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Nektar Impact GX MIDI Controller

The Nektar Impact GX49 and GX61 are dynamic and expressive instruments, tailored to composition & performance with your computer music system.


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Discounted Price $99.99 to $119.99
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Featuring a 49-note (4 octave) or 61-note (5 octave) keyboard, pitch-bend wheel, modulation wheel and foot switch socket. Two multi-colored octave buttons enable shifting the keyboard range up or down -3/+4 octaves with the LED colors changing to show the exact status, Impact GX are well equipped to deliver a great workflow.

Nektar DAW Integration for many of the most commonly used DAWs makes it easy to get going, and a pleasure to use. With Impact GX, your controller keyboard is part of your system, giving you the creative freedom to compose, perform and play, without having to reach for your mouse constantly.

Eight buttons intended for DAW control, are at the center of the Impact GX. Essential tasks like  transport activation or navigating tracks are highly repetitive and reaching for the mouse every time, can kill any seed of inspiration. Used with Nektar DAW integration, the 8 buttons extend functionality to include control over transport and a host of other important DAW functions, right from Impact GX.

With Nektar DAW integration, the hard work is done, so you don't have to. Once installation is complete, Impact GX offers an extended feature set, normally unavailable on a compact controller. Transport control with ability to goto and set locators, track navigation, volume control, launching windows and patch navigation is all available right from Impact GX.

Each of the 14 assignable MIDI buttons, the modulation wheel, foot switch and of course the big control knob, can be assigned to send out MIDI cc messages. The assignable buttons (14) can in addition be configured to send out Program message or MMC transport control. MMC (MIDI Machine Control) is often supported by DAWs that don't allow for advanced integration, so with this option Impact GX covers all the bases.

The Setup menu also enables Program messages, Bank LSB/MSB to be sent out on the fly as well as settings for selecting one of the 4 velocity curves, setting the Global MIDI Channel and assigning the transpose buttons.

As a low powered USB device, Impact GX works with all USB devices that feature a Class compliant MIDI driver. That includes all version of Windows from XP and higher, Apple OS X 10.5 and higher plus Linux (as long as a USB MIDI driver package is installed). And if you are often on the move you can easily hook your Impact GX keyboard to an Apple iPad using the iPad’s optional USB camera connection kit (optional). Of course the Impact GX is powered by the iPad so you can work away for as long as your iPad remains charged.

Bitwig 8-Track in included with every Impact GX so you can start producing, performing, and designing sounds like a pro from day one. Bitwig 8-Track gives you access to over 50 software instruments and effects for use on up to 8 audio or MIDI project tracks, and you can use any 3rd party VST plug-ins you might own too if you like. The ‘Bitwig Essentials Package’, a highly versatile handpicked selection of loops, clips, and samples, is also included to help you get started.

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Things You Will Get:

  • Impact GX MIDI Controller
  • USB Cable
  • User Guide

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I wanted a 61 key controller as I only had an older M-Audio 25 key controller, (and 20 year-old Korg X5D) so I got this one based upon reviews here and on other music seller websites. I thought there'd be Midi In/Out but it turned out this was not necessary. The USB cable with a USB A to C adapter worked perfectly with GarageBand on a MacBook Pro as well as a bevy of instrument apps I had on my 2020 iPad Air, which also uses USB-C input. It's light and has a good response.

David K. formerly from The Nails



Great price/performance ratio


Great price/performance/usability balance. Great for the road and at home. Better key feel than you would think for that price. I've used several different sizes of them. It's a good brand overall, can't go wrong.



Impact GX MIDI Controller

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System Requirements Apple iOS, Apple OSX, Windows XP, or higher, Linux (MIDI driver software required)
Dimensions GX49: 31 5/8"L x 7 3/4"D 2 3/4"H
GX61: 38"L x 7 3/4"D x 2 3/4"H
Controllers Octave up/down buttons with LED indicators
Transpose up/down buttons with LED indicators
Pitch bend wheel
Modulation wheel (MIDI assignable )
Potentiometer / control knob (MIDI assignable)
Power on/off switch (back)
Connections 1/4” TS jack foot switch input (MIDI Assignable)
Connects to iPad via Apple Camera Connection Kit (not supplied)
Weight GX49: 4.8 lbs
GX61: 6 lbs
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