Have Nektar managed to bring something unique to the crowded MIDI controller keyboard marketplace?
Nektar made their name with hi-tech keyboards that focused on integration with Propellerhead’s Reason. Their current top-of-the-range Panorama master controllers are highly regarded and extend their advanced DAW integration to many other packages. In the last year or so Nektar have widened their reach with the more budget-conscious Impact GX and LX ranges. The latest addition is the LX88+, an 88-key USB keyboard with drum pads, knobs, and faders that’s surprisingly affordable, yet still has much of the advanced DAW magic of the luxury models.
I was a bit concerned about accommodating a full-size 88-key controller in my rather cosy studio, but the LX88+ is light and trim; narrow enough to slide under my desk on a keyboard stand when not in use. It’s also bus powered (!) which made it easy to move about, all of which must be music to the ears of laptop-based keyboard players. The LXs can’t help but look utilitarian next to the gorgeous Panoramas, but the build feels solid. I like...
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