Novation Impulse 61
Novation Impulse 61

Impulse 61, 61-Key MIDI Keyboard from Novation in the Impulse series.

stompboxjon 03/14/2013

Novation Impulse 61 : stompboxjon's user review

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The Novation Impulse 61 is a 61 key USB MIDI controller that has drum pads, faders and transport controls. Everything is fully capable of being synced with any DAW and it comes with Automap software. This controller can be used with a Mac or a PC running virtually any system. I would use this with Logic and with Cubase many times. Not that this is my favorite MIDI controller, but I would put it in my top 3 for this price range because of all of the options that it has on it. It reminds me of some of the M-Audio MIDI controllers.


The keys are semi weighted and touch responsive. You will not feel like you are at an expensive piano while on this keyboard but the feel of it is a lot better than what other controllers will give you. If you have some knowledge of working with AutoMap software programs than you will be right at home with that much needed feature. Using this controller with 3rd party plug ins and VST’s can get kind of tricky unless you have general knowledge of Mapping everything. You will receive a manual that will walk you through most of it, but it is something that seeing it visually will make it a lot easier so like some video tutorials online will work better for most new users.


Setting this controller up is very quick and easy, just make sure the drivers are loaded and that is about it. You will be able to use it in your DAW as a generic controller or if there is a preset for it you can use that but there probably won’t be with this controller being so new.
This is a great controller to have, but I wouldn’t get it if I was not into working with the auto mapping and other features. Do not purchase it just for using the keys to control your VST sounds. You can get a cheaper controller for that. Buy this to have it fully run your VST’s and all of the functions!