Novation Impulse 25 - USB MIDI Keyboard

Novation Impulse 25 - USB MIDI Keyboard

Novation Impulse 25 - USB MIDI Keyboard

Novation Impulse 25 - USB MIDI Keyboard

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  • 25 Semi-Weighted Keys with Aftertouch
  • 8 Rotary Encoders and a Single Fader
  • 8 Backlit Trigger Pads
  • Arpeggiator
  • Automap Control Software
  • Ableton Clip Launch
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP/Vista/7
  • Free Plugins from Sound Collective
  • Performance Lessons from Melodics
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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. Once an automapping is finished, the window can be hidden. 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 backlit 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.

Note: Register your Novation hardware to access innovative software every couple of months courtesy of the Sound Collective.

Free XLN Addictive Keys Virtual Instrument
Available for existing and new customers, the Addictive Keys virtual instrument from XLN Audio is included when you register your controller keyboard. One full license per account gives you one Addictive Keys instrument.

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4GB Loop Library from Loopmasters
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 tricolor 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 your DAW.
Comes with Ableton Live Lite, Novation Bass Station synthesizer, and Loopmasters sample pack.
USB powered, with expression and sustain pedal inputs, as well as MIDI in and out ports for connecting external MIDI instruments.
Learn with Melodics
Free keys and pad drumming lessons with Melodics helps you get the most out of your controller straight out of the box.
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 (Windows only)
  • Mixer control - all channels
  • Transport control
  • Plug-in VST instrument/effects control


Sound Collective
  • Sound Collective is a platform that will provide a free third-party software instrument or creative effect to all of our registered Novation hardware users every two months
  • Register your Novation hardware to access innovative software every couple of months courtesy of the Sound Collective
  • Free and discounted synthesizers and effects available every two months, when you purchase and register any Novation product
UPC: 815301000402
In the Box
Novation Impulse 25 - USB MIDI Keyboard
  • USB Cable
  • Software Installer DVD-ROM
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Novation Impulse 25 specs

    Keyboard Controller
    Keyboard 25  Keys, Semi-Weighted Action with Aftertouch
    MIDI Control Surfaces 1 x Wheel (Pitch-Bend)
    1 x Wheel (Modulation)
    8 x Pads
    8 x Rotary Encoders
    1 x Slider
    Performance Functions Arpeggiator and Transport Controls
    I/O 1 x 1/4" (6.3 mm) TS Sustain Input
    1 x 1/4" (6.3 mm) TRS Expression Pedal Input
    1 x USB Type-B 
    1 x 5-Pin MIDI Input
    1 x 5-Pin MIDI Output
    OS Compatibility macOS 10.6
    macOS 10.7
    Windows XP
    Windows Vista
    Windows 7

    32 and 64-Bit

    Power Options AC/DC Power Adapter (Not Included), USB Bus-Power
    Dimensions (W x D x H) 20.7 x 13.1 x 3.9" / 526.0 x 333.0 x 99.0 mm
    Weight 7.7 lb / 3.5 kg
    Packaging Info
    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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