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Novation Impulse 61 - USB-MIDI Keyboard

You Pay: $399.99
Product Highlights
  • 61 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 61 from Novation is a USB-MIDI keyboard controller featuring 61 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 61-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

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 61 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
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
Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), Vista (32-bit), or Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit)
Dimensions (WxDxH) 40.2 x 13.1 x 3.9" (1021 x 333 x 99 mm)
Weight 14.3 lb (6.5 kg)
Novation Impulse 61 - USB-MIDI Keyboard
  • USB Cable
  • Software Installer DVD-ROM
  • One (1) Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    NovationImpulse 61 - USB-MIDI Keyboard
     
    4.6

    (based on 8 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Responsive / good action (5)
    • Touch sensitive keys (4)
    • Easy to use (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • MIDI (5)
      • Electronic music (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (4)

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      4.0

      Nice Keyboard

      By SteveMac

      from Bay Area, CA

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Lots of features

      Cons

      • A bit pricey

      Best Uses

        Comments about Novation Impulse 61 - USB-MIDI Keyboard:

        I bought this as a gift for my son. He uses it daily, and has since we bought it almost 5 months ago.Gets all of its power over USB. He uses it with a Macbook pro and a 2009 Mac Pro.B&H made a mistake and did not ship the keyboard in an outer carton. The package box was worked over, I was amazed the keyboard wasn't destroyed and it is working fine 5 months later. To B&H's credit, I mentioned the potential shipping mishap, and they apologized profusely and gave me a small credit. It is nice doing business with them.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        5.0

        Impulse 61 Rocks It Hardcore

        By Serpico6

        from Scottsdale, AZ

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Ready To Play In Minutes

        Cons

        • Cubase 7 Needs Download

        Best Uses

        • Vst Strings Drums Etc

        Comments about Novation Impulse 61 - USB-MIDI Keyboard:

        I use the Novation Impulse 61 with NI Komplete 9 and Cubase 7 and it is awesome. The ability to either set my controllers or have Automap map them is a great feature and timesaver. Great feel on the keys and pads and intuitive display. Only con is that you have to download a zip file for Cubase 7 from Novation to utilize Automap feature, but once its dragged and dropped or copied to your Steinberg Components file your good to go. I've only had the Novation Impulse 61 for about 2 weeks now, and I love it so far, can't wait to see what else I can do with it the more I learn it as I go.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Solid Controller, Great Price!

        By Aksez

        from Bangor, ME

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Electronic Music
          • MIDI

          Comments about Novation Impulse 61 - USB-MIDI Keyboard:

          I purchased the Impulse 61 mainly for plugging chords and melodies into FL Studio 10. The keyboard has a great feeling and is weighted like a dream. All of the faders, rotary encoders, and pads were a breeze to program and have opened my workflow to a whole new level. This is lightyears ahead of drawing directly into your DAW with a mouse or trackpad.

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          4.0

          Great keys and onboard features

          By Adrian

          from Traverse City, MI

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Responsive / Good Action
          • Touch Sensitive Keys

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Electronic Music
            • MIDI

            Comments about Novation Impulse 61 - USB-MIDI Keyboard:

            Great:
            -Arpeggeator
            -Clip Launch
            -Lots of encoders and buttons
            -The keybed is fantastic

            Not so great:
            -Automap looks like it will take a bit of a learning to get used to.

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            5.0

            Great Addition

            By D.Thompson

            from New York, NY

            About Me Experienced

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Quick Setup
            • Responsive / Good Action

            Cons

            • Faders Don~'~~t Move Smooth

            Best Uses

            • MIDI

            Comments about Novation Impulse 61 - USB-MIDI Keyboard:

            Keys feel great and are very responsive, I hooked it up and use it with logic pro flawlessly

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            5.0

            Great MIDI Controller

            By SoundFu5ion

            from Chicago, IL

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Amazing Drum Pads
            • Easy to Use
            • Responsive / Good Action
            • Touch Sensitive Keys

            Cons

            • Loose Encoders

            Best Uses

            • Electronic Music
            • MIDI

            Comments about Novation Impulse 61 - USB-MIDI Keyboard:

            I use the product to control Ableton Live and Reason and it is spectacular! It lets me have great hands-on control, the keys are amazingly expressive, the drum pads are great, and sliders are awesome too. This is for sure a great MIDI keyboard and easily compares to any MIDI keyboard out there. One con though is that the encoders are a little loose feeling, but it's not bad once you get used to it.

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            5.0

            Great keyboard

            By John

            from Evansville IN

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Realistic Sound
            • Responsive / Good Action
            • Touch Sensitive Keys

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Electronic Music
              • Learning
              • MIDI

              Comments about Novation Impulse 61 - USB-MIDI Keyboard:

              This is my first keyboard, so there is a learning curve, and I have nothing to compare it to. I have no complaints about the key action, seems very responsive and easy. All the faders and knobs are sturdy and easy to move. Works great under both Logic and Ableton.

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              4.0

              nice feeling, good price

              By boecker

              from san francisco, ca

              About Me Tv music producer

              See all my reviews

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
              • Easy to Customize
              • Easy to Navigate
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Feels a little fragile

              Best Uses

              • Sequencing

              Comments about Novation Impulse 61 - USB-MIDI Keyboard:

              very nice keyboard, nice functions, automap works like a charm!

              • Primary use:
              • Business
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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