The Nektar Impact GX Mini is a tiny MIDI keyboard with a surprisingly large feature set

Nektar is promising plenty of bang for your mini MIDI keyboard buck with the Impact GX Mini, a 25-note controller that gives you all the features you’d expect from a ‘board of this size and a few that might surprise you.

The mini keys are velocity-sensitive, and you can choose from three velocity curves to suit your playing style. An assignable joystick delivers pitchbend and modulation control, there are octave up/down buttons, and a footswitch can be plugged into the 1/8-inch socket (1/4-inch adapter included).

So far, so straightforward, but there’s also the ‘Part 2’ feature, which enables you to make momentary setup changes at the touch of up/down buttons.

Hold one of these down and you can instantly transpose the keyboard, switch it to another MIDI channel or layer a second sound on top of the existing one; let go and you’ll immediately revert to the original configuration. This could be handy, particularly in a performance context.

The Impact GX Mini offers out-of-the-box integration with a slew of big-name DAWs, with the seven transport buttons also being MIDI assignable. A shift button opens up a secondary level, giving a total of 14 accessible button functions.

Compatible with Windows, macOS, Linux and iOS, the Impact GX Mini is also USB class-compliant and USB-powered. It’ll be available soon priced at $70/£60/€70.

Find out more on the Nektar website.

Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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