Novation Impulse 25

USB MIDI Keyboard with 25 Keys

  • Semi-weighted with aftertouch
  • Full DAW and plug-in control
  • 8 Backlit drum-pads
  • 1 Fader 55 mm
  • 8 Rotating control knob
  • 6 Transport buttons
  • Pitch and modulation wheel
  • 2 Octave keys
  • Arpeggiator-, Beat-Roll- and Clip-Launch buttons
  • LCS display
  • USB port
  • Expression and Sustain pedal ports
  • MIDI In/Out
  • Automap control software
  • Including Xcite+ software pack, Ableton Live Lite
  • Dimensions: 525 x 332 x 100 mm
  • Weight: 3.5 kg

Further Information

Aftertouch Yes
Pitch Bend / Modulation Yes
Rotary Encoder 8
Fader (Amount) 1
Pads 8
Display Yes
MIDI interface 1x In, 1x xOut
Sustain Pedal Connection Yes
USB-port Yes
Mains Operation No
Battery Operation No
Bus-Powered Yes

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Great Choice!
Wentbackward, 15.05.2020
I had very specific requirements: Operability with Ableton Live, full size keys with some weight, aftertouch, bus powered (USB) small/portable keyboard so I can leave this lying around the house away from my workstation and simply plug into my laptop to be instantly running when needed. Novation and Live is pretty much guaranteed to work so it was kind of a no brain, plug and go choice. Even though there are lots of cool new toys on the block, I went for something that has been around for a while. I'm not really into customing all the controls, so I plugged it in, that was it, it just works. The control of Live is not written down anywhere (that I could find) so had to watch a video (It's Shift + Octave to change Live track ;) ). It is a lot bigger and heavier than I expected so the 2nd idea of having something to throw in my travel-on luggage is not going to work. I'd recommend to consider the 49 with the extra faders. The 25 is small/portable as in something you'll leave lying around the house / take to a jam, but not really portable as in something you'd travel with a lot. It's a fantastic, well made product, keys and pads feel great, the whole thing is solid and built better than I imagined given the price.
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amazing price/quality relation
just a dude , 18.01.2020
i bought this keyboard mostly to play basslines and use the integrated arpeggiator with rack synths,wich is a pretty rare feature. The semi-weighted keys feel great for plastic ones and the aftertouch works quite well, the drum pads are thick and responsive and as an mpc user i can say they dont feel so bad.
The knobs aren't great but they are infinite rotation and work fine,
all the buttons are thick rubber and the mod/pitch wheels are also covered in this sort of textured plastic/rubber, the pitch is a bit slow on the return but i actually like that.
Overall a great buy, honestly my only regret is not buying the 49 keys version. 4/5*
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Novation's Creative Impulse
The Eric Johnson of Helsinki, 27.07.2017
The Impulse 25 feels quite like a piano. Its keys are responsive and seem to have something like aftertouch, which at this price point is rare.

It's perfect for Ableton Live. It maps pretty seamlessly with Automap, and the drum pads are essential to break out of routines. If you want the best of both worlds -- both to have a responsive, realistic playing surface, with the convenience of a 25 key instrument which is small enough to compose on the kitchen table or on your bed, than this is the thing.

Novation stuff is very high quality. I play an old Korg M50, and sometimes a full-size keybed by M-Audio, but I find myself returning to the Novation stuff over and over again. It just works.

In sum, while there is bigger and more powerful, for the price this is a steal. Of course it'll work with other DAWs too, and of course it's only a controller, but hook it up with Kontakt or Ableton or Steinberg and you're good to go.

In sum if like me, you don't want to waste time mapping MIDI channels, and all that stuff, and get on with composing, remixing, and sound design, there is a whole lot worse.

And as a pianist most of my life, I can say that this reminds me of my grandma's piano. Just smaller, and capable of stuff my grandma would love.
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So intuitive, you won't have time for the manual
Nicola L., 03.10.2014
I'm using this controller with Ableton Live9 on a Windows 7 machine.

The installation was smooth, and the integration with the software amazing. I haven't had the time to read the instruction manual yet, as I'm having too much fun playing with this gem.

The layout of the controls is extremely comfortable, knobs are exactly where they're supposed to be! All the controls, knobs, pads, control buttons, wheels, slider, and last but not least, the keyboard, are very robust and highly responsive.

The device is powered via USB, which is quite handy, but may also be a limitation if you wanted to use the controller stand-alone, e.g. connecting it via MIDI to a synth (and without having to turn on your PC).
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