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Novation Impulse 49 USB Midi Controller Keyboard, 49 Keys


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  • Ultra-responsive semi weighted keyboard with aftertouch
  • Full DAW/plug-in control surface with 8 knobs, 9 faders and buttons
  • Automap 4 control software enables instant hands-on access to your DAW and plug-ins
  • Multi-function drum pads enable you to warp arpeggios, roll beats and launch clips in Ableton Live
  • Comes with Ableton Live Lite, Novation's Bass Station synth and a Loopmasters sample pack
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 28.3 x 6.3 x 15.1 inches ; 14.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B005M02VNW
  • Item model number: Impulse 49
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,248 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 9, 2011

Product Description

Product Description

Novation's Impulse is a range of professional USB/MIDI controllers. They each have a precision keyboard and a full control surface powered by a brand new version of Novation's Automap control software - Automap 4 (which makes getting hands-on with your DAW/plug-ins fast and simple). Impulse also has 8 back-lit drum pads which can warp arpeggios, roll beats and launch clips in Ableton live. Impulse, available with 25, 49 or 61 keys, gives you instant access to your DAW's mixer, transport, and plug-ins. Impulse also comes with a stack of free software and sounds including: 1) Ableton Live Lite - powerful loop based music-making software
, 2) Novation Bass Station - legendary analogue bass synth as a software plug-in
, 3) Loopmasters sample library - over 1GB of royalty-free samples, and 4) Mike The Drummer - 502MB of live drum loops and breaks.

From the Manufacturer

Novation Impulse
Precision keyboard with a full control surface using Automap control software. View larger

Novation Impulse USB Midi Controller Keyboard

Impulse is a range of professional USB/MIDI controllers. They each have a precision keyboard and a full control surface powered by a brand new version of Novation's Automap control software, Automap 4, which makes getting hands-on with your DAW/plug-ins fast and simple. Impulse also has 8 backlit drum pads that can warp arpeggios, roll beats, and launch Live clips.

Novation Impulse
Precision Keyboard: Ultra-Responsive, Semi-Weighted Keyboard with Aftertouch Impulse has a precision 'players' keyboard.

It is semi-weighted with assignable aftertouch and has been designed to feel like an instrument rather than a computer peripheral. In addition to feeling good, it is incredibly accurate--this means it can translate musical expression (how you play the keyboard) extremely effectively. So your performance is reflected exactly by the synth or software instrument you are triggering.

Novation Impulse
Automap 4 Control Software Spend More Time Making Music, Less Time Reading User Guides

Many MIDI controllers have knobs, faders and buttons, but using them is difficult and time consuming. Impulse (as with all Novation controllers) comes with Automap control software. This gives you instant mapping to the things you need to control, meaning you can make full use of faders, knobs and buttons on Impulse to get hands-on with your DAW and plug-ins.

Novation Impulse
Full DAW/Plug-In Control Surface

With 8 knobs, 9 faders and buttons, and a custom LCD screen (1 fader and button on Impulse 25), the control surface allows you to get hands-on control for your DAW and plug-ins. Novation has worked with all the major DAWs and plug-ins to make sure that you get instant control of your mixer, transport controls and plug-in instruments and effects.

Novation Impulse
Multi-Function Drum Pads: Warp Arpeggios, Roll Beats and Launch Clips in Ableton Live

Impulse has 8 quality-feel drum pads that are velocity-sensitive with aftertouch. These are backlit with 3-color LEDs which means they can do things other drum pads can't, like warping arpeggios in real time, rolling beats and launching clips in Ableton Live (Ableton Live Lite 8 comes with Impulse).

Novation Impulse
Works with All Major DAWs and Plug-In Instruments and Effects

Novation has worked with major music software manufacturers to ensure Impulse gives you instant hands-on control. In addition to the major DAWs--Reason, Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, and Ableton Live--Impulse and Automap 4 have been specially designed to give you full control of 3rd party plug-in instruments and effects, like Native Instruments, Waves, or FXpansion.

Novation Impulse
USB Bus Powered

Impulse is USB powered, with expression and sustain pedal inputs as well as MIDI in and out ports for connecting external MIDI instruments.

Which Novation Impulse Professional USB/MIDI Controller is right for you?

Impulse 25 Impulse 49 Impulse 61
novation Music Systems Novation Impulse 25 Novation Impulse 49 Novation Impulse 61
Number of keys 25 49 61
Unit size (LxWxH) 20.6" x 13" x 3.9" 33.3" x 13" x 3.93" 40.2" x 13" x 3.9"
Weight 7.71 11.02 14.33
Precision semi-weighted keyboard with aftertouch Yes Yes Yes
Automap software Yes Yes Yes
Ableton Live Lite, Novation's Bass Station synth and a Loopmasters sample pack included Yes Yes Yes
USB powered Yes Yes Yes
Expression and sustain pedal inputs Yes Yes Yes
MIDI in and out ports for connecting external MIDI instruments Yes Yes Yes
Number of faders 1 9 9

Customer Reviews

Overall, a great midi controller.
Diego Sarmiento
They are what you expect them to be mostly, nothing special, nothing bad, really.
Petr
The knobs and sliders feel solid to the touch, with a great tactile feel to them.
KDub

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By DJHogie6578 on February 7, 2012
Overall, this is a decent controller at this price point. I use this controller for controlling Ableton and a variety of VSTs in my home studio and live settings with a band. I've got a lot of experience with the Akai MPK49 (a direct competitor to this controller), so I'll discuss a number similarities and differences.

