Novation Impulse 25 - USB-MIDI Keyboard

Novation Impulse 25 - USB-MIDI Keyboard

Novation Impulse 25 - USB-MIDI Keyboard

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Product Highlights

  • 25 Semi-Weighted Keys with Aftertouch
  • 8 Rotary Encoders and Single Fader
  • 8 Backlit Trigger Pads
  • Arpeggiator
  • Automap Control Software
  • Ableton Clip Launch
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP/Vista/7
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Novation Impulse 25 overview

  • 1Description

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.

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A 4GB Loopmasters sample library is included with every Novation product and is packed with professional-quality, royalty-free loops, and one-shots. The library offers a huge range of electronic and acoustic instrumentation and encompasses all contemporary genres, from blues, funk, and hip-hop to bass, techno, and all flavors of house. It's everything you need to start making music
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

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 (Windows only)
  • Mixer control - all channels
  • Transport control
  • Plug-in VST instrument/effects control
UPC: 815301000402
In the Box
Novation Impulse 25 - USB-MIDI Keyboard
  • USB Cable
  • Software Installer DVD-ROM
  • One (1) Year Warranty
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    Novation Impulse 25 specs

    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
    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)
    Packaging Infotbdwwdct
    Package Weight 9.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 22.9 x 15.2 x 5.2"

    Novation Impulse 25 reviews

    Impulse 25 - USB-MIDI Keyboard is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 3.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from works, eventually, with Reason 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.
    Date published: 2012-10-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome product 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!
    Date published: 2012-08-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Small Size with Nice Features Good for the money. Good keys, average encoders, good drum pads. It's better to place it on a flat surface instead of a stand.
    Date published: 2015-03-07
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