Nektar SE61


The Nektar SE61 MIDI device is the ultimate solution for musicians who want to create music effortlessly using the latest technology.



Nektar SE61 MIDI Keyboard Controller: A Versatile and Affordable Solution for Musicians

Musicians have been using MIDI devices for decades to control their electronic instruments and computers. With MIDI keyboards, drum pads, and controllers, musicians can trigger sounds, change parameters on their virtual instruments, and create music with ease. In this review, we’ll be looking at the Nektar SE61 MIDI Keyboard Controller – a versatile and affordable solution for music producers and performers.

Features and Design

The Nektar SE61 is a 61-key MIDI controller that features velocity-sensitive keys, eight assignable knobs, nine assignable buttons, and a fader. The keyboard also comes with a pitch-bend wheel and a modulation wheel, which can add expression and dynamics to your playing.

This MIDI controller includes Nektar’s DAW Integration, which lets you control most of the popular digital audio workstations (DAWs) such as Ableton Live, Logic Pro X, Cubase, and more. The software provides an intuitive mapping of the controller with the DAW, allowing you to access various features with fewer clicks and keystrokes. The SE61 also includes transport controls that let you start, stop, and record your session directly from the keyboard.

The Nektar SE61 weighs only 3.7 kg/8.15 lbs, making it lightweight and portable. The compact design enables it to fit in most setups, be it a home studio, live performance, or on the go.

Performance and Functionality

The Nektar SE61 is easy to set up and use. Simply plug it into your computer or MIDI interface, select your DAW, and you’re ready to go. The included USB cable powers the keyboard, eliminating the need for an external power supply, making it an ideal option for mobile musicians.

The SE61’s velocity-sensitive keys provide a natural feel that replicates that of a traditional piano. The keys are also responsive, making it easy to capture your playing dynamics, no matter how subtle or extreme.

The eight knobs allow you to control various parameters in your DAW such as volume, pan, and effects. The nine buttons can trigger clips, launch loops, and perform other essential functions. Plus, the fader is a useful tool when it comes to mixing. You can control levels of tracks in your DAW, allowing you to achieve a perfect balance.

The pitch-bend and modulation wheels are also handy when it comes to adding expression to your playing. The wheels let you create different variations of pitch and modulation, adding a humanized touch to your recordings.


The Nektar SE61 MIDI Keyboard Controller is a versatile and affordable solution for music producers and performers. With its DAW integration, easy setup, and lightweight design, you can create music wherever inspiration strikes. The controller also has a range of features that provide a natural feel, excellent performance, and seamless integration with your DAW of choice. So, whether you’re a beginner or a pro, the Nektar SE61 MIDI Keyboard Controller can be an excellent addition to your music setup.

Nektar SE61 properties

Product name Nektar SE61
Brand Nektar
Type MIDI Keyboards
Keys Yes
Number of Keys 61 pcs
Drawbars/Sliders No
Pads No
Rotary Controls No
Modulation Wheel Yes
Pre-Programmed Rythms No
Pre-Programmed Songs No
Pre-Programmed Sounds No
Pre-Programmed Drumset No
Pre-Programmed Effects Yes
Built-In Tuner No
Connections 6.3mm (1/4″RTS)
Colour Black, Red
Power Supply USB

Additional information


Product type


Number of Keys



Rotary Controls

Modulation Wheel

Pre-Programmed Rythms

Pre-Programmed Songs

Pre-Programmed Sounds

Pre-Programmed Drumset

Pre-Programmed Effects

Built-in Tuner




Power Supply


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Frequently Asked Questions:

"How do I properly configure the Nektar SE61 MIDI keyboard for use with my DAW software, including setting up CC assignments and mapping keys to specific functions?"

To properly configure the Nektar SE61 MIDI keyboard for use with your DAW software, you will need to follow these steps:

1. Connect the SE61 to your computer via USB or MIDI connection (depending on the interface you are using). Launch your DAW software and open its MIDI preferences or settings menu. Select the Nektar SE61 as your primary input/output device for MIDI data. In your DAW software, create a new MIDI track or select an existing one to which you want to assign CCs and functions using the SE61. Open the Nektar Panorama P3 Editor software (which comes with the SE61) and connect it to your keyboard via USB. In the editor, navigate to the Mapping section and select the desired DAW software from the drop-down menu. Begin mapping keys and CC assignments by selecting the appropriate function or parameter in your DAW software, then using the SE61's buttons and knobs to map those functions to the corresponding pads and sliders on the keyboard. Save your mapping settings within the editor and close it. Return to your DAW software and verify that the CC assignments and functions are working correctly by testing them using the SE61's keys, knobs, and buttons. Repeat steps 4-9 for additional MIDI tracks or functions as needed. By following these steps, you should be able to easily configure your Nektar SE61 MIDI keyboard for use with your preferred DAW software.

How do I properly program and save customized MIDI mappings on the Nektar SE61 keyboard for use with various software applications?

To program and save customized MIDI mappings on the Nektar SE61 keyboard for use with various software applications, follow these steps:

1. Connect the SE61 to your computer via USB and ensure that it is recognized by your operating system. Launch the software application you want to use the SE61 with. This could be a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) or any other MIDI-compatible software. Set the SE61 in "MIDI Learn" mode by pressing and holding the "Setup" button on the keyboard until the LED next to it lights up. The LED will stay lit, indicating that you are now in "MIDI Learn" mode. Press the MIDI controller function button (labelled "Ctrl") for the parameter you want to assign a new function to. For example, press the "Ctrl" button next to the fader labeled "Pan". In your software application, move the mouse over the parameter that you want to assign the SE61's controller function to. This could be a fader, knob or button in your DAW. While holding down the assigned MIDI controller function on the SE61 (in this case, the "Pan" fader), release the mouse over the parameter in your software application. The SE61 should now be assigned to that particular parameter. Repeat steps 4-6 for any additional parameters you want to assign custom MIDI mappings to. To save your customized MIDI mappings, go to the "Setup" menu on the SE61 and select "Save Setup". This will save your current settings to one of the keyboard's memory banks. To recall your saved setup, navigate to the "Setup" menu again and select "Recall Setup". Select the memory bank where you saved your customized MIDI mappings. Your customized MIDI mappings should now be loaded into the SE61 and ready for use with your software application. These steps should help you properly program and save customized MIDI mappings on the Nektar SE61 keyboard for use with various software applications. Remember to always test your new settings to ensure they are working correctly.