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Novation's Impulse series are a range of professional USB/MIDI controllers. The Impulse 49 has a 49-key precision keyboard and full control surface powered by a brand new version of Novation's Automap... Click To Read More About This Product

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Novation's Impulse series are a range of professional USB/MIDI controllers. The Impulse 49 has a 49-key precision keyboard and 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.

"Player's" keyboard
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.

Full control surface
The control surface allows you to get hands on control for your DAW and plug-ins. We have worked with all the major DAW and plug-in manufacturers to make sure that you get instant control of your mixer, transport controls and plug-in instruments and effects.

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 music software.

Automap Control Software - instant mixer, transport and plug-in control
Automap is a piece of software that comes with all Novation controllers. It makes it fast and simple to control your music software with knobs, buttons and faders. It has been used by many top musician/producers since 2006.

Impulse gives you control over the mixer, transport and plug-ins of all major DAWs, as well as plug-in instruments and effects that don't come with your DAW, like Native Instruments, Waves or FXpansion. Automap enables you to see instantly which knobs, faders and buttons are controlling which part of your software. It also makes it easy to quickly change what the knobs are controlling.

See what you are controlling
Automap has a software edit page that looks just like the Impulse control surface. This labels what each knob, fader and button is controlling, because with so many things in your DAW and plug-ins, it is easy to lose track of what is assigned to what. You can hide this window once you are finished with it, so you can continue making music.

Get instant control
Impulse's controls can be used to control your plug-in instruments and effects. When you open a software instrument/effect, the 8 knobs will already be linked to things in it. If you want to control different things, just press the ˜Learn' button, click on the software thing, and wiggle the knob that you want to control it. This way you can get hands on control of exactly what you want almost instantly.

Back-lit drum pads, Ableton Clip Launch, Arpeggiator and Beat Roll:
Impulse has 8 drum pads which are velocity-sensitive - with aftertouch! These are back-lit with 3-colour LEDs which means they can do things other drum pads can't¦

Ableton Live Clip Launch
Impulse comes with Ableton Live Lite included - but if you are already an Ableton user, you will appreciate the power of this. The 8 drum pads can be used to launch clips in Live. The three colours indicate whether a clip is loaded (yellow), playing (green), or recording (red). This makes Impulse the best keyboard for Ableton Live users without exception.

Arpeggiator Warping
Impulse has a built in Arpeggiator which enables you to play a turn any chord into an arpeggio. The drum pads take this a step further by enabling you to warp arpeggios. By switching the 8 pads in or out you can change the rhythm of the arpeggio in real time (this works brilliantly with drums!)
You can also change the speed, shape, syncopation and gate time of the arpeggio.

Beat Roll
Drum pads are great for playing drums! With Beat Roll you can hold on to the pad and create a roll - because the pads are pressure sensitive you can change the volume of the drum as it is rolling, just by pushing down on the pad. This enables some really cool performance tricks!

Works with all major DAWs:

In addition to the major DAWs, Impulse & 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.

Ableton (Ableton Live Lite comes included with Impulse)
- Mixer control (all channels)
- Transport control
- Clip launch (using Impulse's back-lit drum pads)
- Scene launch
- Plug-in/Device control (instant control of Ableton's own devices as well as 3rd party VST/AU plug-ins)

Cubase
- Mixer control (all channels)
- Transport control
- Plug-in instrument/effects control (instant control of whatever VST instrument or effect is in focus)

Logic

- Mixer control (all channels)
- Transport control
- Plug-in instrument/effects control (instant control of Logic's own plug-ins and 3rd party VST/AU plug-ins)

Pro Tools
- Mixer control (all channels)
- Transport control
- Plug-in instrument/effects control (instant control of Pro Tools' own plug-ins and 3rd party RTAS plug-ins)

Reason/Record
- Mixer control (all channels)
- Transport control
- Instant control of rack devices (Thor, Dr Octo Rex etc.)

Sonar (PC only)
- Mixer control (all channels)
- Transport control
- Plug-in VST instrument/effects control

Impulse will also work with other DAWs such as Studio One, Garage Band and FL Studio.

