Nektar opens up a world of opportunity with their new pedalboard putting software and devices right at your feet.

Nektar have unveiled their Pacer pedalboard, which provides hands-free control of DAWs, MIDI software and hardware like guitar rigs, and more. This one pedal could revolutionise electronic sets and the workflow for producers, freeing up their hands to play, mix and edit.

Pacer proudly claims itself to be the only real hands-free option for controlling Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) like Ableton, Cubase, Logic Pro and most others. With Pacer’s 10 programmable foot switches you can control playback, track and transport controls including cycle/looping, rewind, forward, recording etc. Each foot pedal has an RGB LED display to show the status and activation.

Nektar Pacer pedalboard guitar MIDI DAW amp control footswitch

Nektar’s chief, Niels Larsen says: “Originally, Pacer was intended to be a DAW controller providing musicians with hands-free control of their computer music setup. Then enthusiasm got the better of us and we couldn’t help adding a host of useful additional control functionality. Now you can also control MIDI preamps or effects as well as switching channels and reverb on non-MIDI amps with the onboard relays. Pacer’s switching power will boost your creativity whether you are recording or playing live.”

Pacer’s connectivity features mean that you can integrate analog amps with conventional footswitch sockets into your setup just as well as software guitar apps or other MIDI-capable hardware. And with one switch of a button, you can reconfigure your whole setup, with up to 16 MIDI-messages or relay switch states at the same time.

Nektar’s Pacer pedalboard’s full features include:

  • 10 programmable footswitches each with RGB LED
  • 1 preset footswitch
  • 2 row LED display
  • 1 encoder with push switch for programming, navigation and control
  • 24 user configurable presets
  • 2 Read-only presets for DAW track and transport control
  • Sends up to 16 MIDI messages or relay switches on preset recall
  • Up to 6 MIDI messages or actions programmable for each control
  • 2 expression pedal sockets
  • 2 TRS jack connectors for up to 4 external footswitches
  • 2 TRS jack connectors for controlling up to 4 switch sockets (FX or channels)
  • MIDI output (USB MIDI interface/direct MIDI connection)
  • USB connector for connecting to a computer, USB host or USB power supply (for power only)
  • PSU socket: DC 9V / 600mA, center negative (PSU not included)
  • Factory Presets include Line 6 Pod and Helix, Fractal Audio AxeFX, Avid Eleven Rack, Kemper Profiler, Elektron Octatrack Pickup Machine, Electro Harmonix 45000 Looper, MIDI Machine Control, a Relay Preset for non-MIDI amps and more.
  • Nektar DAW integration for Transport and Track control
Pacer will cost $229.99 / $199.99 / €229.99 MAP and is planned for release in April.