Nektar Panorama P4 49-key MIDI Controller Keyboard

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90 out of 100. Incorporating 175+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$500
Nektar Panorama P4 49-key MIDI Controller Keyboard

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 90/100 is based on analysis of 175+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

With special emphasis on its deep integration and automap compatibility with popular DAWs like Cubase, Reason, Logic Pro, Nuendo, Bitwig Studio and Reaper, the Nektar Panorama P4 is specially designed for studio work.

As a keyboard controller, it comes with 49 full-size keys, all of which feature Aftertouch and are semi-weighted.

But more than that, it houses an extensive array of controls to ensure that you have access to most of the features of your DAW software, this includes 16 encoders, 12 pads, transport controls and more.

With so many things that this keyboard can do, it is nice that it has a colored TFT display, which gives you good visual feedback of your settings.

Specifications:

  • Keys: 49 Full Size Semi-Weighted Keys with Aftertouch
  • Pads: 12
  • Controls: Pitch Bend, Mod Wheel, 16 Encoders, 1 Motorized Fader, Transport Controls,
  • Octave: +4/-3 Octaves
  • Zones: Up to 4
  • Automap: Yes (Bitwig Studio, Cubase, Nuendo, Logic Pro, Reason, Main Stage, and Reaper)
  • Connectivity: MIDI Out, USB
  • Control Hardware Directly: No
  • Compatibility: OSX 10.6 (Up), Windows Vista (Up), iOS
  • Power: USB Bus Powered
  • Dimensions: 33.25" x 13" x 3.25"
  • Weight: 14 lbs.
  • Bundled Software: None

Pros
A good number of users describe the Nektar Panorama P4 as the best MIDI keyboard for Reason, but its not just limited to that because there are also reports of it working nicely with other DAWs, some of the most prominently mentioned include Cubase, Logic Pro and Reaper. A lot of users also love the Panorama P4 for its convenient integration and ease of use. The feel and response of the semi-weighted keys also prompted many users to give this controller high ratings.

Cons
While many appreciate its semi-weighted keybed, there are a few who find the feel to be too stiff, but this is most likely due to them being used to softer synth action keyboards. There are also some who caution that while the automap settings generally work, you'll need to familiarize yourself with the settings, or better yet personalize them to get the most out of the controller.

Overall
If you're using any of the DAWs listed above, and you're looking for a studio friendly MIDI controller then get the Nektar Panorama P4.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best 49 Key MIDI Controller Keyboards.

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An audio engineer of nearly 20 years who specializes in rock and metal recordings, he also plays guitar and produces original music for his band and other content creators.