Novation Impulse 61 USB Controller


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The Novation Impulse 61 USB Controller is a creative keyboard USB/MIDI controller designed for electronic music production and live performance, featuring an ultra-responsive semi-weighted keyboard, powerful control surface and seamless integration with Ableton Live.

The Novation Impulse 61 USB Controller is the 61-key version of the Novation Impulse controller. As well as a precision keyboard, drums pads and a full control surface, it comes with a brand new version of Novation's award-winning Automap control software. Automap 4 - which makes getting hands-on with your DAW/plug-ins fast and simple. The Novation Impulse 61 also comes with Ableton Live Lite, Novation's Bass Station synth and a Loopmasters sample pack.

The ultra-responsive keyboard is semi-weighted with aftertouch so it feels like a musical instrument. The Novation Impulse 61 enables highly expressive playing styles due to its high scan-rate. This means it sends very accurate information about your playing style to your music software, translating subtle differences in dynamics extremely effectively. You can add further character to your performance with the pitch and modulation wheels. The 8 drum pads are perfect for sketching beats and triggering samples, but they do so much more: All 8 are back-lit with multi-coloured LEDs which means they can step through arpeggiator sequences, allowing you to warp and change the pattern in real time! There is also a beat roll function, which enables you to improvise with drum patterns on the fly. In addition to this, the drum pads can be used to trigger clips in Ableton Live. They light up yellow if a clip is loaded, green if it is playing and red if it is set to record.

The Novation Impulse 61 is designed to give you full hands-on control of your music-making software. The knobs, faders and buttons give you control over your DAW's mixer as well as plug-in instruments and effects. The included Automap control software has been designed solely to connect hardware controls to your software, even VST/AU/RTAS instruments and effects that don't come bundled with your DAW. The large custom LCD screen shows important information about what you are controlling. The Novation Impulse 61 has transport buttons that allow you to play, stop, record, loop and move forwards and backwards in your software.

The Novation Impulse 61 can be USB powered from your computer or if you want to power it independently you can use a simple USB power adapter (not included). There are expression and sustain pedal inputs on the rear panel, and it has MIDI in and out ports so you can use it as a USB-MIDI interface. This means that you can control external MIDI instruments with Impulse, and you can also use it to enable your music software to trigger external MIDI instruments.

Novation Impulse 61 USB Controller Features

  • 61 Keys - Precision semi-weighted keyboard with aftertouch
  • Professional control surface gives you full control of your DAW including mixer, transport and plug-in instruments and effects
  • 8 knobs, 9 faders and buttons
  • Novation's Automap control software makes it fast and simple to assign knobs, faders and buttons to your music software
  • Back-lit drum pads allow you to warp arpeggios and improvise with rhythm patterns they also launch clips in Ableton
  • Large LCD screen displays control information
  • Hardware design is tough and rugged
  • USB powered, with expression and sustain pedal inputs as well as MIDI in and out ports for connecting external MIDI instruments

Novation Impulse 61 USB Controller Specifications

  • Product Hardware Specs:
    • 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
    • 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
  • Software Compatibility: Automap DAW and plug-in control software
    • Works with Logic, Pro Tools, Ableton, Cubase, Reason/Record, Sonar and more
    • Includes editable QWERTY support for hardware controls
    • A library of mappings for hundreds of plug-ins is available
    • Automap works with VST and AU plug-ins, as well as RTAS and TDM plug-ins
    • Automap with Pro-Tools does not include AAX plugin control
  • Power Requirements:
    • Fully USB bus powered
    • Power supply not included
  • Product Dimensions: (L x D x H) 1022mm (40.2”) x 332mm (13”) x 100mm (3.94”)

Novation Impulse 61 USB Controller Includes

  • Novation Impulse 61 USB Controller
  • Ableton Live Lite
  • Novation's Bass Station Synth
  • Loopmasters sample pack (4GB of royalty-free samples)
    • Royalty-free Loops
    • One-shots
    • Three multisampled instruments for Ableton Live 9: Piano, Rhodes, Hammond Organ
  • Mike the Drummer (502 MB of live drums loops and breaks)
  • USB Cable
  • User Manual
  • Two Years Warranty

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  • 5
    Excellent controller
    Luke Cabrera

    Outstanding controller. Great feel to the overall build quality. Keybed has a great feel with plugin instuments. Very intuitive layout and easy to learn.