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Rating and Reviews: Nektar Panorama P1

Take control over Reason, Bitwig Studio and more with the Panorama P1. This intuitive MIDI controller gives you 9 faders and 16 knobs in a slim footprint.

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"Incredibly powerful with Reason" submitted May 27, 2013

By Richard L in Boston, MA
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Musical Background: Playing music all of a long life. Semi-pro guitarist, keyboard, singer, composer, producer.
Music Style: folky electronica. singer-songwriter pop with beats and grooves.
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Overall: With the addition of Reason's new features as a full-fledged DAW/synth working environment, the combination of Reason 7 and the Panorama P1 is incredibly powerful. The integration is straightforward, comprehensive, easy to use, and works exactly as advertised, transforming Reason into a direct, hardware-based experience yet with all the power of a modern day DAW and software synth workstation. The only weakness with the P1 right now is documentation... I had a few installation issues but my email inquiries to Nektar resolved the problem in a quick and friendly manner. I can't say enough about what Nektar has achieved with the Reason integration.. I've tried older solutions like Novation Automap and they are junk compared to this. I don't use Cubase but I assume the integration and performance is on the same level. Build quality is good, not top level like say a Mackie Control but everything feels solid enough with adequate resistance for knobs and faders. You can certainly do much worse at a $299 price point. The display is bright, sharp, and very clear. I hope Nektar is around for a long time, they really are nailing what people need in a reasonably priced DAW controller.
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"Incredible Cubase Integration" submitted November 19, 2013

By Justin F in Allen, TX
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Overall: Everything is fairly intuitive once set up (though make sure you follow the setup instructions). The Cubase integration is great, and I find myself reaching for the mouse much less than usual. Most of the major VSTs are mapped where it makes sense, and you have standard control of those where mapping is impossible. Well worth the purchase.
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"Reason loves this!" submitted September 13, 2014

By Harrison W in Grand Junction, CO
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Musical Background: Producer / engineer previously with Sony, A&M, Capitol Records.
Music Style: Rock, metal, folk, pop, country, blues, various other non-popularized brands of music.
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Overall: I'm a semi-retired engineer and producer, I've worked at Sony, Capitol, A&M and a few other major Hollywood studios. Having much experience in recording and behind some of the biggest and best mixing consoles has caused me to be a bit picky so my review might be a little harsh. But I must say that this little buggar tracks very fast and offers much more control for the modern engineer, making mixing much easier and sensible. Since the board only offers a version of 8 tracks per page I would have a "page" button rather than a track+ and a track- button. I would also increase its ability to adjust more track controls on the fly rather than one track adjustment at a time. Yes... only one track at a time! But for the price and along with its excellent software integration this is a somewhat forgivable oversight. There definitely are some wonderful goodies under the hood here. Each synth can be setup to control a myiad of parameters, and a few major ones can be programmed to adjust on the fly which makes adjusting tones much easier than just toying through these items with a mouse. The same pretty much holds true with having instant control over each of other devices in the rack. A larger screen with more visible parameters per page and a full drum pad assortment would've been a nice addition. But maybe they will have these with their next upgraded version of this controller. Setting tracks hot and recording instruments live have finally become a reality with Reason if used with the Nektar P1. I've looked at a few other hardware devices before purchasing this and agree that it is the most suitable piece of gear for the modern recording artist or enthusiast using Reason. All-in all I would say that every user of Propellerheads Reason should have this.
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"Panorama p1" submitted January 22, 2014

By jason w in ridgewood, NY
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Musical Background: 10 years
Music Style: Hip hop/r&b
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Overall: Great product. A bit of a pain to set up but works great to improve work flow. Good price point. Excellent for reason users.
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