Best MIDI Controller Keyboards for Cubase

These MIDI controllers dramatically improve the production workflow in your Steinberg DAW: All Nektar controllers include extensive DAW control for Cubase and Nuendo. Have a look at the overview below and pick the model that best suits your needs. Depending on the model, DAW integration features range from transport and project navigation to a complete experience including control of VST / VST3 / AU plugins. Here’s a brief description of each controllers’ features and links to the product pages:

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Even our mini MIDI controller keyboards include deep DAW integration for Cubase and Nuendo. In this tutorial video you can get an overview of the Nektar DAW integration features for Impact LX Mini – Panorama P and Panorama T can do even more. If you’d like to know more, please visit the product pages by clicking on one of the links below.

ADVANCED DAW AND PLUGIN CONTROL FOR CUBASE

Our Panorama and Impact LX+ controller keyboards deliver a complete DAW control experience, including mixer control for levels, pan, mute/solo and VST instrument plugin control – as well as DAW project navigation, and of course extended transport control ( incl. locators):

Panorama P4P6 Products

PANORAMA P-SERIES

Panorama P4 and P6 offer deep and advanced control for Cubase. This includes extended transport control, project navigation, mixer and VST instrument plugin control.

The color display delivers full visual feedback,  so you can always keep an overview.  Additionally, the motor fader adds genuine console feeling to this experience. Also available as P1 desktop controller (without motor fader).

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Nektar Panorama T4 & T6

PANORAMA T-SERIES

Panorama T4 and T6 provide advanced Panorama-class MIDI control for Cubase. This includes extended transport, project navigation and mixer control. In combination with the included Nektarine plugin host/librarian you also get full instrument plugin control. Nektarine even includes a graphic editor for plugin mapping. And the LED display ensures full visual feedback of parameter names and settings.

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Nektar Impact LX Plus range

IMPACT LX+ SERIES

Impact LX+ 25, 49, 61 and 88 feature extensive remote control of Cubase. Give your mouse a break with extended Transport control, project navigation, Mixer control and VST instrument plugin control. The controllers’ 3 digit LCD display delivers parameter value feedback.  Includes iOS support. Pick your size:

IMPACT LX25+, IMPACT LX49+/61+ or IMPACT LX88+

ADVANCED DAW CONTROL FOR CUBASE

If you are looking for a more stream-lined DAW control experience, check out the Impact GX and GXP series of MIDI controllers: These keyboard controllers offer comprehensive DAW project navigation and transport control including locators. If you just want essential control, SE49 and SE61 are great choices.

Nektar Impact GXP 49 61 88

IMPACT GXP SERIES

These performance-oriented MIDI  controllers include semi-weighted keys and aftertouch. Control Cubase transport functions including locators, navigate your projects, select tracks, undo, open DAW and plugin windows, as well as setting the level for any selected track and the master out. The included Nektarine software lets you create comprehensive multipatches with your instrument plugins, that can be recalled from the hardware.

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Impact GX49 GX61

IMPACT GX SERIES

The compact Impact GX49 and 61 MIDI controller keyboards sport a synth-action keybed. They offer control over Cubase’s transport functions including locators, project navigation, track selection, undo, opening of DAW & plugin windows and level control for the currently selected track or master out. Includes iOS support.

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SE49 SE61 Top Shot

SE49 & SE61

Just play: Our SE models are extremely compact entry level MIDI controller keyboards with synth-action keybed. What’s more, they give you essential transport control, plus track or patch selection and volume control of the currently selected track. The SE series has all the features you need when starting out. Includes iOS support.

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MOBILE MINI DAW CONTROLLERS FOR CUBASE

Our mobile MIDI controllers also offer Cubase DAW remote control features: From entry-level essential DAW control on the super-tiny SE25 to full Impact GX-class DAW integration with GX Mini or even plugin instrument control on the Impact LX Mini – we’ve got you covered!

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SE25 MINI CONTROLLER

Our most compact USB mini MIDI controller keyboard with 25 mini keys fits in any backpack – and offers essential transport control for Cubase from the 4 buttons. These buttons can also be assigned to Track or Patch selection, Volume or Pan. Pitch Bend, Sustain or Modulation can be controlled from the buttons as well. Nektar’s Part Two Feature adds interesting performance options. Includes iOS support.

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IMPACT GX MINI

Although GX Mini is not much larger than an SE25, it offers a host of DAW control features for Cubase: Project navigation, track selection, open/close for DAW and plugin windows as well as extended transport control including locators. GX Mini has 25 mini keys, a joystick, sustain pedal connector and includes Nektar’s Part Two performance feature for momentary setup changes.  All of that still in a size that fits in your backpack! Includes iOS support.

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IMPACT LX MINI

LX Mini is our most powerful, yet highly mobile mini MIDI controller. It has extensive DAW and plugin control features for Cubase: This includes project navigation, track selection, open/close for DAW and plugin windows, volume control of the currently selected track or master out – and of course extended transport control including locators. Even better, internal instrument plugins are already pre-mapped for control from the 8 knobs. But you can also make your own maps and freely assign up to 16 parameters for internal or 3rd party VST instrument plugins. Hardware features include 25 mini keys, a joystick, sustain pedal connector, 8 excellent drum pads and two independent arpeggiator engines. Includes iOS support.

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DESKTOP & FLOOR MIDI CONTROLLERS FOR CUBASE

Are you looking for a USB MIDI controller, but don’t need extra keys – or do you want to add dedicated mixing, plugin, foot or pad controller features to your existing Cubase setup? Then check out our AURA pad controller, PACER MIDI foot controller or Panorama P1 (featuring deep Nektar DAW and plugin control)!

Aura Product page

AURA BEAT COMPOSER

AURA is a powerful beat creation and performance MIDI pad controller with step sequencer and pad repeat engine. Nektar DAW integration lets you control Cubase’s transport including locators and loop length, track selection, open plugin windows and even assign a footswitch to control transport functions. In combination with Nektarine, it is also an incredible plugin controller for VST, VST3 and AU running right inside your DAW! May be used in conjunction with other Nektar MIDI controllers.

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Pacer Product Page

PACER

Hands-free control for Cubase: PACER is a fully programmable MIDI footswitch including Cubase DAW control. PACER integrates your DAW, MIDI-gear, FX and amp, delivering plenty of switching power! May be used in conjunction with other Nektar MIDI controllers.

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Panorama P1 Product page

 PANORAMA P1

This desktop version of our acclaimed Panorama P4 and P6 MIDI controllers offers the same level of deep DAW and Plugin control for Cubase as the keyboard versions, only missing the motor fader. In spite of this power, Panorama P1 is really compact and just about the same size as a laptop. May be used in conjunction with other Nektar MIDI controllers.

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