Novation Impulse 61 Review

Novation Impulse is a MIDI Keyboard that caters to both performers and producers, featuring responsive keys and quick DAW integration.

Novation Impulse 61

Impulse has some good DAW control capabilities. Although its control surface and quick integration to multiple DAWs are impressive, its best trait is its ultra responsive keys and pads. This makes Impulse a favorite among keyboardists that play electronic music and likes to incorporate some plugin and DAW features into their performance.

Keyboard precision is the main selling point of this MIDI contoller, so Novation went all out with the design of the keys to ensure they meet the demands of picky keyboardists. To achieve this, the keys are all semi-weighted with assignable aftertouch parameters, capable of capturing the nuances of your playing and applying the data into controlling your favorite synth and other virtual instruments.

The 8 drum pads that are built into the keyboard are also well received by users. The stylish backlit pads are velocity-sensitive and feature aftertouch. They are quite responsive and have interesting features like arpeggio warping, beat rolling, and clip launching when paired with Ableton Live. We agree with the production description when it said that it feels more like an instrument rather than just a computer accessory.

Novation Impulse 61

Aside from having responsive keys, Novation included 8 knobs, 9 faders and buttons that will give you essential DAW/plugin control. This turns the Impulse into a versatile keyboard/controller package. While other MIDI keyboards try to specialize on one particular DAW, this keyboard controller compromises deep control for multiple DAW compatibility. The Automap control software is a nifty addition that instantly maps the controls on the keyboard to the DAW and plugin you want to use.

Finally, this keyboard controller is USB powered, comes with MIDI in/out ports and has inputs for expression and sustain pedals. Another great thing about the Novation Impulse series is that they are reasonably priced.

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