Nektar Panorama P6 61-Key MIDI Keyboard Controller
The Panorama P6 secures a recommendation spot in our guide to The Best 61-Key MIDI Controllers with its combination of a 61-key keybed, wide range of controls, and DAW compatibility.
It's designed to control all DAWs but specialized in Bitwig Studio, Cubase, Nuendo, Logic Pro, Reason, Main Stage, and Reaper. Because Nektar Panorama controllers are pre-mapped for these 5 DAWs, every control feature in your DAW software is accessible via the pads, faders, encoders.
It also has a central display that shows you what parameters you are controlling in real time.
- Keys: 61 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: 39" x 13" x 4"
- Weight: 17 lbs.
- Bundled Software: None
Market response to the Nektar Panorama P6 continues to be overwhelmingly favorable, with most users commending it for its playing feel and solid build. There are many who report that this controller made a big impact in their workflow and productivity, while others are very pleased with how easy it is to set up via automapping.
There are a few users who complained about the instruction manual, which they feel does not do the Panorama P6 justice. Some users caution that there will be a slight technique adjustment when you're used to synth action keys.
With its reliable and versatile design, the Nektar Panorama P6 should be high in your list if you're looking for a 61-Key keyboard control in the sub $1000 range.
This is currently on our recommended list of The Best 61-Key MIDI Controllers.