Impulse controllers feature a high-quality, semi-weighted keyboard, along with plenty of assignable hands-on controls, which are easily mappable using the included intuitive AutoMap software. They also feature 8 chunky, backlit pads, plus a built-in customisable arpeggiator and roll function.
New Zealand singer-songwriter, Lorde, is an artist that you're likely to have heard of, having, at the age of just 16, already enjoyed chart-topping success in the UK, US and Australia with her single, 'Royals'. She's also got two Grammy Awards under her belt for Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of the Year. Not bad at all!
In this interview, Novation caught up with Lorde's keys player, Jimmy Mac, to find out why he trusts an Impulse controller keyboard for the band's live shows.
Amongst other things, Novation are famed for making high-quality MIDI controllers that integrate flawlessy into the modern studio or live set-up, thanks to their superb automatic mapping software. This probably explains why Novation keyboards are so popular, with plenty of professionals and home studio owners favouring their products over competitors'.
If you're in the market for a MIDI controller keyboard, then you're probably considering a Novation, but with SL MkII, Impulse and Launchkey ranges to choose from, what's the difference between them and which will best suit your requirements? As I've used all of them before, I've decided to compile this article in order to help answer these questions and hopefully help you in your quest to find your perfect controller.
Novation recently spoke to Keith Harris, a multi-instrumentalist who tours with acts such as will.i.am, Backstreet Boys and Cee Lo Green in the capacity of Musical Director. In this short interview, he explains how the Launchkey 25 and Launchpad play a major role in the show, in combination with a computer running Ableton software.
However, it's not just the stage where Keith relies on Novation; his studio also features SL MkII and Impulse controller keyboards and a MiniNova synthesiser.
PillowTalk are a three-piece electronic band from San Francisco, who fuse together elements of R&B, soul, funk and underground house and techno to create their own unique style. Although still a relatively new act, PillowTalk are already gaining a reputation as putting on a great live show, and in this interview, they talk to Novation about how they incorporate an Impulse 61 controller keyboard and MiniNova and UltraNova synths into their set-up.