Now despite easily fitting into a backpack or travel bag, the LX25 features 25 full size, velocity sensitive keys, and even though the larger keys take up bit more space, you still get also get a pretty extensive range of controls and features. These include 8 assignable encoder knobs which can be used to control parameters such as oscillators on virtual synths and filter cutoff and resonance, there’s an assignable fader, handy for quick volume adjustments, DAW transport controls and 8 assignable, velocity sensitive pads, which are also back lit so they’re easy if you’re using the keyboard on stage.
Other standard MIDI control features include octave and transpose buttons and pitch and modulation wheels, using the shift button in conjunction with certain keys allows for quick access to more advanced MIDI parameters, there’s a pedal input for sustaining notes or this can be assigned to other functions, and a large LED display is nice and bright, again ideal for seeing parameter changes on a dark stage.
The Impact LX25 has been designed to integrate with a huge range of popular DAWs, including Cubase, Logic, Reason, FL Studio and loads more, and if you’re using any of the integrated software packages, there's a couple of extra buttons on the keyboard, that’s page, clips and scenes which help to make navigating menus within the software even easier.
Finally, just like the other keyboards on our list, the Impact is bus powered via USB, and it’s class compliant, so there’s no need for an external power supply or driver, and it comes supplied with Bitwig 8-track production software, so you can start making music on your computer straight out of the box.
So that’s the Nektar Impact LX25 plus, it’s got great feeling full-size keys, it’s packed full of control options, but it’s still small enough to be portable, and that makes it one of our favourite affordable MIDI keyboards…