Novation Impulse 61 USB MIDI Controller Keyboard
The Novation Impulse 61 is a professional USB/MIDI controller with a 61 note keyboard, drum pads and full control surface functionality. It also comes with a brand new version of Novation's award-winning Automap control software, which makes getting hands-on with your DAW/plug-ins fast and simple. The ultra-responsive keyboard is semi-weighted with aftertouch and the 8 drum pads are backlit allowing you to roll beats, warp arpeggios and launch clips in Ableton.
- 61 note Precision semi-weighted keyboard with aftertouch (pro feel with high performance scan-rate)
- Professional control surface - full control of your DAW including mixer, transport and plug-ins
- Novation's Automap control software makes it fast and simple to assign knobs, faders and buttons to your music software
- Back-lit drum pads allow you to warp arpeggios and improvise with rhythm patterns - they also launch clips in Ableton
- Large LCD screen displays control information
- Comes with Ableton Live Lite, Novation's Bass Station synth and a Loopmasters sample pack
- Expression and sustain pedal inputs as well as MIDI in and out ports for connecting external MIDI instruments
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The ultra-responsive 61 note keyboard is semi-weighted with aftertouch so it feels like a musical instrument. Impulse 61 enables highly expressive playing styles due to its high scan-rate. This means it sends very accurate information about your playing style to your music software, translating subtle differences in dynamics extremely effectively. You can add further character to your performance with the pitch and modulation wheels. The 8 drum pads are perfect for sketching beats and triggering samples, but they do so much more: All 8 are back-lit with multi-coloured LEDs which means they can step through arpeggiator sequences, allowing you to warp and change the pattern in real time! There is also a beat roll function, which enables you to improvise with drum patterns on the fly. In addition to this, the drum pads can be used to trigger clips in Ableton Live. They light up yellow if a clip is loaded, green if it is playing and red if it is set to record.
Impulse 61 is designed to give you full hands-on control of your music-making software. The knobs, faders and buttons give you control over your DAW's mixer as well as plug-in instruments and effects. The included Automap control software has been designed solely to connect hardware controls to your software – even VST/AU/RTAS instruments and effects that don't come bundled with your DAW. The large custom LCD screen shows important information about what you are controlling and Impulse 61 has transport buttons that allow you to play, stop, record, loop and move forwards and backwards in your software.
Impulse 61 can be USB powered from your computer or, if you want to power it independently, you can use a simple USB power adapter (not included). There are expression and sustain pedal inputs on the rear panel and it has MIDI in and out ports so you can use it as a USB-MIDI interface. This means that you can control external MIDI instruments with Impulse 61 and you can also use it to enable your music software to trigger external MIDI instruments.
Novation Impulse 61 Specifications
Dimensions: 1022 x 332 x 100 mm / 40.2 x 13 x 3.9 inches
Weight: 6.5 kg / 14.33 lb.