This controller has one of the better feeling keybeds I've played at this price point. Obviously not a full weighted piano feel, but very playable with piano vsts. I find the key feel to be superior to the MPK49.

Build quality feels pretty good, and I think it's a nice looking unit, although it's a bit longer than a few of the other 49 key controllers I've used. Integration / usability is fine...I'm running Windows 7.

I like the IDEA of low profile faders (cuts down on the possibility of clipping them off in transport), but the feel is not great, especially on the knobs. I tend to like a little resistance on my knobs, and the knobs on the impulse basically spin almost freely. They feel very cheap. The akai MPK49's knobs and faders have a vastly superior feel in my opinion.

AutoMap: If you're not familiar with automap, it's a software package that allows the use to automatically link the controller to whatever software you're using. This is a quick and easy way to get control over your DAW. I prefer to setup my controls myself, but I can see this being a good feature for some users.

Conclusions: Good features, good value, nice keybed, crappy knobs. If you're going to be doing a lot of tweaking, you want the MPK49. If you want a better than average feeling keybed for this price point, buy the impulse.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Petr on June 7, 2013
- Problems out of the box -

After first plugging my Novation in laptop some of the LEDs were not working properly and it took me time to figure out why: firmware update was not installed properly, so I had to reset it and reinstall it. It took me about an hour, then it happened again during the first month of use.

- Comments on a build quality -

Keys

Of course they won't feel exactly like you are playing the piano... But what would you expect from a MIDI - Keyboard? Keys feel really great to me, I don't think I would want a better ones ever in the future, I am not a pro-piano player by any means, I find those to be really sensitive and tight.
I don't really use aftertouch, but it does makes the keys feel better when pressing them hard.

The only complaint are black keys, aftertouch is just bad on them, even though I never use it, I should mention it.

Pads
If you want to try finger-drumming 8 pads won't really be enough, but if you don't need more - these will do a good job. They have LED's on them, not bad, and overall they are pretty playable. I have Akai MPD32 and as far as I know, MPD's pads are pretty much the same pads as on Akai MPK. Akai's pads have some weird gap of air between the actual rubber pad and a sensor which means they don't always trigger notes if you play them softly. Novation doesn't have this problem, however there were some weird double note triggerings when I tried to play drums. I prefer Akai just because there are 16 pads and the unit itself is way more mobile so I can put it anywhere I want, I can even finger-drum in my bed :D While Novation's pads in my setup are too far away from me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By gareth ewing on February 1, 2013
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This can be a great controller for someone like myself who works a lot with Ableton and doesn't want to bother with mapping out all the controller parameters. I read plenty of reviews on this product before hand and knew that the things people were most unsatisfied about were typically the sliders, knobs, and especially automap. For me however, this hasn't been the case. For the price especially, I think the knobs and sliders work great and every other aspect about the keyboard (like the responsiveness of the keys and drum pads) overshadowed any potential disappointment. I think if your the kind of person who really wants to get in depth with all the key and control mappings then Automap probably isn't right for you. I've found it to be pretty spot on in terms of what I typically need accomplished. Overall the impulse is a great product and I'd definitely say it has changed my electronic music making for the better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. David Wilson-Okamura on July 10, 2013
+ Feel of keys: 4/4 for a keyboard in this price range; my favorite thing about this unit.

+ Aftertouch sensitivity: better than Roland, but still hard to control smoothly.

+ Arpeggiator: this is a well-implemented feature EXCEPT that there's no latch button. I assumed, because Novation has been making various keyboards for several years, that it would have this basic feature but, no.

+ Faders: felt a tiny bit gritty and -- what was more frustrating -- they would spontaneously wake up and broadcast whatever value they were last set to. This didn't happen all the time, by any means, but it happened at least once every time I used this keyboard. I worried that it would get worse over time.

+ Knobs: I'm afraid these are as bad as everyone says. Mine were accurate and didn't twitch like the faders, but they are loose and wobbly. The knobs and faders on the Roland equivalent (A-500PRO) are smoother and give you a feeling of precise control.

+ Programmability: I gather that most people want these to control soft synths on their computers. I bought it, though, to control a couple of hardware synths via MIDI. The faders were fine for sending CC values; I used them to adjust amp and filter envelopes. The knobs could be programmed for CC values, but the NRPN implementation is poor. If you're buying this to get more knobs for a synth that primarily uses NRPN, don't; unless Novation updates the firmware, it's really not set up for that. Even sending CC values, the knobs were frustrating. These are endless encoders so, turning clockwise, the knob should increase the value from its current position, not from the absolute minimum value. Other keyboards, including the Novation SL series, can increment and decrement CC values, but not this one apparently.
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