Novation Impulse 25 Keyboard Controller

25-key USB MIDI Controller with Semi-weighted Keys, 17 Knobs/Faders/Pads, Dedicated Transport Controls, and DAW/Instrument/Automap Software - Mac/PC
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Exacting, Intuitive DAW Control

The Novation Impulse 25 USB MIDI controller gives you everything you need to control your DAW with expression and precision. At the heart of the Impulse 25 is its highly responsive semi-weighted keyboard with assignable aftertouch. You get full DAW/plug-in control via 1 fader, 8 rotarys, 8 backlit performance pads, transport controls, and an LCD screen to keep you status-savvy. The Impulse 25 also ships with a tidy collection of cool software and sounds. If you have DAW control issues, check out the Novation Impulse 25.

Novation Impulse 25 USB MIDI Controller at a Glance:
  • First-class keyboard
  • Iron-fisted, velvet-gloved control
  • Works with all major DAWS
  • Free XLN Addictive Keys instrument with registration
First-class keyboard

The Novation Impulse 25's semi-weighted keybed is first-class. Designed to feel like an instrument rather than a computer accessory, these keys communicate musical expression to your DAW with an efficacy you never thought possible. That's always been the challenge with MIDI and computer-based music creation - and the Impulse 25 attacks it head-on. The result is better music.

Iron-fisted, velvet-gloved control

In addition to the superb keyboard, the Novation Impulse 25's multi-function, backlit drum pads let you roll beats, warp arpeggios, launch clips in Ableton Live, and curb the potential for mayhem that lurks beneath the surface of every complex DAW setup. And with immediate access to your DAW's transport, mixer and plug-ins, you'll enjoy increased productivity and focus, resulting in, again, better music.

Works with all major DAWS

The Novation Impulse 25 has been designed and tested to work with all major DAWs and plug-in instruments and effects, including Ableton (Ableton Live Lite comes included with Impulse), Cubase, Logic, ProTools, Reason/Record, Sonar (PC only), FL Studio, Studio One, and Garage Band. Automap 4 control software is the magic that gives you immediate hands-on access to your DAW and plug-ins. In addition, you get Impulse 25 access to your 3rd party plug-in instruments and effects, such as Native Instruments, Waves or FXpansion. In Live, you can even control Scene Launch and Clip Launch using Impulse's back-lit drum pads. The Novation Impulse 25 is one serious controller.

Free XLN Addictive Keys instrument with registration!

Your Novation Impulse 25 also includes your choice of XLN's world-class Addictive Keys virtual instruments. Choose from the following:

  • Modern Upright - A tight, defined Yamaha U3 upright
  • Studio Grand - A remarkably rich Steinway Model D grand
  • Electric Grand - The pop-rock classic Yamaha CP-80 at your fingertips
  • Mark One - A sublime Fender Rhodes through a vintage tube amp

This offer is open to both new and existing customers. To redeem your Addictive Keys license, log in to your Novation account and register your product. You'll find your instrument options under your My Account page.

Novation Impulse 25 USB MIDI Controller Features:
  • Ultra-responsive semi-weighted keyboard with aftertouch
  • Automap 4 control software enables instant hands-on access to your DAW and plug-ins
  • Comprehansive DAW/plug-in control surface
  • 1 fader, 8 rotarys, 8 backlit performance pads, and transport controls
  • Custom LCD screen always keep you status-savvy
  • Multi-function drum pads let you warp arpeggios, roll beats and launch clips in Ableton Live
  • Ships with Ableton Live Lite, Novation Bass Station, Loopmasters sample library, and Mike The Drummer
  • Your choice of XLN Addictive Keys instrument (VST/AU/AAX) with product registration
If you want absolute DAW control, the Novation Impulse 25 is an excellent choice!

Additional Media

Hands On Review: Novation Impulse
Novation Impulse
Novation Impulse 25 (25-key) Review

Tech Specs

Number of Keys 25
Type of Keys Semi-weighted
Aftertouch Yes
Pads 8
Other Controllers Mod, Pitch Wheels
Encoders/Pots 8
Faders 1
Dedicated Transport Control Yes
Pedal Inputs 1 x Sustain, 1 x Expression
USB 1 x Type B
Hardware Requirements - Mac Dual Core processor or higher, 4GB RAM minimum
Hardware Requirements - PC Dual Core processor or higher, 4GB RAM minimum
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.7 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 or later
Power Supply USB Bus Powered, AC-DC USB Adapter
Height 3.937"
Width 20.67"
Depth 13.07"
Weight 7.72 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number IMPULSE 25

