: USB, Sustain Pedal Jack
  • Controls: Power Switch, 8 potentiometers, 9 x 30mm faders. 9 x assignable buttons, 6 x dedicated transport buttons, 5 x preset locations store control settings, Page button (for Nektar DAW Integration only)
  • Octave: 3/+4 Octaves with Transpose Function
  • Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.7 or higher, Windows 7 or higher, iOS via Apple Camera Connection Kit
  • Dimensions: 38″(L) x 10 1/2″(D) 3 “(H)
  • Weight: 9 lbs

Pros

Users rate the LX61+ high for its extensive array of controls and pads for the price. The synth action provides a nice balance for users that favor faster synth response. Users also note that integration for different DAWs was easy and hassle free. Remarks on solid construction for the price rounds out the positive comments.

Cons

Some found the response and feel of the keyboard to be unnatural and toy-like. The keybed can also sound too loud when played with higher intensity. This can distract when practicing or recording at a low volume.

Overall

For those looking for a great, budget friendly midi controller with all the bells and whistles off the bat, the LX61+ proves to be a worthwhile pick that could fight off the immediate need for an upgrade.

We had intended to put this on our recommended list for sub-$200 MIDI controller keyboards prior to its price being increased. For our current recommendations see our guide to The Best 61-Key MIDI Controller Keyboards.

Here is an older 2018 analysis by Alexander Briones

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.

Key Features:

  • 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

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

Our current 61-Key controller recommendations can be found in our guide to The Best 61 Key MIDI Controller Keyboards.

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