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61 Keys
  • 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

Style Name: 61 Keys
Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here [PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 41.3 x 6.3 x 15.1 inches ; 14.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 18.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B005M02VPK
  • Item model number: Impulse 61
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,708 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here [PDF]
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 9, 2011

Product Description

Style: 61 Keys

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 Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Nice feeling keys, great faders and knobs.
Diego Sarmiento
This midi controller has a great feel to it, admittedly, I'm not a keyboard player!
ashish vyas
The Automap software is very helpful and is very easy to use.
Keith

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By DJHogie6578 on February 7, 2012
Style Name: 61 Keys
Overall, this controller offers good value. I've got quite a bit of experience with USB/Midi controllers. I'm a big Ableton Live user, and I use a variety of VST plugins (mostly Native Instruments products) in both home studio and live settings.

Strengths: 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. Build quality feels pretty good, and I think it's a nice looking unit. Also, mod wheel and pitch bend wheels have a pretty good feel. Integration / usability is fine...I'm running Windows 7.

Weaknesses: I am not a fan of the faders and knobs on this board. 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. I'm not a fan.

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, crappy knobs. If you're going to be doing a lot of tweaking, you might want to look elsewhere. If you want a better than average feeling keybed for this price point, buy an impulse.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By DJHogie6578 on February 7, 2012
Style Name: 49 Keys
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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Erwin on December 2, 2011
Style Name: 61 Keys Verified Purchase
This is my second MIDI keyboard. My first one is a very cheap Behringer 49 and I already gave it as a gift to one of my friend. But Impulse 61 is a really fantastic MIDI keyboard + controller.

First, the touch and feeling of the keys are good. The semi-weighted keys are excellent. Besides, pads and keys all have channel aftertouch, so that when you press the key or the pad down, you can push it even harder to create a series of channel aftertouch MIDI events, which is good if your soft-syn can support channel aftertouch.

I use Windows 7 64bit and Sonar X1. I found the Automap 4 is very compatible with Sonar. Only one question is that you have to run Sonar as administrator. If you don't, Automap won't work properly and the keyboard cannot recognize the DAW. If you use other DAWs or use it on Mac, I cannot guarantee it will work perfectly. If you use popular VSTs, such as those from NI, you don't have to configure anything. For other plug-ins, you can create several pages for the mapping of the faders and encoders, so that they can actually control all of your plug-in's parameters. There are two switches to change the controllers from the plug-in mode to mixer mode, and, to traditional MIDI mode.

I bought M-audio's sustain pedal and Alesis F2 expression pedal. Both of them can work perfectly with Impulse. If you want to use expression pedal for this keyboard, make sure to go to the website of Novation to check out which one is compatible, since not every expression pedal will be fully functional when used with Impulse.

Overall, the quality is excellent. It is especially good and suitable when used in a music studio. I only create music at home and never go outside for live performance. 61-keys version may not be good for stage performance, since it is too heavy and bulgy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Navarre Gutierrez-reed on May 20, 2012
Style Name: 25 Keys
I was looking for a controller with really good playable key action and full size keys like on my Yamaha SY77 because I can't haul a 60 lb. vintage synth to gigs just to use it as a midi controller. The thing I was most looking for in a controller in this price range was just decent semi-weighted key action to run fast accurate piano lines, which other boards advertise semi-weighted keys (m-audio, akai), but you play them and the keys have terrible action that is bad for live playing, with the exception of the 88-key $800 Akai controller, which one can't even transport to gigs anyway. It seems that most companies won't put decent key action on a controller unless it's bigger that 61 keys, which then makes it untransportable.

So all that said, the Impulse range delivers in that regard. So if you're a keyboardist looking for a decent gigging controller to use with software synths, and you don't want to scour the internet looking for boutique controllers, this will probably deliver for you. Peace!
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