Nektar has just released the affordable Impact GX Mini. At EUR 70, the controller offers 25 mini keys, an X / Y joystick, and essential DAW controls while fitting in a backpack.
Nektar Impact GX Mini
A more easily transportable alternative to Nektar’s larger SE25 keyboard, the new Impact GX Mini has 25 velocity-sensitive mini keys and an X / Y joystick for pitch bend, modulation, and assignable MIDI CC commands. Most compact MIDI keyboards use touch strips or wheels for these functions. The Impact GX Mini also lets you connect a sustain pedal, which is a rarity in this segment.
Nektar built its rep on tight DAW integration, among other qualities. The Impact GX Mini is no exception – its eight function keys provide DAW transport controls and functions like track and sound selection. The buttons can also control DAW functions such as the mixer, the selected software instrument, or the respective channel strip. You can also open and close DAW and plug-in windows.
Nektar also came up with interesting performance features. For example, you can temporarily change the octave and temporarily switch to another MIDI channel, which opens up new performance possibilities. When you let go of the buttons, the keyboard automatically returns to its original state.
Nektar Impact GX Mini – Price and availability
The Nektar Impact GX Mini should be available in the weeks ahead. The price is EUR 70 and the keyboard ships with a license for Bitwig 8-Track. The lightweight DAW features over 50 software instruments and effects, along with the ‘Bitwig Essentials’ content package built from hand-picked loops and samples. The Impact GX Mini is compatible with any MIDI music software on Mac OS, Windows, iOS (requires optional Apple camera kit) or Linux (with a MIDI extension).
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