Features
  • Ultra-responsive, 49-key semi-weighted keyboard with aftertouch
  • DAW/plug-in control surface: 8 knobs, 9 faders and buttons (1 fader & button on Impulse 25) and a custom LCD screen
  • Automap 4 control software enables instant hands-on access to your DAW and plug-ins
  • Multi-function drum pads let you warp arpeggios, roll beats, and launch clips in Ableton Live
  • Impulse also comes with a stack of free software and sounds:
  • Ableton Live Lite - powerful loop based music-making software
  • Novation Bass Station - legendary analogue bass synth as a software plug-in
  • Loopmasters sample library - over 1GB of royalty-free samples
Specifications
  • Dims: 33-5/16"L x 13"W x 3-7/8"H
    Weight 7.71lb. (3.5kg)
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
Warranty Statement
All Novation products are built to the highest standards and should provide reliable performance for many years, subject to reasonable care, use, transportation and storage.

In the event of a Manufacturing Defect becoming evident within 12 months from date of purchase Novation undertakes that the product will be repaired or replaced free of charge if the product is returned to the authorised dealer from whom it was purchased. In these circumstances, or if you need an out-of-warranty repair to your Novation product, please contact Novation at: mickg@novationmusic.com and you will be advised of the correct return procedure.

Alternatively contact the Novation Reseller from which you purchased the product or the Novation Distributor in your country of residence or business. If you purchase a Novation product outside your country of residence or business you will not be entitled to ask your local Novation Distributor to honour this Limited Warranty, although you may request a chargeable repair.

Alternatively, the unit may be returned at your cost to the dealer you purchased the unit from so that they can organise a Warranty repair with their Novation Distributor.
This Warranty does not include cost of shipping to and from the authorised dealer from whom it was purchased. In every case it will be necessary to provide the original invoice or store receipt to accompany the defective product to the supplying dealer. This Limited Warranty is offered solely to the first purchaser of the product from an Authorised Novation Reseller (defined as a reseller which has purchased the Product directly from Novation in the UK or its Authorised Distributors outside the U.K,) and is not transferable.

This Warranty is in addition to your Statutory Rights in the country of purchase.

Please note: A Manufacturing Defect is defined as a defect in the performance of the product which may be expected from a reasonable interpretation of the published description and performance specifications as published by Novation. This does not include damage caused by post-purchase transportation, storage or careless handling, nor damage caused by misuse.

A significant proportion of products returned under Warranty (which are very few in number compared to numbers sold) are found not to exhibit any fault at all. Please check that the mains voltage is correctly set for your local supply and that your connecting cables are in good order and correctly connected.

If in doubt about the product functions please read the user guide and if necessary contact your dealer for advice before returning the product to the supplying dealer. You can also contact us for general advice.


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NovationImpulse 49 MIDI Controller
 
4.0

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (6)
  • Functional (5)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Improves sound (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (4), Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Packed With Features

An excellent controller - nice job Novation!

I gig and record continuously and rely on soft synths running on my MacBook Pro for my sound. My main controller has been a...Read complete review

An excellent controller - nice job Novation!

I gig and record continuously and rely on soft synths running on my MacBook Pro for my sound. My main controller has been a Korg Karma, which I've used for years, but recently I wanted something with more convenient knobs, plus drum pads. I got that and so much more with this controller.

I really like the semi-weighted keys on here. Perfect for synth players. The aftertouch works as it should. The keyboard simply has a "right" feel.

The knobs are great too. More often than not, if I want to work the cutoff or other parameter, I want to use my right hand, so the layout on the Impulse works well. I love knobs! I have a Waldorf Microwave XT with 44 of them, a Kore controller, and others. The feel of these knobs is totally usable. Actually, I think I rather prefer them to others I have used.

The drum pads have an excellent feel. It seems like competitively priced controllers usually come with terrible drum pads, but these are the real deal. Great feel - very satisfying, and multiple light colors if you use Ableton.

All of the push-buttons feel good - solid yet spongy in the right way.

Overall, I have been super impressed with this piece of hardware. The automap software is excellent - I had the first mappings from controller to logic set up in under 5 minutes. It will take some work to completely customize to my setup, but that it to be expected as my setup is complex. The simple fact that it can be customized the way I want it to is praise for this gear.

There are many controllers fighting for dominance in this price range and I checked out most of them before getting the Novation Impulse. I am completely happy with my purchase - Novation has made a fan out of me with this product.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Solid MIDI Controller With Minor Annoyances

I have loved everything about this MIDI controller until I had to use it in a live set. While the key action, faders, and overall control are great; I didn't at all like...Read complete review

I have loved everything about this MIDI controller until I had to use it in a live set. While the key action, faders, and overall control are great; I didn't at all like the rubber buttons. Sometimes even pressed all the way down, they did not register. There seems to be a sweet spot for activation. I recommend something with buttons that click for playback, or track switching. To me this is a major con.

