Nektar Panorama P4 Keyboard Controller

Nektar Panorama P4 Keyboard Controller

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The Nektar Panorama P4 Keyboard Controller features 93 real time controls and weighted keys with a gorgeous 3.5" display. It also has USB ports for power and connection to your Mac or PC along with MIDI 5-pin output, foot switch jack and an expression pedal jack. It is designed for deeply integrating with Reason, but will work with other DAW programs just as well. Buy yours today from UniqueSquared.com
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Description

Panorama P4 is an incredible keyboard controller instrument with the most intuitive workflow you have ever seen.


A spectacular, deep Reason implementation and vast programming options,puts the spotlight on performance and creativity. Keyboard and pads are dynamic, sensitive and balanced carefully with a solid feel that allows for complete expression.


All this, combined with 93 real-time controls available at any one time, makes Panorama P4 the definitive keyboard controller for Reason.


KEYBOARD BALANCED TO PERFECTION

Panorama P4's keyboard action uses weights to offset the otherwise increasing tension you would experience from the spring. This means the down movement is as clean as possible and not heavy or fatiguing to play. We keep the down weight required within the heavy end of common standards for acoustic pianos. In addition, the dynamic range is much wider than what you experience on most controller keyboards allowing better control of both low and high velocity values. 5 velocity curves gives you choice just in case your playing style requires a different feel. Monophonic aftertouch, pitch bend and modulation wheels, plus foot switch and expression pedal jacks sets you up for performance. Learn more


THE DISPLAY SAYS IT ALL

A crystal clear 3.5" color TFT display delivers the information you really need, for each mode or menu. Regardless of whether you are operating Reason or programming MIDI assignments in Internal mode, the display provides detailed information that makes your workflow fluent and fast. Panorama takes the hard work out of using a controller and makes operations that seem complicated and non-transparent on other products, straight-forward and simple.


MORE CONTROLS THAN EVER BEFORE

An unrivalled amount of assignable controls makes Panorama the most comprehensive and fully featured MIDI controller keyboard around. 16 encoders, 9 45mm faders, 1 100mm motorized ALPS fader, 10 LED buttons, 28 buttons, 12 pads each with strike and pressure component, foot switch jack, expression pedal jack, keyboard after touch, pitch bend and modulation wheels gives you immediate control of up to 93 parameters at any one time. You can store settings in 20 presets with individually save and loadable keyboard, pad and F-keys maps. We could argue that it gives you access to over 1500 assigned controls, but that would be spinning it too far. Learn more


CONTROLLING REASON HAS NEVER FELT SO REAL

For a Reason user, Panorama is a dream come true. The dedicated communication protocol ties Panorama and Reason tightly together so all you have to do is select the mode and menu you want to control. Panorama does the rest. 3 Reason modes allows you one button press to switch between controlling the Mixer, Device (instrument or effects) and Transport, with the 4th mode, Internal, free to control your ReWired DAW. Learn more


TRANSPORT WHEN YOU NEED IT, FUNCTION BUTTONS WHEN YOU DON'T

It's hard to go places without transport so Panorama features an extended 11 button transport bar, positions right where you need it controlling: Return to L, Forward to R, Undo, Click on/off, Record Mode, Cycle on/off, Back, Forward, Stop, Play and Record. Using the shift button, these also double up as 11 function buttons each assignable to MIDI commands or QWERTY macro's.


SHORTCUT TO SOFTWARE FUNCTIONS

So QWERTY macro's...... big deal, right? That's right, its a VERY big deal. Your software has a ton of features and functions that can be activated using QWERTY shortcut commands. Assigning a command to a button so you don't have to be near your computer makes life a lot easier. Assigning a string of up to 8 commands takes it to another level. With this powerful feature you could for example enter edit mode, zoom in and select a tool with just one button press. Or create an instrument or effects track and locate a folder containing your presets so you can select them from Panorama, all with one button press and without looking at your computer. Learn more


PRO-CONSOLE CONTROL WITHIN REACH

The motorized 100mm touch-sensitive ALPS fader gives you pro-console mixer channel control when operated with Reason. Watch the fader move when you change tracks and just move it to change volume. Two LED buttons controls Solo and Mute so no matter what mode you operating Panorama in, you always have pro-console control within reach.


