Novation Impulse 61 - USB-MIDI Keyboard

Novation Impulse 61 - USB-MIDI Keyboard

Novation Impulse 61 - USB-MIDI Keyboard

Novation Impulse 61 - USB-MIDI Keyboard

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  • 61 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
  • Free Plugins from Sound Collective
  • Performance Lessons from Melodics
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  • 1Description

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 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 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 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 tricolor 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
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

  • 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

  • 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 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
Learn with Melodics
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
UPC: 815301000426
In the Box
Novation Impulse 61 - USB-MIDI Keyboard
  • USB Cable
  • Software Installer DVD-ROM
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Novation Impulse 61 specs

    Keyboard Controller
    Keyboard 61  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 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) 40.2 x 13.1 x 3.9" / 1021.0 x 333.0 x 99.0 mm
    Weight 14.3 lb / 6.5 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 17.15 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 42.5 x 15.25 x 5.7"

    Novation Impulse 61 reviews

    Impulse 61 - USB-MIDI Keyboard is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 9.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impulse 61 Rocks It Hardcore 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.
    Date published: 2014-03-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice 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.
    Date published: 2014-12-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from nice feeling, good price very nice keyboard, nice functions, automap works like a charm!
    Date published: 2011-11-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great MIDI Controller 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.
    Date published: 2012-12-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid Controller, Great Price! 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.
    Date published: 2013-02-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great 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.
    Date published: 2012-11-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great keys and onboard features 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.
    Date published: 2013-01-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Addition Keys feel great and are very responsive, I hooked it up and use it with logic pro flawlessly
    Date published: 2012-12-26
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