Nektar Panorama T4 49-Key MIDI Keyboard Controller
Panorama is defined as "an unbroken view of the whole region surrounding an observer".
With so many things available at a glance, the Nektar Panorama T4 may look a bit overwhelming at first, but it's amazing integration and initially deceptive user-friendliness thanks to its LCD display quickly dispels that notion.
It also includes, Nektarine, a proprietary plugin that allows VST/VST3 plugin control for virtual instruments and effects plugins.
- Keys: 49 Synth-action, velocity sensitive with aftertouch.
- Pads: 8 x back-lit performance pads
- Arpeggiator: No.
- Motorized Controls: No.
- Bundled Software: No.
- Power:USB bus powered
- Connectivity:USB, 1 x 1/4" TS (footswitch), 1 x 1/4" (expression), 5-Pin Midi Out.
- Control Hardware Directly: Yes
- Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.8 or later + Windows 7 SP1 or later
- Dimensions: 32.28" x 10.9" x 3.14"
- Weight 14.1 lbs.
Users love the Panorama T4 for it's flexibility and integration to their DAWs. Some praise the feel of the keys and overall build quality, stating that the unit feels "premium". For people using Hammond B3 Organ virtual instruments, the 9 B3 drawbars can easily be mapped to each of the 9 faders.
Firmware updates are reported to be slow and take a while to download but this may have been addressed by the time you're reading this.
The Nektar Panorama isn't at the high-end of price points but at a glance, it offers many features that are usually found at the upper echelons of MIDI controllers. If you want premium features at a moderate price, this is the Controller to get. Plus points for Hammond organ users for the drawbar mapping.
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.