PADS WITH PRESSURE

Playing drums or percussive parts on a keyboard can be a challenge, but luckily on Panorama you don't have to. 12 velocity and pressure-sensitive pads with choice of 7 velocity curves will inspire you to play in ways you would never do on the keyboard. The pads are unbelievably easy to program using the モLearn Noteヤ function. Press a pad, press a key...it's that easy.


The モVelocity Spreadヤ feature quickly spreads one note across all 12 pads, each with its own fixed velocity, making it easier to create consistent and nuanced dynamics.


The モScale-Functionヤ assigns each pad to pitches within any of the pre-defined 30+ scales. It's a quick and easy way to completely change pad assignments while freely changing intervals or transposing the whole set on the fly. Great for percussive performances with any keyboard sound as well as percussion.


Reason devices such as ReDrum, Dr. Octo Rex and Kong are of course automatically assigned to pads in Panorama P4's Instrument mode with an additional 4 virtual pads available, when needed.


PORTS & CONNECTIONS

On the back of Panorama you find the connection points you need for foot controls, power and data including:
USB Micro B for external power supply or additional power for the motorized fader (cable included)
USB port for power and data connection to your computer
5-pin MIDI din output port sending data either directly from the unit or from your DAW (working like a MIDI interface)
Foot switch jack, assignable (pedal not included)
Expression pedal jack, assignable (pedal not included)
On/off switch


DESIGN

With Panorama we planned to set a new benchmark for how a controller keyboard should work with software. More daringly we also decided on an ID that's unlike anything else and yet retains many of the design characteristics of legacy electronic keyboards. A fusion of future and retro in one. To achieve this we had to design all parts from scratch. Nothing is off-the-shelf, not even the keybed which had to be custom designed to achieve the effect of the control panel floating in to the white keys. Sure, there are some compromises but we compromised deliberately and with what we think as the right trade-offs creating the best keyboard controller instrument in its class.

SKU NEK-PANORAMAP4
MPN PANORAMA P4
Features
Nektar Panorama P4 Demo- PRESS PLAY

Nektar Panorama P4 Overview- PRESS PLAY

Part 1: Mixer Control

Panorama allows you to gain access to Reason's mixer at the touch of a button. Here you see the Reason mixer channels assigned to be operated by each of Panorama's controls. The display gives you an accurate overview of what parameter each control is assigned to as well as current value state. Let's look at the display screen in some more detail.


WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET

Top left corner shows the currently selected track in the Reason sequencer モTrack 3: Subtractorヤ. Because Track 3 (or Channel 3 in mixer terms) is visible in the display, its highlighted in white.


Top right shows the parameter and value of the last control operated on Panorama. In this case the parameter operated is the Filter 1 frequency on Subtractor. But its controlled by a control that's in another part of Panorama we have not looked at yet. More about that later.


Below the red line, you see the assignment and parameter values of 8 encoders. In our example, that whole row is assigned to Pan.


Next you see 8 faders, volume values for each and actual physical position of the fader. The 9th fader is assigned to the Reason mixers Master Volume.


Below the faders you see the status of the LED buttons and what they are assigned to. In this example, they are controlling Solo.


The hardware looks pretty much identical to the display screen, and that's the idea behind Panorama.
You are never confused about what each encoder, fader or button does or what current status is. It's all right there in the display.


TOGGLE BUTTONS

There are two buttons on the hardware that are not graphically represented on the display. Above the 9th fader we positioned a toggle button which allows you to toggle through assignment options for the 8 encoders. This is how you gain access to each of the FX send parameters in the Reason mixer. Press the button once and you assign all 8 encoders to Send 1, press again and they are assigned to Send 2 etc.


Below the 9th fader, there is also a toggle button. Press it and you step through the assignment options available for the 8 LED buttons. Options include Mute, Solo and Select track.


The bottom row is dedicated to menus accessible by pressing the buttons below the display. More about that in the next part.


