Novation Impulse 61 USB MIDI Controller Keyboard
We bring you the Novation Impulse 61 MIDI controller. This fantastic machine has been designed to be the main control centre of your studio with tonnes of creativity at your fingertips. The Novation Impulse 61 controller features plenty of pads, knobs and faders for endless creativity while the keyboard itself uses 61 semi-weighted keys that have the 'real feel' of a piano. It comes with Ableton Live Lite already included which you can easily upgrade to Live 10 Standard or Suite at your leisure.
Novation's ultra-responsive, highly expressive 61-key MIDI keyboard hosts a comprehensive array of fully assignable controls, integrates seamlessly with Ableton Live, Apple Logic Pro, Avid Pro Tools and other major music software, and is built to be a true player's instrument.
Our Most Expressive Keyboard
In designing Impulse 61, Novation went all-out to create a supremely expressive performance keyboard. Ultra-responsive with semi-weighted action and aftertouch, its full-size piano style keys adapt beautifully to virtual organs, synths and pianos. Novation's High Rate Scan (HRS) technology 'reads' the keyboard 10,000 times per second, capturing every nuance and detail of your performance to an incredible degree of precision.
Produce Better Music
Take control of your mix and sculpt your sounds with Impulse 61's endless smooth-action knobs, low-profile 45mm faders, plentiful buttons and LCD screen. Each control can be manually mapped to any DAW or plug-in parameter via MIDI
Do More with Your Drum Pads
Impulse 61's eight pressure-sensitive, backlit pads are perfect for playing and recording drum and percussion tracks, with Roll mode making light work of automatic note repeats. Going beyond beats, Arp mode uses the pads for real-time arpeggio design, while in Ableton Live, they can even be assigned as multi-coloured clip launchers - yellow for a loaded clip, green for a playing clip, or red for a recording clip.
Connect To Just About Anything
Being class-compliant and USB bus-powered, Impulse 61 only has to be plugged into a Mac or PC to get up and running - no power supply required. It's gig-ready, too, with a 5-pin DIN MIDI Out port enabling connection to hardware synths and sound modules.
Make Music Straight Out of the Box
A great controller keyboard needs great software to bring it to life, and music software doesn't get much greater than Ableton Live, the Lite edition of which is included in the box and integrates with Impulse 61's controls to provide:
- Mixer control (all channels)
- Transport control
- Clip launching (using Impulse 49's backlit drum pads)
- Scene launching
- Plug-in/Device control
Now expanded from 1GB to a whopping 4GB, the Loopmasters sample library included with every Novation Launch, SL and Impulse keyboard is packed with professional quality, royalty-free loops and one-shots, plus three fully multisampled Simpler-based instruments for Ableton Live 9: Acoustic Piano, Electric Piano and Organ.
Encompassing all contemporary genres-from blues, funk and hip-hop to bass, techno and all flavours of house - and taking in a huge range of electronic and acoustic instrumentation, it's everything you need to start making music today!
Impulse 61 also ships with the Bass Station plug-in, which brings the sound and vibe of Novation's legendary analogue bass synthesiser to your VST/AU-enabled DAW.
As well as Ableton Live, Impulse 61 integrates with Logic Pro, Cubase, Reason, Sonar, Pro Tools and other major music production applications
- Create Expressive Performances: Ultra-responsive, full-size piano-style keyboard with semi-weighted action and aftertouch, plus Sustain and Expression pedal inputs.
- Accurately Capture Your Playing: Novation's High Rate Scan (HRS) technology scans the keyboard 10,000 times per second to accurately capture every nuance of your performance.
- Easily Assign All Controls: Get hands-on with any major music production software, including Ableton Live, Logic Pro and Pro Tools
- Shape Your Sound: Manipulate your sounds and mixes using Impulse 61s endless smooth-action knobs, low-profile faders and assignable buttons, with feedback provided by the LCD display.
- Do More with Your Drum Pads: Eight velocity- and pressure-sensitive backlit pads enable you to play beats, design arpeggios and launch clips in Ableton Live.
- Tough Enough to Tour: Solid and rugged enough to handle the most demanding live situations.
- Plug-In and Play: Fully class compliant and USB bus-powered, Impulse 61 'just works' with Mac OS X and Windows, requiring no power supply or drivers.
- Connect To Just About Anything: Plug in to your hardware synths and sound modules via 5-pin DIN MIDI output.
- Make Music Immediately: Comes with Ableton Live Lite, Novation Bass Station VST/AU plug-in, and a huge collection of royalty-free samples from Loopmasters.
- 3 Year Warranty: Effective on purchases from 1st January 2018 and covers 36 months from the date of the original purchase
- Become part of the Sound Collective and get access to incredible offers throughout the year when you register your Novation product at www.novationmusic.com/sound-collective
- Access to the Sound Collective
- Ableton Live Lite music making software
- 4 GB of Loopmasters sounds and samples
- One of four XLN Audio Addictive Keys instruments
- Bass Station VST and AU plug-in synthesiser
- V Station VST and AU plug-in synthesiser
What's In The Box:
- Impulse 61
- USB cable
- Power supply
- Printed Getting Started guide
- 61 note velocity sensitive piano style keyboard with assignable aftertouch
- 8 multi-colour large backlit velocity sensitive drum pads
- 8 endless encoders (infinite rotation)
- 9 sliders (49 & 61 note) 1 slider (25 note)
- 6 dedicated transport controls
- Pitch bend and modulation wheels
- 2 octave / transpose buttons
- Custom blue-backlit LCD display
- 6 function buttons (4 with LED indicators)
- 4 control switch buttons with LEDs
- 9 mute / solo buttons plus toggle button
- Arpeggiator with tap tempo and roll
- USB socket
- DC power socket
- Sustain pedal 1/4" jack socket
- Expression pedal 1/4" jack socket
- MIDI In and MIDI Out din sockets
- Kensington security slot
- Dimensions (H x L x D): 100 x 525 x 332mm / 3.94 x 20.6 x 13 in
- Weight (approx.): 6.5kg
From a professional prospective, I do not think you will find a better MIDI controller in this price bracket. The back lit drum pads are essential, plus this unit features an extremely robust build. I did look at the Akai range first of all, but decided to give this a go, due to the huge difference in price. I'm happy I did.