Moving fader, mixer control, channel strip and more 18/12/11
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This one rather slipped under my radar, but fortunately the people at Nektar Technology gave me a call to let me know that they will be performing a full reveal of this brand-new Reason/Record integrated controller at NAMM.
The Panorama P4 uses a custom control protocol to integrate it more deeply with Reason than a generic MIDI controller. This does rather promise some kind of link up with Propellerheads themselves - we shall see. I am told that it will of course function as a raw MIDI controller, with the promise of deeper integration with other DAWs hinted at.
As far as I know this is a first, though of course Reason has been eminently controllable for a long while, there’s never been anything specifically dedicated to it.
Details are still sparse, but it does appear to be a nicely designed unit, with what looks like a quality, four octave key-bed and the ubiquitous 4x4 pads. There’s also a Mixer Section, consisting of 8 faders, each with assignable pot and button, plus a ninth fader, which generally acts as the master fader or main volume. Channel Strip - 8 rotary encoders, five function keys, plus five transport controls (also assignable) But what piqued my interest was the inclusion of a single 100mm motorized fader (ALPS no less) - nothing in itself new, but when combined with a full MIDI controller its an interesting proposition.
We hope to get up close and personal with the Panorama at NAMM and bring you more details then. Nektar have been drip-feeding it via their website for a little while now aiming (and succeeding) to build up a little frenzy on the forums.
But in the mean-time you’ll have to stay tuned to their website for more details.