Part 2: Channel Strip Control

The mixer channel strips in Reason are comprehensive and like the real world hardware - quite long! Panorama breaks the channel strip down in to manageable localized sections, accessible at the push of a button. From the mixer menu described in Part 1, you have access to EQ, Dynamics, Inserts and Sends across the buttons below the display. The encoders to the right of the display map to the targeted channel strip in the mixer. If a track is selected in the sequencer, the corresponding mixer channel becomes targeted. Alternatively, you can target a mix channel using the 8 buttons when set to select mode (described in part 1).


Here we are taking a closer look at how Panorama access's the EQ parameters.


E+Q=COMPLETE EQ

Pressing the EQ display button updates the screen to show the assignment of the 8 encoders to the right of the display.


The main EQ section is laid out so that all 4 main bands are accessible - gain and frequency can be adjusted easily. Two display buttons allow you to switch HF and LF Bell on and off whilst the first menu button toggles the EQ on and off.


The Q button changes the assignments of two encoders so you now can adjust Q for the 2 mid bands. Pressing that button one more time will take the view back to the previous view.


The filter menu button shows the Lo and Hi Filter parameters giving you complete control of all 6 bands.


You can get back to the main mixer view at any time by pressing the illuminated Mixer button above the display. Although the EQ page is in the display, the rest of the controls in the fader section continue to operate as described in part 1.


DYNAMICS

You've probably got the hang of how to navigate Panorama by now. The principle is that it works more or less like a stand-alone hardware product would. So no surprise regarding how you get to Dynamics.


From the main view, press the Dynamics menu button to gain access to Compression and Gate in the Reason channel strip. With the display buttons compression and gate can now be switched on and off along with the Key button for side-chaining.


INSERTS & SENDS

From the main mixer menu press the Inserts menu button gains access to the 4 insert rotaries. You can also scroll through the various insert patches with the 5th encoder. Insert buttons 1-4 are mapped across the menu buttons, as well as bypass.


The Sends menu button gains access toナ FX1-8 sends! In Part-1 we learned that its possible to use the encoders above the faders to toggle through the sends but a channel strip would not be complete without the ability to control all 8 sends at the same time. The menu buttons allow you to select between FX1-8 levels, on/off toggle and pre-fader toggle.


In Part 3, we will talk about how the master section works to complete the mixer.


Part 3: Master the Master

The Reason 6 mixer not only feature comprehensive channel strips but also a vast master section that handles routings to final mixdown as well as insert points for mastering tools to optimize the overall mix. Here we describe how Panorama handles control of the master section and becomes the master of the master.


Press the '>' button on the Mixer Page to get to the 2nd level. Here you will find the master button. Pressing the Master button gains access to the entire Master channel - showing by default the Master bus compressor.


MASTER COMPRESSOR

The Master compressor can be switched on and off by using the 'on' button. When on, the compressor will affect the signal on the Master bus - a useful tool for mastering your mix. One useful feature of the Master compressor (well any compressor for that matter!) is the ability to trigger from a side-chain input signal. Any mix channel or device in Reason can by connected to the side-chain input on the reverse of the Master section in the rack (press tab to rotate the rack!). When you do this, the 'Key' button in Panorama's Master Compressor page will illuminate. Use the 'key' button to alternate the compressor between the side-chain input (Key on) or the Master Bus signal (Key off).


Pressing the 5th button '<' will return to the Master menu. This button is common across all Master pages. Remember, you can return to the main mixer page at any time just by pressing the 'Mixer' button above the display.


MASTER INSERTS

The Master Inserts page provides Rotaries and Buttons 1-4 which can support combinator patches which in turn can be loaded using encoder 8. Pressing the '>' button accesses 2 further controls - the bypass and the pre-compressor control, which positions the master inserts before the Master compressor in the signal chain.


FX SEND/RETURN

In part 2 we saw that the 'Sends' button on Panorama's mixer page gains access to Reason's FX sends section within the active mix channel. Well it is here the signal from these FX is returned. Press the FX Return button on the Master menu to gain access to Reason's FX returns. Here you can mix the signal levels for the 8 send FX on the Master bus. Use buttons 1-3 to switch the encoders between Level, Pan or mute controls for the 8 FX returns.


