Nektar GX61 – 61-Keys USB MIDI Keyboard Controller

(5 customer reviews)


  • 61 Velocity-Sensitive Keys
  • 4 Velocity Curves + 3 Fixed
  • Modulation and Pitch Bend Wheels
  • Transpose and Octave Shift Buttons
  • Full Transport Controls
  • Bitwig 8-Track Software
  • USB Bus Powered
  • Transport Control for Major DAWs

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Product Description


Compact. Powerful. Control.

Nektar products are synonymous with DAW integration on Mac and Windows and the Impact GX49 & GX61 are no exception. The compact design is comfortable in front of a computer and delivers powerful functionality not even found on more comprehensive controllers. When inspiration strikes, the Impact GX 49 & 61 delivers the control needed to capture ideas while they are fresh. Compact. Powerful. Control.


The Impact GX49 and GX61 are dynamic and expressive instruments, tailored to composition & performance with your computer music system. The no-fuss interface is a great entry into the world of Nektar controllers.

Featuring a 49-note (4 octave) or 61-note (5 octave) keyboard, pitch-bend wheel, modulation wheel and foot switch socket. Two multi-colored octave buttons enable shifting the keyboard range up or down -3/+4 octaves with the LED colors changing to show the exact status, Impact GX are well equipped to deliver a great workflow.

Dedicated transpose buttons allow you to shift the keyboard range up to +/- 12 semi tones. The buttons can quickly be re-purposed to change the Global MIDI Channel or send Program messages. Additionally an assignable potentiometer provides control over any MIDI parameter, by default controls mixer volume.

Nektar DAW Integration for many of the most commonly used DAWs makes it easy to get going, and a pleasure to use. With Impact GX49 your controller keyboard is part of your system, giving you the creative freedom to compose, perform and play, without having to reach for your mouse constantly.


Eight buttons intended for DAW control, are at the center of the Impact GX. Essential tasks like  transport activation or navigating tracks are highly repetitive and reaching for the mouse every time, can kill any seed of inspiration. Used with Nektar DAW integration, the 8 buttons extend functionality to include control over transport and a host of other important DAW functions, right from Impact GX.

The buttons can also be assigned to MIDI messages for use with any MIDI software that’s not supported by Nektar DAW Integration. A primary and a secondary message can be programmed for each of 7 buttons, delivering 14 programmable options total.


Impact GX is a MIDI controller as well as a DAW controller. If you use MIDI software that’s not supported by Nektar DAW Integration, a host of options are available for you to set up MIDI control yourself.

Each of the 14 assignable MIDI buttons, the modulation wheel, foot switch and of course the big control knob, can be assigned to send out MIDI cc messages. The assignable buttons (14) can in addition be configured to send out Program message or MMC transport control. MMC (MIDI Machine Control) is often supported by DAWs that don’t allow for advanced integration, so with this option Impact GX covers all the bases.

The Setup menu also enables Program messages, Bank LSB/MSB to be sent out on the fly as well as settings for selecting one of the 4 velocity curves, setting the Global MIDI Channel and assigning the transpose buttons.


As a low powered USB device, Impact GX works with all USB devices that feature a Class compliant MIDI driver. That includes all version of Windows from XP and higher, Apple OS X 10.5 and higher plus Linux (as long as a USB MIDI driver package is installed).

And if you are often on the move you can easily hook your Impact GX keyboard to an Apple iPad using the iPad’s optional USB camera connection kit (optional). Of course the Impact GX is powered by the iPad so you can work away for as long as your iPad remains charged.

What's in the box

  • Nektar Technology GX61 – USB MIDI Keyboard Controller
  • USB Cable
  • Bitwig 8-Track Download
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty


Keyboard61 Full-Size Keys, Synth Action with Velocity
MIDI Control Surfaces1 x Wheel (Pitch-Bend)
1 x Wheel (Modulation)
1 x Rotary Encoder
Performance FunctionsOctave Shift, Transport Controls, Transpose


I/O1 x USB Type-B Bus-Power/Host Connection
1 x 1/4" (6.3 mm) TS Footswitch Input
OS CompatibilitymacOS 10.7 or Later
Windows Vista
Windows 7 or Later
Windows XP or Later


Power OptionsUSB Bus-Power

Customer Reviews

4.8 overall

Based on 5 reviews

  1. 4 out of 5

    This keyboard is very basic. You have the 61 key, velocity sensitive keys, 14 (7 with shift key) additional buttons, and one volume control. The key action is the simple, spring-type that is a bit soft but adequate. Nevertheless, it has performed flawlessly for me. It feels well made, and the key action is as good as one finds on typical synthesizer-type keyboards. All in all a good choice for one looking for an inexpensive midi keyboard controller that will be satisfying over time if basic in functionality.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Great keyboard for a very reasonable price.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amazing for the price and size. No drivers required to get it to work.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Great controller although have just used the basic functions so far. It has a very nice feel to the keys. Wanted to simplify and get something smaller for my desktop and this fit the bill perfectly!

  5. 5 out of 5

    I was surprised at first when I saw the price, and after going through a couple of reviews I gave it a shot. It didnt disappoint. Great price, great quality!

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