The Novation Impulse 49 is an innovative professional 49 key controller keyboard, designed to automatically map to the software you are using for the fastest possible workflow. Compatible with all major plugins and DAWs this keyboard brings professional control to home studios and pro studios alike. The keyboard itself is designed for players as it is semi-weighted, velocity sensitive and features assignable aftertouch - so none of your natural performance is lost, giving much more subtlety to your recordings.
The 49 key model is good for synth players that want to use up to 4 octaves simultaneously (with the possibility of ocatve transposition for even greater reach), this will suffice for all but the most range-demanding computer music playing needs.
Software compatibility includes Ableton, Cubase, FL Studio, Garage Band, Logic, ProTools, Reason/Record, Sonar (PC only) and Studio One. With each of these DAWs you have full mixer control, transport control and plug-in instrument/effect control via knobs and faders on the Novation Impulse controller keyboard. When using lots of plugins and lots of channels, it can be easy to lose track of your controller assignments, which is why Novation have included Automap 4 software, which includes an on-screen display of the current assignements and helps you rapidly re-assign the controls as you see fit and the keyboard has a Learn button, where you click on the software element you want to control, and then wiggle the knob you want to control it and it becomes automatically assigned to the job.
Last but not least the back-lit drum pad section includes some seriously powerful features. Use it with Ableton Live to trigger Live Clips, using it as a sampler/drum machine. There is a built-in arpeggiator that lets you turn chords into arpeggios and the Arpeggiator Warping feature lets you control the rythm of the arpeggio live by switching beats in and out (perfect for drums), as well as speed, shape, syncopation and gate time control. There is also a Beat Roll mode, where you can trigger rolls with the drum pads and as they are pressure sensitive, you can even control the dynamics during a roll!
- Ableton Live Lite - powerful loop based music-making software
- Automap 4 - controller mapping software
- Novation Bass Station - legendary analogue bass synth as a software plug-in
- Loopmasters sample library - over 1GB of royalty-free samples
- Mike The Drummer - 502MB of live drum loops and breaks
Manufacturer Novation Model Impulse 49 Controller Keyboard Dimensions (H x W x D) 100 x 846 x 322 mm Weight 5 kg System Requirements Mac Mac OSX 10.4.0 or greater (Leopard and Snow Leopard (32-bit kernel only) Minimum Computer spec: Mac - G4/1GHz, both with 256MB RAM Windows Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or greater (Vista 32/64 and Windows 7 32/64 also supported) Minimum Computer spec: Pentium 3/1GHz/256MB RAM (machines running Vista will require a higher spec) USB USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 compatible Included Accessories Ableton Live Lite - powerful loop based music-making software Novation Bass Station - legendary analogue bass synth as a software plug-in Loopmasters sample library - over 1GB of royalty-free samples Mike The Drummer - 502MB of live drum loops and breaks
- A well spec'd controller for the price.
We have the usual array of knobs and faders associated with controller keyboards of this price range, including transport functions, and the inclusion of the drum pads is an invaluable feature. These can be a little temperamental if you strike the corners or the sides of the pads, but they're great for laying down quick patterns on the fly. These also double up as a kind of arpeggiator step sequencer, where notes can be turned on and off with a tap.
All controls are re-assignable through the included Automap software and 20 pre-configured templates are included, for the most popular DAW's and music programs. This function works very well with Native Instruments soft synths. The Automap will scan all of your plug-ins and provide automation functionality quickly and easily.
Overall this is an excellent controller that will suit any bedroom/project studio. The assignable controls allow you to customise the triggers to suit your needs, which speeds up the production process when the ideas are flowing. Definitely money well spent.
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