Functions great otherwise. The keys could have a little more resistance, but that is my personal preference as I fat finger easily. Works exceptionally well with Ableton Live 9.

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4.0

Impulse 49

By Pickled Prunes

from Pacific NW

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

  • Automap Isn't Quite Automatic

Best Uses

  • Studio

Comments about Novation Impulse 49 MIDI Controller:

Feels great to me and I'm used to acoustic piano. I gave it four stars because I had major issues with getting it going with automap at first. I eventually uninstalled completely and reinstalled the previous version and I haven't had another issue. We will see how it functions when it prompts for an update but for now it's functioning at a 5 star level.

Side note: Novation Bass Station is not Pro Tools compatible. (does anyone really buy this stuff for the software?)

 
4.0

Solid controller

By Scott

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Novation Impulse 49 MIDI Controller:

Great controller. The accompanying software is ok.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Solid MIDI Controller With Minor Annoyances

By Jeremy

from Chattanooga, Tennessee

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Faders are perfect
  • Good for loop playback
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound
  • Key action is great
  • Versitile in live set

Cons

  • "Drum" pads are linked to keyboard notes
  • Doesn't always link with computer right away
  • Knobs are too easy to turn
  • Only 8 Knobs
  • Rubber buttons don't register eaasily

Best Uses

  • Practicing
  • Secondary Keyboard

Comments about Novation Impulse 49 MIDI Controller:

I have loved everything about this MIDI controller until I had to use it in a live set. While the key action, faders, and overall control are great; I didn't at all like the rubber buttons. Sometimes even pressed all the way down, they did not register. There seems to be a sweet spot for activation. I recommend something with buttons that click for playback, or track switching. To me this is a major con.

Functions great otherwise. The keys could have a little more resistance, but that is my personal preference as I fat finger easily. Works exceptionally well with Ableton Live 9.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Like it

By Panda

from Ashland, OR

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Novation Impulse 49 MIDI Controller:

      My first midi keyboard. works good w reason 7. very easy once u get used to it. not sure how other midi controllers are but the keys on this are nice. drum pads are a little stiff but they work

      (4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      D.O.A.

      By JK

      from Birmingham

      About Me Professional Musician

      Comments about Novation Impulse 49 MIDI Controller:

      Purchased and started setting up but Automapping didn't seem to be recognizing my DAW as easily as it claims so I called for tech support. They were super nice. After trying several options they said I needed to update software on keyboard. They walked me thru it, and just as we started update the the keyboard went black. No lights. Nothing. Then he says it happens often and I'll just need to ship back for a 'free repair'. I asked for a new one and he said that wasn't an option. I was sent the paperwork to return and it was gonna cost me 100+ bucks and 2-4 weeks of time. Good money after bad in my opinion to pay to repair something new out of box so it's now decoration in my studio.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent!

      By mofoya

      from texas

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Novation Impulse 49 MIDI Controller:

        NOOOO! I got this thing a week before it went on sale?!?

        ....

        OK, as painful as that is, on to the review...

        This is my first USB midi controller. The USB interface is WAY better than the old days! After following the quick start guide instructions, I was up and running with almost no problems. The problems I did have were minor and were all caused by me not fully understanding the software yet. After a couple days I figured everything out and could focus on making music.

        First thing about the hardware... The faders are not as bad as all the reviews say! Sure, they're a little plasticy, but they are precise and stay where you put them.

        The encoder knobs are perfect for their purpose. Some reviews say they are loose feeling or turn too easy, but that's good because you sometimes want to turn them faster. The faster you turn them the faster the parameter's rate of change becomes, so you can make a large change with a short turn or a small change with a longer turn... So, slightly more freely turning encoders are better.

        The pads are exceptional! I won't go into the features much cause the description tells all; but, in short, the roll feature is ok and the arp feature is really cool. The pressure sensitivity takes it to 11!

        The pitch and mod wheels are top notch. They have a rubbery, grippy feel and seem solid. The semi-weighted keys are also Excellent. The after touch is a little weird though. The white keys move another 1/4" past the normal playing stop when you press hard. In this 1/4" of aftertouch territory they have a gritty feel to their motion. The black keys are completely different. They don't move past the normal stop at all, and aftertouch seems to have a much weaker effect.

