Nektar Technology has expanded its GXP MIDI keyboard series.

Nektar Impact GXP88 88 Key USB MIDI Controller


Nektar Technology has expanded its line-up of GXP MIDI keyboards with the launch of 49- and 61-note versions. These join the 88-note model in the range.


The mid-size boards offer semi-weighted keys with aftertouch, and DAW/plugin control. These indicate to be a step up from the bargain-basement controllers you can find on the market.




Impact GXP 49, 61 & 88


  • 49, 61 or 88-note full-sized keybed with velocity and aftertouch
  • 14 RGB LED buttons for MIDI, note repeat and Nektarine features
  • Pitch Bend and Modulation Wheels
  • 1 push encoder for note repeat tempo control and Nektarine features
  • Octave up/down buttons with LED indicators
  • Transpose up/down buttons with LED indicators. Assignable to other functions.
  • Power on/off switch
  • USB port and USB bus powered
  • 7 transport buttons for DAW integration or MIDI assignable
  • Shift button activates secondary level for a total of 14 accessible buttons
  • 1 MIDI assignable potentiometer
  • Note Repeat button with LED tempo indicator
  • Note Repeat Function button
  • 1/4“ TRS jack expression pedal socket (pedal not included)
  • 1/4” TRS jack Foot Switch socket for connection of up to 2 standard foot switches (not included, dual mode requires optional Y-cable adapter)
  • MIDI Output jack
  • Nektar DAW integration support*
  • Nektarine plugin control and patch librarian software support*
  • *Nektar DAW Integration for Impact GXP88 currently supports: Bitwig, Cubase, Digital Performer, Garageband, Logic, Nuendo, Reaper, Reason, Sonar, Studio One


There is a Note Repeat feature for adding rhythmic elements to your performances, along with dedicated controls for tempo, repeat rate, accent, interval and swing.


DAW integration is also available – you get transport, track selection, volume and project navigation controls – while the 14 assignable illuminated RGB buttons are on hand to provide visual feedback.


In addition, the keyboards functionality is extended further when you bring the included Nektarine software into play. This can host up to 16 VST or AU instrument plugins, and you get patch control from the keyboard. You can also define keyboard zones, layers and splits for the hosted plugins, and settings and combinations can be saved in a multi-patch.


On the connectivity front, you can plug in one expression and two footswitch pedals, and there is also a full-size MIDI Out port so you can control your hardware gear. Computer connectivity is via USB but, you also have the option of plugging in a power supply – available separately.


Find out more on the Nektar Technology website.


The GXP49 and GXP61 are available now priced at $190 and $230 respectively, while the GXP88 costs $300.



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