The Master bus signal can be sent to the 8 FX in the same way as any mix channel. To gain access to these controls, press the FX Sends button


CONTROL ROOM

Finally, the Control Room output level, source and FX can be accessed by pressing the 'Control Room' button in the Master menu. Should control room parameters be available from a menu more aimed at tracking? Yeah we figured so too. More about that later.


Part 4: The Motorized Fader

It's great to see motorized faders in action. Mechanical and electrical engineering comes together to add a wow-factor to all products that feature one or more of these great parts. Still, motorized faders can get in the way of creativity sometimes. Additional noise created by motor and mechincal movement as well as the potential surprise of sudden movement can be off-putting.


For Panorama, we chose a high-quality, 100mm touch sensitive ALPS fader with low noise level and smooth movement. In addition we want to make sure no complex setup is requried and that the fader will do what most, if not all, users would expect. Here is how it works.


TRACKING

Using Panorama's Track <> buttons, its easy and quick to step through all the tracks in the Reason sequencer. Navigating this way, the active mixer channel follows the master keyboard so the motorized fader simply follows. This means you always know the volume setting of the device or channel you are working with right now, even if you are not looking at the display or on your computer monitor.


To adjust volume is therefore also easy, because the fader is always right there.


CHANNEL CONTROLS

The motor fader and associated controls are termed channel controls as they follow the targeted sequencer track and map to the active mixer channel.


The channel controls, in addition to the motorized fader, include two LED buttons to the right of the fader.


Using the channel controls, you can therefore:

Adjust the active mixer channel volume
Mute the active mixer channel by presing mute
solo the active mixer channel by presing solo
When you target a different track in the sequencer, the motor fader immediately changes position to match the level of the new mixer channel. Similarly, the LEDs in the mute and solo buttons update to show the mute/solo status. As mentioned in the opening paragraphs, this is great, but sometimes can be a distraction so we made it possible to disable the motor feedback by deselecting 'read' in the channel page. This prevents the motor fader jumping around as you press the track <> buttons.


If 'read' is disabled the motor will not update until the fader is touched. When 'read' is enabled, the 'green' LED will indicate this. The red 'write' LED signals that automation can be written on the targeted sequenecer track.


It is even possible to detach the fader and associated controls from the targeted sequencer track and navigate the mix channels independently.


CHANNEL PAGE

Pressing 'Fader' next to the motor fader opens the channel page in the display. The channel page provides further control over the active mix channel and allows you to change the target of the channel controls.


The 'pan' graphic seen in the display example is controlled using the encoder to the right of the display. When the channel page is active, this encoder can be used to adjust pan, width or FX sends 1-8 for active mixer channel. Press the 'Parameter' button to toggle through the assignment options. Alternatively, you can hold the parameter button down and use the encoder to select the assignment option directly.


Press 'write' to record track automation on the targeted sequencer track.


Press the Master button to lock the motor fader to the master bus level. In this case, the assignment options for the encoder are Master FX send 1-8.


Press the Ctrl Room button to lock the motor fader to the ctrl room level parameter. In this case, the assignment options for the encoder are ctrl room source and to select FX return 1-8 if the source is set to monitor the Master FX returns.


Press either button once more, to unlock the fader and return to control the active mix channel.


There are still further menu options available on the channel page and these are accessed by pressing menu button 5.


The first 2 menu buttons allow you to navigate the mixer channels directly. This allows you to select a mixer channel that may not have a corresponding sequenecer track. It also allows the channel control target to be changed without affectinhg the keyboard target track.


Pressing a Track <> button will override this channel shift and the channel controls will immediately map to the mixer channel for the targeted sequencer track once more. However, pressing the 'lock' button permanently detaches the channel page controls from the sequenecer to prevent this override.


CHANNEL CONTROLS IN PRACTICE

We have explored Mixer mode in the previous 3 parts. Mixer mode is active when the Mixer button is illuminated above the display. There are 4 modes in total and each mode can be quickly accessed by pressing the relevant button:
Mixer mode - The controls map to the mixer
Instrument Mode - The controls map to the active instrument or device in the rack
Transport Mode - The controls map to various useful transport and sequencer functions
Internal Mode - This is a standard MIDI mode and can be used for remote override


We will save the details of the various modes for other parts to come, but for now it is useful to know that the channel controls are unaffected by the selected mode. This means you can maintain control over the selected mixer channel at all times as you flick from controlling the mixer to the instrument to the sequencer and transport. Powerful? You bet!

