Nektar Introduces Impact GXP88 Performance Keyboard Controller - Winter NAMM 2020
By HC News |
Nektar introduces Impact GXP88 performance keyboard controller
(Nektar Technology, Inc., California, January 18, 2020) The new Impact GXP88 USB MIDI controller keyboard focusses on players and performers, featuring 88 semi-weighted keys, instant access to performance controls including a real-time repeat engine, powerful Nektarine plugin patch management and Nektar DAW Integration.
At the core of GXP88 is a newly designed and carefully balanced keyboard action. Its 88 semi- weighted full-size keys with velocity and aftertouch deliver a nice, firm touch and great playability. The GXP88 gives keyboard players all the right expression options needed for live and studio work, featuring pitch bend & modulation wheels, an expression pedal socket and a 1⁄4” TRS jack for connection of 2 footswitch pedals. The rear panel also includes a 5-pin MIDI out jack and an external power supply socket for powering the unit when not connected via USB.
The streamlined no-fuss control panel is based on the successful Nektar Impact GX-series, enabling advanced DAW integration with extended transport control, track selection and volume control as well as options to open/close DAW windows and navigate songs. In addition, GXP88’s user interface also has 14 assignable illuminated RGB buttons for direct MIDI program- and bank-selection.
The new Key Repeat engine adds an intuitive real-time tool for creating inspiring rhythmic elements. Repeat is directly controllable from GXP’s illuminated RGB buttons: Once the Repeat mode is engaged, the buttons allow for direct selection of Repeat Rates, Accent, Interval, Swing and routing aftertouch or modulation to velocity. When Repeat is active, the second encoder turns into a dedicated tempo control, unless synchronization is set to external MIDI clock.
In combination with Nektarine, Impact GXP88 gets powerful master keyboard functionality: Up to 16 VST or AU instrument-plugins can be loaded into Nektarine’s 16 slots for simultaneous use. GXP88 brings instant patch recall to hybrid or software-based keyboard setups with direct patch control from GXP88’s RBG patch buttons and the ability to define keyboard zones, layers and splits for all hosted plugins. All plugin settings and combinations can be saved in a single Multi- patch for recall at the touch of a button. Nektarine can run as VST, AU or AAX plugin in any compatible DAW or be used as stand-alone application.
GXP88 works with any MIDI software on OSX, Windows and iOS and can also be used as a standard MIDI controller for external MIDI gear right out of the box.
Pricing and availability (MAP / MSRP):
Shipping in March 2020, price: 299.99 US / 254.99 GBP/ 299.99 EUR
For immediate release
FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS
• 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
• 9v DC power supply socket (optional)
• USB port and USB bus powered
• 7 transport buttons for DAW integration or MIDI assignable
• Shift button activate transport buttons secondary level for a total of 14 accessible buttons • MIDI Output jack
• 1/4” TRS jack Foot Switch socket for connection of 2 foot switches
• 1 MIDI assignable potentiometer
• 1/4“ TRS jack expression pedal socket
• Note Repeat button with LED tempo indicator
• Nektar DAW support integration
• Note Repeat Function button
• Nektarine plugin control software included (Download)
• Bitwig 8-Track DAW license included (Download)
Nektar DAW Integration for Impact GXP88 currently supports:
Bitwig, Cubase, Digital Performer, Garageband, Logic, Nuendo, Reaper, Reason, Sonar, Studio One
Weight & Dimensions
134,5 cm (L) x 23 cm (D) x 8 cm(H), 8,2 kg
For further Information about Nektar Technology,Inc please visit: https://nektartech.com/