Novation Impulse 61 Keyboard Controller

61-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 61 USB MIDI controller gives you everything you need to control your DAW with expression and precision. At the heart of the Impulse 61 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 61 also ships with a tidy collection of cool software and sounds. If you have DAW control issues, check out the Novation Impulse 61.

Novation Impulse 61 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 61'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 61 attacks it head-on. The result is better music.

Iron-fisted, velvet-gloved control

In addition to the superb keyboard, the Novation Impulse 61'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 61 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 61 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 61 is one serious controller.

Free XLN Addictive Keys instrument with registration!

Your Novation Impulse 61 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 61 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 pads, transport controls, and an army 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 61 is an excellent choice!

Additional Media

Re-creating Classic Rock Synth Sounds with Daniel Fisher
Re-creating the Lightsaber Sound
Arturia MicroBrute Analog Synthesizer Demo by Daniel Fisher
Hands On Review: Novation Impulse
Novation Impulse

Tech Specs

Number of Keys 61
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 40.24"
Depth 13.07"
Weight 14.33 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number IMPULSE 61

Customer Reviews

Based on 17 reviews
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Do you know how many midi controllers I have?MidiMan 61Axiom 49EvolutionMK46ICM-Auido Keystation 49E 4 of them Novation Remote 25 LEM-Auido 88 SXAll of the slider and knobs, Pads, Just everything works and shows you on the led whats going on both on the keyboard and in AutoMap and Logic. Bam Plug and Play!!!This with SweetWaters 5 Star Help and no hassle return policy! Happy Camper Here!Other companies take heed to Novation and Sweetwater! Money well spent!
Music background: Home Studio and Love for Music

Simply Incredible!

I had being looking for a decent MIDI Controller that could have all the necessary things to create music as fast as possible. The Novation Impulse 61 has everything I wanted; great feeling Keys, touch pads, parameter knobs, and a relative large mixer (for a keyboard). But the most amazing thing is the Automap software. I configured all the plug-ins and mixer options in Pro Tools 10 in literally 3 minutes. Other controllers, to setup, usually require more time. It's that simple. Highly recommend getting this controller. Every $$ is worth it. Much better than other midi controllers with the same features.
Music background: Pro Musician

Logic's Best Friend

For years now I'v wanted a keyboard controller that would give me real control over Logic Studio. Out of all the other brands that failed to deliver this one just works. You load the auto map software go into controller setup in logic scan and then close and it works giving you control over the mixer with full banking no matter how many tracks your using, Volume & Pan controls, full mapping to any plugin you click on letting you tweak sound in real time like never before and full transport control. On top of that programming the trigger pad on this thing is the most logical I ever seen. You hit the controls button find the sound you want on the keys hit that key then hit the pad you want to assign it to. Yes I would highly recommend this to any logic user that needs an all in one real time control set up. Love the product and most of all love the sweet service from sweetwater sound. Love it Love it Love it!!!!!!
Music background: Producer singer songwriter.

Excellent Buy

Superb keyboard, solid built, Excellent responsive semi weighted keys. Automap software makes using this board with VSTi's a breeze
Music background: Pro Musician

Novation Impulse 61

for the price/features at the time it was announced about 5 years ago i'm relying my my review. i've choosed this board for the keybed and was as expected: great action and the aftertouch is acceptable and the keys has a very good weight and are very playable and responsivealthough the build/quality is not so good it's still ok, you might find after time that the modulation wheel keeps changing it's value even if internally disconnectedsliders are not smooth as should be & the the rotary encoders are faulty & should have some back-force tensionpads are solid but responsive and usable/playableautomap software is not good - forget about it... sometimes the firmware is faulty/not stablemy rating is almost for its keybed & the fact after more than 4.5 years it still works

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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See also: Controller Keyboards, Novation, Novation MIDI Controllers