Novation Impulse 49 Keyboard Controller

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

The Novation Impulse 49 USB MIDI controller gives you everything you need to control your DAW with expression and precision. At the heart of the Impulse 49 is its highly responsive semi-weighted keyboard with assignable aftertouch. You get full DAW/plug-in control via 9 faders, 8 rotarys, 8 backlit performance pads, an army of dedicated/assignable buttons and transport controls, and an LCD screen to keep you status-savvy. The Impulse 49 also ships with a tidy collection of cool software and sounds. If you have DAW control issues, check out the Novation Impulse 49.

Novation Impulse 49 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 49'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 49 attacks it head-on. The result is better music.

Iron-fisted, velvet-gloved control

In addition to the superb keyboard, the Novation Impulse 49'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 49 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 49 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 49 is one serious controller.

Free XLN Addictive Keys instrument with registration!

Your Novation Impulse 49 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 49 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
  • 9 faders, 8 rotarys, 8 backlit pads, transport controls, and a bevy of buttons
  • 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 49 is an excellent choice!

Additional Media

Hands On Review: Novation Impulse
Novation Impulse

Tech Specs

Number of Keys 49
Type of Keys Semi-weighted
Aftertouch Yes
Pads 8
Other Controllers 9 x Assignable Buttons, Mod, Pitch Wheels
Encoders/Pots 8
Faders 9
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 3.94"
Width 33.31"
Depth 13.07"
Weight 11.02 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number IMPULSE 49

Customer Reviews

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Novation impulse 49

Love the product A+

It does everything I need it to

The impulse works great with Reason 7. I love AutoMap and how seamlessly it works with my DAW. The feel of the keyboard is very natural and I couldn't ask for a better setup of the faders, rotaries, and drum pads. This is a great tool for your workstation or live setting.
Music background: Church Musician

It Just Works!

The Impulse 49 along with the Automap software makes production an absolute snap. I took a class on digital music technology 10 years ago, when Digital Performer was the industry standard. Mapping things and dealing with Midi interfaces was such a pain. This is an unbelievable time saver. There is absolute minimal setup. The controller itself is very powerful and unique. It works perfectly with Ableton Live. Awesome.
Music background: Pro Musician

Novation keeps innovating

I've been through countless midi controllers in the past. Each had fallen short in some way. Then I found Novation controllers. I loved the idea of automatic mapping of each control with the music software and plugins. However, a few of the Novation midi keyboard controllers I tried came only so close to being really great. (Both the hardware and automap have been going through an evolution of sorts for Novation over time.) Then came this which I fell in love with. I love the drum pads on this (something long overdue for a design change), the fact it has nine faders instead of just the typical eight on some controllers, the clip launch and arpeggiator features, and just the overall design of it. It works really well with Ableton Live and can't recommend this enough for it. I have no complaints with this keyboard. Simply awesome in my opinion.
Music background: DJ/Electronic Music Production/VJ

Great recommendation Tony Dayton at Sweetwater!

Great recommendation again Tony!. This works great as my MIDI goto. Whether it is pounding out drum patterns for EZ Drummer or playing a piano. The perfect device that suits all of my needs.
Music background: Band-leader, songwriter, engineer

Sweetwater Advice

Ryan Schmidt

I've set up the Novation Impulse 49 for drum programming in my home studio (it was a breeze - just a few menus and I was rockin'!). It's a fantastic MIDI controller in all respects, and has tight integration with all the DAWs I use. Another fantastic feature that comes with most Novation controllers is their Automap software - it automatically detects your DAW (or DAWs if you use more than one) and the myriad plug-ins you may have and automatically sets up the Impulse knobs to control every setting within every plug-in giving you tactile response and eyes-free mixing!

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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