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Novation Impulse 49

USB MIDI Keyboard

  • 49 Keys
  • Semi-weighted action with aftertouch
  • Full DAW and plug-in control
  • 8x Backlit drum pads for designing arpeggios, rolling beats and launching clips
  • 9x 55 mm Faders
  • 9 Mute / Solo buttons
  • 8 Encoders
  • 6 Transport controls
  • Pitch- and modulation wheel
  • 2 Octave / Transpose buttons
  • LCD display
  • USB connector
  • Expression- and sustain pedal connectors
  • MIDI I/O
  • Automap control software
  • Dimensions: 846 x 332 x 100 mm
  • Weight: 5 kg
  • Incl. Xcite+ Software Pack, Ableton Live Lite

Further Information

Aftertouch Yes
Split Zones 0
Layer function No
Pitch Bend / Modulation Yes
Rotary Encoder 8
Fader 9
Pads 8
Display Yes
MIDI Interface 1x In, 1x Out
Sustain Pedal Connection Yes
USB-port Yes
Mains Operation No
Battery Operation No
Bus-Powered Yes

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Amazing value!
stanik123, 24.10.2020
This keyboard's value in my home studio is amazing. Appregiator, CC assignments and features that allow me for smooth automation in Logic Pro X and more.

The build quality is very good for the price, yes the faders and knobs are made out of plastic but I didn't expect them to be metal out of aluminium. The keys have a really nice weight to them and feel very durable.

The integration with DAW of my choice is fantastic and speeds up my creative process. Simple solution like rewind, record, stop etc. are also a bonus.

Pros:
- A lot of actually usable features
- Bang for the buck
- Nicely weighted keys

Cons:
- Plastic faders, don't feel too precise.

Overall, in my opinion this is one of the best MIDI Keyboards and controllers you can buy in this price range. It has been used not only in my home studio but also by my friend for Live Applications. The USB Port could have been slightly more sturdy (but that's the case with A LOT of interfaces) so if you're planning on using it as a Live Controlles I'd recommend taping your cable to the USB Slot (or securing it any other way)

Overall, great product and would buy again!
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All round excellence!
Prateek, 10.06.2020
Used with Logic Pro X 10.4.8

Pros:
- Easy to use with smooth faders and rotary dials and great feeling keys.
- Auto-map feature is really diverse, works on all major DAWs.
- Its faders can also be used as a control surface for Pro Tools using Auto-map. (NOT as a replacement for Avid's dedicated control surfaces for example Avid S1)
- All features are similar to the 61 key version

Cons:
- The compact size may result in lower stability on a keyboard stand (in my case Millenium KS-1001). Can be solved using an extension handle on the keyboard stand.
- For some VSTs, 61 key version would be easier to use. (This is more of a luxury than a necessity.)

Overall it's a good balance between premium features and affordable pricing.
Easy to use and has a great feel.
Packed with almost all possible features that one might need for a bedroom project music production setup. For everything else, there's always your mouse ;)
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My first decent controller keyboard
Dreamsloft, 19.02.2020
I needed a controller keyboard that would give me more control over my software synths and after reading reviews I decided to go with this one.

I use this soul in the studio and I have really enjoyed the functionality. The arpeggiator is useful as is the roll function on the 8 drum pads. Very intuitively laid out and I would recommend this to beginners.

The only negative I can give this product is for the included mapping software. DO NOT USE IT! Automap attempts to allow control over your plugins with the rotary controllers on the keyboard and it’s definitely given me the biggest headache ever. However, if you’re looking to waste an afternoon trying to get it to work - be my guest! 😊
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Great Synth with unique features
Conor L., 26.08.2013
I was very impressed with the build quality overall. It was reassuringly well protected in the box during shipping. The keys play very nicely for the price range.

The drum pad feature is where this synth shines. It allows you to make very cool arpeggios with very little effort. obviously it makes for a very useful drum pad as well, allowing you to make some very interesting loops on the fly.

the ableton trial and novation software is a plus, and there are plenty of sounds available to play around with.

overall its a solid synth for beginners to intermediate level. the extra drum pad features are a big plus and a lot of fun. In my view, it certainly gives the Novation the edge against other synths in the same price range.
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