Novation Impulse 49 - USB & MIDI Keyboard Controller

Novation Impulse 49 - USB & MIDI Keyboard Controller

Novation Impulse 49 - USB & MIDI Keyboard Controller

Novation Impulse 49 - USB & MIDI Keyboard Controller


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  • 49 Semi-Weighted Keys with Aftertouch
  • 8 Rotary Encoders and 9 Faders
  • 8 Backlit Trigger Pads
  • Arpeggiator
  • Automap Control Software
  • Ableton Clip Launch
  • Mac / Windows Compatible
  • Melodics: Free Key & Drum Pad Lessons
  • Free Plugins from Sound Collective
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Novation Impulse 49 overview

  • 1Description

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 once assignment 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 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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  • Modern Upright
  • Studio Grand
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  • Mark One
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.
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
  • 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 tricolor backlit trigger pads allow for warping arpeggios and improvising rhythm patterns - they also launch clips in Ableton Live
  • 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
  • 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 backlit 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
  • The Sound Collective is a platform that provides a free third-party software instrument or creative effect to all 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 will be available every two months when you purchase and register any Novation product
UPC: 815301000419
In the Box
Novation Impulse 49 - USB & MIDI Keyboard Controller
  • USB Cable
  • Software Installer DVD-ROM
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Novation Impulse 49 specs

    Keyboard Controller
    Keyboard 49  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
    9 x Sliders
    9 x Buttons (Assignable)
    Performance Functions Arpeggiator, 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) 33.3 x 13.1 x 3.9" / 846.0 x 333.0 x 99.0 mm
    Weight 11 lb / 5 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 14.55 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 35.85 x 15.3 x 5.6"

    Novation Impulse 49 reviews

    Impulse 49 - USB & MIDI Keyboard Controller is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 8.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Pleased with Handsome Beast 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.
    Date published: 2012-04-18
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK quality, but bulky. 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.
    Date published: 2012-02-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great MIDI controller 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
    Date published: 2013-02-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great MIDI Controller 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!
    Date published: 2012-01-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from nice piece of gear 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.
    Date published: 2014-01-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Keyboard But .... Automap Not so g 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!
    Date published: 2013-04-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product Sounds great for someone that doesn't even know how to play one.
    Date published: 2013-12-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from great action easy install 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.
    Date published: 2012-12-17
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