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Novation Impulse 49 - USB-MIDI Keyboard

B&H # NOIMP49 Mfr # IMPULSE 49
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Price: $349.99
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Product Highlights
  • 49 Semi-Weighted Keys
  • Aftertouch
  • 8 Rotary Encoders and 9 Faders
  • 8 Backlit Trigger Pads
  • Arpeggiator
  • Automap Control Software
  • Ableton Clip Launch
  • Additional Software
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP/Vista/7

Impulse 49 from Novation is a USB-MIDI keyboard controller featuring 49 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, nine faders 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 49-note semi-weighted keyboard with aftertouch
Provides full control of a DAW including mixer, transport, and plug-in instruments and effects
8 rotary encoders
9 assignable faders
8 large tri-color backlit trigger pads allow for warping arpeggios and improvising with rhythm patterns - they also launch clips in Ableton
Arpeggiator with pad-based rhythm editor
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
Buttons with QWERTY support via Automap
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

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/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

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
Keyboard 49 semi-weighted keys with aftertouch
Controllers 8 x performance pads
8 x encoder/pots
9 x faders
9 x buttons (assignable)
1 x pitchbend wheel
1 x modulation wheel
6 x transport buttons
Connectors 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
Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), Vista (32-bit), or Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit)
Dimensions (WxDxH) 33.3 x 13.1 x 3.9" (846 x 333 x 99 mm)
Weight 11 lb (5 kg)
Novation Impulse 49 - USB-MIDI Keyboard
  • USB Cable
  • Software Installer DVD-ROM
  • One (1) Year Warranty
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    NovationImpulse 49 - USB-MIDI Keyboard
     
    4.4

    (based on 8 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (6)
    • Responsive / good action (6)
    • Touch sensitive keys (6)
    • Portable (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • MIDI (4)
      • Electronic music (3)
      • Learning (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Novice (3)

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      4.0

      nice piece of gear

      By Chance

      from South east Iowa

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Novation Impulse 49 - USB-MIDI Keyboard:

            using as a recoding tool, performs well, no glitches, pads a re a little stiff , seems to be well made and shows no signs of compromising to my extensive usage.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Great Product

            By Lori

            from Butte, Montana

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Portable
            • Realistic Sound
            • Responsive / Good Action
            • Touch Sensitive Keys

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Electronic Music

              Comments about Novation Impulse 49 - USB-MIDI Keyboard:

              Sounds great for someone that doesn't even know how to play one.

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              4.0

              Great Keyboard But .... Automap Not so g

              By Lahjr7

              from Brooklyn, NY

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Responsive / Good Action
              • Touch Sensitive Keys

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Accompaniment
                • Learning
                • MIDI

                Comments about Novation Impulse 49 - USB-MIDI Keyboard:

                The Novation MIdi keyboard is nice intallation was easy the buttons and feel of the drumpads are excellent. Sliders are a little to soft and plastic like but handle well. Only complaint is the Automap software it pretty much useless unless your using Albeton Lite(included) not compatible with most DAWS I use FL Studios and automap does nothing but luckily FL had auto contoll for most vst functions. All and all worth the money and a well rounded product I'd recommend!

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                5.0

                Great MIDI controller

                By Asharp_Gclef

                from North Attleboro, MA

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Responsive / Good Action
                • Touch Sensitive Keys

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Electronic Music
                • Learning
                • MIDI

                Comments about Novation Impulse 49 - USB-MIDI Keyboard:

                I bought this product with the hope that I would be able to teach myself how to use MIDI with Reason and Pro Tools. It has been incredibly helpful! It was easy to set-up, it's as easy as install the software, follow the steps, plug it in and you're good to go. The semi-weighted, pressure sensitive keys are great for me as I'm a very beginner pianist. All-in-all, I've had this board for about two weeks and already started writing a song using all the important features from the pads to the faders to the keys. Just a great tool for the amateur and beginner songwriter

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                5.0

                great action easy install

                By dall

                from nyc

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Portable
                • Responsive / Good Action
                • Touch Sensitive Keys

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Composing
                  • MIDI
                  • Sibelius

                  Comments about Novation Impulse 49 - USB-MIDI Keyboard:

                  This is a composing tool mainly so I use it in a simple fashion. I bought the Impulse 49 for its keyboard action and it is worth every cent. Installation took a couple minutes downloading the drivers. Worked with Sibelius 7 instantly. Great service from B & H as always. Don't forget to get a case and a cover and a stand.

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                  5.0

                  Very Pleased with Handsome Beast

                  By Mimik

                  from Seattle, WA

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Portable
                  • Realistic Sound
                  • Responsive / Good Action
                  • Touch Sensitive Keys

                  Cons

                  • Poor Instructions

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Novation Impulse 49 - USB-MIDI Keyboard:

                    I use my Novation Impulse for making basic beats in Ableton Live and Garageband. I don't have a great frame of reference, but can say that this keyboard has done everything I've expected of it and more. I'm particularly pleased with the drum pads that come with Roll and Arp settings which have allowed me to make some pretty unique rhythmic patterns I otherwise would be lost making. Finally, this keyboard is very handsome. Backlit buttons and drum pads along with a sleek design allow my modest little operation to look nearly legit. Surely not a reason to buy a keyboard, but a bonus nonetheless.

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                    3.0

                    OK quality, but bulky.

                    By Raku

                    from New York, NY

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Responsive / Good Action
                    • Touch Sensitive Keys

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Electronic Music
                    • Learning
                    • MIDI

                    Comments about Novation Impulse 49 - USB-MIDI Keyboard:

                    Keyboard action is synth style and better than most other controllers but still not the best. The keyboard is laid out nicely but the overall bulk of the board is way too big for a 49 key controller. Also, the styling of the board is not exactly pro looking. The faders and knobs feel somewhat cheap but the pads are large, comfortable and relatively sensitive. The pitch/mod wheels are large, rubberized and feel solid. I would recommend this board for beginners and semi-pros but would probably look to the SL line for higher quality.

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                    4.0

                    Great MIDI Controller

                    By Robin

                    from Atlanta, GA

                    About Me Studying Audio Production

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Navigate
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Multimedia
                      • Recording
                      • SW Instrument Mgt

                      Comments about Novation Impulse 49 - USB-MIDI Keyboard:

                      I use this product hooked up to an iMac with Logic Pro 9 and Reason 6. Mapping is pretty good. I have have had one issue with the mixing mapping disappearing in Logic Pro, but I feel that is more user error than compatibility.

                      The keyboard feels good (but that is coming from a non keyboard player). The pads work relatively well, and are not oversensitive.

                      Overall, a great piece of kit for the price, and free shipping only took 2 days! Thanks for great service BH!

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Mac

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