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Description

Panorama P4 is an incredible keyboard controller instrument with the most intuitive workflow you have ever seen.


A spectacular, deep Reason implementation and vast programming options,puts the spotlight on performance and creativity. Keyboard and pads are dynamic, sensitive and balanced carefully with a solid feel that allows for complete expression.


All this, combined with 93 real-time controls available at any one time, makes Panorama P4 the definitive keyboard controller for Reason.


KEYBOARD BALANCED TO PERFECTION

Panorama P4's keyboard action uses weights to offset the otherwise increasing tension you would experience from the spring. This means the down movement is as clean as possible and not heavy or fatiguing to play. We keep the down weight required within the heavy end of common standards for acoustic pianos. In addition, the dynamic range is much wider than what you experience on most controller keyboards allowing better control of both low and high velocity values. 5 velocity curves gives you choice just in case your playing style requires a different feel. Monophonic aftertouch, pitch bend and modulation wheels, plus foot switch and expression pedal jacks sets you up for performance. Learn more


THE DISPLAY SAYS IT ALL

A crystal clear 3.5" color TFT display delivers the information you really need, for each mode or menu. Regardless of whether you are operating Reason or programming MIDI assignments in Internal mode, the display provides detailed information that makes your workflow fluent and fast. Panorama takes the hard work out of using a controller and makes operations that seem complicated and non-transparent on other products, straight-forward and simple.


MORE CONTROLS THAN EVER BEFORE

An unrivalled amount of assignable controls makes Panorama the most comprehensive and fully featured MIDI controller keyboard around. 16 encoders, 9 45mm faders, 1 100mm motorized ALPS fader, 10 LED buttons, 28 buttons, 12 pads each with strike and pressure component, foot switch jack, expression pedal jack, keyboard after touch, pitch bend and modulation wheels gives you immediate control of up to 93 parameters at any one time. You can store settings in 20 presets with individually save and loadable keyboard, pad and F-keys maps. We could argue that it gives you access to over 1500 assigned controls, but that would be spinning it too far. Learn more


CONTROLLING REASON HAS NEVER FELT SO REAL

For a Reason user, Panorama is a dream come true. The dedicated communication protocol ties Panorama and Reason tightly together so all you have to do is select the mode and menu you want to control. Panorama does the rest. 3 Reason modes allows you one button press to switch between controlling the Mixer, Device (instrument or effects) and Transport, with the 4th mode, Internal, free to control your ReWired DAW. Learn more


TRANSPORT WHEN YOU NEED IT, FUNCTION BUTTONS WHEN YOU DON'T

It's hard to go places without transport so Panorama features an extended 11 button transport bar, positions right where you need it controlling: Return to L, Forward to R, Undo, Click on/off, Record Mode, Cycle on/off, Back, Forward, Stop, Play and Record. Using the shift button, these also double up as 11 function buttons each assignable to MIDI commands or QWERTY macro's.


SHORTCUT TO SOFTWARE FUNCTIONS

So QWERTY macro's...... big deal, right? That's right, its a VERY big deal. Your software has a ton of features and functions that can be activated using QWERTY shortcut commands. Assigning a command to a button so you don't have to be near your computer makes life a lot easier. Assigning a string of up to 8 commands takes it to another level. With this powerful feature you could for example enter edit mode, zoom in and select a tool with just one button press. Or create an instrument or effects track and locate a folder containing your presets so you can select them from Panorama, all with one button press and without looking at your computer. Learn more


PRO-CONSOLE CONTROL WITHIN REACH

The motorized 100mm touch-sensitive ALPS fader gives you pro-console mixer channel control when operated with Reason. Watch the fader move when you change tracks and just move it to change volume. Two LED buttons controls Solo and Mute so no matter what mode you operating Panorama in, you always have pro-console control within reach.


PADS WITH PRESSURE

Playing drums or percussive parts on a keyboard can be a challenge, but luckily on Panorama you don't have to. 12 velocity and pressure-sensitive pads with choice of 7 velocity curves will inspire you to play in ways you would never do on the keyboard. The pads are unbelievably easy to program using the モLearn Noteヤ function. Press a pad, press a key...it's that easy.


