Best MIDI Controller Keyboards for Reaper

A MIDI controller with deep DAW integration for Reaper can dramatically improve your production workflow. Nektar MIDI controller keyboards include extensive DAW control for Reaper, so you can get even more out of its powerful features! Nektar’s controller range includes models for entry-level users with essential transport and project navigation as well as models for pros with deep remote control including VST / AU plugins. The Panorama models even include detailed visual parameter feedback on the display. Check out the following brief overview of our models’ capabilities with links to the product pages.

ADVANCED DAW + PLUGIN CONTROL FOR REAPER

The Panorama and Impact LX+ series of MIDI controller keyboards offer a complete Reaper DAW control experience, including extended transport control including locators, DAW project navigation, mixer control for levels, pan, mute/solo and VST / AU instrument plugin control: 

Panorama P4P6 Products

PANORAMA P-SERIES

Our Panorama P4 and P6 feature advanced and deep control for Reaper: Extended transport features, project navigation, mixer control including EQ, Inserts and sends as well as AU / VST instrument plugin control. A color display with full visual feedback makes it easy to always keep an overview.  Additionally, the motor fader adds console feeling to the experience. Also available as P1 desktop controller (see further below).

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Nektar Panorama T4 & T6

PANORAMA T-SERIES

Panorama T4 and T6 include advanced Panorama-class MIDI control for Reaper: Extended transport control, project navigation, mixer control including channel sends – and AU / VST instrument plugin control. In combination with the included Nektarine software you get even more extensive control and a graphic plugin map editor. On the LED display you’ll get full visual feedback of parameter names and settings.

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Nektar Impact LX Plus range

IMPACT LX+ SERIES

Also the Impact LX25+, LX49+, LX61+ and LX88+ offer extensive DAW control for Reaper. Features include: Extended transport control, project navigation, Volume & Pan Mixer control and VST / AU instrument plugin control. Parameter value feedback is provided by the 3 digit LCD display. Includes iOS support. Pick your size:

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

ADVANCED DAW CONTROL FOR REAPER

If you are looking for a more stream-lined DAW control experience for Reaper, have a look at our Impact GX and GXP MIDI controllers. They include DAW project navigation and extended transport control including locators. If you are just starting out and your focus is keys with basic DAW control, the SE49 and SE61 are a great choice.

Nektar Impact GXP 49 61 88

IMPACT GXP SERIES

Impact GXP MIDI controllers are made for performance and include features like semi-weighted keys and aftertouch. You can control Reaper transport functions including locators, navigate projects, select tracks, undo, open DAW and plugin windows and set levels for any selected track or the master out. The included Nektarine software lets you create comprehensive multipatches using AU / VST plugins, complete with recall from the hardware. Impact GXP controllers are great for software-based live setups!

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Impact GX49 GX61

IMPACT GX SERIES

Impact GX49 or 61 are a great choice, if you want a compact solution for your Reaper DAW setup: Nice synth-action keybed, extended Reaper transport control (including locators), project navigation, track selection, undo, open / close DAW & plugin windows and level mixing for the currently selected track and master out. Includes iOS support.

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SE49 SE61 Top Shot

SE49 & SE61

Just play: These very compact entry level MIDI controller keyboards come with great synth-action keybed and let you control essential Reaper functions such as core transport features, track or patch selection and even volume control of the currently selected track. The SE series has the features you need when starting out. Includes iOS support.

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MOBILE MINI DAW CONTROLLERS FOR REAPER

How about a mobile MIDI keyboard controller with dedicated Reaper DAW remote control? The choice is all yours: the super-tiny Nektar SE25, with entry-level essential DAW control, GX Mini with full Impact GX-class DAW integration – or all of these features plus drum pads and plugin instrument control on Impact LX Mini.

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SE25 MINI CONTROLLER

Mobile keys: The SE25 is a truly tiny USB mini MIDI controller keyboard. It will fit in almost any backpack with its 25 mini keys, but still offers essential transport control for Reaper. Track or Patch selection, Volume or Pan can also be assigned to the 4 buttons. Pitch Bend, Sustain or Modulation can also be controlled from those same buttons. Add to this Nektar’s Part Two Feature for interesting performance options. Includes iOS support.

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IMPACT GX MINI

GX Mini includes a host of DAW control features for Reaper. Just slightly larger than an SE25, it offers full extended transport control including locators, project navigation, track selection and open/close for DAW and plugin windows. With hardware features such as 25 mini keys, joystick and sustain pedal connection as well as Nektar’s Part Two performance feature, it is surprisingly versatile for a backpack-compatible mini MIDI controller! Includes iOS support.

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IMPACT LX MINI

LX Mini is our most powerful mobile mini MIDI controller: In addition to all of GX Mini’s Reaper DAW control features, this LX Mini has extensive instrument plugin control. Another extra is mixer volume control for the currently selected track or master out.  Reaper’s internal instruments are pre-mapped for control from the 8 knobs. But you can also create your own assignments for both, internal or 3rd party VST / AU plugins. Add to that hardware features such as 25 mini keys, joystick, sustain pedal connector, 8 drum pads and two independent arpeggiators. Includes iOS support.

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DESKTOP & FLOOR MIDI CONTROLLERS FOR REAPER

You would like to add a MIDI controller to your Reaper setup for dedicated mixing-, plugin-, foot- or pad-control – but you don’t need extra keys? Then check out the AURA pad controller, PACER MIDI foot controller or Panorama P1 desktop MIDI controller.

Aura Product page

AURA BEAT COMPOSER

The AURA MIDI pad controller adds powerful beat creation and performance features to your Reaper DAW setup. Apart from excellent drum pads, AURA includes a step sequencer and pad repeat engine. Our Reaper DAW integration lets you control transport functions, including locators and loop length, select tracks and assign a footswitch to control DAW transport. In combination with the included Nektarine, it also becomes an incredible VST / AU instrument plugin controller! May be used in conjunction with other Nektar MIDI controllers.

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PACER

Put DAW control right at your feet: PACER is fully programmable MIDI footswitch including hands-free DAW control for Reaper. This includes transport functions, locators, track- and patch- selection. PACER lets you integrate your DAW, MIDI-gear, FX and amp for plenty of switching power! You can also use PACER presets to trigger Reaper actions. May be used in conjunction with other Nektar MIDI controllers.

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Panorama P1 Product page

 PANORAMA P1

Add Panorama class MIDI and DAW control to any MIDI setup with our Panorama P1: The desktop version of our acclaimed Panorama P4 and P6 MIDI controllers.

It offers the same level of deep DAW and Plugin control for Reaper as Panorama P4 and P6, only missing the motor fader. Its compact size (about the size of a laptop), makes it easy to fit this powerful MIDI controller into almost any setup. Can be used in conjunction with other Nektar MIDI controllers.

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