Nektar and Steinberg have whipped up a summer promo, making it a great time to pick up a Nektar MIDI controller should you need one. Until September 30, buying a keyboard – any model out of Nektar’s range, anywhere in the world – gets you a copy of Steinberg’s Padshop Pro virtual synth.
The software poses quite a bit of kit, employing a 2-layer granular synthesis engine with up to 8 streams per oscillator, 12 filter types, a 10-stage modulation matrix and step modulator, EQ, reverb, as well as the ability to mangle your own samples. Additionally, there are more than 400 factory presets to get you going. The synth retails for USD 79 / EUR 79 / GBP 68.
Nektar’s sizable USB MIDI controller range includes the P, T, Impact LX, Impact GX, and SE series. All of them feature some form of pre-defined DAW integration which covers mainstay software like Bitwig, Cubase, Logic, MainStage, Reaper, Reason and Studio One. From the basic transport controls of the entry-level SE models all the way to full-color screens, knobs, faders, pads and buttons on the premium hardware (like the Nektar P6). Cool stuff!