The モVelocity Spreadヤ feature quickly spreads one note across all 12 pads, each with its own fixed velocity, making it easier to create consistent and nuanced dynamics.


The モScale-Functionヤ assigns each pad to pitches within any of the pre-defined 30+ scales. It's a quick and easy way to completely change pad assignments while freely changing intervals or transposing the whole set on the fly. Great for percussive performances with any keyboard sound as well as percussion.


Reason devices such as ReDrum, Dr. Octo Rex and Kong are of course automatically assigned to pads in Panorama P4's Instrument mode with an additional 4 virtual pads available, when needed.


PORTS & CONNECTIONS

On the back of Panorama you find the connection points you need for foot controls, power and data including:
USB Micro B for external power supply or additional power for the motorized fader (cable included)
USB port for power and data connection to your computer
5-pin MIDI din output port sending data either directly from the unit or from your DAW (working like a MIDI interface)
Foot switch jack, assignable (pedal not included)
Expression pedal jack, assignable (pedal not included)
On/off switch


DESIGN

With Panorama we planned to set a new benchmark for how a controller keyboard should work with software. More daringly we also decided on an ID that's unlike anything else and yet retains many of the design characteristics of legacy electronic keyboards. A fusion of future and retro in one. To achieve this we had to design all parts from scratch. Nothing is off-the-shelf, not even the keybed which had to be custom designed to achieve the effect of the control panel floating in to the white keys. Sure, there are some compromises but we compromised deliberately and with what we think as the right trade-offs creating the best keyboard controller instrument in its class.

SKU NEK-PANORAMAP4
MPN PANORAMA P4

Features

Features
Nektar Panorama P4 Demo- PRESS PLAY

Nektar Panorama P4 Overview- PRESS PLAY

Part 1: Mixer Control

Panorama allows you to gain access to Reason's mixer at the touch of a button. Here you see the Reason mixer channels assigned to be operated by each of Panorama's controls. The display gives you an accurate overview of what parameter each control is assigned to as well as current value state. Let's look at the display screen in some more detail.


WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET

Top left corner shows the currently selected track in the Reason sequencer モTrack 3: Subtractorヤ. Because Track 3 (or Channel 3 in mixer terms) is visible in the display, its highlighted in white.


Top right shows the parameter and value of the last control operated on Panorama. In this case the parameter operated is the Filter 1 frequency on Subtractor. But its controlled by a control that's in another part of Panorama we have not looked at yet. More about that later.


Below the red line, you see the assignment and parameter values of 8 encoders. In our example, that whole row is assigned to Pan.


Next you see 8 faders, volume values for each and actual physical position of the fader. The 9th fader is assigned to the Reason mixers Master Volume.


Below the faders you see the status of the LED buttons and what they are assigned to. In this example, they are controlling Solo.


The hardware looks pretty much identical to the display screen, and that's the idea behind Panorama.
You are never confused about what each encoder, fader or button does or what current status is. It's all right there in the display.


TOGGLE BUTTONS

There are two buttons on the hardware that are not graphically represented on the display. Above the 9th fader we positioned a toggle button which allows you to toggle through assignment options for the 8 encoders. This is how you gain access to each of the FX send parameters in the Reason mixer. Press the button once and you assign all 8 encoders to Send 1, press again and they are assigned to Send 2 etc.


Below the 9th fader, there is also a toggle button. Press it and you step through the assignment options available for the 8 LED buttons. Options include Mute, Solo and Select track.


The bottom row is dedicated to menus accessible by pressing the buttons below the display. More about that in the next part.


Part 2: Channel Strip Control

The mixer channel strips in Reason are comprehensive and like the real world hardware - quite long! Panorama breaks the channel strip down in to manageable localized sections, accessible at the push of a button. From the mixer menu described in Part 1, you have access to EQ, Dynamics, Inserts and Sends across the buttons below the display. The encoders to the right of the display map to the targeted channel strip in the mixer. If a track is selected in the sequencer, the corresponding mixer channel becomes targeted. Alternatively, you can target a mix channel using the 8 buttons when set to select mode (described in part 1).


