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Novation Impulse 49 MIDI Controller

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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 w...  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. Comes with 4GB of Loopmaster samples and a VST from XLN Audio's Addictive Keys.

"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)

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


- 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)

- 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.


  • 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 - 4GB of royalty-free samples
  • VST Instrument from Addictive Keys
  • Mike The Drummer - 502MB of live drum loops and breaks
  • Dims: 33-5/16"L x 13"W x 3-7/8"H
  • Weight 7.71lb. (3.5kg)
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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: 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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(23 of 23 customers found this review helpful)


a Piano Player's Midi controller

By Ray Bacon

from Knoxville

Comments about Novation Impulse 49 MIDI Controller:

I bought this keyboard for the purpose of using this in LIVE situations as a MIDI controller for the Alesis Nanobass MIDI module. I also plan to pair this controller with with the Moog Minitaur in the near future. I play in a 3-piece band and I am heavily influenced by the keyboard player Neal Evans (Soulive). I run bass lines with one keyboard and I play upper melodies with another. This review is about the keyboard feel only. I'm mainly writing this review because everyone else has raved about all the features and extra bells and whistles and it's application in its natural environment, the studio. The internet is stuffed full of all these reviews. I'm getting back to the basics. Every musician will not use musical equipment in the same exact way. I had great difficulty finding reviews about the Novation's key-feel so I decided to contribute to the internet in hopes that others researching this controller and get a good idea of what they are getting into. If you just want a basic midi controller where most of your seat time will be just playing keys THIS IS THE CONTROLLER FOR YOU!!!!!!! While the keys are a little light they are VERY similar to the Nord Electro 2 which is DEFIANTLY not a bad thing at all. I felt right at home almost immediately when i started to play and I could actually start to make music instead of focusing on control. I have played a wide variety of keyed instruments. Any piano player with a decent amount of training will feel right at home playing this keyboard. In addition to that, it has adjustable velocity curves. One thing thing that will take a little getting used to is there are some sharp edges on the key lip, maybe some fine grain sandpaper will work. However, after a while, I either adapted or just didn't notice after that. What initially turned me away from the controller was it's all plastic construction. Since I was planning to gig with it, it needed some durability for the constant movement it would experience. However, I may supplement that with a gator case instead. The only viable alternative was the Akai MPK 49 and while it is built well..the keys are two stiff for my liking :(. I hope this review as helpful and helps you make a wise decision in your next controller purchase. To recap, this is truly a musician's controller. Its responsiveness accurately records your slightest nuances when you play and is a pleasure to touch and use. You will not regret this investment. - Ray

(6 of 14 customers found this review helpful)




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)


Solid MIDI Controller With Minor Annoyances

By Jeremy

from Chattanooga, Tennessee

About Me Novice


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


  • "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.

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


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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