Nektar Panorama P6 61-Key MIDI Keyboard Controller
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Much like its name, the Nektar Panorama P6 is a MIDI keyboard controller that covers all bases, and does so effectively.
With 93 real-time controls, it is hard to run out of things to do, and all of this is provided for without compromising the quality of the keys and its overall build.
With its combination of traditional feeling keys and modern control features, this MIDI keyboard is designed to cater to a wider audience.
Pianists will be more than happy with the Panorama P6's weighted piano style keys true to the shape and feel of acoustic pianos.
Keyboardists and electronic musicians will appreciate the wealth of controls available, especially the pads and faders.
Its nice display monitor is also noteworthy, providing excellent visual queues that complement both live performance and studio recording work.
- Keys: 61 weighted / piano-style / velocity-sensitive / aftertouch
- Pads: 12 pads with velocity and pressure sensitivity
- Octaves: 10 by using Octave Up and Octave Down controls
- Controls: 16 knobs and 10 faders with 1 motorized fader
- Automap: Bitwig Studio, Cubase, Nuendo, Logic Pro, Reaper and Reason
- Power: USB powered / Optional power adapter (sold separately)
- Connectivity: USB, USB Micro (for additional power), 5-pin MIDI ports, Footswitch and Expression pedal jacks
- Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, Windows Vista, 7 & 8 compatible
- Dimensions: 42 x 5.9 x 15.4 inches
- Weight: 17 lbs
The Nektar Panorama P6 continues to gather positive reviews and ratings, with its build quality and playing feel as its best traits. Reports are consistent in saying that it integrates really well with their software of choice, with Cubase and Reason getting the top mentions. Interestingly, instead of complaining about its relatively high price, there are some who praise it for its value for money.
There are some keyboardists who complain about the action difference between the white and black keys, but it may very well be because of their muscle memory being used to a different playing feel. Mentions of this issue had markedly decreased by 2020.
This is an excellent feature packed MIDI keyboard controller for anyone who wants more control and musical expression. Well worth its price tag considering its easy software integration and control capabilities.
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 61 Key MIDI Controller Keyboards.