Are you on the market for a new MIDI keyboard or MIDI controller? Then it's worth considering the Nektar Panorama range, the best Logic Pro control surfaces today.
This new upgrade is one of the most significant integration updates in the company's history, putting the Nektar Panorama range ahead of any others, in terms of Logic Pro integration. This upgrade makes Panorama the most comprehensive Logic controller on the market today, with integration over the entire DAW including mixer, insert plugins, instruments and project navigation.
It’s the best "all-purpose" MIDI keyboard right now, that may as well be your most important piece of gear, if you're one of those who prefer a completely computer-based setup. And even if you're mainly using Logic to record vocals or other instruments such as guitar, using a Panorama controller can be a major help - such as controlling all aspects of the Mixer channel, like inserts,sends as well as multi-channel mixing. You can control smart controls and also set up auto punch in transport mode, including punching in/out with a foot switch.
This early demo shows how seamless Panorama integrates with Logic:
Besides Logic Pro X, the Panorama keyboards are also preset for deep integration with Bitwig Studio, Cubase, Nuendo, Reaper and Reason.
Panorama controls Logic’s instruments like no other MIDI controller. Pressing Panorama’s Instrument button actvates the instrument home page which maps 8 commonly used parameters such as those that typically have the biggest impact on the instruments sound. There is also a dedicated button to Logic’s arpeggiator so you can switch it on or off at any time.
Arpeggiation parameters can be assigned to Smart Controls within Logic (not premapped, must be configured by user), so you can move between Mixer mode and Instrument mode on Panorama, jumping from controlling the arpeggitaror one minute and instrument parameters the next.
Panorama custom integration to MainStage 3
But Panorama offers even more, such as custom integration to MainStage 3, the extraordinary live-performance companion app for Logic Pro. This helps you to focus on your live performance, because you no longer need to stare at the computer screen! All the important information is immediately visible on Panorama’s high-resolution TFT display, including Smart Control mappings, parameter values and the current Patch name in large font.
This integration means that owning a Panorama P6 controller and MainsStage 3 is one of the best (and actually quite affordable!) ways to have all the classic retro synth sounds at your disposal! You're able to re-create your favourite electronic sounds from the ’70s and ’80s with an intuitive set of controls. Or bring the authentic sounds of a Hammond B3 organ, Hohner Clavinet D6, or Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer or Hohner electric piano on stage!
LX Impact: The budget alternative
If you're looking for a cheaper option, or if you mainly use Garageband, then you should consider the Nektar Impact LX series of MIDI keyboards.
From the 49 or 61 note velocity sensitive keyboard, 8 velocity sensitive pads to the rubberized fader caps and low-profile design, Impact LX49 and Impact LX61 feels, looks, performs and is supported like a class act. It has DAW integration with most of the popular DAWs including Logic Pro.
By Ivan Silva