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Novation Impulse 25 - USB-MIDI Keyboard

Novation Impulse 25 - USB-MIDI Keyboard

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Product Highlights

  • 25 Semi-Weighted Keys
  • Aftertouch
  • 8 Rotary Encoders and Single Fader
  • 8 Backlit Trigger Pads
  • Arpeggiator
  • Automap Control Software
  • Ableton Clip Launch
  • Additional Software
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP/Vista/7
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Impulse 25 from Novation is a USB-MIDI keyboard controller featuring 25 semi-weighted keys with assignable aftertouch. It was designed to feel like an instrument rather than a computer peripheral, and responds more accurately and in a "musical" manner when triggering a synthesizer or software instrument.

In addition to the keys the controller features eight rotary controls and eight backlit drum pads, along with the obligatory pitch and modulation wheels. The controls allow for hands on manipulation of DAW functions, virtual instruments and plug-ins. The included Automap control software takes the hassle out of assigning the controllers with its instant mapping feature.

The Automap software edit page looks just like the Impulse control surface. This labels what each knob, fader, and button is controlling, and the window can be hidden once assignment is finished. Control is available over the mixer, transport, and plug-ins of all major DAWs, as well as plug-in instruments and effects that don't come with a DAW, like products from Native Instruments, Waves or FXpansion.

The 8 drum pads are velocity-sensitive and respond to aftertouch. They are also back-lit with 3-color LEDs to indicate the status of the associated clip. A built in arpeggiator takes advantage of the pads by enabling the performer to warp arpeggios. By switching the 8 pads in or out, the rhythm of the arpeggio can be changed in real-time. The shape, syncopation and gate time of the arpeggio can also be changed.

Precision 25-note semi-weighted keyboard with aftertouch
Provides full control of a DAW including mixer, transport, and plug-in instruments and effects
8 rotary encoders
Arpeggiator with pad-based rhythm editor
8 large tri-color backlit trigger pads allow for warping arpeggios and improvising with rhythm patterns - they also launch clips in Ableton
Roll mode on drum pads with aftertouch control of amplitude
Automap control software makes it fast and simple to assign knobs, faders and buttons to the music software
Large LCD screen displays control information with direct feedback from DAW
Comes with Ableton Live Lite, Novation Bass Station synthesize, and a Loopmasters sample pack
USB powered, with expression and sustain pedal inputs, as well as MIDI in and out ports for connecting external MIDI instruments
Control of 3rd Party Software

Ableton (Ableton Live Lite 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/Audio Units 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/Audio Units 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
Keyboard 25 semi-weighted keys with aftertouch
Controllers 8 x performance pads
8 x encoder/pots
1 x faders
1 x pitchbend wheel
1 x modulation wheel
6 x transport buttons
Inputs 1 x 1/4" TS sustain pedal (pedal not included)
1 x 1/4" TRS expression pedal (pedal not included)
1 x USB type B
MIDI In, Out, and USB
Power Requirements USB bus powered
AC-DC USB mains adapter (not included)
System Requirements Mac
10.6 Snow Leopard and OS X 10.7 Lion (32- and 64-bit)

Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), Vista (32-bit), or Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit)
Dimensions (WxDxH) 20.7 x 13.1 x 3.9" (526 x 333 x 99 mm)
Weight 7.7 lb (3.5 kg)
Novation Impulse 25 - USB-MIDI Keyboard
  • USB Cable
  • Software Installer DVD-ROM
  • One (1) Year Warranty

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    NovationImpulse 25 - USB-MIDI Keyboard

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    works, eventually, with Reason

    By davidicus

    from los angeles

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer


    • Arpeggiator
    • Key Size
    • Pitch Bend And Mod Wheels


    • Installation Issues
    • No Ac Power
    • Not That Portable

    Best Uses

      Comments about Novation Impulse 25 - USB-MIDI Keyboard:

      Novation wants you to use their Automap software with this, so be forewarned that you will forever be at the mercy of that. it wouldn't install correctly on my windows 7/reason laptop, so you may have to put your hopes of plugging and paying away. (Automap IS very helpful once it works).

      however, many hours later, i'm pleased. navigation is well thought. the pads' changing colors for the arpeggiator is a feature i like much more than i thought i would. the keybed and pads feel superior imo. the encoder knobs, maybe not so much, but generally things are strong. the unit itself isn't quite as solid as it looks--it creaks in that plastic "how long will this hold together?" kind of way, but all in all there's good value for the price.

      it's hard to find a small controller keyboard with pitch bend and mod wheels at all, so that's one reason i went with this. installation was frustrating, so i dropped a star.

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      awesome product

      By tree

      from Tampa, fl

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer


      • Easy to Use
      • Realistic Sound
      • Touch Sensitive Keys


        Best Uses

        • Electronic Music
        • Learning
        • MIDI

        Comments about Novation Impulse 25 - USB-MIDI Keyboard:

        There is a small delay I am still trying to workout but overall the midi is great! I just started making beats and this is perfect for everything I want to do. The automapping is the key and makes everything so convenient. The product came with a sample trial of ableton live so that is what I am currently working with!

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