Here we are taking a closer look at how Panorama access's the EQ parameters.


E+Q=COMPLETE EQ

Pressing the EQ display button updates the screen to show the assignment of the 8 encoders to the right of the display.


The main EQ section is laid out so that all 4 main bands are accessible - gain and frequency can be adjusted easily. Two display buttons allow you to switch HF and LF Bell on and off whilst the first menu button toggles the EQ on and off.


The Q button changes the assignments of two encoders so you now can adjust Q for the 2 mid bands. Pressing that button one more time will take the view back to the previous view.


The filter menu button shows the Lo and Hi Filter parameters giving you complete control of all 6 bands.


You can get back to the main mixer view at any time by pressing the illuminated Mixer button above the display. Although the EQ page is in the display, the rest of the controls in the fader section continue to operate as described in part 1.


DYNAMICS

You've probably got the hang of how to navigate Panorama by now. The principle is that it works more or less like a stand-alone hardware product would. So no surprise regarding how you get to Dynamics.


From the main view, press the Dynamics menu button to gain access to Compression and Gate in the Reason channel strip. With the display buttons compression and gate can now be switched on and off along with the Key button for side-chaining.


INSERTS & SENDS

From the main mixer menu press the Inserts menu button gains access to the 4 insert rotaries. You can also scroll through the various insert patches with the 5th encoder. Insert buttons 1-4 are mapped across the menu buttons, as well as bypass.


The Sends menu button gains access toナ FX1-8 sends! In Part-1 we learned that its possible to use the encoders above the faders to toggle through the sends but a channel strip would not be complete without the ability to control all 8 sends at the same time. The menu buttons allow you to select between FX1-8 levels, on/off toggle and pre-fader toggle.


In Part 3, we will talk about how the master section works to complete the mixer.


Part 3: Master the Master

The Reason 6 mixer not only feature comprehensive channel strips but also a vast master section that handles routings to final mixdown as well as insert points for mastering tools to optimize the overall mix. Here we describe how Panorama handles control of the master section and becomes the master of the master.


Press the '>' button on the Mixer Page to get to the 2nd level. Here you will find the master button. Pressing the Master button gains access to the entire Master channel - showing by default the Master bus compressor.


MASTER COMPRESSOR

The Master compressor can be switched on and off by using the 'on' button. When on, the compressor will affect the signal on the Master bus - a useful tool for mastering your mix. One useful feature of the Master compressor (well any compressor for that matter!) is the ability to trigger from a side-chain input signal. Any mix channel or device in Reason can by connected to the side-chain input on the reverse of the Master section in the rack (press tab to rotate the rack!). When you do this, the 'Key' button in Panorama's Master Compressor page will illuminate. Use the 'key' button to alternate the compressor between the side-chain input (Key on) or the Master Bus signal (Key off).


Pressing the 5th button '<' will return to the Master menu. This button is common across all Master pages. Remember, you can return to the main mixer page at any time just by pressing the 'Mixer' button above the display.


MASTER INSERTS

The Master Inserts page provides Rotaries and Buttons 1-4 which can support combinator patches which in turn can be loaded using encoder 8. Pressing the '>' button accesses 2 further controls - the bypass and the pre-compressor control, which positions the master inserts before the Master compressor in the signal chain.


FX SEND/RETURN

In part 2 we saw that the 'Sends' button on Panorama's mixer page gains access to Reason's FX sends section within the active mix channel. Well it is here the signal from these FX is returned. Press the FX Return button on the Master menu to gain access to Reason's FX returns. Here you can mix the signal levels for the 8 send FX on the Master bus. Use buttons 1-3 to switch the encoders between Level, Pan or mute controls for the 8 FX returns.


The Master bus signal can be sent to the 8 FX in the same way as any mix channel. To gain access to these controls, press the FX Sends button


CONTROL ROOM

Finally, the Control Room output level, source and FX can be accessed by pressing the 'Control Room' button in the Master menu. Should control room parameters be available from a menu more aimed at tracking? Yeah we figured so too. More about that later.


