Nektar Panorama P6
Intuitive controller for DAWs.
The Panorama P6 is a 61-key keyboard controller instrument with an extraordinarily intuitive workflow. Its deep integration with Bitwig Studio, Cubase, Logic Pro and Reason puts the spotlight on performance and creativity and answers a need music makers have been voicing for years. Keyboard and pads are dynamic, sensitive and balanced carefully with a solid feel that allows for complete expression. All of this, combined with 93 real-time controls available at any one time makes Panorama the definitive keyboard controller for Bitwig Studio, Cubase, Logic Pro & Reason.
Panorama's keyboard action uses weights to offset the otherwise increasing tension you would experience from the spring. This means the down movement is as clean as possible and not heavy or fatiguing to play. In addition, the dynamic range is wider than what you experience on most controller keyboards, allowing better control of both low and high velocity values. Five velocity curves give you a choice of response, in case your playing style requires a different feel. Monophonic aftertouch, pitch bend and modulation wheels, plus foot switch and expression pedal jacks sets you up for peak performance.
A crystal-clear 3.5" color TFT display delivers the information you need for each mode or menu. Regardless of whether you are operating Reason or programming MIDI assignments in Internal mode, the display provides detailed information that makes your workflow fluent and fast. Panorama takes the hard work out of using a controller and makes operations that are ordinarily complicated and non-transparent, straightforward and simple.
A large complement of assignable controls makes Panorama of the most comprehensive and fully featured MIDI controller keyboards around. 16 encoders, 9 45mm faders, 1 100mm motorized ALPS fader, 10 LED buttons, 28 buttons, 12 pads each with strike and pressure component, foot switch jack, expression pedal jack, keyboard after touch, pitch bend and modulation wheels gives you immediate control of up to 93 parameters at any one time. You can store settings in 20 presets with individually save and loadable keyboard, pad and F-keys maps.
Playing drums or percussive parts on a keyboard can be a challenge, but luckily on Panorama you don't have to. 12 velocity and pressure-sensitive pads with choice of 7 velocity curves will inspire you to play in ways you would never do on the keyboard. The pads are easy to program using the “Learn Note” function.
The “Velocity Spread” feature quickly spreads one note across all 12 pads, each with its own fixed velocity, making it easier to create consistent and nuanced dynamics.
The “Scale-Function” assigns each pad to pitches within any of the pre-defined 30+ scales. It's a quick and easy way to completely change pad assignments while freely changing intervals or transposing the whole set on the fly. Great for percussive performances with any keyboard sound as well as percussion.
Reason devices such as ReDrum, Dr. Octo Rex and Kong are of course automatically assigned to pads in Panorama P4's Instrument mode with an additional 4 virtual pads available, when needed.
Panorama features an extended 11 button transport bar, positions right where you need it controlling: Return to L, Forward to R, Undo, Click on/off, Record Mode, Cycle on/off, Back, Forward, Stop, Play and Record. Using the shift button, these also double up as 11 function buttons each assignable to MIDI commands or QWERTY macros.
Bitwig Studio, Cubase, Nuendo, Logic Pro, Mainstage, Reaper and Reason
For Bitwig Studio, Cubase, Nuendo, Logic Pro, Reaper and Reason users, Panorama is a dream come true. The dedicated communication protocol ties Panorama and your DAW tightly together so all you have to do is select the mode and menu you want to control. Panorama does the rest.
Three modes allow you one-button control over the Mixer, Instruments and Transport, with the 4th mode, Internal, still providing access to traditional MIDI control. Integration with Bitwig Studio, Cubase, Nuendo, Logic Pro, MainStage, Reaper and Reason is so deep that you can immerse yourself in your music without having to constantly reach for the mouse. Panorama gives you the creative freedom to just focus on your music.
On the back of Panorama you find the connection points you need for foot controls, power and data including:
USB Micro B for external power supply or additional power for the motorized fader (cable included)
USB port for power and data connection to your computer
5-pin MIDI din output port sending data either directly from the unit or from your DAW (working like a MIDI interface)
Foot switch jack, assignable (pedal not included)
Expression pedal jack, assignable (pedal not included)
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Based on 12 Reviews and 31 Ratings
Feel one with Cubase
After some minor hiccups, everything's been smooth sailing (yay for forgetting to install the Windows drivers). Love Nektar's integration with Cubase when it comes to the P1 and P6. Only thing I feel beats Nektar's stuff are the iPad/iPhone stuff out there (Cubase iC Pro if you want plug-and-play; Lemur or TouchOSC if you want to get your hands dirty). I like having that tactile feel you can't replicate with an iPad though...
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cool keyboard for space constraints
Being the impulsive shopper I am, I purchased this online after getting all juiced up on how cool it looks and for the most part it fits the bill for what I need.
Context: Im a guy downsizing from an 88 Key fully weighted CME UFE Classic that I loved. I needed a keyboard that was professional quality that would slide away into an under table drawer I built based on my new apartments space constraints.
Styles I Do: West Coast Hip-Hop, Funk, Bounce, Boom-Bap, Dance, Trap
Pros: For Semi-Weighted, I do kinda like the synth action. its fun and bouncy but still feels semi substantial. The onboard mapping is cool (however I hardly ever use my midi controllers for this. The keyboard is sexy looking.
Cons: Feels a bit plasticy and light. The pads are thin and not pillowy.
Great promises made untrue, but good for what it does do.
If you advertise that your hardware/software/firmware does something, make sure it does it and not just with DAWs you feel like supporting, so please get automapping plugs in Bitwig already. And if we can use the modulation control on VSTs, that would be really nice to not have keep going back to keyboard and mouse just to modulate something.
This is a great piece of gear that integrates well with any DAW that I use.
I use it for FL Studio as assignments are very easy. I love the automated motorized fader and overall functionality of this MIDI controller. The only cons is that the black keys are a little higher than my personal preference and they seems to have a more stiffer feel to them, which makes it harder to play at times.