Customer Reviews

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I barely use any of the knobs/pads, but it's a great, quality piece of equipment that I don't know what I'd do without.
Music background: I produce various types of music ranging from death metal to dubstep. Guitarist, vocalist, drummer, DJ


great small midi controller! I also have a impulse 61 and this one is great for portability
Music background: Metal/ industrial

Keyboard fits the bill

Novations Impluse 25 is a perfect match for DAW and Abelton. My son is also using it for his first class on Ableton. even before attending any classes, he began cutting his first tracks, working with many advanced features of this keyboard. It is intuitively laid out and great to use. The arp and roll functions are excellent, the pads have a great feel, and the semi-weighted keyboard has good touch. Tons of features and capabilities in a small package
Music background: Music hobbyist and student.


This is without a doubt the most intense piece of musical equipment I've ever owned. Such a necessity for any producer. If you're in need of a small-ish keyboard with drum pads, knob controllers, and pitch/mod wheels...definitely get this. It makes things so much easier and boosts my work flow tremendously. GET THIS!
Music background: edm producer, sound engineer

Serious Controller

Really great controller with incredible design quality ! The perfect centerpiece for any producer, whether they are just getting started or a veteran musician .. I can't wait to unlock the full potential of this awesome controller !
Music background: psytrance, dubstep, and ambient producer

Sweetwater Advice

Mitch Gallagher

The latest USB keyboard controller from Novation, the Impulse aims to provide complete control over your entire rig, with a slew of controls and functions. Does it succeed in its goal? Let's check it out! There are three flavors of Impulse available: 25-key, 49-key, and 61-key. I received the 49-key Impulse for review. Aside from the number of keys, the controllers are all similarly featured. The semi-weighted keybed has assignable aftertouch, and it feels great under your fingers. The obligatory pitch-bend and modulation wheels are provided. A nice blue LCD screen gives you visual feedback for what you are doing. But this controller is about more than just the keys. It's decked out with eight assignable rotary controllers (knobs) and nine sliders. (The sliders are only available on the 49- and 61-key versions -- there isn't room for them on the 25-key version.) Having nine sliders allows for full control over tonewheel organ simulation, if that's what you're using them to control. They could also be assigned to control DAW mixer faders or other control applications. Each fader is accompanied by an adjacent assignable soft switch. There are eight responsive groove-box-style pads for playing drums. Additional switches allow you to use these pads to do rolls, launch clips, or arpeggiate. A full set of transport controls rounds things out. All of these controls, plus others, can be quickly and easily assigned to send out MIDI control change messages. As just a MIDI controller, the Impulse has all of the control and features you could want. But it's when you install the included Automap V4 software that things get hopping. Automap V4 is an application that automatically detects what software you are running on your computer and instantly configures the Impulse to be able to control the parameters in that software -- be it your DAW, a plug-in, or a virtual instrument. This feature is amazing, and it truly allows the Impulse to become command central for your entire virtual studio. It's a joy to be able to get your hands on your software, whether you are mixing, tracking, playing, or processing. Automap V4 makes the process seamless and transparent. The Impulse is one of the most full-featured controllers I have encountered, with a great-feeling keyboard and plenty of controls. Combined with Automap V4, it's a stellar package that can take charge of any virtual rig.
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Matt McKible

Novation's Impulse 25 is professional USB/MIDI controller. It features a precision keyboard and a full control surface powered by a brand new version of Novation's Automap control software. When I tried it, it gave me everything I needed to control my DAW and virtual instruments effectively and efficiently. The software installed very easily and I got it set up with Ableton Live Lite, and in just a few minutes, I was able to get a session started and begin writing a song. The controls mapped to Ableton nicely. The eight pads are velocity sensitive, have arpeggiation and roll features, and are also able to launch Ableton live clips, which makes creating music even easier. The semi-weighted keyboard felt good in my hands. The black keys are more of a matte finish than shiny plastic, which I prefer to avoid slippage. Encoder resolution/acceleration can be a problem with some keyboards, but not with the Impulse. The rotary knobs are speed sensitive. If you turn them slowly, they increment slowly. Turn them fast and they increment rapidly. All of the Impulse models also feature mod and bend wheels. The bend wheel has good feel and centers quickly. All in all, the Impulse did everything that I needed it to and more. I would highly recommend picking this USB/MIDI controller up and trying it for yourself!
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See also: Controller Keyboards, Novation, Novation MIDI Controllers