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