Part 4: The Motorized Fader

It's great to see motorized faders in action. Mechanical and electrical engineering comes together to add a wow-factor to all products that feature one or more of these great parts. Still, motorized faders can get in the way of creativity sometimes. Additional noise created by motor and mechincal movement as well as the potential surprise of sudden movement can be off-putting.


For Panorama, we chose a high-quality, 100mm touch sensitive ALPS fader with low noise level and smooth movement. In addition we want to make sure no complex setup is requried and that the fader will do what most, if not all, users would expect. Here is how it works.


TRACKING

Using Panorama's Track <> buttons, its easy and quick to step through all the tracks in the Reason sequencer. Navigating this way, the active mixer channel follows the master keyboard so the motorized fader simply follows. This means you always know the volume setting of the device or channel you are working with right now, even if you are not looking at the display or on your computer monitor.


To adjust volume is therefore also easy, because the fader is always right there.


CHANNEL CONTROLS

The motor fader and associated controls are termed channel controls as they follow the targeted sequencer track and map to the active mixer channel.


The channel controls, in addition to the motorized fader, include two LED buttons to the right of the fader.


Using the channel controls, you can therefore:

Adjust the active mixer channel volume
Mute the active mixer channel by presing mute
solo the active mixer channel by presing solo
When you target a different track in the sequencer, the motor fader immediately changes position to match the level of the new mixer channel. Similarly, the LEDs in the mute and solo buttons update to show the mute/solo status. As mentioned in the opening paragraphs, this is great, but sometimes can be a distraction so we made it possible to disable the motor feedback by deselecting 'read' in the channel page. This prevents the motor fader jumping around as you press the track <> buttons.


If 'read' is disabled the motor will not update until the fader is touched. When 'read' is enabled, the 'green' LED will indicate this. The red 'write' LED signals that automation can be written on the targeted sequenecer track.


It is even possible to detach the fader and associated controls from the targeted sequencer track and navigate the mix channels independently.


CHANNEL PAGE

Pressing 'Fader' next to the motor fader opens the channel page in the display. The channel page provides further control over the active mix channel and allows you to change the target of the channel controls.


The 'pan' graphic seen in the display example is controlled using the encoder to the right of the display. When the channel page is active, this encoder can be used to adjust pan, width or FX sends 1-8 for active mixer channel. Press the 'Parameter' button to toggle through the assignment options. Alternatively, you can hold the parameter button down and use the encoder to select the assignment option directly.


Press 'write' to record track automation on the targeted sequencer track.


Press the Master button to lock the motor fader to the master bus level. In this case, the assignment options for the encoder are Master FX send 1-8.


Press the Ctrl Room button to lock the motor fader to the ctrl room level parameter. In this case, the assignment options for the encoder are ctrl room source and to select FX return 1-8 if the source is set to monitor the Master FX returns.


Press either button once more, to unlock the fader and return to control the active mix channel.


There are still further menu options available on the channel page and these are accessed by pressing menu button 5.


The first 2 menu buttons allow you to navigate the mixer channels directly. This allows you to select a mixer channel that may not have a corresponding sequenecer track. It also allows the channel control target to be changed without affectinhg the keyboard target track.


Pressing a Track <> button will override this channel shift and the channel controls will immediately map to the mixer channel for the targeted sequencer track once more. However, pressing the 'lock' button permanently detaches the channel page controls from the sequenecer to prevent this override.


CHANNEL CONTROLS IN PRACTICE

We have explored Mixer mode in the previous 3 parts. Mixer mode is active when the Mixer button is illuminated above the display. There are 4 modes in total and each mode can be quickly accessed by pressing the relevant button:
Mixer mode - The controls map to the mixer
Instrument Mode - The controls map to the active instrument or device in the rack
Transport Mode - The controls map to various useful transport and sequencer functions
Internal Mode - This is a standard MIDI mode and can be used for remote override


We will save the details of the various modes for other parts to come, but for now it is useful to know that the channel controls are unaffected by the selected mode. This means you can maintain control over the selected mixer channel at all times as you flick from controlling the mixer to the instrument to the sequencer and transport. Powerful? You bet!

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  • (1) Nektar Panorama P4
  • (1) USB Cable
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  • (1) Cotton Cleaning Cloth
  • (1) Manual

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