        The buttons all feel solid with big rubbery buttons.

        The midi I/O works flawlessly with my legacy modules.

        A lot of reviewers fuss about automap. It works fine for me. The only thing is that it mostly maps third party plugins in a random and useless way. I just use the 'learn' function to get what I need mapped where I need it. This leads to my only real complaint about the unit... You can page up/page down banks for the encoders so you can control 8, 16, 24, 32 or whatever parameters. Ok, that's good. BUT, the screen doesn't tell you what bank you're currently on, or what bank you just changed to! If I don't remember that I'm on bank 4 and I need to get to bank 2 then... shift+page down repeatedly until it stops changing, then shift+page up to get to bank 2. It's certainly not a big deal, but it's a little annoying.

        Overall this controller is excellent and I am happy I bought it. I'm just sad I didn't know to wait a week to get it on sale :(

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great Keyboard

        By Matt

        from VA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Novation Impulse 49 MIDI Controller:

        Im just learning the keyboard and having a bit of trouble getting all the triggers set up with Logic. Also cant get the record button to work with it. But I figure with a long read of the manual it will work itself out. Other then that great keyboard.. feels great on the fingers.

        (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Packed With Features

        By Avahara

        from California, US

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Live Shows Recording

          Comments about Novation Impulse 49 MIDI Controller:

          An excellent controller - nice job Novation!

          I gig and record continuously and rely on soft synths running on my MacBook Pro for my sound. My main controller has been a Korg Karma, which I've used for years, but recently I wanted something with more convenient knobs, plus drum pads. I got that and so much more with this controller.

          I really like the semi-weighted keys on here. Perfect for synth players. The aftertouch works as it should. The keyboard simply has a "right" feel.

          The knobs are great too. More often than not, if I want to work the cutoff or other parameter, I want to use my right hand, so the layout on the Impulse works well. I love knobs! I have a Waldorf Microwave XT with 44 of them, a Kore controller, and others. The feel of these knobs is totally usable. Actually, I think I rather prefer them to others I have used.

          The drum pads have an excellent feel. It seems like competitively priced controllers usually come with terrible drum pads, but these are the real deal. Great feel - very satisfying, and multiple light colors if you use Ableton.

          All of the push-buttons feel good - solid yet spongy in the right way.

          Overall, I have been super impressed with this piece of hardware. The automap software is excellent - I had the first mappings from controller to logic set up in under 5 minutes. It will take some work to completely customize to my setup, but that it to be expected as my setup is complex. The simple fact that it can be customized the way I want it to is praise for this gear.

          There are many controllers fighting for dominance in this price range and I checked out most of them before getting the Novation Impulse. I am completely happy with my purchase - Novation has made a fan out of me with this product.

          (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Excellent price/performance ratio.

          By loganm2977

          from Paradise, CA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Novation Impulse 49 MIDI Controller:

            Excellent velocity sensitivity, channel aftertouch is nice. Knobs/fader/buttons are all very solid feeling. Enough range for anyone not playing classical piano pieces. Looks great, easy to get used to LCD interface. Automap 4.4 is a pain with Reaper, but since my purchase Reaper has been included in an OS update. Works great with those overused NI synths. Works with osc/hui perfectly so Automap is really unneccesary at the end of the day. I'd rather have two of these than any digital stage piano. With the excepton of the digital stage piano having polyphonic aftertouch; something that is almost never implemented by software synthes effectively and therefore not worth the price increase to the consumer or manufacturer. Worth it to buy a drum pad alongside as the velocity sensitive pads are great/easy to use for arpeggiation. Fours stars due only to my lack of experience with competing hardware.

            (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Novation for Reason 6.0

            By Elijah Kay

            from Salem, OR

            Comments about Novation Impulse 49 MIDI Controller:

            I bought this controller to do some recording in Reason 6.0. Automap software makes mapping a breeze. Reason users: if "Automap Impulse" does not work for your system as a control surface, do try "Automap Keyboard". The key bed is decent: does not feel cheep, but does not compare to full blown professional synthesizer/workstation (Yamaha and/or Korg, as examples) either. Drum pads work great! The "Roll" and "Arpegiator" work in Reason as well! Transport control is super handy. I think I'll be getting a 25-key version to allow me some mobile work. The included Ableton Live Intro will help you "scratch the surface," but you'll need something more significant (at least Live Intro) to give you enough to work with. EK.

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