Novation Impulse 61

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Ultra-responsive, highly expressive 61-key MIDI keyboard hosts a comprehensive array of fully assignable controls

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Our highly expressive 61-key MIDI keyboard controller hosts a comprehensive array of fully assignable controls and integrates seamlessly with Ableton Live, Apple Logic Pro, Avid Pro Tools, and other major music software.

A true player's instrument, Impulse 61 features an ultra-responsive keybed with semi-weighted action and aftertouch – its full-size piano-style keys adapting beautifully to virtual organs, synths, and pianos. You also get eight pressure-sensitive, backlit pads that are perfect for playing and recording drums and percussion.

  • Create expressive performances – our High-Rate Scan (HRS) technology captures every nuance and detail of your performance
  • Easily assign all controls – get hands-on with your music production software (Ableton Live Lite included)
  • Shape your sound – manipulate your sounds and mixes with smooth-action knobs, low-profile faders, and assignable buttons
  • Do more with drums – eight velocity – and pressure-sensitive backlit pads for playing beats, designing arpeggios, and even launching clips in Ableton Live
  • Connect to anything – plug in to your hardware synths and sound modules via 5-pin DIN MIDI output
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Our most expressive keyboard

We specifically designed the Impulse keyboard to let you create truly expressive performances. Ultra-responsive with semi-weighted action and aftertouch, its full-size piano style keys adapt perfectly to any instrument you want to play, including organs, synths and pianos.

While you’re playing, our unique High Rate Scan (HRS) technology will scan the keyboard 10,000 times per second to capture every nuance of your performance.

Impulse faders

Produce better music

Mix and sculpt your sound using endless smooth-action knobs, low-profile 45mm faders, loads of buttons and a custom LCD screen. All controls work seamlessly with major music software and can be mapped to any parameter.

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Connect to just about anything

Impulse is class-compliant and USB bus-powered, so you can simply plug it into Mac or Windows and get started straight away, without the need for a power supply.

Impulse is gig-ready, too; 5 pin MIDI outputs allow you to connect to your favourite synth or module.

Impulse drum pads

Do more with your drum pads

Play drums in real time with pressure-sensitive pads for rolling beats, looping drum samples and designing arpeggios. These pads also function as multicoloured clip launchers in Ableton Live, so you can tell whether clip is loaded (yellow), playing (green), or recording (red).

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Make music straight out of the box

Ableton Live Lite comes in the box and integrates seamlessly with all the controls to provide:

  • Mixer control (all channels)
  • Transport control
  • Clip launch (using Impulse's back-lit drum pads)
  • Scene launch
  • Plug-in/Device control

You’ll also get an impressive library of free samples from Loopmasters.

Impulse also gives you instant hands-on control of other major music software, including:

  • Pro Tools: Mixer control (all channels), Transport control
  • Logic: Mixer control (all channels), Transport control, Plug-in instrument/effects control (instant control of Logic's own plug-ins and 3rd party VST/AU plug-ins)
  • Cubase: Mixer control (all channels), Transport control, Plug-in instrument/effects control
  • Reason/Record: Mixer control, Transport control, Instant control of rack devices (Thor, Dr Octo Rex etc.)
  • Cakewalk/Sonar: Mixer control (all channels), Transport control, Plug-in VST instrument/effects control

Addictive Keys

Addictive Keys

Add great sounding piano to your tracks with the Studio Grand, based on the iconic Steinway® Model D. Plug in and play; you’ll be instantly transported to a professional recording studio set up to capture this beautiful piano.



Now expanded from 1GB to a whopping 4GB, the Loopmasters sample library included with every Novation Product is packed with professional quality, royalty-free loops and one-shots.

Encompassing all contemporary genres – from blues, funk and hip-hop to bass, techno and all flavours of house – and taking in a huge range of electronic and acoustic instrumentation, it’s everything you need to start making music today!

    61 note velocity sensitive piano style keyboard with assignable aftertouch

    8 multi-colour large backlit velocity sensitive drum pads

    8 endless encoders (infinite rotation)

    9 sliders

    6 dedicated transport controls

    Pitch bend and modulation wheels

    2 octave / transpose buttons

    Custom blue-backlit LCD display

    6 function buttons (4 with LED indicators)

    4 control switch buttons with LEDs

    9 mute / solo buttons plus toggle button

    Arpeggiator with tap tempo and roll

    USB B 2.0

    DC power socket

    Sustain pedal 1/4” jack socket

    Expression pedal 1/4” jack socket

    MIDI In and MIDI Out din sockets

    Kensington security slot
Software compatibility
    Ableton Live Lite is included
Power requirements
    Fully USB bus powered. Power supply not included
Product dimensions
  • Width1022mm (40.2”)
  • Depth332mm (13”)
  • Height100mm (3.94”)
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