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spiderman 21st January 2016 05:33 PM

Nektar Panorama P6
First... the keybed for this controller isn't the best I've ever played, but it's good enough for the majority of users.

The rest of the controller, especially the software integration and control design, is amazing. At first I purchased a NI Komplete Kontrol S61 to replace my Akai MPK88. While I liked that keybed slightly better, the NI integration method (using a plugin wrapper) was nasty. This would never work for me.

The Nektar seems to be hand-coded. The keyboard automatically adapts to a large number of programs, and when a function or plugin isn't prebuilt into the integration software... it's rather simple to create your own mapping for almost anything.

It took a few weeks of setup, but that this point I've moved a large number of my Cubase key commands over to the Panorama and I'm really enjoying the workflow improvements. It moves the controller into the center of my workflow with ease... I'm using less mouse and qwerty commands, and doing more with the buttons, faders, and encoders on the controllers.

It's fun. It works. If you're considering this for these reasons... you should give it a go.

Taprecords 1st February 2016 06:50 PM

Nektar Panorama P6
I bought the controller to use with Reason and it has been a godsend. I am able to use Reason without touching the mouse on my computer much. It has a large display and Nektar keeps the maps updated for the Rack Extensions. It has vastly improved my workflow.

The request that I would have for the controller is 16 drum pads instead of 12.

TJT 10th September 2016 05:51 PM

The thing I love about the Panorama is that they are not tied to one software company, so you get integration with a huge variety of manufacturers. I use a dedicated laptop with my P6 and it works as both a Cubase "workstation" with all of my vsts AND as a midi controller for all the hardware in my studio at the same time. It's amazing thinking of vsts as separate hardware synths instantly integrated with your controller.